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The Forbidden Rose
     

The Forbidden Rose

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by Joanna Bourne
 

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A career is blooming...

A glittering French aristocrat is on the run, disguised as a British governess. England's top spy has a score to settle with her family. But as they're drawn inexorably into the intrigue and madness of Revolutionary Paris, they gamble on a love to which neither of them will admit.

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The Forbidden Rose 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
ElisaB More than 1 year ago
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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Aemelia More than 1 year ago
In the beginning I loved the descriptive prose used by Ms. Bourne, but that didn't last very long, as I soon found it tiresome. The characters talked a lot without really saying nor accomplishing anything. I just couldn't get into the book, because the storyline seemed to ramble on. It was a real struggle for me to finish, because I was bored with most of the characters and the plot lines. I like an intelligent, passionate heroine, they don't have to be perfect, but they must feel intense emotions for their causes. Marguerite was not such an heroine, she came across as foolish, she was supposed to be a great smuggler and treasonist. I didn't feel that she even cared for those she was helping, she seemed to hold most of them in a condescending contempt. I felt that she had NO passion for her cause. I wished that she exhibited more fervor for what she was involved in, she was very lackluster. At least with William I knew exactly where he stood. He was a spy first, a man second, though Maggie seemed to make him forget that. But he was passionate about his job, he was well-informed, and worked at being the best. For that I respected his character. My favorite character was Adrien Hawking. He by far had the best personality, and I could feel his emotions and expansions as a character, watching him grow into his part. If I ever do read another Joanna Bourne story, I really hope she paired him with a strong, intelligent, independent woman, because she will have to be able to stand up to his strong personality.
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