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The Rose at Twilight [Kindle Edition]

Amanda Scott
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Two enemies during the War of the Roses must marry by decree of the conquering king

Proud and beautiful Lady Alys Wolveston is left without a protector at the end of a decisive battle in the bloody War of the Roses. She refuses to accept Henry Tudor as the legitimate king; her loyalty is to the late Richard III and his Queen Anne, her beloved foster mother. But the Welsh knight Sir Nicholas Merion prevents Alys from returning home and carries her off to London to become the King’s ward . . . and, eventually, Sir Nicholas’s wife. She refuses to submit to the arrogant Welsh warrior, plotting with his enemies and fiercely denying her attraction to him. But as she comes to know the battle-hardened man’s humor and generosity, and experiences his thrilling touch and the comfort of his strength, she can’t help but lose her heart to him. Now Alys will find herself trapped in deadly political intrigues that demand that she choose between love and loyalty to a once-great king.

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Left without protection in an English countryside ravaged by the War of the Roses, Lady Alys Wolveston becomes the captive of Sir Nicholas Merion, a triumphant Welsh warrior.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 639 KB
  • Print Length: 10 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media Romance (7 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CE34Z2U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #168,555 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant period romance 30 Jun 2013
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Always enjoy reading Amanda Scott Books. Settings described with such detail reader is transported through time. Well written. Historical facts. Explanations at end of story where historical facts are stretched. Great banter between characters. All in all, my favorite author. Recommend to anyone who enjoys a great in depth story who enjoy their characters to be feisty and opassionate
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful writer 23 Aug 2012
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Amanda Scott is a wonderful writer, exciting, informative and really interesting. You cannot put her books down once you start just wish there was more of them on Kindle books and really hope her new one out in December will definately be on. I highly recommend giving her a try. you will really enjoy her books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well researched and entertaining 28 Aug 2013
By Caz
Format:Kindle Edition
Lady Alys Wolveston is travelling to her home but is waylaid by a troop of soldiers under the command of the handsome Welshman, Sir Nicholas Merrion. As he is loyal to Henry, he and Alys naturally do not see eye to eye and she is not at all hesitant to make her opinions of Henry and his followers known to anyone who will listen.

As a member of a well-known Yorkist family, Alys is to be brought to Henry in London and put under his wardship until he decides her fate, which will probably mean she will be married off to one of his supporters.

Nicholas and Alys are immediately igniting sparks with their antagonism. She is adamant that she much reach Wolveston, regardless of the fact that Nicholas informs her that most of the inhabitants of the estate and surrounding village have been struck down by a virulent sweating sickness. She has not seen her father in years - the custom for the children of the nobility was that they were "fostered" by other noble families and Alys spent most of her youth with the Gloucesters - but when Nicholas makes a comment about two of her brothers which she knows to be false, she is even more determined to see her father and find out the truth.

I confess, I frequently found Alys' attitude to be either too modern, too annoying, or both. I realize that having her behave as women at that time were expected to, and to submit without question to whatever the men told her to do, would not have made for a very interesting story. But she is stupidly stubborn at times, and her actions sometimes lead her into situations in which others must risk themselves in order to extricate her.

When they reach London, Alys is betrothed (by King Henry) to Lord Briarly, a relative of the Stanley family who had badly betrayed Richard at Bosworth.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Rose at Twilight 25 Nov 2013
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Im new to this author but enjoyed this light read set in the time of the first Tudors. Good read
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Rose At Twilight, A Review for the Blog Bodice Rippers, Femme Fatales and Fantasy 7 May 2013
By Shauni - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Rose at Twilight is a wonderful peak into the lives of those in Medieval England during the war of the roses. It is a great example of battling families. Those who believe in what is right for their country and what they are willing to sacrifice for it. This book had me so captivated that I actually went back and researched the War of the Roses. Ok I admit I did major in Medieval Studies so of course this intrigued me.. but Ms Scott does a fabulous job of bringing this war torn era to life.

Lady Alys Wolveston has been raised by non other than the wife of Richard the III. She has been fostered for the past nine years and is now a woman of 18, plenty old enough to be married. And yet her betrothal will be set aside since she has become a ward of the new King. A Lancaster.. when Alys has been raised a Yorkist.. It is hard for this intelligent and loyal young woman to see her circumstances as anything but bad.

