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The Rose of Winslow Street

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  1,648 ratings  ·  210 reviews
The last thing Libby Sawyer and her father expected upon their return from their summer home was to find strangers inhabiting a house that had been in their family for decades. Widower Michael Dobrescu brought his family from Romania to the town of Colden, Massachusetts with a singular purpose: to claim the house willed to him long ago. Since neither party has any intentio...more
Paperback, 342 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Bethany House Publishers
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I am so impressed by the character development in "The Rose of Winslow Street" by Elizabeth Camden. She has done an amazing thing by introducing us to two very different characters (Libby and Micheal), from two very different backgrounds (America and Romania), with two very different upbringings (I don't want to spoil anything...), and giving us one location (the house on Winslow Street) that they both have ties to, and then making them both sympathetic characters. I was never sure who it was th...more
I've somehow managed to collect all of Elizabeth Camden's novels on my Kindle, and I have to say that I'm very glad of this now that I've read The Rose of Winslow Street. This was such a unique story that had me impressed and enthralled with the details. What summarized like a typical fluffy romance was instead a surprising story. After a bit of slow start, I didn't want to put this down because I was eager to see what happened next.

These characters had to deal with some harsh situations. Whethe...more

4.5 Stars

I loved this book! It was really different from a lot of the inspirational fiction I've read lately, and I think that's why I enjoyed it so much. The storyline was unique from anything I've read and so were the characters. All of the characters drew me in, both the leads and the supporting cast. I really cared about both Libby's and Michael's families.

I loved that Libby loved and cared for Michael's family regardless of their nationality, even when everyone else in the community shunned...more
Margaret Metz
I love historical romances. I practically eat, sleep and breathe them. They've become a sort of ... meat and potatoes for me. This book is more like... cheesecake. It's rich and with an unexpected tang here and there -- the surprises in the story. There is the sweet topping and the crust as well -- just adding to the complexity of the flavor. Okay, I'll leave the cheesecake metaphor alone now -- I'm getting hungry. lol

The point is this is a decadently rich story packaged between a gorgeous front...more
This is a very interesting read, full of twist and turns the reader doesn't see coming, and was a wonderfully unique story. It is my first Elizabeth Camden book to read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved how this book was so...unexpected. Their are so many parts in this story you just don't see coming (or at least, I didn't see those things coming). It was such a unique story-line, and was very different than the normal novel, making it a fun read.

Now, normally I don't go all crazy and descr...more
Liberty (Libby) Sawyer lives with her father in Massachusetts in a stately house on Winslow Street. On an evening when she and her father are not home, their house gets broken into and taken into possession by Michael Dobrescu, newly arrived from Romania with his two young sons, Luca and Andrei and a young woman called Lady Mirela. Michael claims the house is rightfully his, inherited through his uncle, who used to live there almost 30 years ago.

In the weeks to come, as Libby and her father wait...more
I didn't really know what to expect when I picked up this book, but I loved it! I don't even remember how I heard about it, but I'm so glad I picked it up and read it.

Liberty Sawyer has lived in Colden, Massachusetts all her life. Never-married, she lives with her father, a sometimes cantankerous but very brilliant inventor. While she and her father are summering away at the cape, a mysterious man and his family who claim to have rights to their home moves his family into the home in the middle...more
Holly Renee
The Rose of Winslow Street, Elizabeth Camden's second novel, is a book that will enthrall readers and keep them hooked until they reach that last word of this story. There is never a dull moment in this book.

The characters in this book are unique, and everything about them breaks away from the stereotypical characters we normally find in romances. These characters have multiple layers that give them depth and intrigue the reader.

