Wednesday, February 08, 2012
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.
I found Elizabeth Camden’s “The Rose of Winslow Street” to be amazingly intriguing with the perfect touches of mystery and romance. Her characters are well rounded and captivating.
From Liberty Sawyer, who carries a secret shame, a spinster who has given up on finding romance but has plenty of love to spare. To Michael Dobrescu who is everything a hero should be. Strong and determined to do what is right for his family; Michael has the strength of a bear and the heart of a lamb. From the snooty southern bell all the way down to the towns stray cat.
The depth that she put into the characters makes you fall in love and connect to each one. The vivid detail and description pulls you in and makes this novel a real page turner. Beautifully pinned, the scenery is virtually tangible. I could almost smell the roses and the jasmine.
What secrets do these two hide? Michael's desire to protect the sister and Liberty's haunting fear of roses is touching and pulls the reader into the plot of the story. A definite page turner!
It is truly the best book I have read all year!