Book Review: “Roses Have Thorns” By Sandra Byrd

April 23, 2013 at 12:43 pm | Posted in Books | 1 Comment
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Sandra Byrd in her new book, “Roses Have Thorns book coverRoses Have Thorns” A Novel of Elizabeth I Book Three in The Tudor series published by Howard Books takes us into the life of Elin von Snakenborg AKA Helena.

From the Back Cover:  What happens when serving a queen may cost you your marriage–or your life?

In 1565, seventeen-year-old Elin von Snakenborg leaves Sweden on a treacherous journey to England. Her fiance has fallen in love with her sister and her dowry money has been gambled away, but ahead of her lies an adventure that will take her to the dizzying heights of Tudor power. Transformed through marriage into Helena, the Marchioness of Northampton, she becomes the highest-ranking woman in Elizabeth’s circle.

But in a court that is surrounded by Catholic enemies who plot the queen’s downfall, Helena is forced to choose between her unyielding monarch and the husband she’s not sure she can trust–a choice that will provoke catastrophic consequences.

A rich, tautly woven tale of love, deception, and grace, “Roses Have Thorns” Vividly conjures the years leading up to the beheading of Mary Queen of Scots and is a brilliant exploration of treason, both to the realm and to the heart.

I like history and if you give me history that I am not really all that familiar with I like it even more.  Sandra Byrd has given us a novel about the reign of Elizabeth I of England.  Elizabeth’s story is told through the story of Elin from Sweden, who changes her name to Helena when she stays in England.  It deals with the inner court and what these ladies were there for.  “Roses Have Thorns” is full of deceit, political wheeling dealings, mistrust and some shady characters.  There are also the events that led to the beheading of Mary, Queen of Scots.  It also has romance.  As I said this is a historical novel and it is very well researched.  I don’t generally receive books set in this time period so I was very glad to get this one.  Sandra Byrd did a great job.  You will like this book as well.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Howard Books for this review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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  1. Thank you for your thoughtful review, Vic. I appreciate that you’ve taken the time to read my books out of the many available!

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