Amongst the Roses Paperback – March 29, 2018
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- Paperback : 346 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1973786877
- ISBN-13 : 978-1973786870
- Item Weight : 15.5 ounces
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.87 x 8.5 inches
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; First edition (March 29, 2018)
- Language: : English
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#6,700,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #18,024 in Christian Historical Fiction (Books)
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Amongst the Roses ventures into the heat of the battle–and the hearts of those not only on the field but also left behind. The characters were varied, from the wealthy Phillips family to the Irish Doyles. Their journeys and struggles impacted them in many different ways.
Overall, while the basic story is good, I felt it needed more work. I struggled to connect with the characters and was disappointed with the ending.
However, not everyone holds the same opinion on every book! If you enjoy historical novels and are looking for something that doesn’t follow a predictable pattern, you may find you enjoy Amongst the Roses.
(I received a complimentary copy of this novel. The thoughts expressed here are entirely my own.)
Amongst the Roses is not a happy-go-lucky story, but it is a heartfelt one. Vivid descriptions highlight dramatic moments and the uncertainties of a war that hit home.
I confess the book felt rather long. While tension grips the story, not every scene seems noticeably unique or memorable. The drawn-out waiting periods and continued emotional trauma definitely feel real and true to the era, but they don't always make for exciting reading... However, like I previously noted, the characters and their bumpy roads to growth are authentic, and perhaps fans of Civil War fiction (more than historical romance) will appreciate this style. :)
Regarding the premise, I will say that I didn't completely understand certain characters' motives. I don't know why so many men in one family decided to focus on the path of one adult son while neglecting the well-being of the wife and other children. But however the characters got to where they are, it leads to an emotionally layered journey.
On the romance side, it's sweet and subtle. A lot of it is indirectly expressed through thoughts and reactions to letters, as well as the growing connection those letters provide. The next installment in the series (as this is the start of a series and not a complete story in itself) seems likely to bring more drama and possibly a different sort of romance.
Amongst the Roses is a story of resilience and the beginning of an epic series of redemption. With flawed yet endearing characters, the pain and suffering of war are explored with honesty, heart, and hope yearning to bloom.
*With thanks to the author for providing me with an e-ARC of the book. I was not required to post a positive review, and these opinions are my own.*
Margaret Bryant is one of those characters that you start out not liking at all, but over time as the character changes and grows, you begin to understand and appreciate. Raised to follow strict rules of high-society decorum, and left to keep the family together when her father leaves for war. Margaret faces challenges she never expected, yet she rises to the occasion and learns from her mistakes.
I found the first several chapters a bit slow, and filled with an abundance of information and details. The characters in this story are realistic and they will touch your heart with authentic honesty. Raw and filled with emotion, this story isn't a light read. Have a box of tissue handy!
Even though there are times the story get's bogged down with information and historical details, I couldn't help but want to know what was going to happen next. Left with a cliffhanger ending, I can't get my hands on the second book fast enough!
(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)