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Roan Rose by [Waldron, Juliet]
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Waldron certainly knows her history, and the details of this book ring true to the time period and the famous historical personages involved. Yet despite its accuracy for setting, Roan Rose is ultimately a book about character. Rose and Anne and Richard are all fully formed people with their virtues and faults, their moments of great kindness and integrity, and their selfish concerns and failings. Rose walks a difficult line between friend and servant. She is often Anne's closest confidant - and is more than once Richard's lover - but both Anne and Richard do not hesitate to put her in her place when it suits their purposes. ... Rose refuses to bow down in servitude, and her spirit is not broken ... Her heart belongs to the two people who always stand above her, who will never view her as their equal, yet who can never bear to part with her company for long. When they call for her, she comes - turning her back on her own family for the sake of her beloved Anne and a great king whose tragic end we already know.
--Dianne Salerni, "We Hear the Dead," "The Caged Graves."

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. Twenty years ago, after raising her children, she dropped out of 9-5 and began to write, imagining and researching her way into the Past. Juliet is a winner in the Independent e-Book and EPIC Award for Best Historical categories. Hand-me-Down Bride, a story based on the experiences of her German immigrant grandmother, is published by Second Wind. The author hopes to share what life has taught her about people, places, and the ups and downs of human relationships through her stories.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1850 KB
  • Print Length: 375 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Books We Love Ltd. (1 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FKKAN98
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #296,585 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It's an epic novel about Rose who is chosen by Anne Beauchamp, Countess of Warwick, to becomes a maid and companion to her younger daughter Anne and from that time on her life changes forever although after Richard's death, she returns tot he village and later discovers who her real father is.

Rose has a one night stand with Richard then after Anne's death, she becomes his mistress before his fall at Bosworth. Like another reviewer here I don't believe he gave up his principles either. I'm not sure he would have slept with a married woman as Rose indeed is. But she is a fictional character anyway.

I thought the ending was very moving. I was however surprised that the book has no mention of the fact that Richard persuaded King Edward to let Anne Beauchamp out of sanctuary to return to Middleham so she could be with her daughter. The book didn't do her much justice anyway.
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It's another Ricardian "We Speak No Treason", with a young servant in Anne Neville's Middleham household providing Richard of Gloucester with his first sexual experiences before his marriage to Anne and brooding over him for the rest of her life. The only difference is this time the girl seems better able to stand up to a conservation with nobles (which makes it definitely unplausible for the times), learns how to play chess and manages to sneak back into Richard's bed after Anne's death to breed yet another imaginary posthumous illegitimate child.

However, We Speak No Treason depicted a landscape that was at least respectful of the historical figure of Richard III as documented. Here we get a frustrating early love triangle between Anne, her servant Rose (with attitudes between the 2 girls bordering on lesbian) and a young Richard who picks the servant's "flower" in a one night stand while Anne has been hidden by George of Clarence and takes the servant back into his bed barely hours after Anne's Death (and a lot more wenches later too, according to his own words to her when they lie in bed days before Bosworth). The last straw was reading of Richard refuting God and his lifelong values, naming himself a fool for not taking the servant as steady mistress alongside Anne right from the start and ultimately regretting a lifelong set of moral values and piety.

There's a whole bunch of female authors lately who seem to relieve their ancestral frustrations by projecting their obscene fantasies over this already overmaligned king. They must think that turning the shakesperean scheming monster into a sex machine will help reassessing his reputation. I think this only makes for poor chick lit with a few famous names and very little history sticked to it.
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Enjoyed this book from beginning to end. Well worth reading. Not too predictably as some. Good read
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Novel of a peasant woman who grows up in Middleham and briefly becomes Richard Duke of Gloucester's lover before his marriage to Anne Neville. ...then again after Anne's death in the troubled last months of Richard's life. Interesting in that the main character is a peasant, whereas in most other 'mistress' stories the lady in question is almosy always high-born. She is quite an earthy character, and much of the action concerns her children, her marriage and life in the village. Although well written, I found myself wanting to get back to Richard in these scenes. Still, a little bit of a different take on a familiar theme, and well-written.
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Very good read well written
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l think this author has been reading a book called The Court Of The Midnight King by Freda Warrington - a really fantastical novel of Richard lll - albeit a faery story with white witches and black ones. This one has been written since the discovery of his body, as are so many coming onto the market now - but not quite as good, she has researched well, and been kind to his memory. I did not read one bit and think - that's rubbish it never happened- but remember its an American book about Yorkshire folk, and although many of its aspects are true - they do bear a great liking to the book by Freda Warrington. But its not as good - almost but not quite.
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In my quest for all things Richard third , I was pleased with the perspective of this book. Told by a girl who started life as a poor farmer's daughter and became confidante to Anne Neville it displays both Anne and Richards characters well although not always likeable. Even after the battle of Bosworth this is still an interesting read.
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The brutal struggle for the crown is brought to life in this powerfully written book. The enigma of Richard III is vividly depicted in a novel which makes good use of the historical detail which has been brought to light with the discovery of the king 's remains in a Leicester car park.Ukraine
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