Friday, January 18, 2013

Dearest Rose by Rowan Coleman

5 Star

'You are a remarkable woman and you deserve all the happiness, contentment and love in the world. I, for one, know that I have never met anyone quite like you.'

When Rose Pritchard turns up on the doorstep of a Cumbrian B&B it is her last resort. She and her seven-year-old daughter Maddie have left everything behind. And they have come to the village of Millthwaite in search of the person who once offered Rose hope.

Almost immediately Rose wonders if she’s made a terrible mistake – if she’s chasing a dream – but she knows in her heart that she cannot go back. She’s been given a second chance – at life, and love – but will she have the courage to take it?

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I thoroughly enjoyed Dearest Rose. Complete with memorable characters, a compelling storyline that will keep you on the edge of your seat and a quaint English village, Dearest Rose is a captivating story will stay with you. I devoured the pages to discover Rose’s secret and to find out just how Rose was going to overcome her past. A novel that is not all ‘roses’, this one is definitely a hard hitting read.

I loved all the characters from her precocious daughter to her grumbling father and her foul mouthed best friend. They were all perfect in their own ways and each had their own growth throughout, which makes the novel even more fabulous. Rose herself is an incredible character to root for. She’s vulnerable and confused, yet trying to be brave and change her life. She’s trying to move forward, beyond her horrid marriage and to try actually living for the first time – with some comical, some sad results. I really loved tagging along for her journey.

There was always the thread of impending doom throughout which kept me on the edge of my seat. I kept waiting for her past to creep up and I think I was slightly disappointed here, but won’t go further. It did fit though with the portrayal of her relationship, but I think I wanted it to be a bit heavier, although this does come across in other ways. Yes, that was cryptic. Sorry. No spoilers.

Although I wasn’t immediately sure about the postcard Rose kept and how she drives off to find the man that wrote it, the man she had thought about for years, somehow Coleman pulls it off. And not only does she pull that off, but she also manages to handle such a sensitive issue with grace and compassion. She stays true to the devastation spousal abuse causes and never shies away from the darker side.

If you’re looking for chick lit with a heavier edge, pick this one up today.

Thank you to Arrow for our review copy! All opinions are our own.

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