An absolute treat to read: My review of The Rose of Winslow Street by Elizabeth Camden

"The Rose of Winslow Street was an absolute treat to read, one that I savored and enjoyed from beginning to end". Read on for my review of this entertaining historical novel:

Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: January 2012

Book Synopsis as provided by the publisher:

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.


The Rose of Winslow Street was an absolute treat to read, one that I savored and enjoyed from beginning to end. Libby is an utterly unique character with her selfless spirit, her eccentric inventor father, her lack of self-confidence due to her inability to read, and readers are sure to be captivated by her. After Michael sweeps into town, their relationship unfolds with humor and unexpected attraction, and was fascinating to watch unfold. I've never read of a man like Michael who is so thoroughly male, completely dense in the ways of women (his "proposal" is hysterical!), and yet is a perfume maker by trade! The intrigue blended into the story kept me racing through the pages, and I closed the book with a feeling of great satisfaction. Most importantly, God's love and grace flow through the pages of the story in a subtle manner, especially evident in Libby's refusal to shun the foreigners as her family and neighbours do, instead offering kindness and blackberry jam. The book celebrates family and faith in God, and will both entertain and leave readers moved and wanting more.

I highly recommend this book and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.