Roses Have Thorns
By Sandra Byrd
About the Book:
In 1565, seventeen-year-old Elin von Snakenborg leaves Sweden on a treacherous journey to England. Her fiance has fallen in love with her sister and her dowry money has been gambled away, but ahead of her lies an adventure that will take her to the dizzying heights of Tudor power. Transformed through marriage into Helena, the Marchioness of Northampton, she becomes the highest-ranking woman in Elizabeth's circle. But in a court that is surrounded by Catholic enemies who plot the queen's downfall, Helena is forced to choose between her unyielding monarch and the husband she's not sure she can trust--a choice that will provoke catastrophic consequences.
Vividly conjuring the years leading up to the beheading of Mary Queen of Scots, Roses Have Thorns is a brilliant exploration of treason, both to the realm and to the heart.
Sandra Byrd really knows how to set the scene and take you back in time. "Roses Have Thorns" is a drama dicier that prime time that will pull you in an tug at your heart creating empathy for the plight of the heroine.
The author used extensive research to create a story filled with loyalty, betrayal, and surprise. A definite and captivating read for any lover of historical fiction and anyone who wants to step out of their typical genre.
*i received this book free for review from Howard Publishers*
Rating: 5 carats