Friday, December 28, 2012

Book Review: The Rose of Winslow Street

About the Book:
In the small town of Colden, Massachusetts, Libby Sawyer leads a quiet, predictable life. Yet beneath the surface, she is haunted by a secret.

Newly arrived on American shores, Michael Dobrescu is far from predictable, and his arrival in Colden is anything but quiet. Michael's shocking claim to be the rightful owner of Libby's father's house immediately alienates him from the appalled citizens of Colden.

Despite her own outrage, Libby is unwittingly fascinated by this enigmatic man who seems equally intrigued by her. As the court's decision about the house looms and the layers of mystery surrounding Michael's past are unveiled, Libby's loyalties are tested in ways she never imagined.

My Review:
I enjoy courtroom thrillers no matter the era, and I found the legal battle between Michael and Libby interesting. OK, maybe the plot was a bit far-fetched, like the part when the American court allowed an immigrant family to break into an American citizen's home and stay there, while the owner had to find another place to live, but it held my attention:)

Libby's reading disorder, what I believe was probably dyslexia, and the constant struggles she faced made her character all the more relatable and human. She was also kind, courageous and extremely creative even though these traits made her father look down on her all the more. Libby, along with the entire cast of characters were all vibrant and impressive.

The most memorable part of this novel was not Libby and Michael's court proceedings nor their blooming romance. I was most touched by Lady Mirela's story and how, in the end she comes to find happiness. Even though she was a minor character, her personality and how she discovers her calling was all so heartwarming.

Themes such as forgiveness and love were well presented to the reader. All of the characters make this read memorable. If you're looking for a light romance novel with historical elements, don't hesitate to read The Rose of Winslow Street. Sprinkles of humor and heart-felt emotions will draw you into this read.

This is such a great story that showcases the beauty of what is inside us all if we are simply willing to embrace the way God has created us instead of trying to be something we aren't.

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