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?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 480 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 01/02/2013
- ISBN: 9780099571520
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Review by hnau
Rinette is a floromancer at the queen's court. On her deathbed, the queen entrusts her with a mysterious silver casket, to be given to the heiress to the throne. Live, death, and court intrigue intervene, and things get complicated. A murder is to be solved. And suddenly, everybody wants to have that casket. Magical system: Rinette hears the flowers in the garden speak to her, but their predictions are rather vague. She can sense a person's character as a corresponding flower. <spoiler>Her predictions generally come true, but might still be explained away as psychological phenomena.</spoiler>By the way, this is also a historical romance, and the new queen is Mary Stewart.