I love how this book contains a mystery that evokes the imagination...more
Libby Sawyer's summer visit with her brother is disrupted when word arrives that a band of foreigners has broken into her house and taken up residence, claiming it belongs to them. Distressed and upset, Libby and her father wait for police to evict them, but questions surrounding the previous homeowner's will and the trespassers' relation to him tie the law's hands and push the situation into court. As the community rallies to the Sawyer side and shuns the needs of the Romanian family, Libby rea...more
Before I get to my opinion of the story I have to say that the cover of this book is absolutely gorgeous! When I first saw it online I thought it was very pretty, but it's even more beautiful in person; and it's not just the front cover, but the back cover too. Before I read the story I thought the back was nice, but now I see that each object on there represents a part in the story - very clever!

I have to be careful not to give away too much of the story, otherwise I might spoil it for you. I l...more
Rachel Brand
My 2014 reading is definitely off to a great start with this book! Last year I had the pleasure of reading Against the Tide when helping judge the INSPY Awards, and I was fascinated by the depth of historical detail in Elizabeth Camden's writing. This novel had similarly exquisite detail, and so much more. Each of the characters--from the main protagonists to their family members--had real and dynamic flaws and struggles that made them sympathetic...and occasionally frustrating! This book took s...more
Kathy Jo
I have to admit, The Rose of Winslow Street was a little slow in the beginning for me and I almost stopped reading it thinking that I would try again at a later date. But then the story started picking up and I really enjoyed it!

Libby Sawyer has spent her entire life not being "good enough" for anyone around her. People look down on her because she is illiterate. She always believed that she would be a spinster and would never be able to have a family of her own. Because who would want to "burde...more
Amber Stokes
From the synopsis, The Rose of Winslow Street sounds like a story about a pushy man who claims ownership of a house belonging to a rich girl, leading to a battle in court and then happily ever after. But while that may describe some of the bare bones of the book, from the very get-go the plot is much more complex and extraordinary than that!

Michael Dobrescu takes family very seriously, and he'll do anything to provide for his own. But when the path to protecting his family takes him to the house...more
The Literary Maidens
Madi's Rating: 5 stars. Madi's Review:

/ / M a d i ' s B o o k R e v i e w / /

Libby Sawyer lives in town with her cold hearted father, and she tries to hide herself in her paints. Why would she want to be a part of the society that mocks her and ridicules her for her lack of reading skills? Her one weak spot is her love of children. Children flock to her, and she adores their bright and awe-struck way of living life. So she is excited to spend the Summer w...more
•°o•:*¨¨*:•. HIGHLY ENJOYABLE/GREAT DEPTH .•:*¨¨*:• o°•

I could hardly put this book down. It was fun, exciting, and mysterious. It was filled with growing love, family devotion, tragedy, and positive relationships with Christ.

It begins in Colden, Massachusetts in 1879, where most of the story takes place. It also weaves in a family fleeing Romania, who have thick Romanian accents. Those were fun to read, since I tend to hear accents in my head.

Libby Sawyer has a disability which causes her to...more
It took me a while to get into Elizabeth Camden’s The Rose of Winslow Street, but boy am I glad I pushed through the first few chapters. I was a little put off by not knowing who to trust. Having immigrants from Romania stealing the heroine’s house on the first page was quite an interesting way to start a book.

At first I didn’t like Michael Dobrescu ... but I’ve come to realize that when an author is able to take me from not even liking a character to absolutely loving him throughout the book—t...more

"The Rose of Winslow Street" is steeped in intrigue that begins on the very first page. The more I read, the more questions stuttered through my mind. Wh-wh-at....h-how...wh-why....huh? I was clamouring for answers that Camden cleverly held at bay, keeping me turning pages late into the night. What an artfully crafted plot! And each piece of the puzzle is revealed at just the right time in order to make the most dramatic impact.

