The Flower Reader Paperback – 14 Feb 2013
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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)
Dangerous secrets lead a passionate young woman into a maze of murder and conspiracy in the court of Mary, Queen of ScotsSee all Product Description
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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.
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!
I'd never read a story like this before, but I'm so glad I got it, it'll be re-read many times.
Downside? - I didn't like this spoiled-brat version of Mary Queen of Scots - sometimes she needed a good smack!
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