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The Rose Ring Paperback – April 3, 2013
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About the Author
Anne Faye is a homeschooling mom, artist and quilter who loves chocolate and long walks with her dog. She writes from Western Massachusetts.
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Top customer reviews
All in all, a wonderful read.
I was sent a copy of "The Rose Ring" in exchange for an honest review, and when the package came in the mail I was so excited to open it and dive right into the book. After all, the story revolves around a beautiful gold ring with a mysterious past, and a search for its original owner. And this book is part historical fiction: it goes back and forth in time--from the present day, when Julia Manning, a quiet book store employee, finds an old ring in a box that belonged to her grandmother; to the 1940's, when Elizabeth Phelps, now an elderly dementia patient, was given one just like it by a young man who left her to fight in WWII. (I think Faye and I are writing soul mates, I truly do! And you'll have to read my novel "Erin's Ring" to fully understand why I say that!)
"The Rose Ring" is a quick read, at 168 pages; however, don't let the length fool you. There is so much packed into this novel: the heroism of ordinary human beings is on display, as well as the human propensity to sin that causes such agony and sadness in relationships--and these opposing sides of man's nature are handled with gentleness and dignity by the author. But here's what you won't find in "The Rose Ring": those inappropriate, overly descriptive scenes of physical intimacy that litter the pages of so many works of contemporary romantic fiction.
Faye's characters have made huge mistakes in their lives, and have lived to regret them deeply and painfully. Both Julia and Elizabeth are tormented by their pasts and feel utterly betrayed by the men they loved and trusted. I won't tell you how Julia has been hurt, or what she ultimately chooses to do when the man who broke her heart suddenly comes back on the scene--because I don't want to spoil it for you, in case you decide to get your hands on a copy. I won't tell you if Elizabeth's fiance ever returned from the war, for the same reason. But I will tell you that this wonderful novel poignantly and beautifully illustrates that no matter how unforgiveable our actions might seem, there is hope for forgiveness, redemption, and peace. There is hope for true love--not the stuff of your typical secular romance novels, but the kind of sacrificial love that mirrors Christ's love for us.
"The Rose Ring" is an inspirational romance novel--it's engaging, thought-provoking, and hope-filled. As an added bonus, it's got that WWII-era historical fiction component that I can never resist. And best of all, it's clean enough for your middle-school aged daughter. In fact, the two of you could curl up on the couch and read it together. Thumb's up on this one.
While centered on Julia’s love life, it also chronicles the life of one of Julia’s patients. I was saddened to see a life left incomplete in the pre-WWII era whirlwind romance. Which made me think, would I be able to forgive, faced with those circumstances?
Over all, thumbs up for a realistic look at the Catholic single life. Ms. Faye didn’t play nice with our character, but gave her realistic regrets, sorrows, and hopes. For that I give her immense credit. With a subtle hand, she shows us that without faith and resignation to God’s will, crosses can turn us into bitter and angry people.
I will admit, I did get a little bit frustrated with Julia’s forgiving character at times. Ms. Faye did an excellent job at getting me in Julia’s corner, fighting for her – almost, at times, more than I think Julia was fighting for herself. I wanted revenge, er, justice. In the end though, I think that might just mean Julia Manning is a better person than I am. J Definitely teaches lessons on patience, on forgiveness, and on living a resigned life. It's a worthwhile entertaining read.
All in a day’s work for author Anne Fay whose novel The Rose Ring delivers a thought-provoking entrance into the lives of her characters. We root for Julia, aren’t sure about Steve and Zach until the end, commiserate gently with Elizabeth, the dementia patient, and wonder how the gentlemanly Joseph ever got himself into such a fix.
Anne Fay’s conversations are believable, the plot moves along at just the right pace and all comes to a happy conclusion as the rose ring moves from one hand to the next. All too uncommon in modern fiction, faith is upheld and marriage cherished, just the way we’d like our fairy tales to transfer into real life. Pick up a warm cup of tea and read along!
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