With her dying breath, Mary of Guise entrusts a silver casket containing explosive secret papers to the young Scottish heiress, Rinette Leslie. She makes Rinette promise to keep the casket hidden and only to give it to Mary, Queen of Scots, now on her way home from France to ascend the throne.
But Rinette makes a terrible mistake - she cannot resist showing it to her beloved young husband, before consigning the casket to its hiding place. This fatal decision will lead them into a maze of conspiracy and murder, in which they - and the beautiful castle by the sea, which is Rinette's inheritance - become the targets of ruthless men who seek to possess the casket at all costs.
Unable to tell friend from foe at court, and desperate to protect the queen's secrets, Rinette has one powerful weapon which may save her - the ancient art of floramancy, through which she can interpret the language of flowers and sometimes predict the future. But if the flowers should stay silent, who can she trust then?
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Loupas' historical novel bursts with murder, intrigue and conspiracy theories. Tudor enthusiasts take note. - Stylist
This is a real bodice-ripping yarn with generous doses of love, honour, betrayal and tragedy. With Scotland’s shimmering light as its backdrop, this is a ‘must read’ for the summer holidays. - No.1 magazine
A beautifully written and intriguing story...I would not hesitate to recommend it to both individual readers and reading groups...Elizabeth Loupas is definitely an author to watch out for - NewBooks Magazine
An exquisite work of historical fiction - Scottish Daily Record
Evocative, dramatic and intense, this beautifully written - at times dark - tale brings a refreshing twist to this key historical time - Candis Magazine
I loved The Flower Reader. A magical and thrilling tale, set in the court of one of history's most beguiling queens, it has the pace and intrigue of a CJ Sansom mystery and the sensuous passon of Philippa Gregory's Tudor romances. A story of love and murder that has all the dark enchantment and dangerous beauty of deadly nightshade. - Fiona Mountain, author of CAVALIER QUEEN
Loupas channels Philippa Gregory with this 16th-century historical romance. - Sunday Herald
Elizabeth Loupas lives near the Elm Fork of the Trinity River, half way between Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas. She hates housework, cold weather and wearing shoes. She loves gardening, animals and popcorn. Not surprisingly she lives in a state of happy, barefoot chaos with her delightful and slightly bemused husband, her herb garden, her popcorn popper and two beagles.