The Flower Reader

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Rinette Leslie of Granmuir has the ancient gift of divining the future in flowers, but her gift cannot prepare her for the turmoil that comes when the dying queen regent entrusts her with a casket full of Scotland's darkest secrets. On the very day she means to deliver it to newly crowned Mary, Queen of Scots, Rinette's husband is brutally assassinated.

Devastated, Rinette demands justice before she will surrender the casket, but she is surrounded by ruthless men who will do ...

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Overview

Rinette Leslie of Granmuir has the ancient gift of divining the future in flowers, but her gift cannot prepare her for the turmoil that comes when the dying queen regent entrusts her with a casket full of Scotland's darkest secrets. On the very day she means to deliver it to newly crowned Mary, Queen of Scots, Rinette's husband is brutally assassinated.

Devastated, Rinette demands justice before she will surrender the casket, but she is surrounded by ruthless men who will do anything to possess it. In the end, the flowers are all she can trust-and only the flowers will lead her safely home to Granmuir.

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"A spellbinding story of Rinette Leslie, a spirited young woman who carries secrets and gifts that theaten the throne of Mary, Queen of Scotland in the 1560s. Assassins, secret caskets, and the whispers flowers can speak thread through the story. The flower imageery is lovely..."
Karleen Koen, author of Through a Glass Darkly and Before Versailles

"Elizabeth Loupas' engaging second effort gives a thought-provoking peek into the inner working of the court of Mary, Queen of Scots. Thick with intrigue and spiced with scandal, The Flower Reader is a lush, vibrant tapestry of a book."
Deanna Raybourn, national betselling author of The Dark Enquiry

“Mary Stuart is portrayed in all the fullness of her enchanting youth: impulsive and sweet, majestic and clever but also vain, naïve, temperamental and slightly neurotic. Her court is brought to life, as are the various factions and plots which rend Scotland asunder and lead to Mary’s downfall. Loupas accurately depicts a stormy, complex era by means of a page-turning mystery and romance.”
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“Loupas demonstrates how meticulous research and lush details make for a fascinating novel, drawing readers into the court and life of Mary, Queen of Scots, through the eyes of a young woman whose ability to divine the future through flowers leads her to danger and love. The mystery and treachery of the era, and the political struggles, are all wonderfully portrayed.” –Romantic Times

“The novel mixes history with fiction brilliantly. The time period is well-researched, so much thought and detail is put into the novel, and you can tell how much Loupas enjoyed writing the novel. The passion and love for the characters and plot shine through. The Flower Reader is guaranteed to be a top novel of 2012!” –Examiner.com (Pittsburgh Examiner, PA)

"...the character of Rinette bursts forth from the start, showing her strong resolve to keep herself, her loved ones, her property and her resolve under murderous pressures! I loved her brave spirit and her willingness to stare down death and queens despite her youth, power and lack of weapons. Because of this beautiful, mystically talented and unabashedly strong woman this novel is one of my favorite historical novels this season... five stars."
—A Bookish Libraria

"In this richly dramatic and darkly potent historical novel, Elizabeth Loupas unveils a tale of dark intrigue imbued with drama, violence and love..."
—Raging Bibliomania

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451235817
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/3/2012
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 269,136
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Loupas has held various positions in radio and television, and worked as an editor, writer, and marketing consultant. She lives near Dallas, Texas.

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  • Posted May 31, 2012

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    If I had to pick a genre of book that is my absolute favorite, i

    If I had to pick a genre of book that is my absolute favorite, it would be historical fiction. More specifically, historical fiction that takes place in Europe between the reigns of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. I find the history between England and Scotland during this time to be absolutely fascinating! When I was offered the opportunity to join the blog tour for The Flower Reader by Elizabeth Loupas I immediately said yes, knowing it took place during my favorite time period!

    Rinette Leslie has quite the interesting gift. She can read flowers as if they are Tarot cards, divining the future through her connection with all things floral and plant related. Additionally, she is one of the ladies in waiting to Mary of Guise, the Queen of Scotland. On her deathbed, the Queen asks Rinette to use her gift to tell her what her future holds, yet once everyone leaves her alone with the Queen, she encounters a different task: the Queen gives Rinette a small casket full of important letters and documents that she instructs Rinette to keep safe until her daughter, Mary Stuart, can return to Scotland and ascend to power. Unable to resist a look at their important cargo, Rinette and her husband open the casket and find that the letters and documents are meant to help Mary Stuart in her quest to take over the throne, and contain very important secrets. As a result of his knowledge of the contents of the coffin, Rinette’s husband is murdered by an unknown assailant. Distraught and filled with vengeance, Rinette takes a place at the new Queen’s court in order to hunt down her husband’s killer. Will her plans succeed? Will she too be killed over the casket’s contents?

    When I first finished this book, I was struck by the Loupas’ creativity. It’s not every day that you hear of a character that has the power to read futures in flowers! I think it added an interesting touch to Rinette’s personality, and helped make her character seem more mysterious and powerful. Granted, as a woman who has lost her love and vows revenge she is quite powerful on her own, but this touch seemed to make her quest that much more adventurous and really made the chapters fly by. The plot moves as a break-neck pace, and events are constantly swirling. When you think things have calmed down for a moment, it picks right back up again. There is definitely no shortage of action in this story.

    Another thing I noticed was the correlation between Loupas’ writing style and Phillipa Gregory’s. I definitely think that fans of Phillipa would enjoy this work, as there are similarities in how intricate and exciting the plots are. The anticipation and antsy feeling that I got while reading about Rinette’s adventures definitely reminded me of Phillipa’s works. And being that Phillipa is one of the best known writers of this genre, that’s a good thing! One slight detraction I did notice was that the sheer amount of characters in this work tended to confuse me at parts. The character index in the front of the novel did help a bit, but I still was scratching my head at some points.

