Janet Paisley,
White Rose Rebel
(Overlook/Rookery, 2008)

If you are looking for a hardcore Scottish romance with some slight basis in historical fact, you may not be disappointed with this story. In my case, I was searching for historical fiction and felt cheated.

White Rose Rebel is based on the true-life story of Colonel Anne, who opposed her husband and joined the Jacobite cause fighting for Prince Charlie against the English at the Battle of Culloden. While the story has some real-sounding elements, the book by Janet Paisley is written more like a romance than historical fiction.

For one thing, the setting of the scene and the explanation of history and the politics of the time just aren't up to par. The narrative relies too much on sex and sensuality rather than the facts.

So, if you're looking for another Outlander type book, you'll probably enjoy White Rose Rebel. On the other hand, if you're wanting a bit more of the history of this valiant heroine, you need to dig a bit deeper.

review by
Becky Kyle

3 October 2009

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