The Rose and the Thistle

This is my second book by Laura Frantz and I am again blown away by the attention to detail her books contain. I definitely had to reread some history on the Jacobite rebellion, as well as pull out my photo albums of when I traveled to England and Scotland-including Stirling Castle, a major site during the rebellion.

Blythe’s father is the Duke of Northumbria and a Jacobite. When her family’s residence is attacked by a mob because of his political leanings, Blythe flees to her godfather’s home in Scotland. But there she finds her godfather recently passed and his oldest son, Everard, very angry at having to hide Blythe away. At first they truly do not get along but soon they begin to see the good in the other and fall in love. But Blythe cannot stay hidden away forever.

Being from different areas of Britain and of different religions, Frantz does a great job conveying the significance of Blythe and Everard’s love, despite the political and religious unrest at the time. She sprinkles in faith throughout the story, which feels natural and unforced given their backgrounds.

Read if you love:
-beautiful descriptions of the English and Scottish countryside
-historical phrases and ways of speaking
-slow burns
-enemies to lovers trope

With a bit of a slow start, this book soon took off and I kept frantically turning the pages until the end. I really loved the Authors Note at the end explaining her personal connection to Everard’s family, the Humes- she is a descendant of one of the Humes who was exiled to America during that same time period.

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