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Her Name Is Rose: A Novel Hardcover – Deckle Edge, April 14, 2015
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“A poignant tale of love and loss between an adoptive mother and daughter....Breen's characters immediately invite the reader to go on a heartwrenching journey that's enhanced by her skillful plotting and authentic, lyrical descriptions of the Emerald Isle. A moving first novel.” ―Publishers Weekly - starred review
“Breen's emotional tale is perfect for fans of complex novels....There are more than several surprises, which keep the engaging plot moving freely, and our admirable heroine, Rose, teaches us exactly what the scent of a woman is all about.” ―RT Book Reviews
“A warmhearted and poignant story. Fans of Maeve Binchy will appreciate this witty story of family, acceptance, and the power of belonging.” ―Booklist
“In this lyrical debut novel, Christine Breen weaves a tale about the ties that bind -- biological, legal, emotional -- and the many varieties of devotion. The story moves fluidly from the west coast of Ireland to London to Boston and back, stopping in gardens and museums and concert halls along the way, accumulating characters who live and breathe and teach each other how to love.” ―Christina Baker Kline
“Christine Breen creates an emotional story that tenderly explores the depth of a mother's love. You will root for her characters as they lift you up with their compassion and goodness.” ―Diane Chamberlain
“This is a novel that will appeal to Anne Tyler fans. Christine Breen has a lovely feel for language and great affection for her characters. There's something humane and kind about the way she writes, which is a great quality. It's hard to do 'nice' and Breen does it very well.” ―Jane Harris
About the Author
CHRISTINE BREEN was born in New York and educated in Boston and Dublin, where she received an MA in Irish Literature. She is an artist, homeopath, gardener, and mother of two children. She lives in Kiltumper, Ireland with her husband, the novelist Niall Williams, in the cottage where her grandfather was born. Her Name is Rose is her first novel.
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"Her name is Rose" is actually a phrase used in the book at some very specific turning points in the story. The plot is well crafted and moves at a good pace.
Nearly 20 years earlier Iris and Luke adopted a baby girl in Ireland, the daughter of an American girl who was studying in Ireland at that time. They meet her very briefly but are forever grateful for her gift to them.
When Luke is dying (don't worry I'm not giving the plot away...this happens before the book starts), he asks Iris to make contact with Rose's birth mother. Though she puts it off for several years, a health scare makes Iris act on this last wish. After a trip to the adoption agency where she is told she cannot be given information but still manages to get some, Iris is off to Boston.
Her search is not fruitful in the way she had hoped but it does change her life.
About half way through the book, the author introduces another thread to the story...and I don't want to give it away to spoil the plot for you. It is very touching and hopeful.
After reading this novel I went to Amazon to see if the author has other novels, but this is her first. She has written about Ireland but this seems to be her first fiction. I hope that she is working on more books and, frankly, I love to see a sequel to this one!
All in all a wonderfully written story about people you will care about and who are real. Don't miss this book for a great summer read. It would be perfect for a trip or on the beach if you want something special.
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