The Dark Rose: The Morland Dynasty, Book 2


There were also illegitimate children born of the Morland family who had no claims to the dynasty. The second part of the book is about the character of Nanette who goes to court and becomes first a friend of, then maid-in-waiting to Anne Boleyn. Nanette forsakes her own happiness for her service to Queen Anne. Nan spends time between the court and her home at Morland. The last part of the book goes into more of Nanette and the other members of the Morland family, the next generations if you will. As in any epic style novel, there are characters too numerous to mention, some historical inaccuracies, wars, deaths, births, jealousy between siblings and also happiness.

I enjoyed this book as I did the first one in the series and look forward to the next in the series. For the person who loves a great story and a very interesting time in the history of England will be sure to like The Dark Rose. View all 13 comments. The second novel in the epic Morland Dynasty series. Most of the perspectives in this book are from Paul Eleanor's great-grandson , the current master of the estate and his niece Nanette, who becomes maid-in-waiting to Anne Boleyn. I found myself zipping through this faster than its predecessor. There was no setting up, here; we got right into the story.

While in The Founding , we mostly followed the perspective of Eleanor, and it was rathe The second novel in the epic Morland Dynasty series. While in The Founding , we mostly followed the perspective of Eleanor, and it was rather hit and miss with her, in my opinion. Sometimes I liked her, sometimes I didn't. She's probably my favorite of the Morlands, thus far. She was very strong and resourceful and among all things: She never wavered from what she believed in. I was happy with her ending at the end of the book.

Nanette's uncle Paul is the current owner of the Morland estate. His son is his heir, but Paul has another son, an illegitimate one. This leads to problems, and I'm not talking inheritance problems. Paul's illegitimate son causes many changes, both and good bad, through the years of the family. The Dark Rose is only my second Tudor book. It's not my favorite time period.

However, I enjoyed The Dark Rose , nonetheless. It was interesting to see Anne Boleyn from a different view. And we saw a lot of her in The Dark Rose , seeing as how Nanette was one of the closest to her. The other Queen we saw a lot of was the final one: Nanette has known Catherine since they were children and Nanette becomes her maid-in-waiting, as well. I'm looking forward to the next book, which looks to take place during the reign of Elizabeth I. So far, this is a solid historical series. This is an amazing story of Henry Tudor aka.

King Henry VIII with so much realism that you cannot help immerse yourself in the story right up to your pretty little eyes. Considering this is a work of fiction it has more than it's share of fact to give you a wonderful lesson into the life of royalty in England during the Tudor dynasty. The focus of the story is not on the King so much himself but on the Morland's who were not the richest most powerful family but one of privilege and money in thei This is an amazing story of Henry Tudor aka.

The focus of the story is not on the King so much himself but on the Morland's who were not the richest most powerful family but one of privilege and money in their own right. The main focus is on Lady Anne Nanette Morland as she goes from childhood through adulthood and all of the different aspects of this powerful period that affect her life in ever so many ways.

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The Dark Rose has ratings and 59 reviews. Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~* The Dark Rose is book two in the Morland Dynasty series. The War of the Roses . The Dark Rose: The Morland Dynasty, Book 2 - Kindle edition by Cynthia Harrod- Eagles. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or.

I honestly wish I had read the first book in the series before this one but will most certainly acquire it and read it later. You need not read the first one to read this one as this is in it's own right a book that can stand alone with the amount of detail throughout King Henry VIII's reign. The author has given us a wonderfully rich story full of love and devotion, hate and conflict, pride and prejudicism that are vividly detailed to ensnare you right from the beginning and keep you hooked all the way to the very end.

A story based on fact that is embellished just beautifully to not only give you a much needed lesson in history but to capture your emotions and wring them out like a wet rag. You will need a few tissues during this story as you cannot help yourself from becoming emotionally involved with the complex lives that are presented so artistically.

It's like watching the best movie of your life especially if you are someone who gets more from the descriptive than the visual. This is a series not to be missed. Feb 11, Meirav Berale rated it liked it Shelves: There were moments while reading this one when I felt a bit bored and wondered if it was worth carrying on - but those were few and far between, and now I've finished it, the ending makes me feel like getting the next one in the series straight away! I want to know what happens next, I want to follow Nanette into the next stage of her life - there are characters in this story that I've come to know and really care about, and that's what kept me reading on.

