Image of Lady of the Roses: A Novel of the Wars of the Roses


Image of Lady of the Roses: A Novel of the Wars of the Roses

Worth's War of the Roses series
has garnered well-deserved accolades
due to the meticulous research that allows her to bring colorful historical
characters and tumultuous eras
to life. Rich descriptions, realistic
dialogue and fascinating people
thrust her story forward. Worth
proves that history is as powerful
as fiction.

In a time of great strife and divided loyalties, young Isobel Ingoldesthorpe, lady in waiting to Lancastrian Queen Marguerite, falls in love with Yorkist John Neville and he with her. Their love defies politics and through months of negotiations and the payment of a high bride price, they are allowed to wed.

Their idyllic honeymoon blocks out the war where brother sets against brother and a mad queen plots her own intrigues. However, the world intrudes and the newlyweds are pulled into the conflict. Isobel refuses to be apart from John and with her wits and wiles and a few disguises joins the battle between the White and Red Roses (the Houses of Lancaster and York). Even as the war and tragedy pull them apart their love becomes stronger, but is it strong enough against death? (Berkley, Jan., 400 pp., $14.00)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin