Book Reviews of The Raven and the Rose

The Raven and the Rose
The Raven and the Rose
Author: Virginia Henley
ISBN-13: 9780440171614
ISBN-10: 044017161X
Publication Date: 6/1/1987
Pages: 400
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 64 ratings
Publisher: Island Books
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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At the heart of this story is the `rose', otherwise known as Roseanna Castlemaine, stunningly beautiful daughter of Joanna and Neville Castlemaine but in reality, the illegitimate daughter of King Edward IV. Were it known, it would cause her life to be in danger. She has been betrothed since the age of 11 to Baron Ravenspur, who should have claimed her at the age of 15 but now, all of 17 and having never met the man, she scoffs at the idea that they will ever wed and has fallen in love with the handsome Byron FitzHugh, friend of her brother Jeffrey.
Her mother Joanna has high hopes for her daughter making a good marriage, and a landless Knight, does not fit in with her plans. Roseanna hearing that her betrothed is staying at a nearby hunting lodge determines that she will go there and beg the Baron to break the betrothal. Mishaps along the way, cause her to lose her horse, get drenched in a pouring rain so that when Ravenspur's brother, Tristan, finds her he mistakes her for a peasant and decides to make a gift of her to his brother Roger, who along with his men-at-arms are all having an orgy at the hunting lodge. Ravenspur is stunned to realize that this is no peasant but his betrothed and having sworn never to marry again, initially agrees to break the betrothal but the more she provokes him he decides to go through with the marriage anyhow.

Roseanne, not one to take being lied to lightly, tries all sorts of escapades to escape the impending marriage and subsequent bedding, but would her feelings of, could it be lust, whenever Ravenspur is near betray her. She can't quite understand how she could `love' Sir Bryan, yet her body react with Ravenspur.
Very good story - excellent.
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Her hair was black and silk against her ivory skin; her gray eyes burned with opal fire. The love child of King Edward IV, Roseanna was pledged to her father's most prized warrior. He was dark, strong, and commanding, and in the bedchamber, where he forced her to honor her marriage vows, she learned not to crave his intoxicating touch. And still she swore not to love him even as she surrendered to the dark rapture of...the Raven.
She was the beautiful wild rose and he the proud, mighty raven. And only he could tame her. Set in the turbulent period of 15th-century England, this is the passionate and tempestuous love story of a spirited young noblewoman and the powerful, enigmatic man she is forced to marry.
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"Her beauty was the spark...her hair was black silk against her ivory skin; her gray eyes burnedw ith opal fire. The love child of King Edward IV, Roseanna was pledged to her father's most prized warrior. He was dark, strong and commanding.
Very good book!!
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her beauty was the spark...his passion was the fire...
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i love all books written by this author.
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She was royalty and he was a valuable knight to the king and she was given to him when she was born and he didn't want her as she had the same feeling til he seen her. Then he tried to make it right and take her as her bride but she loved another. But she was promised to him and that is all that would be done. They married and the adventures begin..
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Very good book!!!
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Her hair was black and silk against her ivory skin; her gray eyes burned with opal fire. The love child of King Edward IV, Roseanna was pledged to her father's most prized warrior. He was dark, strong, and commanding, and in the bedchamber, where he forced her to honor her marriage vows, she learned not to crave his intoxicating touch. And still she swore not to love him even as she surrendered to the dark rapture of...the Raven.