But, oh my, there's laughter in unexpected places -- even in the mi...more
Heather Rae
Based on all of the enthusiastic reviews of this novel, I fully expected it to be wonderful. However, I just could not get into it. The opening alone had me rolling my eyes. What man enters a new neighborhood with the intention of storming a house, weapons at hand, in order to claim it? To contradict matters, in the next moment he's praising the law of this new land and the fact that he has a decent chance of claiming the house (through the court) even though he's a foreigner. It just didn't add...more
When Michael Dobrescu travels to Massachusetts to reclaim the mansion he inherited years ago from Libby Sawyer and her father, he quickly realizes the citizens of Colden are not as hospitable to the new Romanian travelers like he anticipated. Upon finding this discovery, he relies on his family's resourcefulness and the few members(one)of the Colden community who disclaims any loyalties in order to assist these newcomers. As the story unravels like the petals of a rose, you forge Camaraderie wit...more
I really like this book! It wasn't at all what I expected. It helpd my interest adn I finished it in two days. It wasn an interesting story and I liked the ending. Small towns are so funny, stories start and they are all through the town with everyone forming opnions, without all the needed information and it isn't their business.....this book on GoodReads is described as: The last thing Libby Sawyer and her father expected upon their return from their summer home was to find strangers inhabitin...more
From the very fist page it drew me in...Liberty Sawyer and her father come home from a summer trip; to find their house has been taken over by a family from Romania who claim that the house belongs to them.
Michael Dobrescu and his family, come from Romania with a deed to a house on Winslow street, and so the battle begins to see who will be living in the house once the court trial ends. I love both books I have read by Elizabeth Camden and looking forward to reading other books by her.
Elizabeth Camden is now on my favorite list. This book was unbelievable. The foreshadowing and mystery in the story was amazingly written. I enjoyed seeing Libby and Micheal's story play out. Theirs was a gut wrenching love story. The descriptions were not overbearing and the pace of the story was smooth. There was a part at the end that dragged in comparison to the rest of the story. This was one of the best I have read in a very long time.
This wonderful novel contained complex characters and an interwoven storyline for several of the main characters. I loved the interplay between the Romanians and Libby and her family as the various storylines played themselves out. It was a joy to read and I will look forward to reading others by this new-to-me author.
The beginning was very slow to me, it took me several days to pick it back up again. I am so glad I did though. It was a great book filled with rich Romanian culture, mystery, faith, and love. A very beautifully written story.
I liked “The Rose of Winslow Street” but wouldn’t give it any more than 3 ½ stars, unlike Camden’s “Into the Whirlwind” which I thoroughly enjoyed. This plot was creative and different, with some surprises thrown in that I didn’t expect. It was a story that I could easily put down when I needed to, but most certainly wanted to see how it all ended up.

Michael Dobrescu and family, plus a couple friends arrive in America from Romania to claim an old home belonging to his uncle. The vacationing Ame...more
Diane Estrella
If I could give this book 10 stars, I would. Wonderful and powerful. Bravo to the author!!!
This is my second Elizabeth Camden novel. I enjoyed the story of Michael, Libby, Lady Mirela, and the village of Colden. The Dobrescu's moved into the house on Winslow Street after immigrating to America claiming ownership--the problem is that the Sawyer's had since bought and renovated the house. Who did the house rightfully belong to? Would the justice system prevail? This was a unique story although I felt it lacked some of the historical detail I crave in books. It was a pleasant read, the p...more
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I wasn't sure at first, because the main premise of the plot is unusual and rather unbelievable (the descendants of a foreign duke claiming possession of the house of a stalwart New England professor). But the development of both characters and storyline is done well. I appreciated the skillful addition of several side plots, and their interweaving back into the main plot. It is a romance, so the ending is predictable to a certain extent, but there is still some s...more
Lis K
This is the first book I've read by Elizabeth Camden and I was pleasantly surprised. I won't summarize the book since so many great reviews have already done that. Ms. Camden did a great job of unfolding the story---you have to wait to read why Michael and his family left Romania so abruptly, what happened to Mirela, who is Michael, and how will the house ownership issue be resolved? I enjoyed reading about the relationship between Michael and Libby. Unlike previous reviewers who did not like Mi...more
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