Saturday, March 03, 2012

Book Review: The Rose of Winslow Street

The Rose of Winslow StreetThe Rose of Winslow Street by Elizabeth Camden
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Elizabeth Camden has written an intriguing story that held my attention from beginning to end. The story takes place in Colden, Massachusetts and is about a legal battle between Professor Sawyer, one of those absent-minded professor types, and a large bully of a man named Michael Dobrescu, who just arrived from Romania with his two sons, the mysterious Lady Mirela, and his friend Turk. Professor Sawyer lives in an old house on Winslow Street, but Michael Dobrescu arrives in town and claims the house was willed to him.

Of course, the professor's lovely daughter Libby gets caught in the middle when she strikes up a friendship with the Dobrescu clan, even though everyone in town shuns the Dobrescus and her father warns her to stay away from this dangerous Romanian. As the story progressed I could not figure out how any of the matter could be resolved peacefully in the end.

The book was excellent. I especially loved the characters, which were all palpable with layers to be peeled back, and the dialogue gripped me so I could empathize with each of their troubling situations, even Michael's character, who drove me nuts in the beginning.

There was so much mystery woven throughout the story concerning the Dobrescu family background and their reasons for arriving in Colden, Massachusetts. I found it hard to put the book down. The writer unravels the mystery slowly as the book progresses, and sometimes a question would be answered only to produce three more questions in its place.

I highly recommend the book and would enjoy reading other works by this author.

I appreciate Bethany House Publishers for providing me with an advanced copy for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.

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