A Bed of Spices
Only love could bridge the dark abyss that threatened to keep them apart forever.

He filled her dreams with desperate longing...

The exquisite Frederica der Esslingen fled the castle to the herbalist's cottage. Rica could never give in to her father's wishes and marry the man her twin sister loved. Another man, a stranger, set her blood racing and understood her bold, searching heart. Yet he was denied her forever.

She set him afire with forbidden desire...

Son of a wealthy Strassburg merchant, and determined to become a physician, Solomon had come to study the herbalist's art. It was there, in a wild garden, that he first set eyes on Rica. Her golden-haired beauty and bold spirit bewitched him. As plague ravaged Europe, he struggled against his passion, risking his life for the woman he longed to hold in his arms forever on...A Bed of Spices.

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Book TitleA Bed of Spices
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A Bed of Spices Reviews

  • Caro
    Aug 1, 2016


    "You are the spouse of my heart :')))))"1 cheerfull star.The story isn't new, and the forbidden love story drama wasn't new either. Yes, I do suppose the love was seriously forbidden, and the character's peril real enough, but the author's skill level didn't do the story justice. The d...

  • Wensies
    Feb 7, 2016


    The author's treatment of Etta is downright sickening and reeks of victim blame. ...

  • UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
    Nov 22, 2015

    UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

    This has been on my wishlist for awhile, and today it's free on amazon! Thanks, Lindsey, for bringing this to my attention!I've heard fantastic things about it, so all you historical romance lovers out there should grab it while it's free!Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/A-Bed-of-Spices.....

  • Linda
    Oct 1, 2015


    3.5 StarsA BED OF SPICES was, for all intents and purposes, a tale of forbidden love. 'Rica' der Esslingen was a devoted daughter, a loving sister and a friend to many of her father's subjects. She was also a Catholic living in very dark times. She had a thirst for knowledge uncommon t...

  • Sarah
    Mar 12, 2015


    If you are looking for a romance novel that knows how to pack in the emotional wallop, look no further. I've never had a romance that made me feel so much before. And I'm not just talking about the heat of passion, either, though there is tons of that. But the heart-wrenching pain of s...

  • Julianna
    Dec 8, 2013


    Reviewed for THC Reviews"4.5 stars" For the second time in as many months, I have been gifted with a little gem of a read that I don't often see mentioned in romance discussion circles, yet I found it to be so unique in both content and presentation that I can't imagine it not satisfyi...

  • xxkattiaxx
    Oct 12, 2013


    ****Positive points: *love scenes are beautifully written without being graphic. *characters are believable in their portrayal. *angst is not too unbearably torturous. ***Negative points:*Lots of foreshadowing without arriving to foregone conclusion- I kept expecting certain characters...

  • Cassandra
    Aug 30, 2013


    Very bad. Only interesting character is Jacob, the male love interest's father. I don't demand a staggering degree of complexity & nuance from a romance novel but Bed of Spices was just unforgivably lazy. ...

  • Patty
    Aug 23, 2013


    I picked this book up for two reasons. The most important is that Barbara Samuel also writes as Barbara O'Neal and I really enjoy her contemporary books. The second reason is it was free and so I would get to try Samuel with very little investment.This was not quite your typical romanc...

  • The Eleventh Hour
    Aug 12, 2013

    The Eleventh Hour

    I thought this was a truly lovely romantic story. So often historical romances, nowadays, are what I like to call “regency-by-rote.” No matter the author, it’s the same stale characters and plots, recycled over and over again with only the slightest variations to tell th...