The Thornless Rose

Morgan O'Neill
The Thornless Rose
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Entangled Publishing
Release Date
December 2014
Historical Romance

Love is begun by time…

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 that Jonathan disappeared into the England's dark past? And why does Anne keep hearing him whisper her name? Because now she too feels the inexorable pull of the past, not to mention an undeniable attraction for a man she doesn't even know.

It's just a matter of time before Anne will step back into history, and face a destiny—and a love—beyond imagining...

Book Review by Rachel's Willful Thoughts (reviewer)
Feb 20, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
279 people found the following review helpful
It is often been said that love can conquer all, but what happens when one of the lovers disappears? In this suspenseful tale featuring time travel to Elizabethan England, author Morgan O'Neill gives true love a chance--seven decades after the fact.

THE THORNLESS ROSE is a gripping story about love and loss with the backdrop full of rich history. Dr. Jonathan Brandon and Catherine Hastings were just a few days from being married when he abruptly disappeared into thin air. Seventy years later, Catherine's granddaughter, Anne Howard, finds out about her grandmother's lost love. As a history buff, Anne finds herself drawn into the past.

While some time travel romances may stretch the bounds of imagination, the author explores the topic of time reversal using present-day characters caught in Elizabethan England. The setting is rich with the language and mannerisms of the time, coupled with interactions of the characters with real historical figures including Queen Elizabeth I.

The storyline is nicely wrapped up with both past and present plot twists. It's the kind of novel that may take a while to read because of its length, but it is well worth the time.
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