Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Book Review: LADY OF THE ROSES by Sandra Worth

A heart felt love story, filled with action. Set during the War of the Roses. I found myself having a hard time keeping up with all the titles, intertwined cousins, and nicknames. So many were lost in a series of battles it was hard to remember who did what to who. In the midst of civil war Isobel's courage to follow her heart led the reader on a dramatic Neville point of view of the war. A families struggle for loyalty, honor, and love. This is my first book I have read about the war of the roses, and Marguerite of Anjou. I enjoyed it but it was a tad too complicated for me on all the characters maybe it is just that war that is complicated. The love part of the story was moving and blurred the other characters details to where it did not really matter, what mattered was love. Defiantly a recommended read.

"During her short time as a ward in Queen Marguerite's Lancastrian court, fifteen-year-old Isobel has had many suitors ask for her hand, but the spirited beauty is blind to all but Yorkist Sir John Neville. It is nothing short of a miracle when the Queen allows Isobel's marriage to the enemy, albeit at a hefty price. All around Isobel and John rages a lawless war. It is only their passion that can see them through the bloody march on London by the Duke of Somerset, the violent madness of Queen Marguerite, and the devolution of Isobel's meek uncle into the Butcher of England. For theirs is an everlasting love that fears not the scratch of thorns, from either the Red Rose or the White. "

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