Tuesday, June 3, 2014

BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY: Roan Rose by Juliet Waldron

Tour Hashtag: #JulietWaldronBlogTour 

Roan Rose

Publication Date: October 1, 2013
Books We Love, Ltd.
Formats: eBook, Paperback

Loyalty Binds Her.
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 them, 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, Anne, her fate is changed forever. 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 her King is betrayed and slain at Bosworth Field, Rose returns to a peasant’s hard life. She has one final service to perform.

Watch the Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=m__n2hn1MS8

Praise for Roan Rose

“a beautiful story of love and loyalty set during the tumultuous reign of Richard III”

“I loved the strength of this woman”

“This author has a powerful sense of Time and Place”

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

My Review

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.

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About the Author

“Not all who wander are lost.” Juliet Waldron earned a B. A. in English, but has worked at jobs ranging from artist’s model to brokerage. Thirty years ago, after the boys left home, she dropped out of 9-5 and began to write, hoping to create a genuine time travel experience for herself–and for her readers. She loves her grand-girls and her kitties, likes to take long hikes, and reads historical/archeological non-fiction as well as reviewing for the Historical Novel Society. For summer adventure, she rides behind her husband of 50 years on his “bucket list” (black, and ridiculously fast) Hyabusa motorcycle.
You can find more information at www.julietwaldron.com or connect with Juliet on Facebook.

Virtual Book Tour Schedule

Monday, May 5
Interview at Layered Pages
Thursday, May 8
Review at Just One More Chapter (Mozart’s Wife)
Friday, May 9
Review at Closed the Cover (Genesee)
Monday, May 12
Spotlight at Tower of Babel
Monday, May 19
Interview at Closed the Cover
Wednesday, May 21
Interview at The Maiden’s Court
Monday, May 26
Review at Book Lovers Paradise (Mozart’s Wife)
Tuesday, May 27
Review at Historical Fiction Obsession (Genesee)
Guest Post at Book Lovers Paradise (w/Kathy Fischer-Brown and Louise Turner)
Monday, June 2
Review at A Chick Who Reads (Nightingale)
Tuesday, June 3
Review at Historical Fiction Obsession (Roan Rose)
Wednesday, June 4
Review at The True Book Addict (Mozart’s Wife)
Thursday, June 5
Review at Svetlana’s Reads and Views (Mozart’s Wife)
Monday, June 9
Review at So Many Books, So Little Time (Roan Rose)
Tuesday, June 10
Review at Svetlana’s Reads and Views (Nightingale)
Thursday, June 12
Guest Post at Closed the Cover
Monday, June 16
Review at Just One More Chapter (Roan Rose)
Tuesday, June 17
Review at A Chick Who Reads (Mozart’s Wife)
Monday, June 23
Review at Peeking Between the Pages (Mozart’s Wife)
Tuesday, June 24
Review at A Bookish Affair (Mozart’s Wife)
Wednesday, June 25
Review at Layered Pages (Nightingale)
Thursday, June 26
Review at A Chick Who Reads (Roan Rose)
Friday, June 27
Review at Broken Teepee (Mozart’s Wife)
Saturday, June 28
Review at WTF Are You Reading? (Mozart’s Wife)
Monday, June 30
Review at WTF Are You Reading? (Nightingale)


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