But this isn't just a story of individua There were moments while reading this one when I felt a bit bored and wondered if it was worth carrying on - but those were few and far between, and now I've finished it, the ending makes me feel like getting the next one in the series straight away! But this isn't just a story of individual people, or even just the story of the Morland family - it's also about what was going on in England at the time, which I found fascinating.

The bare facts about Henry VIII and his wives and the break with Rome - those I could easily look up, but the novel gives insights as to the way people thought back then, so it all makes a lot more sense to me now. The break with Rome is a part of English history that's of particular interest to me as a Christian, and especially as a Christian living in England. It horrifies me the way it was done. In terms of my beliefs I'm on the Protestant side, but I'm horrified by the way the Reformation in this country started and the way it was implemented, I'm horrified that matters of religious faith and practice were decided through political power struggles and implemented by legislative coercion.

This makes me appreciate the religious freedom I enjoy.

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Reading about people being told that as of now they are no longer allowed to use anything other than the state-approved prayer book - wow, I can't imagine the state dictating how we can conduct our worship! It wasn't a bad prayer book, but to be forced to use it? Can't imagine it, for which I'm thankful. Jun 28, Jennifer rated it really liked it. From My Blog 4. First came The Foundling, which took the reader through the War of the Roses now in her second Morland Dynasty saga, The Dark Rose, Cynthia Harrod-Eagles takes the reader through the demise of the Plantagenets to the full rise of the Tudors being firmly in power.

The Dark Rose is a very detailed account of life during this time period and offers a fresh opinion of a time period often written about. Harrod-Eagles masterfully takes command of historical events and creates intriguing and compelling stories to go with the actual events making the reader care about the characters, both major and minor, along with the events that lead up to the joys, sorrows, heartbreaking sadness and delicious triumphs that occur in the Morland family.

Those familiar with Tudor England will recognise many of the key players. While this is the second in the Moreland Dynasty saga, The Dark Rose can indeed stand on its own, however I highly recommend reading The Foundling, as it was truly a brilliant read and the third Morland novel will be released later this fall titled, The Princeling, which I am anxiously awaiting.

I highly recommend The Dark Rose to anyone who enjoys exceptionally written historical fiction or anyone knew to historical fiction. Nanette is a good friend to Anne, and witness to her tantrums and triumphs as she leads King Henry VIII on a merry chase for many years. Meanwhile, at Moreland Place in Yorkshire, Paul Moreland works to build the family holdings and diversify their business in the wool trade, making the Morelands one of the most powerful families in their region. These successes are tempered with tragedies of illness and death, foolish, youthful indiscretions flowing into adulthood, and the love, resentment, and jealousies that can often be found in a large family who work and live together.

I enjoyed The Dark Rose because of the way the lifestyles of the different classes were described in such detail. Not only do readers enjoy the pomp and intrigue of daily Court life with velvets and jewels, but the supposedly simpler life of those making a living from the land to support the lavish Court lifestyle. As with the other books in the Moreland Place series, a family tree is provided at the front of the book, to which I referred often while reading. On Cynthia Harrod-Eagles web site there is a map of the fictional Moreland Place and it's surrounding villages, which is fun to have as a reference, also.

The Dark Rose is book two in the Morland Dynasty series. The War of the Roses and the family Matriarch, Eleanor, has passed away. Paul, the great-grandson of Eleanor Morland, is the new family patriarch. I grew to like Paul more as the book went on, but I had a hard time with him as a hero at the beginning o the book. He was actually rather boorish and cruel.

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I was sad to see how the cute children from book 1 ended up as such unhappily married adults. Luckily his character has major growth and becomes more sympathetic by the end of his life.

