Thursday, February 9, 2023

THE ROSE AND THE THISTLE by Laura Frantz, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"I expect to be treated as a duke's daughter by the new Earl of Wedderburn, no matter the circumstances." 

"Dinna get yourself in such a fankle." 

"See that your mistress becalms herself as befits a lady of her station."

Commence with the entertaining repartee!

Forced to make a hasty escape from her beloved home in England, due to her father's Jacobite loyalities, Lady Blythe Hedley arrives on the doorsteps of Wedderburn Castle, Scotland in the middle of the night; tired, bedraggled, with virtually no belongings but her tone of tongue, for apparently her dire circumstances didn't temper her ability to hold her own with the intimidating scowl marking the expression of Everard Hume. His father's goddaughter needed safe refuge; the time had come for that possibility to become reality.

Sequestered in a remote tower, Blythe and her lady's maid wonder how long their presence will go unnoticed. Everard has proven to be a polite but reserved host while trying to navigate his new role as an earl; meanwhile Blythe surprises herself by enjoying their short, albeit meaningful conversations. Leave it up to Orin, Everard's delightful young brother to announce Blythe's presence to the rest of the family . . . "I have met the water kelpie, and she is, in fact, a duke's daughter".

Bathed in the tumultuous royalty shifts between England and her neighboring countries, this story showcases the strength of a heartfelt faith in the one, true God; a surety that transcends religious labeling and family heritage, for the love that blooms between this English "rose" and her Scottish "thistle" forms a bond that not even the heart of kings can divide asunder.

"Remember whose you are." . . . "Yours, she replied without hesitation." . . . "Mine without question. But the Almighty's foremost."

A love story for the ages!!!!
*I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. I also purchased a copy. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.



BackCover Blurb:
In 1715, Lady Blythe Hedley's father is declared an enemy of the British crown because of his Jacobite sympathies, forcing her to flee her home in northern England. Secreted to the tower of Wedderburn Castle in Scotland, Lady Blythe awaits who will ultimately be crowned king. But in a house with seven sons and numerous servants, her presence soon becomes known.

No sooner has Everard Hume lost his father, Lord Wedderburn, than Lady Hedley arrives with the clothes on her back and her mistress in tow. He has his own problems--a volatile brother with dangerous political leanings, an estate to manage, and a very young brother in need of comfort and direction in the wake of losing his father. It would be best for everyone if he could send this misfit heiress on her way as soon as possible.

Drawn into a whirlwind of intrigue, shifting alliances, and ambitions, Lady Blythe must be careful whom she trusts. Her fortune, her future, and her very life are at stake. Those who appear to be adversaries may turn out to be allies--and those who pretend friendship may be enemies. 

Revell Publishing, January 3, 2023
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