The exquisite Frederica der Esslingen fled from her father's castle to the herbalist's cottage, vowing she could never give in to her father's wishes and marry the man her twin sister loved. Another man, a stranger forbidden to her, touched her very soul. A man who listened when she spoke...a man with a tumble of black curls and clever lips.... He understood her bold, searching heart. Yet he was denied her forever.
A Bed of Spices is a wildly romantic tale of forbidden love set in the turbulent middle ages. Solomon and Rica meet by chance at the herbalist's cottage and fall in love despite the divisions of religion, class, and expectations - but how can they possibly find a happy ending with so many things stacked against them? Dark, beautiful, and ultimately uplifting, this is a romance you won't easily forget.
©1993, 2010 Barbara Samuel (P)2013 Barbara Samuel
Believer in what you can't see
This a very good story, but there is darkness in it that makes want to throw up you hands and walk away from the story.
How authentic the story line was from true history.
Frederica because she perseveres under tremendous odds and some how survives.
Yes, when the Jews are gather into a synagogue and burn to death, it my breath stop and made me want to cry for those lose souls.
Barbara Samuels or Barbara O'neal stories are fantastic, they will make you think, laugh, sigh and fall in love with all her characters.
Just a simple girl living the simple life. Nothing is complicated when the power of imagination leads the way. Close your eyes & just listen
Not sure. Mixed reviews on this one. Started slow with barely passable and bearable narration....then it picked up a bit and it got better after I became use to the narration (Really difficult in beginning HALF) .......I got bored again but listened anyway..... then.....it got better. (Hope u get the drift). Finally about 3/4 of the way through I found myself anticipating the end with a keen interest after listening for an eternity (it seemed forever!). Then it ended just as I thought it would with a bit of chagrin. Oh but wait.....THE EPILOGUE! The 'epilogue' really ruined it for me! I really wanted to like this one but just can't.
Too much 'reading' and not enough character distinction
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