Review: The Rose and the Thistle


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.

Rating: 5-stars


For fans of Outlander this novel, The Rose and the Thistle by Laura Frantz is outstanding. I absolutely love how I was taken back in time. A time of the Scots and English fighting against each other. Families torn apart from picking sides. It is a dangerous time period to live through, yet they did. These characters are brilliant, strong, and stubborn. The heroine is fiery, sassy, and passionate. The hero is brawn, brains, and has a heart of gold. He loves his family so fiercely. He tries taking care of them the way his parents would. I fell in love with all the big and small characters. Funny, charming, and heartfelt this novel is a must have for all readers of historical and romance fiction. A classic within itself.

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