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Product Details

  • Series: Once Upon
  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Jove (October 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515131660
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515131666
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 4.2 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #323,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

An addition to the "Once Upon..." series (Once Upon a Dream, etc.), this anthology of magical stories is anchored once again by the prolific Roberts. All four entries have the vaguely mystical feel of the fairy tale and the connecting conceit of the rose. The best of the lot is Willman's "The Fairest Rose," a quest narrative with a winning heroine who displays a strength of will that surprises even herself. The weak link is "The Roses of Glenross," by Langan. Featuring a pair of battle-scarred lovers recuperating in a haunted Scottish abbey, the story is tainted by inconsistent characterizations and a contrived rose motif. Roberts deftly conjures a fantasy world of ice and snow in "Winter Rose," but her chilly tale lacks the fiery romantic tension typical of her writing. Finally, Jill Gregory's "The Rose and the Sword" is an engaging but slight quest narrative; the hero and heroine achieve their ends too hastily and learn very little from their journey. The rose motif ties this anthology together better than many similar projects, but none of the selections are outstanding. Although each of the contributing authors has a loyal fan base who will be pleased by this book, this isn't a worthy introduction to their work. (Oct. 2)Forecast: With Roberts's name emblazoned on the cover in large print, this mystical anthology will sell, especially among avid readers of historical romance and fans of fantasy.

