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The Rose Girls Paperback – June 1, 2015
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About the Author
Victoria Connelly studied English literature at Worcester University, got married in a medieval castle in North Yorkshire and now lives in rural Suffolk with her artist husband and a family of rescued animals.
She has had ten romantic comedies published around the world as well as books across many genres including novels, novellas, short story collections, children’s adventures and autobiographies. Her first published novel, Flights of Angels, was made into a movie in 2008 by Ziegler Films in Germany. The Runaway Actress was shortlisted for the RNA’s Romantic Comedy award.
Ms Connelly loves books, films, gardening, walking, historic buildings and animals—especially ex-battery hens. She is also passionate about roses, and her home is surrounded by more than thirty different varieties of rose bush.
Her website is www.victoriaconnelly.com, and readers can follow her on Twitter @VictoriaDarcy.
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The three Hamilton sisters were named for beautiful roses because roses are the family business. The family estate grounds are well kept, but the big old house has been neglected. After their mother died, the three sisters have been left with it all and a mountain of debt. Perhaps the worst thing that the sisters have been burdened with are painful memories of their unpredictable, often cruel mother. Connelly manages to resolve the problems skillfully while effectively developing the sister's characters. It's a bit predictable but an enjoyable story.
This would make a wonderful series on Masterpiece Theatre.
I listened to it on Audible and would recommend it.
The sisters were not close, still morning for their mother. Each sister Celeste, Effie and Gertie had build their own life with secrets they did not want to share. They did get together with a plan to save the estate and the beautiful Rose Garden Business.
This is a lovely novel describing the old manor and the Rose Garden in detail. The characters were so descriptive with feeling and emotions. The story was to repair the manor, the Rose Business and their relationship. A beautiful fast paced, easy to read, uplifting novel. I recommend this for all ages.
The author spends too much time describing roses and arts and building up characters. The actual story is really in the last few chapters where we are then left wanting to know more of what happens next in the characters' lives. It's ironic to want the book not to end at that stage seeing I almost gave up halfway when it took too long before things started happening.
And there are a few things left unresolved. Such as, how and when did Simone get to steal the painting and the other items from the house? Didn't she only get to know and eventually married the girls' father after he left the family? And James' infidelity and betrayal were not properly addressed.
I have a sister who, well, has malignant narcissistic personality disorder. She is horribly cruel and manipulative, most often threatening someone loved to get people to make her life easy. I am fortunate in that she is banned permanently from my home state for embezzlement, bigamy and fraud; I'd not move from here because she'd find me.... and want money. She would threaten to destroy me and then take money - and do it anyway. This mother is hard to swallow but the horror of her absolutely fleshes out the personalities of her three daughters. Just lovely.
The descriptions of the manor and the roses alone are enough to make this book worth it. The characters are a delightful addition, giving it some fleshing out as well as charm. You will really connect with these girls, you will have had an experience and identify with at least one.
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