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Sandra Worth
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Jan. 8 2008
During her short time as a ward in Queen Marguerite's Lancastrian court, fifteen-year-old Isobel has had many suitors ask for her hand, but the spirited beauty is blind to all but Yorkist Sir John Neville. It is nothing short of a miracle when the Queen allows Isobel's marriage to the enemy, albeit at a hefty price.

All around Isobel and John rages a lawless war. It is only their passion that can see them through the bloody siege of London by the Duke of York, the violent madness of Queen Marguerite, and the devolution of Isobel's meek uncle into the Butcher of England. For theirs is an everlasting love that fears not the scratch of thorns, from either the Red Rose or the White.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A joy to read Feb. 10 2009
By Kaye
Format:Paperback
Sandra Worth's Lady of the Roses is a fascinating recreation of the lives of John Neville, Lord Montague, brother of the famed Warwick the Kingmaker, and Lady Isobel Ingoldsthorpe. There is little known about Isobel but this story as seen through Isobel's eyes speaks of her great love for John Neville. Isobel was a ward of the Lancastrian queen Marguerite, wife of the ill fated Henry V1 and had to fight for permission to marry John Neville who was an avowed Yorkist. Their lives are intertwined with the fortunes of the Yorkist adherents including Edward IV and the future Richard III who Ms. Worth has written so eloquently about in the Rose of York trilogy. Living through the deaths of Henry VI who some thought of a saint, and the deadly ambitions of his queen, John tries to stay loyal to his beliefs even though Edward eventually makes that impossible. Reading this book makes me want to know more about this period in history and in particular John and Isobel. It is also intriguing that John and Isobel's daughter Lucy is the ancestor of both Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Sir Winston Churchill. I would heartily recommend this book to anyone interested in 15th Century English history and the people who lived in that era who come alive in this book, thanks to Sandra's Worth's immaculate research and her ability to make them real to us.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner! April 9 2008
Format:Paperback
While little is known about Isobel, Ms. Worth brings her to life in two
ways - first by having Isobel tell the story through her eyes, and second, by the incredibly detailed and beautifully researched scenes that fit into the historically known time period. Readers meet the lovely, intelligent girl that John falls in love with - a girl who grows into a vital, loving mother, wife, and chronicler of all she witnesses around her. John has long been considered a chivalrous, courageous soldier who loyally served both his older brother and England.

LADY OF THE ROSES is Sandra Worth's latest novel after her hugely
successful ROSE OF YORK trilogy about Richard III. Her hallmarks of
meticulous research and excellent character development continue in this
new story that pre-dates the trilogy. This book kept me up late, and I
hated for it to end. LADY OF THE ROSES, like its predecessors, is A
Perfect 10. And don't miss the ROSE OF YORK books: LOVE & WAR, CROWN OF
DESTINY, and FALL FROM GRACE.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply beautiful. March 29 2008
Format:Paperback
One of the best novels I have ever read. Well researched and beautifully written, it will keep the reader captivated from beginning to end. If you are going to read only one novel this year, let it be Lady Of The Roses.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lady of the Roses: A Novel of the Wars of the Roses Jan. 2 2008
By J. Wolstenholme - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
John Neville, brother of the Kingmaker, and a die-hard Yorkist meets and falls in love with Isobel, the Lancastrian ward of Queen Marguerite. It's an unlikely match, but the two are a determined pair.

Times are uncertain as the young couple begin their union for King Henry is mentally and physically ill, his powerful wife is determined to secure the throne for her son, and the Yorkists are not about to allow the French-born queen to rule unchecked. How will Isobel and John survive the inevitable conflicts that lie ahead?

While little is known about Isobel, Ms. Worth brings her to life in two
ways - first by having Isobel tell the story through her eyes, and second, by the incredibly detailed and beautifully researched scenes that fit into the historically known time period. Readers meet the lovely, intelligent girl that John falls in love with - a girl who grows into a vital, loving mother, wife, and chronicler of all she witnesses around her. John has long been considered a chivalrous, courageous soldier who loyally served both his older brother and England.

LADY OF THE ROSES is Sandra Worth's latest novel after her hugely
successful ROSE OF YORK trilogy about Richard III. Her hallmarks of
meticulous research and excellent character development continue in this
new story that pre-dates the trilogy. This book kept me up late, and I
hated for it to end. LADY OF THE ROSES, like its predecessors, is A
Perfect 10. And don't miss the ROSE OF YORK books: LOVE & WAR, CROWN OF
DESTINY, and FALL FROM GRACE.