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Roses link four novellas by four romance writers. The best is Roberts' powerful fairy tale of a kingdom imprisoned in ice and snow that features a wounded hero from another land who appreciates all that the young hardworking queen does for her people, even risking her own life to magically heal those who need it. Marianne Willman's story is about the daughter of a king hidden from the evil sorceress queen by means of an amulet forged with rose petals. Jill Gregory's tale is of a princess who, upon her twentieth birthday, will lose the protection that has kept her hidden from the evil sorcerer who had slain her family. Her only hope of surviving is to marry a man with a magical sword. Ruth Ryan Langan tells of a mute girl in war-torn Scotland and a wounded warrior. As with all collections, some stories will appeal more to some readers than to others. Diana Tixier Herald
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I really hate to be this blunt, but the storyline could have been much better.
S. Lin
I thouroughly enjoyed this novel and would suggest it to anyone who loves a good fairy tale or love story in general.
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Herself along with Jill Gregory, Ruth Ryan Langan, and Marianne Willman give us enchanting tales of magic!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 10, 2001
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Okay, I admit it. I'm a sucker for a good fairy tale. We all grew up hearing the stories of the prince who comes and rescues the beautiful princess from the evil queen. Now that I'm older, I'm not afraid to admit that I'm still attracted to those kind of stories. And that's why I absolutely loved Nora Roberts' "Once Upon A Rose". She, along with authors Jill Gregory, Ruth Ryan Langan and Marianne Willman weave four enchanting tales of wicked queens, handsome princes and magical creatures.
The first story, "Winter Rose" is written by Nora Roberts. It's the tale of Prince Kylar of Myrdon who wonders into a mythical land cursed with eternal winter. The prince has been injured in battle and is on the brink of death when he is rescued by Deidre, Queen of the Isle of Winter, who because of the curse cannot love. Kylar falls in love with Deidre and vows to find a way to break the curse.
The second story, "The Rose and the Sword" by Jill Gregory revolves around Brittany, the long lost princess of Palladrin, thought to have been murdered along with her family by Darius, the evil wizard. Hidden by a kind wizard and by Queen Elysia, Brittany has grown up knowing nothing of her family and that she is the rightful heir to Palladrin. Two days before her 20th birthday, Queen Elysia tells Brittany, really Britta, that a spell was cast when she was a child to protect her from Darius. The spell though, only lasts until her 20th birthday and that after then Darius will be able to see her and will try to kill her. To prevent this, Brittany must seek out and marry her betrothed Prince Lucius of Marric, who holds the Jeweled Sword. She also has to find the Rose Scepter. Together, the Jeweled Sword and the Rose Scepter can defeat Darius and reunite the kingdom of Palladrin.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "intentaccess" on January 15, 2002
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I love a great fairy tale! I absolutely love Nora Roberts and her "Once Upon a Rose " is no exception. Herself along with Jill Gregory, Ruth Ryan Langan, and Marianne
Willman give us enchanting tales of magic! Filled with handsome princes and of course wicked queens. I truly enjoyed all the stories in this anthology as all of the stories are well written with intriguing characters. I absolutely recommend this anthology, it is enjoyable, fun and truly enchanting!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joyously Retired Teacher on January 28, 2002
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As I was sitting at home recovering from the flu, I thought I could use a good fairy tale to make me forget all my aches and pains, so I grabbed this book off the shelf. Although pleasant enough little tales, there were rather annoying flaws in every story.
"Winter Rose" by Nora Roberts has some eerie parallels to the story of "Beauty and the Beast," what with the symbolism of the rose and the curse and all.
"The Rose and the Sword" by Jill Gregory was probably the best of the lot; however, the hero's initial nastiness was somewhat overdone, which made it difficult to believe his miraculous transformation on their wedding night.
"The Roses of Glenross" was easily the weakest story, although the love story was very evocative and sweet. The plot seemed a bit contrived, and it was with a raised eyebrow that I read about the two lovers consummating their love without benefit of marriage on the grounds of a convent with the holy sisters' full approval.
"The Fairest Rose" by Marianne Willman is plagued with a hero who is infatuated with the heroine's half-sister until the very end, at which time we are expected to believe that he is REALLY in love with the heroine herself and has been for some time. Frankly, I thought Rosaleen deserved much better.
In fact, one of my complaints about these novellas is the absolute perfection of the heroines, especially in contrast to the heroes (at least in the case of "The Rose and the Sword" and "The Fairest Rose"). These women are too beautiful and good to be believed. How could anyone stand to be around them? The men, on the other hand, range from normal men with the usual faults to a man who paws serving women in the presence of his betrothed. I guess it's the usual double standard that you find in most fairy stories. And I did forget my aches and pains for awhile, so it was definitely time well-spent.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Holbrook on November 12, 2001
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I enjoyed this story very much. I am a huge fan so of course, I like all Ms.Roberts books-- I have to admit however that I liked
Heaven and Earth a little better than Once Upon A Rose.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sophie on December 17, 2001
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... I thought it was great. "Once Upon a Rose" contains four lovely tales of mythical lands and happily ever afters.
The first tale, "Winter Rose" by Nora Roberts, is fantastic. Prince Kylar of Myrdon has been injured in battle, and wanders into a land cursed with eternal winter. He is saved and nursed back to health by Deirdre, Queen of the Isle of Winter. Deirdre is a healer and a hard-working queen, but the curse that has frozen her land has also frozen her heart, so she cannot love. Kylar is fascinated by this dedicated and selfless queen, and vows to find a way to break the spell and win her heart. This tale will delight readers!
"The Rose and the Sword" by Jill Gregory introduces Brittany, the long lost princess of Palladrin, who has been protected from the evil wizard Darius, who murdered her family many years ago, by a spell that will end on her 20th birthday. Now, only a few days before that fateful day, Brittany's only chance is to seek out and marry her betrothed, Prince Lucius of Marric. Lucius has a special jewelled sword, which raised with the hidden Rose Sceptre, can defeat Darius. Lucius and Brittany must journey to find the Rose Sceptre together, or all will be lost. When Brittany finds Lucius, he is in a sorry state of self-pity, and seems incapable of heroism. But after only a short time in Brittany's company, love blooms in Lucius' heart and changes everything!
Ruth Ryan Langan's "The Roses of Glenross" is the weakest story in this anthology, although it is still an enjoyable read. It is set in a war-torn Scotland, and begins with the courageous Jamie Morgan rescuing Alexa MacCallum from the barbarians who have just murdered her family.
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