    Overall, Loupas’ tale is an excellently written story of love, betrayal, revenge, and loyalty. Couple this with an exciting plot that leaves you on the edge of your seat, waiting to see what will happen next, and you have a recipe for a great hit. I definitely recommend this one, especially to all the Phillipa fans out there. You won’t be disappointed!

    (Reflections of a Book Addict)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2013

    Great book!!!!

    I love how it's written. Lots of imagery with the flower reading and all, and the main character doesn't let you down. She's so brave, and I saw her as a total badass. One of my fave books :)

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  • Posted August 21, 2012

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    Review: The Flower Reader

    There's a few reasons this book peaked my interest. First off, I've never heard divining the future through flowers. It completely intrigued me. Second, I've read a lot about Mary, Queen of Scots. But, it's always been from the English point of view. Third, I loved Elizabeth Loupas' first book, so I had high hopes for this one. Needless to say, my expectations might have been a little high. It did not fail me.

    I loved Rinette from the opening pages. She understands the complications of being someone of noble birth, but she longs to be away from the center of all the drama. She knows her hearts desire. But, life is not always kind and that future is ripped from her before it barely begins. After that, she makes it her new mission to play the games of the court to figure out who killed her husband and why.

    The mystery aspect of this story I was not expecting. One of the most frustrating aspects of historical fiction is often the sheer volume of character. That actually works to the advantage in this story because I honestly had no clue who it was. But, I did find "his" association with a certain group of people to be absolutely fascinating. Solving a crime like this would be difficulty in any time period. But, I think it might have especially trying in this one and add in the fact that Rinette is a women. It doesn't exactly open doors.

    Ienjoyed the slow romance as well. I was expecting it with the characters, but I loved the way it played out. I felt sorry for Rinette in the fact that she happens to fall in love with people who may no always have her best interests at heart (although, I think that changed in the end).

    I was reminded greatly in this book at how hard it was to be a women in this time period. Rinette is constantly being made to feel inferior. Those around her are always trying to bend and break her. She's rare in the fact that she owns property, but it wouldn't take much for that to be stripped from her. She can be forced to marry, her children taken from her, and anything else that might define her as a person. It was really frustrating to me.

    A great historical fiction. I'll add Elizabeth Loupas to my must read list! (I love that fact the both her books have been set in different countries. Were will she go next?)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2012

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    I am a great fan of historical fiction. Especially European historical fiction. This book was up to the task! Great characters with a touch of royalty thrown in. Good book!

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    Posted June 13, 2012

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  • Posted May 9, 2012

    LOVED IT...NOW WAITING FOR ANOTHER BOOK BY THIS AUTHOR!

    Elizabeth Loupas' first book, "The Second Duchess" was one of my favorites from last year. "The Flower Reader", another historical fiction novel taking place in the 1500's, combines fictional characters and non fictional characters (the depiction of Mary Stuart was particularly interesting to me), to tell a story of murder, court politics and love in Scotland. It reminded me somewhat of "The Other Boleyn Girl" with all of the many many court injustices put forth by the royalty at the time . But I loved the story of the main character, Rinette Leslie, who is on a hunt to solve her husband's murder, with a mysterious small casket holding secret papers from Nostradamus, at the heart of it all. I will definitely be reading Ms. Loupas' third book.

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  • Posted April 23, 2012

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    I enjoyed this book immensely. From start to finish I found Rin

    I enjoyed this book immensely. From start to finish I found Rinnette one of the most engaging and feisty of heroines historical fiction has offered in a good while. There are many strong historical women characters in recent historical fiction I've had the pleasure of reading, and I'm not meaning to take my praise from them. However, the character of Rinnette bursts forth from the start, showing her strong resolve to keep herself, her loved ones, her property and her resolve under murderous pressures! I loved her brave spirit and her willingness to stare down death and queens despite her youth, power and lack of weapons. Because of this beautiful, mystically talented and unabashedly strong woman this novel is one of my favorite historical novels this season.

    Rinnette is a brilliant character who will endear herself to readers and keep you hungry to finish her story.


    Played out on the world stage of the courts where such historic figures reigned such as Queen Mary of Guise, Mary Queen of Scots and the Scottish clans...not to mention such notables as Nostradamus,
    Elizabeth Queen of England, and Catherine de Medicis, this is a tapestry of time and intrigue that is absorbing in and of itself. Elizabeth Loupas has then laid a set of secrets and mysteries that rival the CIA! It's a plot that kept me reading, and that moved at a steady, rapid pace.

    I appreciated her writing style and her development of a world within the real world with adjunct characters that didn't really exist but seemed plausible!

    The relationships between her characters; Rinnette with her husband and her children, for instance, was palpable, striking at my heart strings. I felt a deep sense of loss with her at times, and a joy at other times. Ms Loupas has a strong gift of portraying emotion and personal relationships that gives her book depth and character.

    I really loved the element of the flowers and Rinnettes "reading" of them at every bend as she encountered friend and foe. This added a dimension to the book unlike any other historical fiction I'd read, obviously! In her section at the back of the book, Ms Loupas is interviewed about this element and she gives the history behind flower "discernment." I found it fascinating. The connection with herbal healing as we know it today and our use of "diffusion" for different states of relaxation and such, show us some small connection to the practice Rinnette must have been using.

    On a deeper level, and with a immediate mystical response, Rinnette was a master "flower reader" foretelling the future constantly...it was so exciting to read this part of Elizabeth Loupas's story.

    In summary, a great book of historical fiction which I absolutely adored reading. I highly recommend it to all lovers of the genre, and to others of you who are thinking of taking a step into historical fiction. It is a mystical, feminist, mystery and family dynamic of a book. Great reading!

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