The Rose and the Thistle, by Laura Frantz, is a standalone story set in England and Scotland in 1715. While this is not a genre I read a lot, once I got into the book it became very hard for me to put it down. I enjoyed the characters in this story very much. Their faith and strength is very evident for them as they go through some of life’s hardest struggles. For Lady Blythe, she was taken away in the secret of the night and waits to hear of her father’s safety. For Everard, his father passes away and he is now left to take over as Lord Wedderburn.
This is a well written story that is filled with suspense and mystery with the perfect touch of romance. I enjoyed Blythe’s character as she kept herself busy helping others, even while locked away in the castle tower. I especially enjoyed the Hume brothers, they are all so different and Everhard is left to care for them. I appreciated how the two characters worked together during their struggles and how they both clung to their own religious beliefs and faith. The author has written a wonderful story of two families with a past that are there for each other when needed.
I voluntarily received a complimentary ARC copy of this book, this is my honest review.
About the Book
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.
About the Author
Award-winning, bestselling 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. Proud of her heritage, she is also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.