Jani Brooks
Romance Reviews Today
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "This pathetic man and the foreign woman who wears him like a crown have made us bleed." Jan. 2 2008
By Luan Gaines - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
While Worth's Rose of York Trilogy ("Love and War", "Fall from Grace", "Crown of Destiny") deals with the troubled years of Edward's reign through the fall of Richard III and the rise of Henry VII, Lady of the Roses sets the stage for the conflict, the entrenched factions and treacherous plots that attend a struggle for control of the kingdom, but with the added poignancy of a sheltered young woman's impetuous and successful marriage to a man forbidden by time and circumstance (Isobel Ingoldesthorpe and John Neville, brother of Richard Neville, "the Kingmaker"). Believing in their commitment, Isobel is unwavering, embracing her marriage while conscious of the price. Soon enough, the world intrudes, and with it the enmity of the great families of the realm. Given the nature of this interminable war, Isobel realizes that she may not always have her great prize, that such a love is purchased dearly.

It is Isobel's leap of faith that Worth so beautifully captures, a 15th century Romeo and Juliet prey to the indifference of a country at war. Arriving at the court of Henry VI and his queen, Marguerite d' Anjou, Isobel is essentially a Lancastrian. But when the comely Isobel sets eyes on the handsome John Neville, a Yorkist, the die is cast. Realizing it is in the queen's power to decide whom she will wed, Isobel invokes the privilege of agreeing to any match, to which Marguerite acquiesces. After much negotiation, Marguerite allows the marriage to proceed- at an exorbitant bride-price. But once married, Isobel departs Marguerite's court, carrying the queen's ring, in exchange for which she may ask a favor in time of need.

Marguerite is challenged by an increasingly popular Earl of Warwick, John's brother, the Earl earning the people's loyalty and affection. And the battles wage on between the Lancastrians and the Yorkists, John captured, saved only by Isobel's redemption of Marguerite's favor. Of such moments is Isobel's life with John defined, his divided loyalties between king and brother, the mentally unstable Henry unable to lead, bowing to his wife's decisions. With the advent of Yorkist Edward of March, history takes another turn, the York's ascendant; John's fortunes increased after years of loyalty to the crown.

Power breeds extremes, Warwick eventually at odds with the new king, Edward IV, especially after Edward's disastrous marriage to Elizabeth Woodville. As detrimental to the kingdom as Marguerite d' Anjou, Woodville, a woman from Isobel's past in the queen's court, wreaks havoc on the kingdom, demanding titles and lands for greedy relatives. Warwick finally rebels, John facing his most critical crisis of conscience, a choice between king and brother. Throughout it all, the faithful Isobel remains her husband's best friend and staunchest supporter. Unable to stem the tide of history, John is separated from Isobel forever in a final battle. A man and a woman unable to prevail over the fate of a country caught in war, John and Isobel remain trapped in the pages of history, Worth breathing new life into their in a novel of commitment that defies convention, a marriage based on love. Luan Gaines/2007.
28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Transforms History Jan. 23 2008
By Viviane Crystal - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"I went to bed early one night...tired and preoccupied with musings about love. then - was it a vision, a dream? - Love himself suddenly appeared before me, taking the heart from my breast and handing it to Desire..." An apt quote bespeaks the essence of a tale, in this case the story of the uniquely passionate, tender and forbearing love between Isobel Ingoldesthorpe and John Neville, the Yorkist. Their love endures through the thorny historical events of fifteen years commonly known as the War of the Roses.

Sandra Worth has once again captured the tornado-whirling shifts of loyalty as England watches two mad woman change the course of history, Marguerite d'Anjou - Henry VI's French queen - and later Elizabeth Woodville - Edward IV's beautiful wife. The former believes she is trying to bring peace to her simple, holy husband's land, the latter spouse flourishes by feeding years of imagined hurtful memories with unmitigated revenge. Their sheer, unadulterated terror will destroy England's aristocracy, including the famed kingmaker, Warwick, John Neville's brother. John himself will rise to the heights of power and lose almost all of it.

