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Publisher's Summary

In A Rose for the Crown, we meet one of history's alleged villains through the eyes of a captivating new heroine, the woman who was the mother of his illegitimate children, a woman who loved him for who he really was, no matter what the cost to herself.

As Kate Haute moves from her peasant roots to the luxurious palaces of England, her path is inextricably intertwined with that of Richard, Duke of Gloucester, later King Richard III. Although they could never marry, their young passion grows into a love that sustains them through war, personal tragedy, and the dangerous heights of political triumph.

©2006 Anne Easter Smith; (P)2006 Books on Tape

Critic Reviews

"[A] sweeping debut." (Publishers Weekly)
"Smith has produced a vibrant story full of careful historical detail and well-developed characters. More than just retelling historical events, Smith creates an empathetic and fascinating heroine in her own right...highly recommended." (Library Journal)
"Remarkably assured debut spins a romantic yarn around England's much-maligned King Richard III...a delightful, confident novel that should be a favorite with lovers of the genre. A strong new voice in the field of historical romance." (Kirkus Reviews)

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  • Pamela
  • San Antonio, TX, USA
  • 07-05-07


Most English history novels put me to sleep so I was a little apprehensive about taking a chance on this book. Am I glad I followed my whim! I literally fell in love with all the leading characters and the novel has inspired me to look into other medieval dramas. The writer and the narrator are both outstanding and deserving of a standing ovation for this fabulous piece of fact woven fiction. Definitely one of the best 5 novels I've chosen from Audible. Highly recommend for both serious and entertainment readers!

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Engaging and Wonderful

This book was a great listen... the story is wonderful and the narrator does it such wonderful justice... You will enjoy this beautifully written story.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • suzanne
  • Lisle, MI, United States
  • 04-24-08

love story

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and looking forward to the author's next book Daughter of York added to This book is about a young girl and her life and loves in a turbulent time during the War of Roses. If you want to know the background to the Tudor time in English History and the politics of the time mixed with life in the middle 1400's this is the book to listen too!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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I really enjoyed this book. The attention to details made the characters come "alive". It was hard to stop listening to this book but at the same time I wanted to "draw" out the listening period so the book could be completely savored.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Anita
  • Ottawa, ON, Canada
  • 02-02-13

Loved it

What made the experience of listening to A Rose for the Crown the most enjoyable?

I loved the detail as was reflected in all her books. The characters and the events were so captivating it was hard to stop listening. The only issue I had was trying to keep up with all the characters that had the same names!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Michelle
  • san diego, CA, United States
  • 08-04-09

One of the best audiobooks ever

This book can probably best be described as historical romance. It's a long one and extremely satisfying. It spans many years, includes drama, love, suspense and is very well written and narrated. Can't wait to download the other two in the series.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Tobi
  • Sandy, UT, USA
  • 09-01-07


I enjoyed this book. Good story, good reader

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Loved it!

Such a great story for those of us who are fascinated with this family and medieval history! I'm a fan of Anne Easter Smith and have read all her books. I also love Rosalyn Landor's narration. She truly brings the story to life every time. This was my 2nd time & I'll probably give it another listen in the future. I've done that with other books she narrates. Great books!

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  • Donna
  • brooklyn, NY, USA
  • 12-04-06

Truly hypnotic book, read beautifully

I highly recommend this title. The book is truly engaging, and the narrator does beautiful job. As lightly historical novels go, this one is extraordinarily palatable.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Excellent read

Having recently read Ken Follet's stories of feudal England (Pillars of the Earth and World Without End) and Phillipa Gregory's "The Other Boleyn Girl", I hungered for more tales from this past era. I was not disappointed, as the characters in this book were just as engaging. I look forward to more books from this author (and narrator).

9 of 11 people found this review helpful