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The Thornless Rose

(Elizabethan Time Travel #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  383 ratings  ·  68 reviews
No one ever knew what really happened to Dr. Jonathan Brandon back in 1945. He simply disappeared from a London pub, leaving behind an unsolved mystery and his fiancée—Anne Howard's grandmother. Seventy years later, Anne herself is haunted by the strange tale, along with inexplicable hallucinations straight out of Elizabethan England. Including a scarred, handsome man whos ...more
ebook, 550 pages
Published December 29th 2014 by Entangled: Select Historical
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Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
This is the very first time travel romance I have read and I loved it. From start to finish, I could not put this book down. It was full of mystery, romance and suspense. I can't wait to read more in this series!

**ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was an enchanting story. I have been reading a lot of the time travel genre this year (or this past year) and this book was a unique and fascinating glimpse into the history of one of England’s most amazing time periods. From the end of World War II to modern day to Elizabethan England, this story weaves together a story that encompasses love, trials and political intrigues.
I finished the book last night and sat down this afternoon to write my review. I’m glad I took the time to let the bo
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
Here we discover what happened to poor Jonnie from the previous book and here the time-travel is a strong point!

Jonnie ended in Elizabeth I time, where, with help of an ex Bishop he works as a doctor. He's still deeply in love with Catherine, even if he knows that he will never be able to return to her so he works and live a lonley life.

Meanwhile Catherine has been married to Arthur for a long time and has sevral grandchildren. Anne, one of them, is visiting her and they roam London having fun.
Arc provided by Entangled Select Historical through Netgalley
Release Date: December 29 th

DNF at 40%

Anne, our modern day character, one fine day sees the photograph of her grandma's first fiancé and becomes instantly smitten with it, and very determined to act as some sort of Nancy Drew wanna be.

I know this is a time travel romance, but despite that, I was expecting a little more something, to ground her sudden obsession with the guy.
She's a teacher! Logical reasoning would be in order.

This is one of the best time travel romance stories I have read in a very long time. This novel has all the elements that make a great story - romance, action, intrigue, and suspense. This is the way stories should be written!!
Anne Howard happens upon an old trunk belonging to her grandmother and discovers a handful of old letters that were not from her grandfather. When she asked about the letters, her grandmother decides it is time to tell Anne the story of Jonathan Brandon, a man she was set
Joanna Lloyd
Dec 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was breathless as I finished the last page of this novel. The pace does not ease from beginning to end and the superb characters have been snatched straight from the pages of history.

Dr. Jonathan Brandon vanishes from a London pub in 1945, days before his wedding to Catherine Howard, and is never seen again. Nearly seventy years later Anne Howard, Catherine’s granddaughter, seeks answers to this mysterious disappearance. But Anne starts to experience hallucinations of strange characters and p
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Anne Howard's snooping into old belongings led her straight to a frightening secret about her grandmother's past and a man she once loved ... who just one day disappeared, literally, into thin air. All the investigations into Dr. Johnathan Brandon's sudden loss led to the same conclusions: nothing. But, there was more to his disappearance than Anne's grandmother let on. Anne begins to suffer from strangely realistic delusions of a much earlier time and finally learns the truth, that Jonathan tra ...more
Lindsey Gray
Dec 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've always fancied the theory that time is like a ball of string. It can be all tangled up at times and different time periods are separated by only a thin veil. The Thornless Rose explores that theory as two people from two different time periods travel back to Tudor era England during the reign of Elizabeth I.

Jonathan Brandon disappeared from a pub only days before his wedding in 1945. Sixty-nine years later, the granddaughter of Jonathan's fiancé, Anne Howard, slips through a veil as well. A
Brenna Chase
Dec 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I’ve always enjoyed a good time travel romance, so I couldn’t pass up the chance to read this one. And I wasn’t disappointed. It begins with a mystery: what happened to Major Jonathan Brandon, who disappeared from a London pub in 1945. Fast forward to modern day London, where the granddaughter of the fiancée that he left behind begins to experience the same things he did, and before she or her grandmother can stop it from happening, Anne Howard is whisked back in time and into the arms of the ma ...more
Micah Persell
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I am--just...Wow!

