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The Flower Reader

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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 ...more
Paperback, 408 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by NAL
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Misfit
Mar 27, 2012 Misfit rated it it was amazing
“It was not easy to search for a murderer when one was a queen's lady”

The Flower Reader is one of those books where the less you know about the story the better, so I'm keeping the plot description very brief and just will just tease instead with a few favorite quotes. Rinette Leslie of Granmuir is a very minor member of Mary of Guise's household, and as such she's the perfect choice when the dying regent needs someone to slip a casket of secret letters and other juicy stuff out of the castle an
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Kate Quinn
Apr 13, 2012 Kate Quinn rated it really liked it
There are not many authors who could convincingly tie together such diverse things as flower magic, Highland politics, and a hero who wears eyeliner - but Elizabeth Loupas is such an author. Her debut novel "The Second Duchess" was one of my favorite reads last year, and "The Flower Reader" proves that Loupas has successfully dodged the Sophomore Slump. As with "Second Duchess," "Flower Reader" revolves around the heroine's unraveling of a mystery - but the mystery here is rougher, the danger gr ...more
Jemidar
Dec 10, 2012 Jemidar rated it really liked it

I'm so happy because I just won a signed copy of this along with a gorgeous pressed flower bookmark over at Elizabeth Loupas' blog. Wow!! Thank you Elizabeth :-).

Rio (Lynne)
Apr 13, 2012 Rio (Lynne) rated it really liked it
Kate Quinn's review took the words out of my mouth. First of all, I am not a mystery story fan. I loved Loupas' The Second Duchess, so how could I pass this one up...heavy mystery or not? Loupas bravely took on the subject of Floromancy. It was never hokey or cheesy. Just the right amount was added to the story and it was very believable. The descriptions were fabulous. I will never look at flowers the same again. I also love how Loupas takes on unique characters and doesn't jump on current Hist ...more
Jenny Q
Apr 17, 2012 Jenny Q rated it really liked it
After loving the author's debut, The Second Duchess, I was less than impressed with the first thirty pages of The Flower Reader, which I thought were full of over-dramatic moments and sappy dialogue. I'd really been looking forward to this one and all my friends were raving, so I hung in there, and I'm glad I did because it wasn't long before the story began to show the strength and depth I knew this author was capable of.

Be warned: the back cover gives too much away, the above version from Good
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Frances
Oct 05, 2015 Frances rated it liked it
3.5* Mary of Guise, queen regent of Scotland lies dying in Edinburgh Castle in the year 1560. Knowing her life is seeping away she pleads with Rinette Leslie to hide a silver casket containing secret letters and documents. Afraid that many powerful people are desperate to get hold of the casket, Rinette must conceal it until the queen’s daughter Mary Stuart arrives in Scotland to take possession. With her knowledge of floromancy, Rinette uses this ability to see into the future to save herself a ...more
Maer
Oct 16, 2012 Maer rated it it was amazing
This is my first time reading a Loupas novel and it won't be my last. I won't go into the story, but leave it to other readers to discover that joy on their own. Instead, I want to talk about Loupas and her incredible style. She has a unique voice that drew me in immediately.

Her heroine, Rinette, is strong, independent and charming. Rinette's ability to read people and the future is a fascinating addition that completely pulled me in. The cast of characters is as entertaining as they are diverse
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Victoria
Yet another gorgeous novel from Elizabeth Loupas. Having finished The Second Duchess last week and loving it, I knew I had to get my teeth stuck into her next. So, I already had this on my bookcase. Having re-read the back cover, I wasn't expecting it to be as good as the first book. Firstly, The Second Duchess was so good, was it a fluke? Secondly, I wasn't sure about the plot. A fictional character who can "read flowers"? I'm not a lover of fantasy at all. Anyway, I got myself settled and bega ...more
Aoi
Sep 02, 2012 Aoi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hf-england
I have been wanting to read this book for the longest time; and I felt all my waiting was not in vain.

"The Flower Reader" is a book to savor; it keeps you to the edge of the seat. The floromancy adds another angle to what is already a suspenseful and dark tale. The romance is wonderfully woven into the suspense, and while it is not the focus; it is intense and touching when it needs to be.

