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The Secret of the Rose

3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  122 ratings  ·  22 reviews
An exciting and romantic spy-thriller set in Elizabethan England, featuring a brave heroine who must disguise herself as a boy-or have her true identity revealed.
ebook, 304 pages
Published January 26th 2010 by Greenwillow Books (first published August 1st 2006)
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Mara
A splendid mystery, engaging from beginning to end. The Author keeps Readers in absolute suspence over what Marlowe's secret is, revealing nothing too soon nor concealing important facts for too long. And unless you know about Christopher Marlowe's life, the end will come as a surprise. The characters are wonderfully realistic - in sense and in personality - and Rosalind an especially good and enjoyable heroine. While there is a slight romance between her and another boy at the playhouse, it doe ...more
Raissa
A gripping read. The author leaves out some details which I think would have been helpful to readers, but you can work out. Like the age of the protagonist. I'd guess she's 14-15, in Elizabethan times old enough to be marriageable but young enough not to have her period yet (that would have added an interesting complication, by the way). This would also make her brother about 10, the right age to be a prentice. I was also looking for more details about the Tom Watson case which may have given mo ...more
Linda (Librarian)
Rosalind and her younger brother are forced to leave their comfortable home when their father is arrested and jailed for practicing his Catholic religion. Rosalind dresses as a boy to avoid being taken advantage of on the streets of London. The story takes place in Elizabethan England where her brother is hired at a theatre, and Rosalind is hired a popular playwright Christopher Marlowe. Marlowe has secrets, too, and he discovers that Rosalind is a Catholic. Their secrets put both of their lives ...more
Cynthia Egbert
Historically accurate, this is a fun read.

A great quote to give you a taste of this novel:

"Do you think the devil walks among us like looking like a monster, horns and tail and all? Do you think the devil knows nothing of subtlety? Do you think he's never heard of craft? I tell you, if the devil were among us right now, none of you would know it. He walks like a man, looks like a man; he gets souls by whispering, not by shouting."

Rachel
During the end of reign of Queen Elizabeth, Catholics were taken to the Tower for treason. Rosalind Archer's father is taken. She and her brother, Robin, flee from their country home to London. But the people their father said would help them cannot. And so they live in the allies of London, until by accident the popular playwright Christopher Marlowe runs into them and helps them. Rosalind who has disguised herself as a boy in breeches goes by Richard Archer. Rosalind/Richard is taken in as Mar ...more
Kristin
The moment I started this novel, I felt as if I had stepped into some time machine and been transported to 1592 thanks to Thomson’s expert use of the English of the sixteenth century. Besides the wonderful language, I was intrigued by the many historical aspects of The Secret of the Rose. Of them all, I especially enjoyed learning of the players (with a guest appearance of the Bard himself) and of the conflicts surrounding religion depending upon the monarch. Of course, I also have to mention Wi ...more
Anne Margaret
Rosalind Archer, the main character, is a very brave girl.
The description of everything makes me feel like being transported to another place of another era. Everything plays on my mind. The town, the alleys, the houses, and the theater itself. Because everything was elaborated.
This is not positive at all. All about misfortune. Rosalind, who once lived in a well family, is now a pauper wandering in the streets. She, who has secrets that can cause her death and he, Christopher Marlowe, also had h
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Tressa (Wishful Endings)
This is during the time in England when Catholics were executed as traitors. A brother and sister make their way to London where their father is imprisoned and find themselves at the mercy of the streets and their father dead from a disease. A play writer takes them under his wing and finds an acting job for the boy and hires the girl, who is disguised as a boy, as his servant, including to write for him. Trouble, however, seems to follow them. They narrowly escape, but all are not so lucky. Wel ...more
Susan
My appreciation for freedom of religion jumped up three-fold as I read this story of Rosalind Archer and her brother Robin. Because their father has been arrested for treason, the two are forced to fend for themselves in a harsh London 1592. Rosalind becomes Richard (out of necessity) and scribe to playwright Christopher Marlowe, and Robin apprentice to the actors of the Rose. I know nothing of Marlowe, but thought it interesting that he knew Shakepeare. Both Marlowe and Rosalind become intertwi ...more
Michelle
I don't like books where the characters speak in dialect.

I also find that since getting an ereader I read more but I also have less patience for books that don't turn out to be really intriguing or in my taste in the first couple of chapters. I think this is because I didn't go all the way to the library to pick up a book and so less effort in obtaining book = less likely to feel obligated to read it.
Rachel
Oct 01, 2008 Rachel rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teens, cool adults
Recommended to Rachel by: the library
Shelves: kiddos
Good historical fiction choice. Slow at times, but there is a really good story there. People who are interested in Christopher Marlowe/William Shakespeare intrigue will be fans.
Brittany
I thought it was really, really good. But I am so confused about what the heck happend. I mean, this guy was killed for being a spy, and turning over Catholics to the government. So why was he killed for obeying the law? It is wierd... But I highly recommend it!
Rachel
Girl, who must dress as a boy to find work, becomes an apprentice to playwright Christopher Marlow. Good historical details if a little over the top with the thou's and you's. Good connections to other books with Shakespeare apprentices.
Tiffany
The first line in this was something about the heads of traitors being displayed on the London bridge. Gross. I read about 30 pages and decided this was not a book I wanted to read.
MaryAnn
I wasn't as enthralled with this book as some other readers but I did find an adult novel entitled the Intelligencer that I hope will light up the blanks.
Gabby Goeke
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Alexandra
It contained good historical background. The plot, though a little ununique, was still interesting.
Emma
This book is realy good. I defenetly recommend it, but some of the language is hard to understand.
Heather
I kind of saw this going in a different direction, but it was still good.
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
Faithful to the era, but ... it just didn't feel like it was going anywhere.
Sandy
Youth Historical Fiction. Set in 1592 England. Good story.
Julie
I did NOT like this book. I really struggled to get through it.
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