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Roan Rose by [Waldron, Juliet]
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More like a gangland war for turf and loot than chivalry, the War of Roses disrupted the life of the English commoners for hundreds of years. Roan Rose is the story of one of these, a girl born on the Yorkshire dales. When the Countess of Warwick, decides to take sturdy, gentle Rose to Middleham Castle to be companion and bed-time poppet for her youngest daughter, her fate is changed forever.

Rose bonds strongly with Anne Neville, her young mistress. She also meets a royal boy enduring his knightly training—Richard of Gloucester, King Edward’s little brother. The noble children have illness and accidents as they grow, but Rose remains a constant, always there to nurse and serve.

Rose bears intimate witness to the passions, betrayals, battles and all the reversals of fortune which will shape her lady’s life—and her own. Anne Neville will briefly become a Queen, and Richard, Rose’s secret love, will become a King, one whose name has become synonymous with evil. When the King is betrayed and slain at Bosworth Field, Rose returns to a peasant’s hard life. She has one final service to perform.

…a beautiful story of love and loyalty set during the tumultuous reign of Richard III..

…I loved the strength of this woman…

…Powerful Sense of Time and Place…

…Waldron certainly knows her history…Yet despite its accuracy … Roan Rose is ultimately a book about character.

About the Author

Juliet Waldron earned a B.A. in English, but has worked at jobs ranging from artist's model to brokerage. After the children left home, she dropped out of 9-5 and began to write, intent upon creating a genuine time travel experience for herself and for her readers.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1805 KB
  • Print Length: 375 pages
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  • Publisher: Books We Love Ltd. (Oct. 1 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FKKAN98
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa40ac870) out of 5 stars 48 reviews
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5bfb6e4) out of 5 stars Fabulous read! Nov. 27 2012
By Rachel Bean - Published on
Juliet Waldron's Roan Rose is a beautiful story of love and loyalty set during the tumultuous history of Richard III and his rise to kingship. The relationship between Rose, a young peasant girl, and her mistress, the noble Anne Neville, is a powerful one regardless of their different positions in life. Their friendship - though at times strained - manages to span both time and space. Rose, herself, is extremely human, a girl struggling to find her own place in life - for what place is there for a peasant in the intrigues of the English nobility? The novel is a strikingly crafted story about love and duty, mortality and devotion. I absolutely loved it!
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5bfbaec) out of 5 stars one of the better richard III romances Aug. 16 2013
By Ann M Lacy - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is a well-researched historical romance with a plausible plot line. The characters are interesting and fully developed, and the relationships are touching. If you are a fan of all things Richard III, as I am, don't pass this one up.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5bfba14) out of 5 stars Great read from the start. Dec 8 2014
By Kimberly Sue - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I could tell that I was going to enjoy “Roan Rose” within the first chapter. The author was great with descriptions from the start, and as a reader you were really able to get an idea of who the characters were and what they were about. Great writing style, flowed smoothly and kept my interest while reading. Rose is a great main character. She’s extremely intelligent and precocious as a young child. She’s also very strong willed, and it’s easy to care about her and what happens to her in the novel. I love reading historical fiction that is set during the War of Roses in England. I already knew who the characters were, but it’s always great to see how different authors describe characters that are central in many books. I really liked Anne Neville’s character in this novel, you couldn’t help but care about her and want the best for her. Isabel Neville is described as stuck up, and her husband, George of Clarence, is what I would imagine pure evil to be in this book! Most novels portray Richard as an evil king, who usurped his nephew’s throne, and then killed his nephews while they were supposed to be under his protection in the Tower. It was interesting to read about Richard in a different light. He is described as caring, and it’s easy to like him and believe he wasn’t able to do all of the evil things history has accused him of. Rose and Anne’s relationship was such a strong one. Rose seemed to worship the ground that Anne walked on, and it almost seemed that she loved her as more than just her servant or friend, she seems to have almost a romantic love for Anne. I liked that the author focused more on Rose and her life as a commoner, than on the lives of the nobility. So many novels focus on the nobility, and it gets a little redundant. It’s nice to read a novel that shakes things up a little, and gives me as the reader something new and interesting to read.

I would definitely recommend this novel to lovers of historical fiction, especially those who are interested in England’s War of the Roses. The novel did start off a little slow, but once it got going, it was hard to put down.

I give this novel a FOUR out of FIVE stars.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5bfbf30) out of 5 stars A Retelling of The War of The Roses From a Unique Perspective Nov. 3 2014
By Lauralee - Published on
Format: Paperback
Roan Rose tells the story of the War of The Roses from a unique perspective, that of Anne of York’s (queen to Richard III). Unlike most books of the Wars of the Roses, which focuses on the politics and machinations of the nobility, this novel shows how the war affected the peasants. Rose, who at ten, leaves her poor household and abusive father to become the servant of Anne of York. There she forms a bond between her and falls in love with the young Richard. The novel then continues to the rise and fall of Richard III’s reign.

Rose’s life before she came to Middleham was a hard life. Her father resents her, her mother and her family because they were not the sons he wanted. Because of this, he abused his family and treated them less than cattle. Her life changes when she goes to Middleham. There she learns about the hardships of her class. She treats Anne like a sister, yet she falls for Richard knowing that because of their class it cannot happen. She also learns life changing lessons from the servants that she foreshadows would help her when she has to go back to poverty after Richard III’s death. Rose is a strong heroine and she overcomes trials and hardships.

This book is sympathetic to Richard. Because Rose loves him, she sees his good qualities and defends his controversies, though sometimes she is suspicious of him. I found her love for Richard a bit uncomfortable. For she loves her best friend, Anne, yet she wants Richard for herself. That doesn’t seem to be fair to Anne. There are also some scenes of domestic abuse that I did not like. Yet, it is important to the novel because it shows the pressure that women had in that time.

Overall, this is a very human account of The Wars of The Roses for it shows Rose’s struggles, pain, joys, and triumphs. It is about friendship, love, choices, and hope. It is also about how to make the best of your situation. The novel is very well-written, and I like how we see the life of Anne of York and Richard III from the perspective of an average woman. I recommend this book to anyone interested in the War of The Roses, Longbourn, and fans of Downton Abbey.
(Note: I received a copy of this book for a blog tour in exchange for an honest review.)
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5bfbf48) out of 5 stars Read about Rosealba July 9 2014
By Kathleen Ingram - Published on
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A very good book that I enjoyed immensely and recommend whole heartedly. A special purchase that I am glad I hear about and read until I was finished. Juliet Waldron's grasp of time and period history is superb and detailed. Her characters were well developed and sympathetic.

Historically, of course this did not happen but it COULD have as we know that Richard III had relationships in his early years, two at least that produced children. Period wise, such relationships were commonplace which made the book so plausible and delightful.

Rosealba's origins and her life story were fascinating, she represented everywoman of those harsh medieval times.As a back story to the life of Richard III it was flawless.

The ending gave me a bit of a pause, but eventually books end in some fashion. I recommend this book for historical fictions fans and especially for lovers of all Richard III era works. I will look up the author's other books right now.