The Rose and the Thistle
by Laura Frantz
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.
Laura Frantz never disappoints with her historical fiction novels.
This one was no exception!
This story is set during a time in history that has always fascinated me, but which I knew very little about.
The story goes back and forth between Northumbria, England, and Scotland.
I was so intrigued with all the beautiful little details Ms. Frantz included. Details about the settings, telling us about the castles, the flowers, the landscape, and more. And then also, their meals, the teas, their clothing, their homes, and really, I could go on and on….
It is very easy to see that this story was extremely well researched. The historical facts included were informative and interesting to read.
The characters. These are not necessarily my new favorite book characters, but I did enjoy meeting & getting to know both Everard and Blythe. There is, of course, romance mixed into this story, but it is by far not the main part of the story.
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