Roses Have Thorns

Roses Have Thorns

A Novel of Elizabeth I

Book - 2013
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From the acclaimed author of To Die For comes a stirring novel told that sheds new light on Elizabeth I and her court.

In 1565, seventeen-year-old Elin von Snakenborg leaves Sweden on a treacherous journey to England. Her fianc#65533; 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.

A rich, tautly woven tale of love, deception, and grace, Roses Have Thorns vividly conjures the years leading up to the beheading of Mary Queen of Scots and is a brilliant exploration of treason, both to the realm and to the heart.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2013.
ISBN: 9781439183168
1439183163
Characteristics: 317 p. ; 22 cm.

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julia_sedai
Mar 06, 2018

Very interesting historically and I liked the plot. I also read "To Die For" and have liked that one. I haven't read the middle one yet.

I love Queen Elizabeth I and I think this was a good portrayal of her. Also, Helena is a very interesting character, someone I'd never heard of before, but important. The love story is a bit "meh" but I was more interested in the politics, fashion, setting, culture instead of romance, anyway. Sandra Byrd is a Christian author and I think it's great to read a book where the characters are actually Christian (because they all were back then) and where faith is so important to daily life. She deals delicately with the Protestant/Catholic fights and sticks to the truth. Overall, I liked this book and I recommend it for anyone who likes Christian historical fiction, since this is way better than most of the stuff out there.

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wyojo
Nov 19, 2013

A friend just finished "To Die For" & tho't it one of the best books she's ever read...hated for it to end.

talamasca2k1 May 17, 2013

read her first book "To Die For" Read about 20 pages, just couldn't stomach another religious overlay of historical fiction.

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