Historical Romance Book Review: The Rose and the Thistle

About the Book

Title: The Rose and the Thistle 

Author: Laura Frantz 

Genre: Historical Romance 

Publisher: Revell 

Release Date: January 3, 2023

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Publisher's Book Description

“Amid the Jacobite uprising of 1715, an English heiress flees to the Scottish lowlands to stay with allies of her powerful family. But while castle walls may protect her from the enemy outside, a whirlwind of intrigue, shifting allegiances, and temptations of the heart lie within.”

My Review

From beginning to end, The Rose and the Thistle, by Laura Frantzis a sweeping love story! Compelling characters, integral settings, important themes, and a stunning plot make this historical romance as wonderful as it is riveting. With a perfect combination of romance and history, this novel is thoroughly entertaining. 


Abounding with meaningful themes such as faith, trust, truth, and courage, The Rose and the Thistle is an emotionally-stirring and thoughtful book. Many surprises and plenty of heart enrich a storyline that is intriguing, moving, and meaningful. Adding depth to this plot is a breathtaking Scottish setting in which ancient castles, drafty rooms in tall stone towers, shadowy gardens at midnight, and even the bustling city streets of eighteenth century Edinburgh help to make the story truly unforgettable. And within this setting, captivating characters are introduced. Page by page, these characters show themselves to be witty, clever, compassionate, courageous, and honorable. Their resiliency and unflagging hope in the face of genuine peril is inspiring. Theirs is a remarkable story of courage and love through unsettled times. 

Chapter by chapter, I was thoroughly enchanted by this beautifully written book. Richly detailed and thoughtfully composed, it is certainly an exceptional novel. It is a story I will long remember and greatly appreciate. I recommend it most sincerely. 

*I was given a copy of this book by the publisher. A review was not required. The review I have written is voluntary and contains opinions that are entirely my own.


About the Author: Laura Frantz

“Christy Award-winning author, Laura Frantz, is passionate about all things historical, particularly the 18th-century, and writes her manuscripts in longhand first. Her stories often incorporate Scottish themes that reflect her family heritage. She is a direct descendant of George Hume, Wedderburn Castle, Berwickshire, Scotland, who was exiled to the American colonies for his role in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715, settled in Virginia, and is credited with teaching George Washington surveying in the years 1748-1750. Proud of her heritage, she is also a Daughter of the American Revolution. When not at home in Kentucky, she and her husband live in Washington State.  

According to Publishers Weekly, "Frantz has done her historical homework." With her signature attention to historical detail and emotional depth, she is represented by Janet Kobobel Grant, Literary Agent & Founder, Books & Such Literary Agency of Santa Rosa, California. Foreign language editions include French, Dutch, Spanish, Slovakian, German & Polish.” -- Biography from Laura Frantz’s author page on Amazon.com.

Click here to visit Laura Frantz's website.


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