I have been a steady fan of writing duo Morgan O'Neill since their first, ancient Roman time travel series. I have noticed that the authors have refined their craft with each series, and when I finished the Italian series, I thought that, surely, these authors had topped themselves--had arrived at the height of their career and would be producing amazing books of the same caliber from then on.

This book, The Thornless Rose, is one of my favorite books. Ever. Period and full
Lillie Roberts
Dec 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Dr. Jonathan Brandon disappeared one day in 1945... vanished, never to be see again, leaving his fiancee Catherine behind. Years later, her granddaughter, Anne Howard starts experiencing mysterious tugs from the past. Though unbelieving at first, she begins to understand what might have happened to Jonathan Brandon and how he was forced to abandon all he knew... because Anne is afraid that same thing is happening to her.

Morgan O'Neill has redefined the genre of time travel with this fantastical
Erin Richards
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I waited with anticipation to read The Thornless Rose and I enjoyed the book immensely. Morgan O’Neill has done it again in a fantastic time-travel story involving Anne Howard, the granddaughter of Dr. Jonathan Brandon’s fiancé before he disappeared in 1945! Such a neat time-travel twist! Historical accuracy, evocative description, and authentic language was spot on and keeps the reader immersed in both modern day and Elizabethan England from the first exciting page to the last page of heart-sto ...more
Vera Neves (Sinfonia dos Livros)
Dec 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks-ing
I loved the way Anne arrives at Jonathan's with an open heart, even though he had been engaged to her grandmother. And he? Had he forgotten the beloved bride? Until he met Anne perhaps had not forgotten and his great hope was to get back and try to find her. However, finding young Anne will give him the chance to be happy. The chance to feel whole. His world gives a huge turn and the heart that always had belonged to another is now given to this stranger from the future who comes full of ideas a ...more
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A riveting time travel romance/suspense/thriller....

I really enjoyed this story, it was a real page turner - I thoroughly enjoyed the way both authors brought 1560 Elizabethan England to life and paired historical fact and fiction together.

Brought together through time - Jonathan and Anne literally live a lifetime apart before finding each other - and never letting go.

Gigi staub
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-entangled
No one ever knew what really happened to Dr. Jonathan Brandon back in 1945. He simply disappeared from a London pub, leaving behind an unsolved mystery and his fiancée—Anne Howard's grandmother. Seventy years later, Anne herself is haunted by the strange tale, along with inexplicable hallucinations straight out of Elizabethan England. Including a scarred, handsome man whose deep blue eyes seem to touch her very soul.... Anne wonders if there isn't something more to the story. Is it even possible ...more
Dec 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Thornless Rose is about Anne Howard, a young woman from 2014 who starts experiencing strange things while visiting her grandmother in England. She disappears from present day and goes to the past, but only for a short time, until she one day completely ends up in the 1500s. This also happened to her grandmothers fiance, Dr. Jonathan Brandon, back in 1945. When she ends up in the 1500's, she looks for him.

