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The Forbidden Rose (Berkley Sensation Historical Romance) Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 2010
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Marguerite de Fleurignac has been hiding in the French countryside where her family's chateau has burned to the ground. As a noblewoman, she must be careful because she is being hunted by those who want to kill her. These are important members responsible for the revolution who arrest anyone for any reason and send to the guillotine to die. Marguerite has just cause for concern, because she and her ex-lover, Jean-Paul, who is the son of the botanist of the Royal Gardens, are part of an underground network called la Fleche, where they help smuggle émigrés across the channel and into England. Marguerite's father is a mad genius hiding in Paris and is also being hunted by a select group of individuals because he maybe responsible for a group of assassinations in England.
Guillaume LeBreton, and his twelve-year old servant boy Adrian Hawker, come across Marguerite and basically hold her hostage for her own safe keeping. She lies and tells them she is Maggie Duran, a former governess. Guillaume is actually an English spy by the name of William Doyle who works for the British Service and has been sent on a mission to find Maggie's father. He knows who Maggie is as soon as they meet and will gain her trust and protect her from the men who work for her cousin Victor de Fleurignac, a very high ranking official and a close friend of the bloodthirsty and righteous Robespierre.Read more ›
Set in 1794 in France, it's a great tale of English spies and French undercover work transporting royalists out of France during the time of the French Revolution and Robespierre. Marguerite is a wonderful young woman who, though raised as an aristocrat, has adapted to the times and is now doing important work that has her wearing many faces. British agent Doyle is after her father who he believes has provided names of English to be murdered by those in control of France. When he realizes he has taken the man's daughter, he keeps her, hoping she'll lead him to her father. Doyle has never allowed himself to get involved with a woman in the field. Ah, but Marguerite de Fleurignac aka Maggie is no ordinary woman! He gets aroused just looking at her and he admires her intelligence and fierce determination. He wants her for his own.
Bourne gives us another strong heroine and another drool-worthy hero. In an interview I did of her on my blog, she siad that Doyle is her favorite character and that this is her best work. I loved it.
Doyle, who is in the background in the other books, is now center stage. The dialog is very witty and at times very humorous. Bourne has mastered the art of suspense and her language is very colorful and fits well the era. Meticulously researched, as always, Bourne delivers up a detailed well-told tale.Read more ›
Twists and turns and daring-do; brilliant characters, outstanding language and writing.
If you're iffy on buying the book and have a Kindle or one of the Kindle For apps, please just download the sample. Love it and know that it gets even better.
AND is actually is an historical novel, not just some book that happens to take place during a certain period in history.
I won't go into the plot itself. That has been done pretty thoroughly by the reviewers before me. I'm just adding my 5 stars to the mix. This book is just such a welcome relief to me after the wave of releases recently that do not deserve to have the adjective "historical" in their genre description. Add to that the fact that it is beautifully written and you have a superior historical romance.
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The second installment so this series is the story of how English spy William acquired his French wife Maggie and how she learned her spying skills. Read morePublished 4 months ago by FL Cat Lady
I loved this book. No kidding, I think I read it 3 times within a month of buying it. I loved it more than The Spymaster's Lady and The Black Hawk, even though I thought they... Read morePublished 5 months ago by midwestgirl
This author is amazing. I highly recommend her and a great start for a series of books following a group of English and French spies in the Napoleonic Wars. Great great read.Published 5 months ago by Amy
French aristocrat, Marguerite, is rescued by dashing Guillaume LeBreton and his boy sidekick, Adrian Hawker, from certain attack by a violent assassin. Read morePublished 6 months ago by ReadingMad100
If you read the Spymaster's Lady, you will love this story of Doyle and Maggie's romance. Another great read from Joanna Bourne.Published 9 months ago by Mary K.
Once I started on Joanna Bourne books I had to read them all. Enjoyed everyone of them?Published 10 months ago by Barbara K. Literski
This reads like it is chronologically the first in the series, but since all her stories are interlocking the only way I could deduce that was the age of Adrian Hawker (and... Read morePublished 11 months ago by SilverBabs
This is one of the best novels I have read in any genre. The romance and suspense plots are skillfully entwined. This is the third book that I read in the Spymaster series. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Linda Olson
Absolutely amazing book. This should be considered the first in the spymaster series although it came out later. The author's talent and depth of historical knowledge is vast. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Sue