Series: Ladies in Waiting #3
Publication Date: 9th April 2013
Book Source: Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours
Synopsis: 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 loved The Secret Keeper: A novel of Kateryn Parr and was excited when the opportunity arose to read the final book in the Ladies in Waiting series and be part of The Roses Have Thorns book tour.
Everyone knows I'm huge fan of Tudor history, I never tire of it, but it's also refreshing to view this period in history; the monarchs, court life, the intrigue, religious turmoil, duplicity and plots through the eyes of someone lesser known at court.
Swedish born Elin von Snakenborg, Helena as she is now known in England is one of Queen Elizabeth I's ladies. Helena's an endearing narrator; with loyalty, honesty, courage and kindness she moves through the ranks, eventually becoming friend and intimate to Elizabeth.
I loved Sandra's portrayal of Elizabeth, her strength, sternness and many sacrifices but also her warmth and kindness. I enjoyed seeing the very real difficulties for a lady in waiting, all-encompassing loyalty to the Queen is not often conducive to personal happiness but Helena's courage and determination see her happy in her marriages. I must say I'm surprised not to have read anything of Helena, Marchioness of Northampton before this.
Recommend: absolutely - for history lovers, for lovers of Tudor history wanting a fresh view and for those 'over' Tudor, try this series.
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