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The Heart of the Rose

3.29  ·  Rating Details  ·  14 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Bronwyn is kind and resourceful, a healer ahead of her time who cares for her aging father and two young sisters. She can entrance a man with her sweet voice, the beauty of her face. She's an impoverished peasant who lives in the dark, suspicious times of fifteenth-century England where such a woman is feared. Witches are believed to be everywhere, waiting to ensnare a pow ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 480 pages
Published April 11th 1985 by Leisure Books
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Feb 03, 2012 Karla rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: absolutely everyone
2 to 2.5 stars.

The Story: Bronwyn cares for her two orphaned sisters and falls in love with King Edward IV. She gets on the bad side of Richard Neville, the Earl of Warwick, who decides to satisfy his rapey jollies on Bronwyn's fair virgin flesh. Bronwyn's healing powers have her in constant fear of being burned as a witch (she can heal with a touch), but she can't help herself from grabbing onto wounded people with an audience hanging about. While Edward tries to hang onto his throne against Wa
(This review is for the original 1985 edition. The author has revised it, so if you want to read it, I'd go with the new version. I have since read the revision and didn't think it had been re-written that much. But, as my review for the revision indicates, there is plenty of personal bias that affected my rating and review.)
Where. To. Start? This was the biggest Mary Sue story that I've ever read, in or out of fanfiction. It wasn't even the rather good kind where stuff happens in an interesting
Kira Simion
Was given a free audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

So I liked this story but there was something that just bothered me.

The MC was almost raped and her reaction wasn't very realistic but that's not what got to me. It's when she is annoyed when her sister was afraid of some knights. I mean, you've felt fear, right? Or at least know that she's your sister and you should be more sympathetic or something to her.

Otherwise it isn't too bad a book. I kind of liked the narrator.

3/5 stars.

Jennifer Garcia
I would like to thank the author for a copy of the audible book in exchange for an honest review.

This book was right up my alley. I had recently read The White Queen and am also watching it on TV, so I was totally in the mood for more War of the Roses time period.

The audio portion was good, the accents were decent, but it took me a while to get used to the voice. However, once I did, I could enjoy the book more.

The first thing I enjoyed was Bronwyn. She was strong, a fighter, and never a vict
Jan 16, 2016 Mareena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes historical romance
Recommended to Mareena by: Kathryn Meyer Griffith
Bronwyn is a lowly peasant girl forced to fend for herself and her sisters when her parents die. She finds work at a tavern as a barmaid and a singer. Her beautiful voice and kind nature soon attracts the attention of the nobility, just as her healing powers attract the gossiping whispers that she is a witch out to snare King Edward IV himself. Now, as England tears itself apart in civil war, Bronwyn finds herself trapped between two men - one intent on possessing her, no matter what the cost, a ...more
Kathryn Blake
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Oct 10, 2011 Toni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A historical romance of depth and color with some deep characterizations. Edward is contrasted vividly with Warwick, callow in his youth perhaps, but a king nevertheless, concerned for what his people think and with keeping his newly-won throne. He’s a man seeking sincere love; Edward can have all the women he wants but he’s never found one who didn’t want tangible rewards in return…until he meets Bronwyn who wishes nothing from him but his love. Warwick is a man of contradictions, cruel, callou ...more
Author: Kathryn Meyer Griffin
Published By: Eternal Press
Age Recommend: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 4
Blog Review For: GMTA

"The Heart of The Rose" by Kathryn Meyer Griffin was a very good read.
This story is so full of historical (Civil Wars)information that you are made to feel that you are there. This story is around the time of King Edward IV. The heroine in the story definitely Bronwyn. I felt she had a good heart. Truly she had such devotion to her sisters,
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The Heart of The Rose is a re-release and a trip back to old school bodice-rippers, including a frightening rape scene. Bronwyn is saved as a heroine by her devotion to her family and friends. Her problem is that she, at times, behaves illogically. Edward is a good hero, and loving, but knows his place as King. The villains are wonderfully awful and the opportunity for one to get their comeuppance is a treat for readers. There are a few quirks to the plot that had me shaking my head, but I quick ...more
The Pen & Muse
Griffith’s The Heart of the Rose is a re-published book, it’s also a throw back to old bodice ripping type romance books. It’s still a good book with a good heroine who at times acts illogically and a hero who has a good heart. The villains in this are written wonderfully awful and you will surely get a treat that they do get what they deserve in the end. The plot itself has a few pints that made me think twice, but all in all you will love this book. Griffith always does great with these histor ...more
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About Kathryn Meyer Griffith…
Since childhood I’ve been an artist and worked as a graphic designer in the corporate world and for newspapers for twenty-three years before I quit to write full time. But I’d already begun writing novels at 21, over forty-four years ago now, and have had twenty-two (ten romantic horror, two horror novels, two romantic SF horror, one romantic suspense, one romantic tim
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