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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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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Bourne (The Spymaster's Lady) returns to the French Revolution for her latest romance, this time matching up an English spy and a French aristocrat. Marguerite de Fleurignac, a noblewoman who smuggles émigrés to England, encounters William Doyle in the charred remains of her chateau outside of Paris. She needs sanctuary and agrees to let him escort her through the French countryside. Though she pretends to be Scottish and he claims to be French, no one in this book seems able to keep secrets: William knows Marguerite's identity, she and the French secret police both know he is hunting her father, and everyone, including the secret police and the British, knows everything about the smugglers. Nonetheless, the romance is sweet, and once William and Marguerite admit their love, the ensuing adventure story is everything a spy thriller should be. (June)
From the Publisher
"A flawless romance in which an espionage-steeped plot is deftly balanced with a lusciously sensual love story." —Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425235614
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/01/2010
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
381,310
Product dimensions:
6.84(w) x 4.32(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Joanna Bourne is the award-winning author of Rogue Spy, The Black Hawk, The Forbidden Rose, My Lord and Spymaster, and The Spymaster's Lady. She has always loved reading and writing romance. She's drawn to Revolutionary and Napoleonic France and Regency England because, as she puts it, “It was a time of love and sacrifice, daring deeds, clashing ideals, and really cool clothing.” She's lived in seven different countries, including England and France, the settings of the Spymaster series. Joanna lives on a mountaintop in the Appalachians with her family, a peculiar cat, and an old brown country dog.

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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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