Monday, January 9, 2023

 Hi everyone! Today I'm sharing a review of The Rose and the Thistle by Laura Frantz. Check out the info for the book below before scrolling on to my review!


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.



This is my first read of Frantz's, and I was excited to dive in because it covers a lot of Jacobite/Scottish history that is fascinating to me. She is certainly immersive in her writing style, and the characters are easy to empathize with. The plot moves along well, the stakes are very high and very real, and you'll find yourself anxiously wanting to see what happens next. There are some excellent faith elements present in the book as well. 

Though from time to time I got bogged down with the political side of things, I found the book to be enjoyable! If you enjoy historical fiction, and especially if you enjoy stories your own ancestors could have been involved in, you'll definitely want to pick up this book. 

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