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.More
"[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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