Sir Nicholas Merion has been sent to bring Alys to the King. All he has to do is make sure she gets to court safely. He doesn't account for the feelings she brings out in him. And when circumstances allow he has no problem accepting her as his bride. Arrogant, Determined, Powerful and yes loyal to his King he is everything Alys could hope for.. well except his King isn't hers.

It's hard enough to create a relationship out of an arranged marriage but add to it the fact that both partners are loyal individuals willing to fight for what they believe in.. and of course on opposite sides then sparks really do fly. Nick is wonderful, although he does tend to keep his feelings within and is rather stoic. Poor Alys is so confused, she knows she is developing feelings for him but has no clue if he feels she is special of if she is just the wife that came with the land.

Ms Scott does a magnificent job of bringing The people of this era to life. Your heart breaks for Alys as she has to live with those she has no liking for. And yet, even when a character should be despicable there are reasons for such behavior and you feel for her. The power plays and intrigue that happen at court are never far from the readers awareness..

The tension that flows through all of the themes in this story is wonderful.. And watching these two strong individuals learn how to create a couple is exceptional. Hard choices are made by both of them and you just want to stand up and cheer when they do it.

A Most exceptional book...

If you have never read Amanda Scott, take the time to track down some of her books. She is a most exceptional writer and the research that goes into each book is in extremely in depth helping to create mesmerizing characters that not only represent the times they live in but compel us to join them in their lives.

Shauni

This review is based on the ARC of The Rose at Twilight provided by netgalley
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Review for The Rose at Twilight 25 May 2013
By Maria - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The Rose at Twilight is a historical fiction novel that follows Lady Alys as her whole world is turned upside down when King Henry VII (Henry the VIII's father - if you are not completely familiar with this era)defeats King Richard III. Lady Alys does not support the new king but is found to be at his mercy as his ward. Sir Nicholas (a Welsh knight that does King Henry's bidding) is assigned to accompany Lady Alys to London-where she will find out her fate with the new monarch. He soon finds that Lady Alys isn't your typical submitting woman. And, she finds that his behavior is not always that of an English knight. An arranged marriage is not the biggest worry for Alys for supporters of the late King Richard are planning to put his son back on the throne, and Lady Alys wants to help. However, she is surrounded and now under the protection of the Tudors.

Characters:
The story is written in third person that follows Lady Alys. Lady Alys is not your usual 15th century lady. She is outspoken and willing to face dangers for things she believes in. Although she is unlike other ladies of her time, she does understand her limits and submits whenever there is no other choice. Lady Alys was a little....whiny at the beginning of the book, but as it continued, I didn't find her attitude as bad. I enjoyed the characters and some of the funnier relationships between them. For instance, Hugh and Jonet's relationship is rather funny. I also enjoyed young Ian. (I do like Scotsmen!) A few times throughout the book the accents written were a little hard to understand, but I was still able to follow through.

Plot:
The plot moves well. The beginning was a little slower as the reader got the back story and character development. As the book progresses, things pick up and more intrigue happens. I never read a historical fiction about Henry VII; I have read about nearby reigns, so this was refreshing. The story shows the troubles that a new monarch must have faced - fear of uprisings, splitting of friends and family (for those that submitted or refused the new monarch), the yearning for peace, how everything (land and betrothals) had to be rethought, etc.

The Bottom Line:
Overall, I enjoyed this book. If you are a fan of historical fiction - especially one of the war of the roses - then you should try this book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Amanda Scott Book 15 Jun 2009
By Amber N. Saxelby - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I really enjoyed this book. I love all the historical background in it and the depth of the characters. Can you imagine what it would be like to have no choice in who you married or how your fortune was used? To be forced to marry the enemy? Read this book and you will have an idea. Amanda Scott is a great writer and I will continue to read any book of hers that I can get my hands on!
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of Amanda Scott 6 May 2006
By G. Barajas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I must have 15 of Ms. Scott's books, including all her most recent ones. But this one is her best. I have re-read it several times and each time it makes me laugh, cry and stay up late reading. Great chemistry between Alys and Nick. Bravo Ms. Scott, I wish there were more like this one. If your an Amanda Scott fan, this is a MUST read.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amanda Scott at her best! 19 Feb 2013
By Dreamweaver - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I love Amanda Scott's books! She gives so much history and I was a history major so I really do enjoy 'learning' all those wonderful facts that I may have forgotten. This book kept my interest to the point that I just could not put it down once I began!
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