Rose Have Thorns by Sandra Byrd ~ Review + 2 Giveaways!

Roses Have Thorns: A Novel of Elizabeth I (Ladies in Waiting #3)
My Review: A sweeping historical read that explores life at court and the friendship between Queen Elizabeth I and Helena von Snakenborg.

Every time I read one of Sandra Byrd's historicals, I find myself swept back to another place and time, where grandeur is deceptive and fleeting. I had heard of Helena von Snakenborg previously, but I didn't know that much about her, I loved how she was portrayed, as well as her friendship with the queen. Elizabeth I was shown in her humanity, as a woman who wasn't perfect but always did what she believed best for England, even at her own cost.

I learned so much about the time and the politics of the day, and the way Ms. Byrd portrayed the situations and people, felt honest and true to the times.

Overall, this is another terrific book by Ms. Byrd! The Tudors are so fascinating to me, and I've always loved to read about them, though there are not many books out there that I believe portray the characters as honestly as this series does. Full of intrigue, and rich in history, Roses Have Thorns is a book that will keep you glued to the page, and you might find that you have learned quite a bit of history along the way! A book I highly recommend!

I received this book from the author and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

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  1. Elizabeth is a mystery who became a legend. I have read a book about her yet but I have read books that include her and I have always found her fascinating.


  2. learning more about her life

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  3. Thank you so much, Faye! I always appreciate your thoughtful, thorough reviews and am thrilled that you loved the book. Carol and Karen, I hope you'll enjoy reading about Elizabeth, in my book or any other. Fascinating woman! :)

  4. This book looks fascinating!

  5. I love reading about the reality of historical women and the way they were used by God.

  6. I find it amazing that she was born a princess & then after her mother was whacked - she was now considered illegitimate - and we think today's world is nasty!

    This sounds like such a great book - & I love the cover!

  7. How long she reined and that she wound up being Queen after her mother was executed.

  8. I like how she always did what she thought was best for England.

  9. I just think it's interesting to read about her and that era.


  10. I like the dresses and the mansions, and the Titles like, LORD, etc. I would love to win this book. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

  11. I think I find Elizabeth interesting and enjoying reading about her and finding out more about her, sometimes I wonder if she was lonely since she never married. I also love everything about this time period.

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  12. I think it was so interesting how she was revered as queen then she gave up everything for the people...not often do those types of reigns seem beloved


  13. Eliza, that is a very good point!

  14. I was always fascinated by how she never gave into the pressure to marry.


  15. This one looks fascinating. I've never read any of Sandra's before.


  16. And since I commented before I actually read what I was supposed to comment on, I'm leaving another comment.

    There's so much rich history with Elizabeth I. I've always been slightly fascinated with the whole era (Shakespeare, etc), but I think what really fascinates me is that she was a strong woman in a man's job.


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