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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.

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  • Debbie
  • Toney, Alabama
  • 08-21-15

Fragrant, Beautiful, and Worth the Thorns

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.

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Warm, pleasant and not bad at all

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.

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It was ok.

This is a story about three sisters who finely learn how to talk to each other and be real sisters. Celeste returns home after her narcissistic mother dies. Celeste doesnt like being home because it reminds her of all the mean things her mom said to her. it's a Story about healing but the healing doesn't happen until the end and even then it's just starting to happen.

The story moves at a very slow pace. I fell asleep quite a few times through the narration. At first I would go back and re-listen to what I missed but eventually I just stopped going back and continued on. I don't blame the narrator for this but the author.

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Beautiful story

I loved listening to this story as I fell asleep. I also listened as I did housework at night. I loved the descriptions of the rose garden and the many different types of roses. I also liked the story line of how each daughter dealt with their mother.
I have listened to this story over and over again and never was bored with it! I hope to find another book as entertaining and sweet as this book!

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Wonderful!

loved every word of this wonderful book. An exquisitely crafted book Victoria know how to draw a reader a keep them to the very last page can't wait to read the next one.

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Great Story that ties in mental health

Great Audio/Book. Loved the story and love how they tied in a very real mental health issue. You can see what living with a parent with a personality disorder is like. And if you have a parent like this you will feel very connected to the characters and story.

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Excellent Read

Lovely setting with a great family dynamic. The characters stumble through many struggles and find sisters are your best friend and confidante.

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Awesome book!

I loved it! Great story that kept my attention. I would have loved for it t be longer!

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Enjoyable. Narrator was very pleasing to listen to

Enjoyable read. Narrator was very pleasant to listen to. Would recommend. Enjoyed that all the characters stories ran and ended simultaneously. Love when authors do this, hate cliff hangers, & disappointed with stories that end main characters story but leave others ad cliff hanger, this author was wonderful about giving a complete story with full closure.

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The Rose Girls

I liked the story okay, but the pace seemed very slow. I put the book down eventually and looked for something faster paced.

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  • Sharron
  • 04-05-17

great characters

loved this story of the special bond between three Sisters and a cranky lady who they befriend

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  • Fleetwoodboy
  • 03-27-17

A thorn between the roses

A grand tour or the English roses was included in this interesting and quite enjoyable story . Some sad passages of mental abuse but all in all a sound story well narrated .

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