Rose survives the plague while her
brother and mother do not, something her father seems to hold
against her. Her father is devastated that he lost his son
and will not accept this fact, sinking into another reality
where he sees Rose as his son. Rose ends up training as a
knight and even takes on tournaments to make the necessary
monies to keep the lands she has known since birth. She acts
as both her brother and herself around her father but finds
that it is best to just act as the “little lord” to keep his
caustic remarks and deeds away.
After a particularly grueling series of
tournaments where she finally has enough for the taxes, she
returns home to find her father has promised Rose in marriage
to a lord she does not remember meeting. What she doesn’t
know is that Lord Osgood is enchanted by Rose and in fact was
the first time he faced her in a tournament. Rose is
surprised how attracted she is to this man and doesn’t know
how he will be able to accept who she has become, especially
as she is not versed in many of the “ladies” tasks of the
time. The fact that Osgood has some elf in his background and
that he is known to many of her closest advisors might just
pave the way for this marriage.
Tilting Rose is the latest
Viola Grace story that I find I must make a Recommended Read.
This story not only shows the courage of women and good
people, but also that love will come to those who deserve it
and are willing to take the chances necessary to achieve it.
Ms. Grace has skillfully wound the story of survival and
dedication with the finding of true love. I loved to see how
all of the townsfolk were her staunchest supporters – willing
to do what was necessary to keep Rose’s secret. Tilting
Rose is a must for those who like just a touch of
faerie in their historical romances. I look forward for more
stories in this genre from Ms. Grace.