What is your favorite
time period to read about? I love reading
about all periods of time. I love a good
World War II story, but I do love historical fiction that focuses on other periods
of time. I have always loved reading English and
Scottish history and in particular about the Jacobite Rebellion. I love Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Battle
of Culloden. The Rose and the Thistle
takes place during the Jacobite Rising of 1715, which I haven’t read as much
about as the events of the 1730s.
Lady Blythe Hedley is a
wealthy heiress and daughter of the Duke of Northumberland. She is an educated woman and comes from a
Catholic family. Her father supports the
Stuarts cause, and the novel starts with Blythe in France with the Stuart
family. Before she returns, her father asks
Lord Wedderburn to care for his daughter.
Lord Wedderburn is on his death bed but was once the godfather of Blythe
when he was still Catholic. He lives
just across the border in Scotland. He
agrees. When their priest is killed and
estate is overrun, Blythe and her maid make a hurried escape north to Wedderburn
Castle. They arrive just as Lord Wedderburn
has passed away and Everard Hume has become the new laird. Will Blythe and Everard be able to navigate
these dangerous time?
The Rose and the Thistle
is my favorite kind of historical fiction.
It is well researched, and it makes you feel like you are in Scotland
during 1715. The characters are interesting,
and I couldn’t stop reading about them.
I loved the independent Lady Blythe and also loved Everard. He had a sometimes crusty exterior but is a
good person beneath it all. Together they had a slow burn romance that was
wonderful to read. There was plenty of excitement
to wrap up this book that I don’t want spoil for others. I do feel like I would love to continue to
read about Blythe and Everard and I hope there is a second novel. I do know that I need to read more books by
I especially loved the
Author’s Note at the end. This novel is
based on the author’s ancestors, the Hume family. She visited the castle and the area and made
me realize why the descriptions were so wonderful in the novel. I thought the
personal history was fascinating.
It is always amazing to
me reading through history how much tension there was on whether you where
Catholic or Protestant in England and Scotland for hundreds of years. Your religion could get you killed.
This is a clean read and
Christian. I loved it and thought it was
not only a great historical fiction novel, but a great romance.
Review Copy from Revell a
division of Baker Publishing Thank-you!
I received a complimentary copy of this book as part of the Austenprose PR Book
Tour. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.QUICK FACTS
Title: The Rose and the Thistle: A Novel
Genre: Historical Romance, Historical Fiction,
Publisher: Fleming H. Revell Co
(January 3, 2023)
Length: (416) pages
· Format: Hardcover,
Trade paperback, & eBook
· ISBN: 978-0800742669
Tour Dates: January 2 – 16, 2023
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.
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.
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.
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR LAURA FRANTZ
- “A masterful achievement of historical
complexity and scintillating romance sure to thrill readers with its saga
of love under siege.”— Booklist, starred review
- “A deeply atmospheric story of faith,
love, and sacrifice that is as captivating as it is enthralling.”— Sarah
E. Ladd, bestselling author of The Cornwall Novels
- “Marked by majestic Scottish scenery and
a memorable trip to Edinburg, The Rose and the Thistle is
a delightful historical romance set during a tumultuous time.”— Forward
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Christy Award-winning author, Laura Frantz, is
passionate about all things historical, particularly the 18th-century, and
writes her manuscripts in longhand first. Her stories often incorporate
Scottish themes that reflect her family heritage. She is a direct descendant of
George Hume, Wedderburn Castle, Berwickshire, Scotland, who was exiled to the
American colonies for his role in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715, settled in
Virginia, and is credited with teaching George Washington surveying in the
years 1748-1750. Proud of her heritage, she is also a Daughter of the American
Revolution. When not at home in Kentucky, she and her husband live in
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