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The Thornless Rose

Elizabethan Time Travel Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Elizabeth Brook
Series: Elizabethan Time Travel, Book 1
Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
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What happened to Dr. Jonathan Brandon, a dashing RAF flight surgeon, who disappeared from London in 1945? Kidnapping? Murder? Or did Brandon merely vanish of his own free will, seeking another life? 

American teacher Anne Howard is stunned by a different explanation - that her British grandmother's long-lost fiance was unwillingly wrenched back through time to Elizabethan England. Anne knows time travel is nonsense - until she is handed a fresh-cut thornless rose, a bloom extinct for over 400 years! And then, when the impossible happens, and Anne journeys back to 1560 London, she must somehow survive encounters with royal enemies, accusations of witchcraft, and the possibility of never returning home. 

In the midst of the chaos, she meets Brandon. Drawn into the perilous web of Elizabethan court life, they must confront their growing feelings for each other, complicated by poignant familial ties, while struggling with the shared danger of knowing what the future holds.

©2017 Morgan O'Neill (P)2018 Tantor

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  • Sharon
  • 20-06-2019

Intrique, romance and history all rolled up in one

This story tells of life, of challenges and the will of people to overcome them. The story is full of twists, turns, and adventure. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and will do so again in a year. It is worth the time!

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  • Kathy N
  • 06-04-2019

Interesting but flawed

The plot here is interesting, though with some flaws. The near constant threat of rape - or fact of it, though thankfully not described - got a little tiresome, even if it may have been reality in an era where women were not valued. And some of the relationships moved along much too quickly to be realistic.

My real reasons for less than 4 stars are the narrator and the need for some editing. The narrator has an inflection habit that I won't detail so as not to make it stand out to other readers, but I found it annoying. Also, several words were either incorrect (the wrong name at a significant moment, grammatical errors) or mispronounced (coals are burned in a "brazier," not a "brassiere"!).

If these things can be overlooked, it's a decent listen for the reader who enjoys time travel romance with an engaging plot. But don't expect Outlander.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-06-2019

I’ve a smile on my face & this book put it there

Morgan O’Neil & Elizabeth Brook a fabulously written time travel tale with narration to match it. Thanks to you both.

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  • Jodi Young
  • 03-06-2019

Could not put it down!

I love history, especially History from this time period. I also love stories about love, time travel! This book had me hooked. It is a wonderfully written and historically accurate even though fictional. The narrator was wonderful! She did amazing with the voices, accents, and she really helped visualize this amazing story. I wish they would make this into a mini series! On to book two!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-03-2019

Wonderful

I enjoyed this book very much! Held my interest from the first page. I wanted to continue!

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