Rosamund (Friarsgate Inheritance Series #1)

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Rosamund Bolton is the heiress to the manor of Friarsgate in the wild Cumbrian border between England and Scotland. More than a splendid inheritance, Friarsgate will chart the fate of the orphaned beauty widowed at a precious young age. It will take her on an adventure that will test the limits of passion and betrayal, change the meaning of the word enemy, and turn even the most daring fantasy into true love...

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Overview

Rosamund Bolton is the heiress to the manor of Friarsgate in the wild Cumbrian border between England and Scotland. More than a splendid inheritance, Friarsgate will chart the fate of the orphaned beauty widowed at a precious young age. It will take her on an adventure that will test the limits of passion and betrayal, change the meaning of the word enemy, and turn even the most daring fantasy into true love...

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Excellent...sensual historical romance.
Publishers Weekly
Bertrice Small creates cover-to-cover passion, a keen sense of history, and suspense.
Publishers Weekly
At the age of 14, Rosamund Bolton has already been married and widowed twice. The eponymous heroine of Bertrice Small's Rosamund is the heiress of Friarsgate, an estate on the border between England and Scotland. Her grasping uncle strives to secure her fortune for his own use, but Rosamund is rescued by the patronage of the king, Henry Tudor, who brings her to court and finds her a third husband. Rosamund endures the court intrigue, but she longs for the fields of Friarsgate. Once back in the country, she settles down to raising her three daughters. She has not seen the last of Windsor, though-or young Henry VIII, who vows to bed her. Small's story is slow moving and her prose stiff (" `I am the heiress to Friarsgate,' " she answered him simply yet proudly"), but Rosamund is an engaging heroine-happily, since this is the first installment in a new series.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451211682
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/6/2004
  • Series: Friarsgate Inheritance Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 234,264
  • Product dimensions: 4.28 (w) x 6.84 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Meet the Author

Bertrice Smallhas written thirty novels of historical romance and two erotic novellas. She is a New York Times bestselling author and the recipient of numerous awards. In keeping with her profession, Bertrice Small lives in the oldest English-speaking town in the state of New York, founded in 1640. Her light-filled studio includes the paintings of her favorite cover artist, Elaine Duillo, and a large library—but no computer as she works on an IBM Quietwriter 7. Her longtime assistant, Judy Walker, types the final draft. Because she believes in happy endings, Bertrice Small has been married to the same man, her hero, George, for thirty-eight years. They have a son, Thomas, a daughter-in-law, Megan, and two adorable grandchildren, Chandler David and Cora Alexandra. Longtime readers will be happy to know that Nicki the Cockatiel flourishes along with his fellow housemates, Pookie, the long-haired greige and white, Honeybun, the petite orange lady cat with the cream-colored paws, and Finnegan, the black long-haired baby of the family, who is almost two.

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  • Posted January 16, 2011

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    Hard to get into, but it sets the scene for the next one

    I really enjoyed this book. In the beginning it was a little hard to get into, but once the pace sped up it really sets you up for hte next book.

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  • Posted January 14, 2010

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    Love Love Love this book and Author

    A new author to add to my list of favourites. I fell in love with her writing style and full descriptions of the characters and not missing a single detail of events and scenery involved in the story line.
    I can't wait to start reading the next book in this erotic series.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2009

    rosamund beatrice small

    just read your books for the first time i love this period in history and really enjoyed your writtings, read the outline for the next one until you but where is logen?i loved him thank you karen

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2008

    Enjoyed this Book

    I enjoyed this book and I want to read the sequel to it. Reading this book makes me happy that I live in this day and age. That being said, Rosamund is an engaging character and I enjoyed her story very much, enough so that I want to find out what happens to her in the sequel, Until You.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2008

    Excellent reading

    This book got me back into reading again. I've been away for a very long time. Raising kids and all. I couldn't wait to get to the next chapter to find out how Rosamund was growing up and all her experiences in life. Great reading. Can't wait to the next book Until You!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2004

    Great book!

    Great book I can hardly put it down -although one thing kind of bugged me and that were the cliche-ish type words like 'love lance' and 'love rod' - kind of made me roll my eyes and wonder why she couldn't think of a better way to put it if you follow me. Other than that though a wonderful story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2004

    A total must read!!!!!

    I simply could not put this book down. I read it in just three hours, it was that good!! I recommend it to anyone who likes historical romance. It is has the perfect balance of sensuality and humor, which is a must for any book to hold my attention for very long!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2004

    Wonderful

    I found that I could not put this down. Ms. Bolton has such a fierce yet delicate personallity. I can't wait to find out what happens in the next one. Bertrice Small really did an excellent job on this novel. I love the way she twists things and makes the unexpected happen.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2004

    Best Romance Novel in a LONG Time!

