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The Forbidden Rose

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  • Posted June 12, 2010

    Another fabulous book by Joanna Bourne!

    As good as Spymaster's Lady, which is saying something! A wonderful, absorbing, beautifully written book with smart, interesting characters caught up in the aftermath of the French Revolution--and caught up in a soulful, emotionally satisfying romance. Fascinating in its historical detail, superbly plotted, and often very funny, this is terrific historical fiction!

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  • Posted July 3, 2010

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    A Romantic Scarlet Pimpernel

    Once again Ms Bourne has written a novel that you do not want to have end. Returning to the time of the French Revolution, the reader will be transported to the sights, smells, danger and horror of the Revolution.

    Marguerite has been maintaining a balancing act as the head of a group who help to sumggle aristocrats out of France while keeping her own head as she is the daughter of an aristocrat herself. Doyle is the consummate British spy, confident, clever and very very dangerous. He is in France to find Marguerite's father who has created a list of people who are systematically being killed by the Republic. "Maggie" uses Doyle as a means to get to Paris after her home is burnt out. Along the way their relationship blooms, yet the future remains very uncertain.

    Ms Bourne describes everything so perfectly that you smell the fear and yet understand the need for people to continue to visit cafes and shops. Maggie does not wilt under all the pressure and acknowledges what she feels for Doyle but does not let it overwhelm her. She is matter-of-fact about what needs to be done and how to accomplish it. Doyle does the same, and yet you know that the "greater good" is still first and foremost his objective.

    This is actually a prequel to The Spymaster's Lady which is also a fantastic book. I certainly recommend both of these books very highly.

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  • Posted June 18, 2010

    Beautiful romantic book Once Again!

    This is such a great romance book. Everyone of Ms. Bourne's books have been marvelous and unique and this highly anticipated book is another classic. I love William Boyle, the hero in this book. He is kind, smart, gentle and a gentleman. Margarite/Maggie is another great female character created by this author. Not a wimp, and not over done. She simply knows right from wrong and is direct. In a world that was turned upside down during this time in France and England, she and William join forces and are smart enough to know what is happening between them, while they go about their missions. I hope you decide to read this book.

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