Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: A Band of Roses
Author: Pat McDermott
Publisher: Tiger Publications Inc.
Re-release Date: March 2008
Genre/Sub-genre: : Contemporary Romance with a hint of Suspense and Paranormal thrown in
Year/Setting: Present Day - Ireland and other parts of the world
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Negligible/Minimal
Pat's Website: www.patmcdermott.net
A Band of Roses is based on the idea that the Boru Monarchy still reigns in Ireland. Putting a rival monarchy so close to England has some sparks built in. When Crown Princess Talty is called on to abdicate her throne in order to marry the King of England—securing a treaty that would insure peace between the kingdoms, she agrees. However, the King has severe developmental delays and is trained by his other family members to attack Talty on their wedding night. Believing she is dead, England now goes after the oil wells they originally wanted. Talty is alive and has to go into hiding in order to save her life. She must isolate herself from her family and forge a new life separate from the monarchy.
From there the story really takes off at a break-neck pace. Talty undergoes much to hide her true identity and to keep her family safe from the threat England would become if she were alive again. She is a warrior at heart with a true warrior spirit. She doesn’t know where her life is headed anymore, but she’s determined to make the most of it and meet every challenge head on.
I loved the story and the turns that it took. When she finally gets to California, her decision to join the Peregrine Project surprised me. This project puts a bit of a paranormal twist into the storyline. It was a fascinating theory and I enjoyed learning more about it. However, I thought several times that the book A Band of Roses should have been split into two separate novels. One novel dealing with Talty and her attempts to return home to Ireland and a separate novel dedicated to the Peregrine Project. While I enjoyed this entire book, there were moments that I had so many pieces of information to remember that I found myself confused.
The romance comes slowly but the waiting makes it twice as sweet. Talty and all associated with her were wonderful characters. They were realistic and people I would want to befriend. I loved the repeated attempts of the British to take back the oil wells. They added a wonderful element of suspense, yet they also provided great comic relief at other times.
A Band of Roses was a thrilling story that will keep you guessing and wondering until the very last page.
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