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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Review: The Soul of the Rose by Ruth Trippy


The Soul of the Rose by Ruth Trippy
Abingdon Press / 2013
ISBN-13: 978-1426767494
Find on: Amazon, Goodreads

About the book:
"And the soul of the rose went into my blood..."

This line from a Tennyson poem enchants young Celia Thatcher, who supposes every woman's heart hopes to be the rose that captivates a man.

Celia is searching for her own sense of hope after the tragic death of her closest friend. Moving in 1876 to work in a Massachusetts bookstore, to start life afresh, she soon catches the eye of not one, but two men: the elite but unkempt Edward Lyons and the charming law student Charles Harrod. One is hiding from his past and from God. The other promotes a religious belief Celia had never before considered. Both leave Celia wondering if either are right for her.

When one of her suitors is accused of  murder, Celia is challenged with a deeper choice: should she follow her heart or her faith?

My rating:
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My thoughts:

The Soul of the Rose was a good read and different than I expected going in. I don't know if it was intentional or not, but parts of this book reminded me of Beauty and the Beast, which made my reading experience much more entertaining.

I really liked the main characters and the story. It was great how The Gospel and Apologetics were incorporated into the story - I liked that a lot!

The Soul of the Rose was kind of slower paced, but I found it interesting throughout and wasn't bored while reading it. The ending was a little abrupt and, even though things were resolved, I wish it wouldn't have ended the way it did (with a character asking someone a question - I now am wondering what the other person's response was!).

Still, I really enjoyed reading The Soul of the Rose and look forward to reading more of this author's novels. If you enjoy historical novels, you will probably also like this one.

*I received this book free for review from Abingdon Press through its early reader program. I was not required to write a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*

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