Sandra Byrd's Roses Have Thorns tells the tale of seventeen-year-old Elin von Snakenborg. This plucky young Swedish woman leaves her homeland to set sail for England in 1565 realizing the unlikelihood of ever seeing her loved ones again. Running away from the knowledge that her fiance has fallen in love with her sister, she welcomes the unknown adventure.
Once in England, her circumstances change allowing Elin to serve in the court of Queen Elizabeth. In an era of uncertain times, political unrest, and never knowing who one can trust, the heroine strives toward a close relationship with the monarch.
Sandra's love for the time period and her interest in detailing the events shines through in each scene. Kudos for a well written and meticulous novel.
This book was provided free for review by the author and Howard Books.