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Reviewed by Peggy Jo Wipf for Readers' Favorite
The Hidden Rose is a bold start to Abby Gordon’s series of novels centered on The Order of the Rose. This secret organization is destined to protect the monarch of England and their descendants. Seven families made up this organization, while the Sons of Scion desired to remove the monarch and kill the Roses. Three families were attacked, and the assassins killed all, but legend says there is a double Rose still alive to take their rightful place as the leader. As a family member of a Rose, Owain serves as a guard for Queen Elizabeth. The spymaster brings in a bodyguard and gives her access to the Queen’s court, where the men aren’t allowed. Anna’s stealth and weapon knowledge draw Owain’s attention, whereas his strength and determination appeal to Anna. The spymaster’s meddling allows them to face the feelings they have, but the secrets and burdens Anna carries override everything. Is she the hope they have been searching for?
Abby Gordon writes with the confidence seen in an experienced author. The Hidden Rose is daring, bold, and mesmerizing. Gordon sets the characters up for several medieval romances to follow. I loved the mystique woven within this secret organization, or is it real? The author uses real characters in history with fiction entangled to create a captivating novel. As the story unfolds, the pace quickens to keep the legends alive. With abduction, spies, and honor, this novel takes you to a new world. The author flawlessly captured the different personalities of each character. The men were often oblivious to the needs of their women, while the women were strong and resourceful. I am anxiously awaiting the next book in this series.