Tuesday, 17 January 2012

The Rose of Winslow Street by Elizabeth Camden

Back Cover: 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 lawyers of mystery surrounding Michael’s past are unveiled, Libby’s loyalties are tested in ways she never imagine.

Review: This book was a pleasant surprise. I confess this is the first novel I have read by Elizabeth Camden, who has written one other novel, but I was quickly won over (and will definitely be looking at her other book, The Lady of Bolton Hill). The clash between sweet yet strong Liberty Sawyer, and brash Michael Dobrescu made for some highly entertaining encounters and witty conversations. I found myself often grinning or snickering while reading about Libby’s indignation over something Michael said or did, and vice versa.

The story and plot were equally interesting and highly original. In a publishing world were Christian romances are becoming clich├ęd, this novel, with an unique legal dilemma, was a breath of fresh air. The writing was good and well-balanced and the story was set at a nice pace. I will be eagerly looking forward to Ms. Camden’s next novel and getting to know the wonderful characters she creates.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. 
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

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