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Roses Have Thorns by Sandra Byrd

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Roses Have Thorns: A Novel of Elizabeth I
 1565 – England

From the acclaimed author of To Die For comes a stirring novel told that sheds new light on Elizabeth I and her court. Like Philippa Gregory and Alison Weir, Sandra Byrd has attracted countless fans for evoking the complexity, grandeur, and brutality of the Tudor period. In her latest tour de force, she poses the question: What happens when serving a queen may cost you your marriage–or your life?

In 1565, seventeen-year-old Elin von Snakenborg leaves Sweden on a treacherous journey to England. Her fiance has fallen in love with her sister and her dowry money has been gambled away, but ahead of her lies an adventure that will take her to the dizzying heights of Tudor power. Transformed through marriage into Helena, the Marchioness of Northampton, she becomes the highest-ranking woman in Elizabeth’s circle. But in a court that is surrounded by Catholic enemies who plot the queen’s downfall, Helena is forced to choose between her unyielding monarch and the husband she’s not sure she can trust–a choice that will provoke catastrophic consequences.

Vividly conjuring the years leading up to the beheading of Mary Queen of Scots, Roses Have Thorns is a brilliant exploration of treason, both to the realm and to the heart.

Daughter of the King by Carlene Havel

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Daughter of the King
1500BC – Israel

This is a story of enduring love, based on Biblical information contained in the books of I and II Samuel, Kings, and Chronicles. Princess Michal was the youngest daughter of ancient Israel’s first king. More than thirty centuries ago, she fell in love with and married a hero named David. As told in the Bible, Michal helped her husband escape from her insane father. King Saul punished his daughter by forcing her into a bigamous marriage. Years after being banished, the Princess became a pawn in negotiations between Judea and Israel. She was shattered to learn her family was wiped out, and to find David has six additional wives. In the book, Michal longs to bear a son to inherit David’s crown and reestablish the line of King Saul. Yet rivals are equally ambitious for their sons. Michal must draw on her faith, patriotism, and love for David to sustain her through disappointment, infidelity, and betrayal.

In the Shadow of Sinai by Carole Towriss

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In the Shadow of Sinai

BC – Israel and Egypt

Bezalel is a Hebrew slave to Ramses II. An artisan of the highest order, he has been kept in the palace even when Ramses has banned all other Israelites. Bezalel blames El Shaddai for isolating him from his people.

When Moses and Aaron appear one summer, and El Shaddai shakes Egypt to its core, Bezalel must reexamine his anger. Over the course of the next year, Bezalel’s life becomes intertwined with those of an Egyptian child-slave, the captain of the guard, and especially a beautiful, young concubine.

When spring arrives, all of them escape with the young nation of Israel. But that’s only the beginning…

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