|Preface June 2012|
Rinette Leslie has the gift of floramancy, and it is this ability to interpret the language of flowers and predict the future which form the basis of this cleverly constructed historical novel which is set in Scotland during the tumultuous first years of the reign of Mary Queen of Scots.
When the dying queen regent, Mary of Guise entrusts the mysterious contents of an elaborate silver casket into Rinette's safe keeping, it throws open up a whole maze of conspiracies and lets loose a series of events which not only endanger Rinette and all those she loves, but also threatens the very monarchy.
A little slow at the start but once the story gets underway it really captures your attention and becomes a riveting look at monarchy, conspiracy and the unrelenting danger that comes from being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The clever interweaving of historical figures alongside fictional characters really make this an interesting and colourful look at Scottish monarchy.
I enjoyed it.