Isobel is a feisty, intelligent and compassionate character whose observations have the same effect on the reader that she experiences. When one thinks that cruelty, savagery and insanity have reached their limit, another betrayal with its accompanying horrors or unexpected deaths arises to leave Isobel and all of England reeling with shock.

When it seems that the common people are suffering the most from their leaders' cruelty and blood lust, it is Isobel who cares enough to help them survive and believe in something higher. Indeed Isobel will audaciously intervene in two hair-raising scenes to plead for mercy for two central characters. Isobel and John's intimate love is the glue holding together a world in which England's rulers precociously attempt to shape its history.

Ms. Worth's singular talent lies in the masterful way she crafts plot and deftly presents an in depth, diverse set of historical characters whom the reader comes to deeply care about. Congratulations, Sandra Worth! Lady of the Roses is an unparalleled, beautiful, dire and memorable keeper in the top ranks of historical novels! What a treat!

Reviewed by Viviane Crystal on January 23, 2008
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amid the Turmoil of the War of the Roses March 8 2008
By Tamela Mccann - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Sandra Worth's Lady of the Roses tells the historically factual story of Lady Isobel Ingoldesthorpe, heiress of a Lancastrian house, and her love for and marriage to Sir John Neville, Yorkist son of her family's political enemy. Anyone familiar with the War of the Roses will recognize that this was an unusual situation; this was a love match that was allowed despite political misgivings, and it flourished throughout a tempestuous period when family loyalities were of the utmost importance. Ms. Worth has taken the facts and brought them to life and given us insight to probable motivations and actions in the process.

The story opens as Lady Isobel meets Sir John and almost instantly falls in love, as teenagers are wont to do. Though there are many obstacles to their union, Isobel and John are at last allowed to marry, and by all accounts, had a truly happy and loving marriage. Narrated by Isobel, we follow the couple through the births of their children, John's battles, the political maneuverings, and the subsequent rise and fall of the House of York. Worth does a fine job of helping us to see how helpless Isobel feels as she's left behind while her husband leaves for battle, and the theme of family loyalty is driven home relentlessly as the story moves to its inevitably sad conclusion.

Overall I enjoyed this novel very much, and I appreciate Worth's ability to breathe life into cold historical facts. I enjoyed the tale as told from Isobel's point of view; I definitely feel that it balanced the story to see her as a Lancastrian married into the heart of York. Having read many books of the period based on either Edward IV or Richard III, I was glad to get a different perspective on events. I did have a few problems with the story, however. At times Worth tends to be too "flowery", particularly when having Isobel and John express their love for one another. I also felt Isobel had a bit too much freedom for a titled young woman of the times; for example, though I liked the idea of her dressing as a nun to warn the Yorkists of a trap, I know that there was no way she could have escaped for an overnight jaunt without causing a disturbance, particularly as one of the queen's ladies. Finally, I found it highly unbelievable that Isobel would dress seductively and dance in front of a group of men, albeit to entice her husband. While Worth is a wonderful storyteller, moments like those pulled me out of the story immediately and gave the tale more of a "romance" feel than an historical one.

Ultimately, though, Worth has a gifted way of taking English history and not only bringing it to life, but giving it a sense of immediacy and relevance. This is a gem of an historical novel, and a rare look at crucial events in England's history from someone who actually lived through them. Ms. Worth continues to give us quality historical fiction that is accessible and enlightening. Recommended.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Grandmother's Historical Novel Jan. 21 2008
By Jean Truax - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The beautiful young Isobel Ingoldesthorpe, a ward of the Lancastrian queen Marguerite of Anjou, marries the love of her life, the Yorkist John Neville, despite the overwhelming odds against her. After this, however, Lady of the Roses departs from the commonplaces of romance fiction. Worth's meticulous research into the War of the Roses brings this tumultuous period of English history alive, and her telling of Isobel's story clearly benefits from the past 30 years of academic research into the lives of medieval women. Isobel manages her husband's estates during his many absences, organizes poor relief after the disastrous battle of Wakefield, and rides to the enemy court to plead for her imprisoned husband's life. She disguises herself to visit her husband in his military camp, and rescues the beleaguered Yorkists from ambush with timely warnings. Today we know that medieval women did all these things and more. Sandra Worth's website proclaims that she writes "History Worth Reading." Lady of the Roses is certainly that.
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