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The overall book was great, but the beginning of the book moves rather slow. It tries to race through the history between books 1 and 2 a little too quickly. I think it might have been better to skip it or have to mention in passing after starting the main action of the novel. If you start this book and are bored by the beginning, keep on reading, it is worth it! Jun 01, Cynthia Haggard rated it it was amazing. I love the ambiguity of the title. So who is the dark rose? Or does it refer to Anne Boleyn, the dark-haired beauty who so captured his heart?

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Yes, you got it, this is yet another novel about Anne Boleyn. That is really quite a feat! Instead, it becomes just as gripping as we follow Nanette through the rest of her life, as she finally blooms under the love of two good men. Jul 29, Emma Griffiths rated it really liked it. One of the reasons why I have been reading these books, Is because I find reading Historical Fiction a fun way to brush up on my History I didn't really pay much attention to History class in school! In the last book, He had become king, So I feel like this book had skipped a generation. Nevertheless, I really like the author's approach to showing history through the eyes of people who were near, but not in the spotlight.

It also allows the reader insight into a typical 16th century day-to-day life. It was interesting to see how relationships with servants changed over time, And how religious conflicts affected people. I'm looking forward to reading the third book and finding out more! I loved this second in a long series of historical novels placed in northern England near York!

I love this period of English history so following the Morlands through it was especially enjoyable. I hope the next in the series will continue with Elizabeth I since she is my very favorite of all the English monarchs. Others have summarized the plot of this novel so I I loved this second in a long series of historical novels placed in northern England near York! Others have summarized the plot of this novel so I will not repeat their efforts. This is a long book, a little over 21 hours on the audiobook, but I finished listening to it in less than 4 days.

Although I do have a life, I found it difficult to take off my earphones and stop this story. I was even happy with the ending. Sep 08, R.

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This is a great historical novel, written with skill and obviously a lot of research. The chapters are short which makes it easy to read but the gripping narrative and numerous twists and turns making it difficult to put down.

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I am not usually a big fan of historical stories but this had me captivated and the ups and downs of the character's lives as they intertwined kept me reading. There were many surprises as the different stories came together in a pulsating climax.

The character developments This is a great historical novel, written with skill and obviously a lot of research. Given that half a century has passed, we'll never completely know these people, but Cynthia Harrod-Eagles gives us a glimpse of what they might have been. Overall, "The Dark Rose" is an excellent installment into the Morland family saga. It gave me a new appreciation for Tudor England and I look forward to making my way through the series.

Interspersed with the history of the Tudors is the fictional family the Morlands. It is a story of continuing court intrique, treachery, love and hate during a time in history where a person could be charged with treason just by saying the wrong thing or following the 'wrong' religion. It is a story about the Catholics and the Protestants and the struggle that ensues. The first third of the book surrounds the life of Paul Morland, great grandson of Eleanor Morland. It tells of the marriages and births and deaths within the family.

There was a lot of intermarrying within the cousins. This was a very common practice at that time to keep the bloodlines pure and to keep lands and other holdings within a family. There were also illegitimate children born of the Morland family who had no claims to the dynasty. The second part of the book is about the character of Nanette who goes to court and becomes first a friend of, then maid-in-waiting to Anne Boleyn.

Nanette forsakes her own happiness for her service to Queen Anne. Nan spends time between the court and her home at Morland. The last part of the book goes into more of Nanette and the other members of the Morland family, the next generations if you will. As in any epic style novel, there are characters too numerous to mention, some historical inaccuracies, wars, deaths, births, jealousy between siblings and also happiness.

I enjoyed this book as I did the first one in the series and look forward to the next in the series. For the person who loves a great story and a very interesting time in the history of England will be sure to like The Dark Rose. I loved this second in a long series of historical novels placed in northern England near York! I love this period of English history so following the Morlands through it was especially enjoyable. I hope the next in the series will continue with Elizabeth I since she is my very favorite of all the English monarchs.

Others have summarized the plot of this novel so I will not repeat their efforts. This is a long book, a little over 21 hours on the audiobook, but I finished listening to it in less than 4 days. Although I do have a life, I found it difficult to take off my earphones and stop this story. I was even happy with the ending. See all 12 reviews. Most recent customer reviews. Published on April 30, Published on July 11, Published on July 6, Published on June 28, Customers who viewed this item also viewed.

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