This book automatically puts Ms. Loupas on my auto-buy list. I am eagerly looking forward to more books fro
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Nicole
Dec 28, 2012 Nicole rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book, it was a nice quick read and had a lot of great aspects to it. This is the time period that I usually read, but I seldom read after Mary, Queen of Scots because I've always been such an Elizabeth fan and Mary tried to usurp her. I picked sides in this matter and I picked Elizabeth. Getting to read about Mary was exciting and fun.


I really liked Rinette, our heroine. She was flawed as a person which everyone is so she felt like a real person. I felt for her as she discove
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Amanda
Apr 02, 2012 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-releases
First, an admission: I was in love with Elizabeth Loupas’ first novel, The Second Duchess. It was one of the best books I read last year –even better than many of the offerings from more established historical fiction authors. I raved about the book to anyone who would listen and found virtually any excuse to recommend it to others. Needless to say, I was incredibly excited about Loupas’ follow-up novel, The Flower Reader.

Marina, known as Rinette, is the heir to a great Scottish estate, a relati
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Mary
Feb 09, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Historical fiction lovers
"I hated the queen, hated her down to the deepest marrow of my bones...Now she was dying, Mary of Guise, queen regent of Scotland...And everyone in Edinburgh, everyone in the castle, everyone in the queen' s own bedchamber was waiting for the queen to die."


Before she dies, Mary of Guise secretly entrusts a silver casket to Rinette Leslie of Granmuir. The silver casket containing the queen's secrets is meant for her daughter, Mary Queen of Scots, but Rinette makes the mistake of showing the cas
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Rebecca Huston
This one turned out to be a real surprise for me. I was expecting yet another historical romance, heavy on the sex, low on the research -- and what I got instead was a well-written, well-paced novel set in Mary, Queen of Scots court, and a young lady with plenty of problems. Suddenly widowed and with a premature daughter, Rinette has far too many suitors, enemies, spies dangling rich rewards, if only she would turn over a small silver casket. Fortunately, she has the silky smooth courtier Nichol ...more
Suze
Aug 13, 2012 Suze rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this author! As in her first book, The Second Duchess, she writes about her characters as if she has lived alongside them for years. With all the research that goes into her historical novels, in a way she has.

I couldn't put this book down! The storyline weaves history with romance and thrilling mystery, revealing Queen Mary of Scots as an 18 year old....spoiled, yet intelligent...and a legendary beauty. The lead character, Rinette, is easy to love as she copes with life at co
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Erin
Mar 30, 2015 Erin rated it really liked it
I became a Elizabeth Loupas fan after thirstily reading The Second Duchess last year and " The Flower Reader" did not disappoint. Our main female protagonist is Rinette Leslie of Granmuir and our story opens at the bed of the dying Mary of Guise, regent of Scotland. Before dying, the queen asks Rinette to pass on a precious silver casket with her personal papers to her daughter, Mary, living in France and not to give it to anyone else. But Rinette isn't able to keep her promise to her dying mis ...more
Michelle (True Book Addict)
I really liked this book. I am so impressed by the historical fiction that is being written these days. Pretty much every book is well-written and captivating and The Flower Reader is definitely up there with them.

This is the first novel I have read which features Mary, Queen of Scots. I was not overly fond of her in this book. I realize that this is an author's portrayal of her and may not be entirely factual, but Loupas is so good with her character development, I'm quite convinced that Mary m
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Iset

I have to admit I was a little sceptical about the premise of The Flower Reader before reading it. A fictional character with magical flower-reading powers in possession of the infamous casket? It all sounded too far-fetched to be pulled off, too much of a Mary Sue insert. What a surprise, Elizabeth Loupas has created a wonderful, delightful tale in The Flower Reader.

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
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Dark Faerie Tales
Jun 11, 2012 Dark Faerie Tales rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-by-kiwi
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: A story of murder, mystery and flowers — with a touch of romance.

Opening Sentence: I hated the queen, hated her down to the deepest marrow of my bones.

