The second book in the Morland dynasty series, The Dark Rose picks up with Paul Morland, great-grandson of Eleanor. The family is now rife with jealousy and hatred. Paul cannot understand his heir Amyas, and struggles to bond with his illegitimate son Adrian. It is a situation doomed to end in tragedy.
Paul's half-brother Jack and his brood seem to have the happiness he cannot grasp. Nanette, his niece, rises at court as maid to Anne Boleyn. But even they cannot escape the uncertainty to come.
In the Dark Rose, the Morlands experience hard times - through drought, floods, religious reform and court intrigue. But through it all, the family finds new ways to bond and survive. Once again, the history of the period is cleverly woven into the fortunes of the family, particularly the marriages and religious reform of Henry VIII. An entertaining read.