Thirty-year-old Celeste Hamilton's life is at a crossroads: she has just left a disastrous marriage, and her estranged mother has recently died, leaving the family's rose business in jeopardy. Reluctantly, Celeste returns to the family home, a moated manor house in Suffolk, to help her two younger sisters sort out the estate and revive the business.
Having endured the fallout from her mother's narcissistic personality disorder when she was younger, Celeste is filled with self-doubt and crippling insecurities. But she must find the strength and courage to take charge and make some tough decisions to keep the old house from falling down around them.
The Rose Girls is an uplifting, tender and romantic story of courage, perseverance and the healing power of family.
©2015 Victoria Connelly (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
What comes of a marriage between a narcissistic, self-absorbed woman and a weak-willed man living in a rose covered manor house in England? Three young, impressionable and beautiful girls vying for the love and attention of their mother and father . . . and a father that flees the scene, unable to deal any longer with the antics of his demanding wife . . . leaving three daughters to be wounded, over and over, each in their own way, by a mother that is unable to see beyond herself . . . fast forward to current day, when the oldest daughter, Celeste has returned home following her mother's death, to help sisters, Gertie and Evie, settle her mom's estate. But the friction and pain between the three sisters threaten to derail the whole thing. The history of the old manor house and rose business, started by the girls' grandfather is a beautiful story of love. And each girl holds timeless memories of growing up there. As the sisters each deal with personal losses and loves, they finally begin to deal with the past, and allow themselves to heal. This is a beautiful story of life, not as we wish it was, but as it often really is . . . flawed . . . and it is up to us to find the roses among the thorns.
I really enjoyed this book, it was a nice story with great visuals and an entertaining plot. Easy/fast to get into if you need a good story to distract you.
This is a critique not a review.
I made it halfway through chapter four and I couldn't read/listen any further. The plot itself is semi-decent but this author needs to learn how to use a thesaurus and find different ways to express how the characters speak in the book...
All I kept hearing over and over again was "Celeste said" or "said Evie." Change things up Ms. Connelly! Replied Celeste; ...Evie answered her sister with the innocence of her years; Gertie merely replied with a simple "no."
I am not a published author, I have not written a book, but I do love to read and I took the same required four years of high school English as everyone else and I can come up with better ways to write in third person.
If you don't mind medicore (at best) writing then by all means this book is for you.
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