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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade (January 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425219143
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425219140
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #498,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A Perfect 10!"  ~~ Romance Reviews Today. Winner of BEST BOOK OF 2008 (Historical) from the Reviewers at Romance Reviews Today --romrevtoday.com/Best%20Books%202008/best%20books%202008.htm (added by author)

"Awesome."  CataNetwork/Single Titles. Winner of BEST NOVEL OF 2008 (Historical) from the Reviewers at CataNetwork
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"Rich descriptions, realistic dialogue and fascinating people thrust her story forward. Worth proves that history is as powerful as fiction. "~~ Romantic Times Magazine
--rtbookreviews.com/book-review/lady-roses (added by author)

"Sandra Worth threads together the most bittersweet love story since Romeo and Juliet."
J. Kaye Oldner, Revish
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"If you liked THE BLACK ARROW by Robert Louis Stevenson, IVANHOE by Sir Walter Scott, or NEFERTITI by Michelle Moran, you'll love LADY OF THE ROSES." ~Enduring Romance
--enduringromance.blogspot.com/search?q=lady+of+the+roses (added by author)

About the Author

Sandra Worth is the acclaimed author of five historical novels chronicling the demise of the Plantagenet dynasty and the rise of the Tudors in England. Each is the recipient of multiple honors for a combined total of fifteen awards and prizes. These include three coveted Reviewers Choice Awards and a "Best Books" 2009 national pick from USA Booknews.com. She lives in Texas. Visit her website at sandraworth.com

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"Sandra Worth is the award-winning author of six novels chronicling the demise of the Plantagenet dynasty in England and the rise of the Tudors. She is internationally published and her books have won multiple awards and prizes, including three Reviewers' Choice Awards and a Francis Ford Coppola-Ray Bradbury-Moxie Films sponsored prize."

Visit her website at www.sandraworth.com

Customer Reviews

Defiantly a recommended read.
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John Neville, brother of the Kingmaker, and a die-hard Yorkist meets and falls in love with Isobel, the Lancastrian ward of Queen Marguerite.
J. Wolstenholme
It was historically factual with the story woven in between the facts.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By J. Wolstenholme on January 2, 2008
Format: Paperback
John Neville, brother of the Kingmaker, and a die-hard Yorkist meets and falls in love with Isobel, the Lancastrian ward of Queen Marguerite. It's an unlikely match, but the two are a determined pair.

Times are uncertain as the young couple begin their union for King Henry is mentally and physically ill, his powerful wife is determined to secure the throne for her son, and the Yorkists are not about to allow the French-born queen to rule unchecked. How will Isobel and John survive the inevitable conflicts that lie ahead?

While little is known about Isobel, Ms. Worth brings her to life in two
ways - first by having Isobel tell the story through her eyes, and second, by the incredibly detailed and beautifully researched scenes that fit into the historically known time period. Readers meet the lovely, intelligent girl that John falls in love with - a girl who grows into a vital, loving mother, wife, and chronicler of all she witnesses around her. John has long been considered a chivalrous, courageous soldier who loyally served both his older brother and England.

LADY OF THE ROSES is Sandra Worth's latest novel after her hugely
successful ROSE OF YORK trilogy about Richard III. Her hallmarks of
meticulous research and excellent character development continue in this
new story that pre-dates the trilogy. This book kept me up late, and I
hated for it to end. LADY OF THE ROSES, like its predecessors, is A
Perfect 10. And don't miss the ROSE OF YORK books: LOVE & WAR, CROWN OF
DESTINY, and FALL FROM GRACE.

Jani Brooks
Romance Reviews Today
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While Worth's Rose of York Trilogy ("Love and War", "Fall from Grace", "Crown of Destiny") deals with the troubled years of Edward's reign through the fall of Richard III and the rise of Henry VII, Lady of the Roses sets the stage for the conflict, the entrenched factions and treacherous plots that attend a struggle for control of the kingdom, but with the added poignancy of a sheltered young woman's impetuous and successful marriage to a man forbidden by time and circumstance (Isobel Ingoldesthorpe and John Neville, brother of Richard Neville, "the Kingmaker"). Believing in their commitment, Isobel is unwavering, embracing her marriage while conscious of the price. Soon enough, the world intrudes, and with it the enmity of the great families of the realm. Given the nature of this interminable war, Isobel realizes that she may not always have her great prize, that such a love is purchased dearly.

It is Isobel's leap of faith that Worth so beautifully captures, a 15th century Romeo and Juliet prey to the indifference of a country at war. Arriving at the court of Henry VI and his queen, Marguerite d' Anjou, Isobel is essentially a Lancastrian. But when the comely Isobel sets eyes on the handsome John Neville, a Yorkist, the die is cast. Realizing it is in the queen's power to decide whom she will wed, Isobel invokes the privilege of agreeing to any match, to which Marguerite acquiesces. After much negotiation, Marguerite allows the marriage to proceed- at an exorbitant bride-price. But once married, Isobel departs Marguerite's court, carrying the queen's ring, in exchange for which she may ask a favor in time of need.

Marguerite is challenged by an increasingly popular Earl of Warwick, John's brother, the Earl earning the people's loyalty and affection.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Viviane Crystal VINE VOICE on January 23, 2008
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"I went to bed early one night...tired and preoccupied with musings about love. then - was it a vision, a dream? - Love himself suddenly appeared before me, taking the heart from my breast and handing it to Desire..." An apt quote bespeaks the essence of a tale, in this case the story of the uniquely passionate, tender and forbearing love between Isobel Ingoldesthorpe and John Neville, the Yorkist. Their love endures through the thorny historical events of fifteen years commonly known as the War of the Roses.

Sandra Worth has once again captured the tornado-whirling shifts of loyalty as England watches two mad woman change the course of history, Marguerite d'Anjou - Henry VI's French queen - and later Elizabeth Woodville - Edward IV's beautiful wife. The former believes she is trying to bring peace to her simple, holy husband's land, the latter spouse flourishes by feeding years of imagined hurtful memories with unmitigated revenge. Their sheer, unadulterated terror will destroy England's aristocracy, including the famed kingmaker, Warwick, John Neville's brother. John himself will rise to the heights of power and lose almost all of it.

Isobel is a feisty, intelligent and compassionate character whose observations have the same effect on the reader that she experiences. When one thinks that cruelty, savagery and insanity have reached their limit, another betrayal with its accompanying horrors or unexpected deaths arises to leave Isobel and all of England reeling with shock.

When it seems that the common people are suffering the most from their leaders' cruelty and blood lust, it is Isobel who cares enough to help them survive and believe in something higher.
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