The Rose and the Thistle

Book Review

The Rose and the Thistle by Laura Franz
Historical Romance | Christian Fiction

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Reader’s Thoughts:

The Rose and the Thistle was one of our books to watch for in January 2023 and this newest novel by Laura Frantz immediately swept me into the Scottish lowlands and the tense political atmosphere of 1715.

From the start, the star of this book is truly the setting. Frantz built the world in which these characters live with an impressive level of historical detail that absolutely transported me as a reader. The writing is lush and polished, and the author’s passion for this time period shone through. I especially appreciated how the Scottish accents were written into the story — it felt natural and provided that extra layer of immersion for readers.

Much of the novel is centered around the political intrigue and dynamics leading up to the Jacobite rebellion of 1715. While I have a basic understanding of that time period, I do wish that there was a little more background given. We were dropped into a very tumultuous political setting and it did require some extra research to remind myself of what was happening. That being said, it was an interesting time period to learn more about and it was clear to see the effect the political uncertainty had on our main characters.

The romance between Lady Blythe and Everard Hume is a slow-burn, closed-door romance that really builds in the second half of the novel. While the romance was sweet, it took me a while to buy into the relationship. (Having read reviews from other readers, this was clearly not an issue for the majority.) Overall though, I enjoyed their relationship’s plot arc and I think there were some really lovely elements and themes woven into the storyline.

While the first half of the story felt slow, the beautiful writing and the brilliance of the setting kept me hooked and were what ultimately bumped this up to a four-star read. For those who are looking for a sweet and clean “Outlander-esque” romance that is soaked in history and historical detail, I would recommend keeping an eye out for The Rose and the Thistle!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Recommended for:

Readers looking for a slow-burn, closed-door romance with a historical Scottish setting

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. All opinions expressed are my own. This post contains affiliate links; as an Amazon associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

About the book:

In 1715, Lady Blythe Hedley’s father is declared an enemy of the British crown because of his Jacobite sympathies, forcing her to flee her home in northern England. Secreted to the tower of Wedderburn Castle in Scotland, Lady Blythe awaits who will ultimately be crowned king. But in a house with seven sons and numerous servants, her presence soon becomes known.

No sooner has Everard Hume lost his father, Lord Wedderburn, than Lady Hedley arrives with the clothes on her back and her mistress in tow. He has his own problems–a volatile brother with dangerous political leanings, an estate to manage, and a very young brother in need of comfort and direction in the wake of losing his father. It would be best for everyone if he could send this misfit heiress on her way as soon as possible.

Drawn into a whirlwind of intrigue, shifting alliances, and ambitions, Lady Blythe must be careful whom she trusts. Her fortune, her future, and her very life are at stake. Those who appear to be adversaries may turn out to be allies–and those who pretend friendship may be enemies.

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