Series: Ladies in Waiting #3
Also by this author: Mist of Midnight
Published by Howard Books on August 9, 2013
Genres: Christian Historical Fiction, Tudor Romance
Source: Author, Blog Tour, Publisher
Amazon, ThriftBooks, ChristianBook, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads
From the acclaimed author of To Die For comes a stirring novel told that sheds new light on Elizabeth I and her court. Sandra Byrd has attracted countless fans for evoking the complexity, grandeur, and brutality of the Tudor period. In her latest tour de force, she poses the question: What happens when serving a queen may cost you your marriage—or your life?
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 an 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.
I received this product free from the Author, Blog Tour, Publisher for the purpose of reviewing it. I received no other compensation for this review. The opinions expressed in this review are my personal, honest opinions. Your experience may vary. Please read my full disclosure policy for more details.
A Novel of Elizabeth I
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
Publisher: Howard Books
*This post was update to my new format with the UBB Plugin on April 11, 2015.
An incredible historical tale. A keeper shelf book. Gorgeous covers that keep the pages turning. Each of these statements is something true in describing this historical Ladies in Waiting series from Sandra Byrd. To Die For was captivating beginning to end in a story of Anne Boleyn’s Meg Wyatt. The Secret Keeper was a beautiful story that kept the pages turning of Kateryn Parr’s Juliana St. John. Roses Have Thorns is a different and yet enchanting tale that branches the expanse of the sea between Sweden and England to share Elizabeth I’s Elin von Snakenborg or Helena’s tale. This one was especially enchanting for me as I’m all the way up the line English bred and born (with a bunch of Scotland in me) and I married a man with a heritage of Sweden of which I am not all too familiar.
At first I was unsure of what I thought of Elin, later Helena. She seemed to be a bit of a pushover in just blindly watching her sister’s actions with her fiancé. But then I knew as she was leaving the shore that perhaps her life was meant to take another direction and that her inaction or nonresponse was no so much of being a pushover, but perhaps letting things happen as she didn’t really want those circumstances anyhow.
*Thanks to Howard Books, Renee Chaw and Sandra Byrd for providing a copy for review.*
If you are interested, Sandra is running an AWESOME giveaway on her blog right now where you can enter to win a signed copy of Roses Have Thorns, a $25 e-gift card to Heirloomroses.com, or a Elizabethan inspired necklace! Here’s the link with all the details if you would like to enter to win: http://sandrabyrd.com/blog/books-and-blooms-giveaway/