'A rich tapestry of a book, transporting readers to the thirteenth century and dropping them deep into the fascinating life of Eleanor of Castile. Brilliantly researched and cleverly brought to life with fascinating characters and fantastic period detail . . . Wonderful.'
'Vibrant, enticing and with fascinating detail, the descriptions of the gardens were so vivid, you felt you could smell the damask roses'
Completely engrossed me from the start. I loved Olwen's story as well as Eleanor's, and the glorious descriptions of the herbs and flowers as a contrast to the high politics of the era. It felt incredibly rich and vividly told.
Beautifully narrated. . . Carol McGrath expertly brings to life one of the most determined and remarkable queens of the medieval world . . . The reader can easily understand how this enchanting rose was adored by some and regarded as a vicious thorn by her enemies
'Shines a true light on the gripping tale of the life of Eleanor of Castile, the love of Edward I's life'
'Excels at sweeping the reader away on an engrossing journey through history . . . The perfect balance between great storytelling and superb research, and she brings her characters vividly to life'
'Pulls from the pages of history Eleanor of Castile: queen, business woman and true partner to one of England's most forceful kings. Exquisitely researched . . . Breathes life into a complex, dynamic woman'