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"Denny's drama, both jaunty and frightening, is engaging and well-paced, and his characters are wholesome archetypes: deeply lovable, easily feared or anything in between. His airy writing style and sense of whimsy complement the book's heavy mythology."- Kirkus Reviews

"Well written, charmingly detailed and epic, this truly is a must read for 2012."
--Fantasy Book Review

"A strong work, rich in detail and character. A blend of Tolkein, Wind and the Willows, and Don Quixote." - Troy Howell author of "The Dragon of Cripple Creek"

"4 out of 5 Stars" "Denny has created a charming imaginary world" " a ripping-good yarn"
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About the Author

G. T. Denny is the author of the book "Deep into the Heart of the Rose" and its upcoming sequel in the Book of Broken Bindings series, "Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal". Denny holds degrees in philosophy and law. A reformed trivia addict, he has appeared on both Jeopardy! and Who Wants to be a Millionaire? He enjoys old movies, old books, and old wine. His books are written for "all those who were children once."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 458 pages
  • Publisher: Night Watch Fiction (December 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615451551
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615451558
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,635,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christine Davis on April 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
I took my time reading this book because I didn't want to miss anything. The book is whimsical and fun, but it also made me think a lot about the characters and the journey they were on. The author described everything in their world and I just wanted to slowly take it all in and enjoy it.

I liked the characters of Cozy and Eddy. I appreciated that the author described their friendship and past together. They had such an interesting journey searching for Mizz Wimbish and though there were some hard times and lessons learned, I was glad that they still remained great friends.

Mizz Wimbish was a sweetheart, but not an overly complicated character. However, there was a kindness and thoughtfulness about her that I truly enjoyed. I smiled when she made the choice to get out and see the world as I thought she needed a little excitement in her life!

The book was interesting, full of fun characters, and had some strange and silly events. I also liked the story around the letter. It was really different reading about events from a letter's perspective. I thought it was a fun twist to the book.

The only thing that I didn't like about the book was that sometimes it was too descriptive. However, I enjoyed the extra information and background when it came to the characters. It was helpful because it allowed me to understand the deep feelings and friendships within the book. I find that some books skimp on details and the reader is left guessing about the character's motivations or their past.

This book warmed my heart and was a pleasure to read. It was obviously written with a lot of love and care. I was very happy to see that there is a sequel in the works and would like to read it too!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 2, 2012
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Too many books these days seem to be written as if they were screenplays with everything rushing to hit certain marks and get to the end. What I love most about this book is that it takes the time to create a world full of unique characters and settings and the life with which they are infused is born from the author's obvious love and respect for the words and language used to craft the story. Like the best works of fantasy, this book can be appreciated on a number of levels. Readers looking for a fun and fanciful escape will enjoy the journey while readers looking to immerse themselves in a deep and richly textured world will be equally enchanted by the layers of subtle charm that form the foundation on which the novel is built. I look forward to visiting more of this world in the future.
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By Stefan Yates on April 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
Take a bit of The Hobbit, mix in a portion of Alice In Wonderland, add a dash of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and combine all with a heavy helping of originality and you might come close to describing the wonderful fantasy novel that is Deep Into the Heart of a Rose. It's not very often that I read a book that takes me into it's world so deeply and completely (especially as quickly) as this one did. I immediately felt a connection to the characters and was invested in their concerns. As a matter of fact, even with a very strong strong storyline that immerses the reader, and excellent world-building and an establishment of a world mythology of sorts, it's the creation of so many unique, special and compelling characters that steals the show in this novel.

The story itself centers around a unique and powerful love story and the unbreakable bond between true friends. But it is so much more than that; adventure, suspense, touching moments, horror, comedy and some general silliness all play important roles in this sweeping tale. The forces of evil are as evil and diabolical as I've seen anywhere and there is a nice mix of characters on both sides of good and evil that nothing really gets stale or too predictable. From the beginning to the end, I felt a special affection for Mr. Cozzlebottom whom, while being a truly unique character in his own right, I would not be surprised to see sitting outside the green door of Bag End smoking pipeweed and blowing rings with a certain Mr. Baggins.

If you haven't had a chance to read Deep Into the Heart of a Rose yet, I highly recommend giving it a chance soon. I wouldn't want anyone to miss out on this magical novel.

On a personal note, I would like to thank Mr. Denny for sending me this copy of his fine novel to read and review. I truly look forward to seeing what his next book brings!
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Format: Paperback
I received this book for free as a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

Perhaps my expectations were too high, but this book wasn't really what I expected. The story is rich in detail, and it's obvious that the author put an incredible amount of work and heart into it, but it was constructed in a way that was a little odd. At the beginning, the story seemed to be almost disjointed, as if the chapters were stand-alone short stories rather than a cohesive plot line. It took a while for me to realize how events and characters were connected and where the plot was going. There were some philosophical dialogues that I had trouble following, but overall I was enjoying the ride.

Just as I was really getting into the world of the Vale and its surrounding lands, as well as getting invested in Mr. Cozzlebottom and Mizz Wimbish's journeys, things became suddenly very bizarre. Denny's creative ideas and style of storytelling seemed to be lost as the book became something like an imitation of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, with talking animals and silly poems and bickering twin-types and nonsense dialogues. Now, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is one of my favorite books, and I really do enjoy nonsense, but it all just seemed so out of place; it was a jarring interruption of Denny's unique story and immersive world.

The last part of the book returned to the style of the first part, with Denny's own voice coming through again. The characters find the Black Lodge, and the story takes on a very dark edge. There were themes of loyalty, greed, and so on here that I was more able to connect with, as compared to the earlier, more obscure philosophical ideas.
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