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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Book Blog Tour Stop - "The Flower Reader" by Elizabeth Loupas

Today, I'm hosting a book blog tour stop for "The Flower Reader" by Elizabeth Loupas.

About The Book:

In the sweeping new novel from the author of "The Second Duchess," dangerous secrets lead a passionate young woman into a maze of murder and conspiracy as Mary, Queen of Scots, comes home to reign in a treacherously divided Scotland….

With her dying breath, Mary of Guise entrusts a silver casket to Rinette Leslie of Granmuir, who possesses the ancient gift of floromancy. Inside the casket, and meant only for the young Mary, Queen of Scots, are papers the old queen has painstakingly collected—the darkest secrets of every Scottish lord and explosive private prophecies prepared by Nostradamus. Rinette risks her life to keep the casket safe, but she makes a fatal mistake: she shows it to her beloved young husband. On the very day the young queen comes home, Rinette’s husband is brutally assassinated.

Devastated, Rinette demands justice from the queen before she will surrender the casket. Amid glittering masques and opulent weddings, courtly intrigues and Highland rebellions, the queen’s agents and Rinette herself search for the shadowy assassin. They are surrounded by ruthless men from all over Europe who will do anything to force Rinette to give up the casket—threatening her life, stripping her of her beloved castle by the sea, forcing her to marry a man she hates, and driving her from the man she has reluctantly grown to love. In the end, the flowers are all she can trust—and only the flowers will lead her safely home to Granmuir.

"The Flower Reader" is an amazing, yet complicated tale of life in the court of Mary of Scots. The cast of characters is immense - you know it's going to be when the beginning of the novel has three pages of characters!  But author Elizabeth Loupas does a wonderful job of blending the intriguing story with the historical cast to keep her readers mesmerized to the very end of the story.

I highly recommend this novel for anyone interested in historical fiction, fiction about royal families, and well-told stories in general.

About The Author:

Elizabeth Loupas lives near the Elm Fork of the Trinity River, halfway between Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas. She is presently a novelist, freelance writer and amateur historian. In other times and other places she has been a radio network vice president, a reference librarian, a business-to-business magazine editor, and a tutor in English literature.

One of her passions is the art and poetry of the Pre-Raphaelites. This led her to the Rossettis and the Brownings, and the project nearest and dearest to her heart--her novel THE SECOND DUCHESS, based on Robert Browning's poem "My Last Duchess."

She hates housework, cold weather, and wearing shoes. She loves animals, gardens, and popcorn. Not surprisingly she lives in a state of happy barefoot chaos with her delightful and faintly bemused husband (the Broadcasting Legend), her herb garden, her popcorn popper, and two beagles.

For more information on Elizabeth, check out her website at: http://elizabethloupas.com/

Link to the tour schedule: http://hfvirtualbooktours.blogspot.com/2012/03/elizabeth-loupas-on-tour-for-flower.html
Twitter Event Hashtag: #FlowerReaderVirtualTour

My thanks to Amy Bruno with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for including me on this tour, and to Penguin Books for the review copy of the book.  I was not compensated for my opinion.


Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

this sounds excellent and what a cover!

Elizabeth Loupas said...

Sharon, thank you so much for reading, and for your much-appreciated thoughts. :)

Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews said...

Thank you for stopping by Elizabeth! I really enjoyed your book!