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Posted March 14, 2012
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"The Heart of The Rose" by Kathryn Meyer Griffin was a very good read.
This story is so full of historical (Civil Wars)information that you are made to feel that you are there. This story is around the time of King Edward IV. The heroine in the story definitely Bronwyn. I felt she had a good heart. Truly she had such devotion to her sisters,
son and even her friends. There are several sexual scenes (rape scenes)
that are graphic and was very hard to read. However, I believe the author was trying to get the reader to understand just how terrible this was. And she did!
I thought that the author did a good job with the story... maybe a little long but we needed to know all of this information so we could understand the novel. In the read we find ...Was Bronwyn a witch or just a power healer?
Bronwyn was a poor peasant girl that had to face a lot of things in her life. Her parents were dead and she was left to fend for her two sisters and later her son, Johnny. There were many many obstacles placed in her life... Truly Bronwyn was trapped by two different men and how the author presents this story is really good. I was never bored because there was always something happening that would keep you interested till the end. I found it hard to put this novel down due to the fact I was always wanting to know just what was going to happen next. In the end was Bronwyn a witch or just a power healer and would she be saved
Posted January 5, 2011
The Heart of the Rose, transports readers to an amazing, imagined 15th century; where superstition plays a huge role, but where love, too, might have power...
Bronwyn is the odd-job man's daughter: beautiful, but poor and often tired, passionate, but hardly free to follow her heart.
It is a dark time in this little corner of England: it is a time when Europe is burning its witches and plague threatens Kings as well as commoners. But some fare better than others and vengeance fuels a terrible hatred in Bronwyn's heart. It creates a strange contrast in the soul of a healer, this terrible hatred. Still, events shape who she is, and her determination for revenge takes her on paths few beautiful women would ever follow.
Edward is an expected addition to her life - but is hardly the only man enchanted with her. And, 'enchanted' is the word, because in this superstitious community, being accused of witchcraft is a terrible, terrible thing. This tale unfolds in unpredictable directions, but readers will sympathize with Bronwyn and keep hoping in that the right man will both love her and save her. It is also wonderful to recognize that she is a powerful character in her own right, and struggles to never allows herself to be simply be another's possession. Her emotional turmoil at various events (like not realizing who the King was until Far Too Late) is completely believable.
Ms. Griffith skillfully brings the medieval backdrop to life; we see and sense and almost feel the freezing temperature emanating from some descriptions. Other pages bring the raucous environment of the tavern to life: from songs to smells. Her descriptive gifts bring this magical world to life. Somehow, the author is able to explain the past or describe a scene in a way that totally engrosses the reader. Because of these delicious moments, the reflections of Bronwyn or descriptions of place, we cannot call this work fast-paced; (though in places events happen quickly enough.) No matter; readers will savor the longer descriptions, rather like indulging slowly in a decadent dessert.
The Heart of the Rose is daring and delightful; a blend of adventure and romance, spiced with magic and utterly believable. Treat yourself.
Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews