Author: Elizabeth Loupas
Publisher: NAL Trade
Publish Date: April 3, 2012
Why You're Reading This Book:
- You're a historical fiction fan.
- You like your historical fiction with a little magic.
From Goodreads.com: "Rinette Leslie of Granmuir has the ancient gift of divining the future in flowers, but her gift cannot prepare her for the turmoil that comes when the dying queen regent entrusts her with a casket full of Scotland's darkest secrets. On the very day she means to deliver it to newly crowned Mary, Queen of Scots, Rinette's husband is brutally assassinated.
Devastated, Rinette demands justice before she will surrender the casket, but she is surrounded by ruthless men who will do anything to possess it. In the end, the flowers are all she can trust-and only the flowers will lead her safely home to Granmuir."
My Two Cents:
This book is rooted in truth but has a flavor of the fantastic. Rinette is gifted with fleuromancy, the ability to see the future through flowers. I loved this little bit of magic and the way that Loupas was able to weave it in to the story so realistically. I love when authors are able to take the magic and the fantasy and make it into something that we can really believe in.
I also liked how Loupas was able to take things that really happened (there really was a silver casket that held some very important secrets to the throne of Scotland) and use them for the basis of a fictional story. One thing that I really liked in the book is that Loupas gives you a list up front of which characters were real and which ones she made up. Rinette is one of the fictional characters and she is thrust with the great responsibility to get the silver casket from one queen to the new queen. It's an awesome responsibility that puts her in massive amounts of danger.
I also loved the setting of the book. Scotland is not a place that I have read a whole lot about. I thought it was interesting to see the tensions between Scotland and other countries as well as the tensions within Scotland. I also loved the mystery of the silver casket. Rinette is not quite sure why she is charged with such an important item. It was really interesting to gather all of the bits of information throughout the book to get to what the casket really means and how important is.
This is the first book that I have read by Elizabeth Loupas but I can tell you that it will not be the last. Loupas does a fantastic job of weaving the historical and the fiction in such a way that unless someone tells you what's real and what's not real that you would never know.
Bottom line: Loupas spins a wonderful historical fiction story!
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