#BlogTour #BookReview for The Rufford Rose by Margaret Lambert @fayerogersuk @authoright #TheRuffordRose


When gifted young woodcarver Cuthbert Watts is sent to assist in the building of a new hall in Lancashire in 1530 little does he realise what difficulties lie ahead.

The Master builder, Abel, resents his presence, refusing to see his work whilst Abel’s apprentice, Will is a lazy, jealous young man who thwarts Cuthbert at every turn.

Supported by his fellow workers Cuthbert perseveres and after saving his life, befriends the young son of the owner, another reason for Abel to hate him. What is the reason behind this animosity?

What great secret dominates Abel and Will’s life to the extent that lives are threatened, jealousies grow and violence, arson, kidnap and murder are committed?

Set in the Lancashire countryside in the 16th century this is a story which combines the practical difficulties of building a Tudor Hall with the loves and jealousies of those involved.

When will Abel realise the value of Cuthbert’s work, when will Will realise he is not who he believes he is and can Cuthbert win the heart of the girl he loves.

Follow Cuthbert through the trials and challenges of his new life and discover whether the hall can finally be completed.



I was really looking forward to reading this story after reading the blurb and couldn’t wait to get stuck in!

I enjoyed the plot and it was quite an easy book to read. I thought that it flowed very well and I found the main characters – Abel, Will and Cuthbert were well developed and worked really well within the plotline.

I am a massive fan of books that are set in this period and this one did hold its own for me in what is a very competitive genre.

Four stars from me – I really enjoyed it – highly recommended!

Goodreads Link:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41442190-the-rufford-rose

Amazon Link:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rufford-Rose-Margaret-Lambert/dp/1912562618



Margaret Lambert  has  always  lived  in  Preston,  Lancashire.  Married  with  two  grown-up  sons,  she  trained  as  a  Geography  teacher  but  also  taught  History  and  Religious  studies  in  secondary  schools.  A  member  of  the  National  Trust  for  nearly  fifty  years,  Lambert  has  volunteered  as  a  guide  and  conservationist  at  Rufford  Old  Hall  for  the  past  thirteen  years,  during  which  time  it  has  been  extensively  renovated.