    Not only is Small's Rosamund absolutely breathtaking as a novel, but her accuracy in fact and winding tale is a breath of fresh air for those of us who actually STUDY the time period. It is nice to see a book which unveils the true side of the court and also manages to have a beautiful tale told at the same time. Thank you to Small for putting out such a lovely book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2004

    want more of it

    This book was very intriguing I just couldn't put it down. It's like a sidcome left me wondering what will happen next. Cant hadly wait for next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2004

    inspiration

    Rosamond highly reminds me of me. Strong spirit and most of the times difficult. This book was my first novel read by Betrice Smalls and by completing the novel i wanted right away to seek the writer. Rosamond is a heiress whom must fight for her right to keep her family lands from her greedy uncle. There are lots of situations that Rosamond gets in and most find some way out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2004

    TRUE MASTER PIECE(:

    The book is the CROWN JEWEL of Historical Romance. Its simply the best work of the lovely talented Bertrice Small. Everythings Perfect: The story of a young girl fighting for what she believes in, Romance, Adventure, heartache, and Victory. Its a musst read for fans of adventure, romance, women heroes, or just for a great addictive read....go and get a copy!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2003

    IT WAS AWESOME!

    I'm ususally not a big fan of romance novels but this one may have made me change my mind. Rosamund is great and I love her temper. She's fiery and she speaks her mind. She's differnt than other women in some love stories. This book is highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2003

    A brand new series from Bertrice Small, its off to a FANTASTIC start

    Bertrice Small did it again. This book was such an adventure. Rosamund has traits similar to Skye O'Mally, which is why I loved this book so much. Once I started reading it, I could not put it down. If you love adventure, sensuality and history, look no further this book is for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2003

    friarsgate

    I just loved this book, I couldn't put it down! Just wondering, when will the 2nd book be available? I cant wait to read it! This is a very good book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2003

    Friarsgate

    This book was excellent. Loved the King Henry VIII era. However doesn't tell you the next book in the series. Overall a very good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2002

    A heroine to take her place among the classic ladies of fiction.

    By the time she is thirteen, Rosamund has already been orphaned and widowed. She first wed a child as a baby of three, but the boy died shortly thereafter. When she wed again to a good, kind man, the two plotted together to make sure she was educated and strong enough to stand up to her wicked uncle when her elderly husband passed away. Not only that, but the kindly man called in a favor so that Henry Tudor VII would become Rosamund's protector upon his death, thus foiling her uncle's scheme to marry her off to his odious son and steal her inheritance. The king's man, Owein comes to take her to court, where she finds life very different and catches the already wandering eye of Prince Henry who will grow up to be Henry VIII. To prevent his despoiling of her, she is given to Owein, whom Rosamund believes she could easily love. Their years together are happy, until tragedy strikes, leaving Rosamund's fate again once in the air. Fortunately, she had made a friend of the young queen, Katherine of Aragon, and is now able to benefit from being owed a royal favor. Not only that, but Henry VIII is now king, and has not forgotten her. ***** Richly detailed and sensual as all of Ms. Small's book tend to be, this captivating portrait of a woman ahead of her time will be a treat for her loyal fans. Almost crossing the line to become historical fiction, it paints a portrait of the Tudor era and life at court that the history books fail to cover. Rosamund is a heroine to take her place among the classic ladies of fiction, dominating every page of the novel and proving her strength time and again. ***** REVIEWER: Amanda Killgore.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2002

    Seeking a better book!!!!!!!!!

    Let me state first I am a HUGE fan of Bertrice Small. I have read all of her books and loved every minute. However, this book was a great disappointment. I expected her character to be strong willed and fiery. I expected there to be drama, intrigued, death and beatrayl panning many years. This book was very slow at times and lacking of sexual content. Don't get me wrong sexual content does not make a book good. However, when you read a book by the conisor of sexuallity, lady lust, it is expected that the pages should almost literally burn in your hands. This book did not. The plot was very slow and sex did really happen when it did. At times I didn't even recognize I was reading the sex scene (I had to go back and read it again).That was very disappointing considering it took the author until midway the book to have a sex scene. Her characters were not their usual unforgettable selves. As you can see I forgot them already!!!!!!!! Read this book at your own wasted time.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    wonderful tale

    During the last decade of the fifteenth century, she was an orphan as a young child and a widow twice before she turned thirteen including her first marriage to her five-year-old first cousin. Her Uncle Henry Bolton knows that his niece Rosamund is a prize he manipulates because though she owns Friarsgate, he controls the estate. <P>To avoid further machinations, Rosamund marries a much older, but kind Hugh Cabot. He surprisingly treats her like a favorite daughter rather than a possession to be displayed and used. Hugh even teaches her how to manage her vast holdings. Finally, he also arranges for King Henry II to be her guardian upon his death. Now a lovely fixture at court, Rosamund becomes a lover to Prince Hal, but eventually meets Logan Hepburn who she begins to fall in love with though she has doubts about anyone becoming her latest spouse as she has developed a taste for the regal courts. <P>ROSAMUND, the first novel in Bertrice Small¿s Friarsgate¿s Inheritance series is a wonderful tale that brings to life the final years of the fifteenth century and the first decade of the sixteenth century. The story line will delight Ms. Small¿s fans because the heroine shares the same traits found in the O¿Malley women (DNA testing anyone?) and could easily exchange places. Still readers will enjoy the feel of life in a bygone era mostly through the eyes of an intrepid woman. <P>Harriet Klausner

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    Posted July 24, 2009

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