WHITE ROSE by R. Garcia y Robertson

WHITE ROSE

KIRKUS REVIEW

Time-travel romance about a high-powered Hollywood exec who moves back to the Wars of the Roses.

In this third of a series (Lady Robyn, 2003, etc.), we find Robyn Stafford once again in 21st-century England, though she wants nothing more than to return to 1461, where she is Lady Robyn of Pontefract, engaged to marry Edward Plantagenet, Prince of Wales. A budding witch, she hasn’t yet learned enough about her powers to travel through time at will; instead, she keeps being moved about either by accident or through the malice of her rivals. Just to make things even trickier, her Hollywood secretary, Heidi, a perpetually stoned Valley Girl, has come to England to help sort out things. Naturally, the two end up in 1461 together, in the west of Wales, where they’re immediately captured by Saxon warriors loyal to Edward’s enemies. When Owen Tudor claims them as his own, Heidi helpfully protects her boss from his advances by submitting to them herself. Soon, with the aid of her bag of Maui Wowie, she has the old Tudor under her thumb. Robyn makes her escape, and after several perils, is reunited with Edward. But the women are soon captured by another set of the prince’s enemies, who offer him the choice between marrying one of their daughters or being handed over to the Tudors—who are advancing with a large army swelled by French and Irish allies. Devising one ploy after another, Robyn (who has learned that she bears Edward’s child) manages time and again to save both herself and her royal fiancé—only to fall into the next diabolical trap. Garcia y Robertson plays entertainingly with the tropes of romance, time travel, and fantasy, resulting in a quick story with just enough humor to keep you from taking things for granted.

Sexy, witty adventure against a well-drawn historical background.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-312-86994-0
Page count: 400pp
Publisher: Forge
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2004




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