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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,217 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Easter Smith Narrator: Rosalyn Landor Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2006 ISBN: 9781415932353
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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.

Anne Easter Smith’s impeccable research provides the backbone of an engrossing and vibrant debut from a major new historical novelist.


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tonia | 2/12/2014

    " So glad I picked up this book -- it was certainly on a whim, and very worthwhile. The story of Kate Haute will stay with me for a long, long time, until it starts to fade, and then I'll read it again. I am a huge fan of heroic women in a man's world, and Kate is definitely a strong one who moulded history alongside her lifelong love, Richard III. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brooke | 2/10/2014

    " I had to star this one over and over and over. By the third time, I finally got into it, but it did take about 200 pages for the story to pick up. If you have a lot of time, please read this, but for the "quick read" or "airport read" you'd be better off with something else. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lise | 2/10/2014

    " I dislike writing a review for this because I usually am able to tell exactly what I like and what I don't like. With this book, I cannot. But for some reason it caught me quickly and I hung on to the end. There are some slow parts, but they are well placed and the lost sleep was worth it for the joy of the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caroline Wilson | 2/6/2014

    " I adored this book. It was another read in 24 hours books. Sadly I haven't been very impressed by the author's subsequent books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dquillinan | 2/1/2014

    " A great read if you don't get bogged down in all of the details of the names. Historical fiction - England, just before the Tudors. The author was at Crandall Library last Wed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Xenia0201 | 1/29/2014

    " I was really expecting to love this, as I loved Queen By Right, but this was very difficult for me to get through. I guess I can attribute it to not liking the protagonist, Kate Haute. The "fiddle faddle" saying she had reminded me more of a spoiled Scarlett O'Hara instead of a 15th century English lady, albeit, lowborn. I'm usually not a stickler for seriously adhering to historical facts; I'm okay with bending ideas and theories for the sake of a story. In this particular case, the one thing I couldn't get past was the storyline of Kate outliving Richard; that it was their daughter, Katherine who passed young. It is an interesting theory I suppose, as we do not know much of Kate Haute or even if that was her name. I do have to give kudos to Smith's portrayal of Richard; it's just as I would imagine him to be, with a quiet thoughtfullness and loyal to the last. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carissa | 1/13/2014

    " I really liked the characters in this book. I couldn't put it down. I read the whole thing in two days and it is about 630 pages long. I actually miss the people in this book now that I'm done with it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 1/6/2014

    " This is an enjoyable book about the War of the Roses, Richard III and his mistress. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 K | 11/29/2013

    " An historical fiction that is a light read but interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 10/10/2013

    " A good love story, I really enjoyed it. A little bogged down in places, but good characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy Tolley | 9/13/2013

    " Set in 1400s the first of three books (but not a trilogy) of Richard III and his early life, love and children. Excellent reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 9/5/2013

    " Really like her writing style. The story was compelling and gripped me from the beginning. Would love to read more by her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tonya Taylor | 7/28/2013

    " I love this book, it's about Richard III and the era of the Black Plague. It's a wonderful read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 5/13/2013

    " Solid vacation read for those of us who love historical fiction/romance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 7/26/2012

    " Reading a different take on the Plantagenets and Richard III was very interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monica Robbins | 4/18/2012

    " very enjoyable, loved the main character kate haute, though hard to say if it is an accurate depiction of king richard III. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janice | 3/13/2012

    " If you like historical fiction, this is an amazing read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 1/4/2012

    " To this day my favorite book of historical fiction!!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Manny Molina | 9/11/2011

    " Beautifully written book. The narrative comes alive in my mind as I'm reading it. The characters are expertly developed and woven into the story. I enjoyed it very much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 6/28/2011

    " To this day my favorite book of historical fiction!!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 5/27/2011

    " I learned a lot about medieval England and the War of the Roses. A very interesting read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 3/3/2011

    " A "nice" read, a decent bit of story-telling and pretty emotional in places. Light on substance though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abigail | 2/3/2011

    " We are so trained to hate Richard III in history, this a wonderful novel from the other side of the coin. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 12/7/2010

    " Since I'm loving historical fiction lately, this depiction of England as the Tudors & Yorks fight it out is wonderful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 11/16/2010

    " Really like her writing style. The story was compelling and gripped me from the beginning. Would love to read more by her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 11/6/2010

    " Read during a dry spell..one of my moms weird old historic romances. Wasn't terrible, but still pretty lame "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 10/28/2010

    " Very enjoyable, with enough actual history to make it feel real. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 10/21/2010

    " one of my favorite historical fiction books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosie | 8/22/2010

    " This one helped a little to sort out the English kings. Very good story with lots of history from 1450-1492 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 8/22/2010

    " An historical novel encompassing so much information as well as an interesting, if convoluted, plot involving a number of characters. I like it. "

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About the Author
Author Anne Easter SmithFrom Anne Easter Smith, the bestselling author of A Rose for the Crown and Daughter of York.
About the Narrator

Rosalyn Landor has won twelve AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the Audie Award. She has worked as an actor since the age of seven, both in Europe and the United States. Her extensive list of credits includes leading roles in film, theater, and audio productions, as well as in various miniseries on all the major television networks and in such productions as Masterpiece Theatre’s Sherlock Holmes and Rumpole of the Bailey.