The Rose and the Thistle by Laura Frantz ~ Book Review

February 6, 2023


About the Book 

Book: The Rose and Thistle
Author: Laura Frantz
Genre: Historical Christian Fiction
Publisher: Revell
Release Date: January 3, 2023

In 1715, Lady Blythe Hedley's father is declared an enemy of the British crown because of his Jacobite sympathies, forcing her to flee her home in northern England. Secreted to the tower of Wedderburn Castle in Scotland, Lady Blythe awaits who will ultimately be crowned king. But in a house with seven sons and numerous servants, her presence soon becomes known.

No sooner has Everard Hume lost his father, Lord Wedderburn, than Lady Hedley arrives with the clothes on her back and her mistress in tow. He has his own problems--a volatile brother with dangerous political leanings, an estate to manage, and a very young brother in need of comfort and direction in the wake of losing his father. It would be best for everyone if he could send this misfit heiress on her way as soon as possible.

Drawn into a whirlwind of intrigue, shifting alliances, and ambitions, Lady Blythe must be careful whom she trusts. Her fortune, her future, and her very life are at stake. Those who appear to be adversaries may turn out to be allies--and those who pretend friendship may be enemies.

My Thoughts 

I can't express how amazing this story was. Laura Frantz has written yet another great story that I completely was consumed with until the wee hours of the night! The research for this story was impeccable. The details were so vivid it was like you were in the story with these characters. Made you want to travel to Scotland!

The story is set in the 1700's during the Jacobite rebellion. Lady Blythe and Everard are put together rather blindly due to some unpreventable circumstances but I loved how their story comes together. Theirs is definitely a slow burn but I was completely invested in it. Their interactions were great and goodness is he swoony!! The way their love blossomed was truly amazing 

There are other characters in the story that also need mentioning, the Hume brothers definitely not only make a mark on the storyline but also in your heart especially the adorable younger brother Orin. Seriously I could go back into this timeline to read his story as a grown man and also his brothers. 

The faith thread was intact and strong as Lady Blythe must make a choice to follow her Catholic faith or Laird Everard's. Decisions must be made, there are twists and turns that were not expected and there is of course romance!! 

Overall I absolutely loved this story so much and I cannot wait to read more from Mrs. Frantz! I now wait impatiently for her next book!

My Rating: 5 Stars/ Absolutely LOVED it!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

About the 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. Frantz lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky.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.Readers can find Laura Frantz at

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