The Review:

Rinette Leslie is a girl with a special power I haven’t previously heard of before. The myths surrounding the gift of floromancy have apparently been around for millennia. Floromancy is the ability to read flowers for the purpose of telling a person’s future, and Rinette does a damn
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Patty
May 08, 2012 Patty rated it really liked it
In this tale of Scotland just as Mary, Queen of Scots is taking her throne we meet Rinette Leslie, a young woman with the ability to read people and their futures with flowers. She wants nothing more than to live in peace at her estate in Granmuir but that is not to be. She is entrusted with a silver casket full of letters from Mary's mother to present to Mary upon her return to Scotland from France. She is to show it to no-one and to give it only to Mary. As Rinette leaves the old queen's servi ...more
Elisabetta
Nov 26, 2012 Elisabetta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Ci troviamo in Scozia alla corte della regina Maria Stuarda, intorno al 1560.

Non credevo possibile che giunta alla fine di questo libro, potessi sentire la mancanza di corti, balli, castelli e usanze che vengono così meticolosamente descritte in questo libro, ma è successo proprio questo.
Si vede che la scrittrice ha fatto i compiti a casa, ogni cosa viene descritta rispettando, per quanto possibile, gli episodi storici e le ambientazioni del periodo.

La protagonista di questa storia è Rinette Le
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Julianne Douglas
Mar 06, 2012 Julianne Douglas rated it really liked it
As I was reading Elizabeth Loupas's new novel, THE FLOWER READER (NAL, April 2012), this verse from the old nursery rhyme kept running through my head, and quite justifiably. For in Loupas's second novel, flowers have the power to foretell the future, and knowing what grows in one's own--and others'--gardens can quite literally be a matter of life and death. In order to heed the flowers' warnings, however, one must know how to read the blossoms. Luckily for Mary, the new Queen of Scots, her atte ...more
Diane S ☔
May 30, 2012 Diane S ☔ rated it really liked it
What a wonderfully entertaining romp through the history of the middle 1600's when a very young Mary Stewart returns to Scotland to rule. When her mother Marie Guise dies, she entrust s silver casket to one her wards, Rinette, tells her to hide it and only give it to the Mary when next she sets foot on Scottish soil. What follows are the many plots, counter-plots, assassins, secret groups, political maneuvering and forced marriages. All that made living at court such a treacherous business. Rine ...more
Caitlin
I was captivated from beginning to end. The writing was great, the mystery and romance was everything I could wish for, and the characters felt honest and had great motivation. A truly enjoyable historical fiction novel.
Beverly J.
Dec 12, 2012 Beverly J. rated it really liked it
A very enjoyable book. I like the insertion of floromancy, it fit well with the historical element of the book. Good writing, glad I stumbled upon this one by accident at the library.
Jennifer
3.5 stars rounded to 4. Why not more stars since I've put this in the couldn't put down shelf? A big part of what happened to the h was just so wrong. I had a hard time getting over it and I'm not sure I ever will. It was not OK with me, and while I understand her life was not really unusual for a minor noblewoman of the time, it was still heart wrenching.

This book proves that Elizabeth Loupas isn't a one hit wonder. I enjoyed it just as much as The Second Duchess. The writing was so engaging an
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Megan
Feb 15, 2014 Megan rated it really liked it
Great story tho some parts extremely frustrating. The vengeance portion when weighed against all she had forsaken became utterly foolish. The ambivalence of the queen while depicted truly is in itself frustrating to see the lives of those around her subject to her every whim! Ugh! Thank goodness for George Washington who refused to be a king of our great nation. Also difficult to understand why Nico would dare to leave her again, he should have told his grandmother he had served her well & i ...more
Tish
Apr 14, 2012 Tish rated it it was amazing
Loved this! A fun, sympatico main character, an interesting twist with her flower reading, and a fresh take on MQoS as a young, ruling monarch.
Jerelyn
It was a good as people said it was. Review to follow, but I will say Elizabeth Loupas has gone on my auto buy list.
Julie Landy
Jan 20, 2014 Julie Landy rated it liked it
If I could I would rate this book a 3.75. The basic plot of Rinete being a flower reader much like a tarot reader is intriguing. Then place this in ancient Scotland and you have sucked me in. She was forcibly fostered by the aging Queen and given the task of delivering a casket of secret documents to the Queens daughter Mary Stewart. But before she did so, her husband is murdured and she is set on the path of court politics, brutalization, betrayal and suprise.
I enjoyed the book. The characters
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Sue
Sep 28, 2013 Sue rated it it was ok
Too much quasi history, not enough flower reading.
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