I loved the idea and the way the idea is written in the book. There were parts where i
Rosemary K
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Anne Howard is an American history teacher. She loves to visit her British grandmother and explore England's past. When she learns about the disappearance of her Granny's fiancée. She starts investigating. Dr. Jonathan Brandon's disappeared in 1945. Did he vanish into thin air? There are strange occurances. Suddenly Anne finds herself back in Elizabethan England with Jonathan. Can they survive in the past? Anne is a brave and resourceful woman. She fights to adjust to her new surroundings, but c ...more
Jennifer DeCuir
Dec 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
This book was a fascinating blend of historical facts interwoven with a beautiful love story (or two, if you include Queen Elizabeth and Robert Dudley, or three if you include Robert Hope and Miss Alice Potter). I was blown away by the amount of research that must have gone into the writing of this novel - yet it didn't come off sounding textbook'y'. The research into the period(s) was such that it pulls the reader further into the story. The author has me wanting to learn more about the time pe ...more
Dec 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received this from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. I loved this! I have read other books from this author and had like it but not as much as I loved this. I have not read many books set in Elizabethan times but this was really good.
Denise Van plew
Dec 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
It is not often any more I read time travel novels because the more I did the more bizarre they became. So it had been a very long time since I had but this one intrigued me so thought hey why not give it a shot. When Anne goes to visit her grandmother she keeps pondering on the mystery of her grandmother's first love. Going to the very place it happened to see things for herself and talk to someone who might remember even. Of course there is lots of history around anyways but strange things and ...more
Leslie G.
Fully realized characters, from the heroic Anne and Jonathan, to the funny Scottish housekeeper, Trudy, and the spritely grandmother, Catherine. Great dialogue that swept me to modern-day UK and back to Elizabethan times. Great plot, which dove-tailed nicely with English history. And then there is Elizabeth, the queen of hearts. I never saw her as a young, saucy woman before - but here she was in all of her glory. There's only one word to describe The Thornless Rose. Marvelous!
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book from beginning to end. How could anyone resist Jonathan Brandon? What a hero!
Cait O'Sullivan
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
For me, the best test of a book is whether it entices me into bed early to read, feeling that I've got friends waiting for me inside a cover of a book and cannot wait to see what they're up to. The Thornless Rose had me in bed at 20.30, no mean feat in my busy life. Not only was I thoroughly engaged with both main characters, the superb scene setting of a 1560s England suspended all disbelief, even though the Thornless Rose is set quite firmly within the fantasy genre. Colourful throughout was t ...more
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle
While an interesting story, I can't agree with all the rave reviews I've seen here. The plot takes way too long to get moving and then it is all over the place. It's a bit of a mess. I found myself skimming major portions just to move things along. You may like it but for me it felt like a lot of filler to get to the meat.
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: o-neill-morgan
This book was excellent! It is an edge-of-your seat, page turner! I would not hesitate to purchase another time travel romance from this talented pair of authors.

First read 2/14, currently re-reading as of 7/5/17

Awesome! Just as wonderful as the first read. Up to date and onto the next book "Ever Crave the Rose," a new one for me!
Elizabeth Meyette
Dec 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Prepare to be swept away into the passionate romance of Dr. Jonathon Brandon and Anne Howard. The Thornless Rose has everything: romance, danger, suspense, history and, of course, time-travel. The characters are people I’d like to know and the fast-paced plot kept me thinking about the book when I wasn’t able to sit down and read more. Once again the authors who collaborate as Morgan O’Neill have created a compelling world that is the reader’s own “time-travel”.

The setting is the Elizabethan Er
Zrinka Jelic
Dec 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What a rush! I loved this book from the first paragraph to the very last. It was hard to put down yet I didn't want to end it.
You can't help but fall in love with Anne and Brandon, especially Brandon, Dr. Brandon that is. He'll get your girl parts all soft and mushy.
You'll also appreciate the conveniences of the modern world like plumbing, heating, and yes even vaccination. For you never know when you may find yourselves in the 16th century where Small Pox are not eradicated and it kills.
Diane Jewkes
Mar 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Morgan O'Neill has done a masterful job of re-imagining the time travel genre in The Thornless Rose. The way the hero and subsequently the heroine find themselves thrown out of their time is unique. I enjoyed the confusion and then determination of Anne Howard to find Dr Brandon. The twist of Brandon being the fiancee of Anne's grandmother added another dimension to Anne's motivations. The landscape of Elizabethan England was richly drawn and Anne's reactions to sights and smells ring true.
If y
Morgan O'Neill
Dec 17, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Welcome, friends! We hope you enjoy reading our Elizabethan time travel series. We wrote The Thornless Rose first, followed by Begun by Time, the prequel to the series. Begun by Time was crafted so that it can be read before The Thornless Rose or afterward. Either way, readers can experience the unfolding tale, which continues in the sequel, a third novel titled Ever Crave the Rose. ECTR brings everything full circle, in a love story for all time. Thank you so much for your support and well wish ...more
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