Rose Pritchard and her seven-year-old daughter Maddie have left everything behind to come to the village of Millthwaite, Cumbria, in search of the person who once offered Rose hope. Almost immediately Rose wonders 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?
I was hooked straight away with the story of Rose and her daughter Maddie who have run away to escape their old life to a place Rose has dreamt about since before the birth Maddie .. to find a special person who, many years ago showed her warmth and kindness. She finds him and so much more and I just loved reading how everything unfolds .. not always to plan.
Dearest Rose is a wonderful, wonderful book. It was an effortlessly listen and I was completely swept up in Rose’s story. I just couldn’t put it down
.... and my first book by Rowan Coleman. I started out just listening in the car when driving and then got hooked so listened when cooking and even when getting dressed in the morning. A lovely story.
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This book is intelligent and enjoyable. It deals with a delicate subject (domestic abuse) but it is not a heavy read. The character are well developed and the reader gets a real insight of the situation and the reactions (sometimes difficult to understand from an outsider point of view) of how domestic violence can settled itself in a couple. But it is first and foremost the story of a person who gets herself out of this vicious cycle and rebuild herself without never be cheesy. It is an excellent read and a good balance between serious matters and good reading material. The performance by Anne Dover is perfect, as usual.