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Elizabeth Loupas
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14 Feb 2013

With her dying breath, Mary of Guise entrusts a silver casket containing explosive secret papers to the young Scottish heiress, Rinette Leslie. She makes Rinette promise to keep the casket hidden and only to give it to Mary, Queen of Scots, now on her way home from France to ascend the throne.

But Rinette makes a terrible mistake - she cannot resist showing it to her beloved young husband, before consigning the casket to its hiding place. This fatal decision will lead them into a maze of conspiracy and murder, in which they - and the beautiful castle by the sea, which is Rinette's inheritance - become the targets of ruthless men who seek to possess the casket at all costs.

Unable to tell friend from foe at court, and desperate to protect the queen's secrets, Rinette has one powerful weapon which may save her - the ancient art of floramancy, through which she can interpret the language of flowers and sometimes predict the future. But if the flowers should stay silent, who can she trust then?


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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; Reprint edition (14 Feb 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0099571528
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099571520
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Loupas' historical novel bursts with murder, intrigue and conspiracy theories. Tudor enthusiasts take note." (Stylist)

"This is a real bodice-ripping yarn with generous doses of love, honour, betrayal and tragedy. With Scotland's shimmering light as its backdrop, this is a 'must read' for the summer holidays." (No.1 magazine)

"A beautifully written and intriguing story...I would not hesitate to recommend it to both individual readers and reading groups...Elizabeth Loupas is definitely an author to watch out for" (NewBooks Magazine)

"An exquisite work of historical fiction" (Scottish Daily Record)

"Evocative, dramatic and intense, this beautifully written - at times dark - tale brings a refreshing twist to this key historical time" (Candis Magazine)

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Dangerous secrets lead a passionate young woman into a maze of murder and conspiracy in the court of Mary, Queen of Scots

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4.0 out of 5 stars A delightful conceit 27 July 2013
By Isis TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
I have to admit I was a little sceptical about the premise of The Flower Reader before reading it. A fictional character with magical flower-reading powers in possession of the infamous casket? It all sounded too far-fetched to be pulled off, too much of a Mary Sue insert. What a surprise, Elizabeth Loupas has created a wonderful, delightful tale in The Flower Reader.

It's written in first person present tense, which in my experience tends to be hit and miss, but it works better for stories like this, the personal tale of a fictional character in a historical setting. The success of this approach also depends on a well written fictional character who is both compelling in their own right and does not become a Mary Sue who warps the history. Rinette Leslie, I must concede, does warp history a little, but for me it was so slight that it didn't notice at all. As a character Rinette was interesting, but I admit I didn't find her compelling since her naivety wasn't something I really identified with. I applaud Loupas for making her so flawed and human, however, and resisting the urge to give Rinette a bigger role in historical events, or more power over her fate than she in fact has.

The compelling motivation that kept me turning the pages was who were the forces that wanted the casket, who was the murderer, and how would the casket end up in the hands of Mary Queen of Scots. I do have to admit that I guessed straight away who Rinette would end up with by the end of the novel, and who took the casket from the original hiding place, but there was still more than enough mystery to keep me reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A marvellous read 8 Jan 2014
By lynette
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I simply couldn't put down this story a great deal of research went into the creation of the heroine and her life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I can smell the heather! 4 May 2013
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I enjoyed this authors other novel 'The Second Duchess'. But this book was wonderful. I am from Edinburgh amd know all the places that the Queen and her court travel too well. This was atmospheric with a permanent level of intrigue and danger. Just how many people are after Mary of Guises box and how far will they go to get it.?
Wonderful characters in Mairi and her family. She is a feisty woman, and her character echoes that of Mary Queen of Scots.
One mistake though. Mary has at least two baths in this. She never bathed but once a year. And then in white burgundy wine! True!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable 7 Mar 2013
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This book, set in Scotland with the young Mary of Scots, made a nice change from the Plantagenets or Tudors which have been most of my historical fiction.
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