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No one ever knew what really happened to Dr. Jonathan Brandon back in 1945. He simply disappeared from a London pub, leaving behind an unsolved mystery and his fiancée--Anne Howard's grandmother. Seventy years later, Anne herself is haunted by the strange tale, along with inexplicable hallucinations straight out of Elizabethan England. Including a scarred, handsome man whose deep blue eyes seem to touch her very soul....

Anne wonders if there isn't something more to the story. Is it even possible that Jonathan disappeared into England's dark past? And why does Anne keep hearing him whisper her name? Because now she too feels the inexorable pull of the past, not to mention an undeniable attraction for a man she doesn't even know.

It's just a matter of time before Anne will step back into history, and face a destiny?and a love?beyond imagining...

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The Thornless Rose (Entangled Select Historical)
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Stunning. Gripping. Timeless
January 26th, 2015
I was breathless as I finished the last page of this novel. The pace does not ease from beginning to end and the superb characters have been snatched straight from the pages of history. Dr. Jonathan Brandon vanishes from a London pub in 1945, days before his wedding to Catherine Howard, and is never seen again. Nearly seventy years later Anne Howard, Catherine’s granddaughter, seeks answers to this mysterious disappearance. But Anne starts to experience hallucinations of strange characters and places and Catherine prepares her for the same fate she believes befell Jonathon – a slip through the portals of time. Anne appears in Elizabethan England within eighteen months of Jonathon. She seeks out Jonathon but in so doing, she arouses the suspicions of the Duke of Norfolk. Jonathan must marry Anne to protect her from the lust and greed of the Duke, who accuses her of being a witch, due to her mysterious appearance out of thin air. He also uncovers evidence to suggest she is a time traveller. Meanwhile, Jonathan’s modern medical skills bring him to the notice of Queen Elizabeth I and he is soon established as a preferred physician to the young Queen. The brutally cruel Duke of Norfolk is jealous of the doctor’s favour with the Queen and determines to destroy Jonathan, take Anne for himself and use her knowledge of the future for his own gains. The two unwitting time travellers become embroiled in the dangerous court intrigue and power struggle between Queen Elizabeth and her cousin, the Duke, with deadly consequences. Morgan O’Neill has created such historical authenticity with language, description and heart stopping action, I was rooted in Elizabethan England throughout the entire book. The authors’ historical facts were impeccable and their prose was breathtaking. Each character was so vivid, I had no trouble visualising them and having visceral responses to their actions. I could smell the streets of London, the sour floor rushes and the unwashed, heavily perfumed bodies. And the developing love between Jonathan Brandon and Anne Howard was powerful and satisfying. I have read all the Morgan O’Neill time travel books and was highly impressed with each one. However, The Thornless Rose, in my opinion, has taken their writing to a new level of excellence.
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