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One Perfect Rose (Fallen Angels #7)

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  1,692 ratings  ·  124 reviews

Few romance novels have touched readers as deeply or as lastingly as this classic by New York Times bestselling author Mary Jo Putney. Poignant, passionate, and tender, One Perfect Rose is the story of two mismatched lovers drawn into a fragile, unforgettable union...

One Perfect Rose

Stephen Kenyon, the new Duke of Ashburton, has always known exactly what society expected

ebook, 448 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Zebra (first published 1997)
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Carrie Olguin
This is what a romance novel should be, two people falling in love, facing hardship and adversity together (instead of bickering and arguing and hating each other into love) - with a multi-dimensional (human not inhuman) antagonist.

Spoliers follow!

The proloue covers the heroines childhood trama. Read it. Don't skip over it like some readers do.

Chapter one opens with the hero (an unmarried duke) receiving a diagnosis of death from his physician, only three to six months to live. To cope with the
MJP definitely saved the best for last in the Fallen Angels series. Had I known that this one could most likely be read as a standalone (maybe reading Shattered Rainbows first, but not necessarily), I probably would have read it first, but at least I got to know a lot about the secondary characters on my journey.

Stephen Kenyon, Duke of Ashburton, is dying. His doctor warns him that he has 3-6 months to live, but probably will not make it all the way to 6. So Stephen - desparate to live what litt
Lois Bujold
Jul 07, 2014 Lois Bujold rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers of Regency romances
Recommended to Lois by: followed trail of breadcrumbs from prior book

I followed this up from The Bargain. It's not quite the same trope but has resonances -- the dying hero --I picked it out from its fellows in its series from the descriptions on Amazon, so it must be what I was (still) in the mood for. A staid duke (why must it always be dukes, these days? Isn't the lesser aristocracy sufficient? Rank inflation...?) gets bad medical news (happily for the rest of the tale, not the pox), and rides out alone to deal with it; he encounters a group of traveling playe
I have found a romance novel that made me bawl for half the book. Seriously. Ugly, gross crying that requires a box of kleenex and hiding from your family. I think it might end up displacing Laura Kinsale's Flowers from the Storm as my favorite romance novel.

Set in the later 1810s, the hero of the book is Stephen Kenyon, Duke of Ashburton (the older brother of Michael Kenyon from Shattered Rainbows, glimpses of whom I loved in SR though reading SR is unnecessary to get the brunt of this book).

Krista (One Love) (Critical)
Rosalind and Stephen worked well together. They were nicely developed and likable. It was very refreshing how the two actually LIKED each other through out the whole book, and never got mad at each other. Yay!

I loved Stephen! He was such a different romantic hero. He was kind and nice and not overbearing or bossy. He was genuinely a really good person. I felt SO protective of him. And I loved his brother, Michael. Their relationship was sweet.

Rosalind's sob story was a little silly and pointles
Wonderful story and wonderful ending to a great series. I loved how MJP kept us apprised of the other couples throughout the entire series without being intrusive about it. I would love to see a reunion book done, but that is just me never getting enough ending.
Intense. But in a good way. This was an amazingly romantic story, honest and heartbreaking, and it kept me riveted from page one.

Stephen, the Duke of Ashburton, has three months to live, six on the outside. After receiving the news, he fills two saddle bags with supplies and takes off alone to come to terms with his mortality. He might only have been gone a week, but when he saves the life of a boy who might have drowned into the river, he becomes a part of the boy's family -- a traveling theat
This really hit the spot. I *liked* Rosalind and Stephen immediately, and I enjoyed watching them get to know each other and fall in love. They're good people. Both have experienced pain but neither is defined by their traumas. (It's a relief to read about some likable characters who like each other rather than another tragic hero rescued by a saintly heroine.)

My only quibble, and it's a small one, is that the ending is a little too neat and a little too sweet.

One Perfect Rose isn't the first in
I'm really fond of this book. I like ones where the main character thinks he's dieing and goes about closing out his affairs and doing the things he feels he should do before he dies. Of course since I like happy endings, I only like these books if the character doesn't really die. Here the hero sets off to travel and discovers love. I really enjoyed Stephen and loved the travelling players he meets. Well drawn main characters and secondary characters.
Sep 08, 2012 Estara rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like historical romances with a grown-up couple on both sides
Shelves: ebook, read-in-2012
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Well, I don't normally read romance genre novels, so don't take my rating to heart. I did get a sense that this story both obeyed some conventions and broke the rules on others. I have a feeling that it's a fresh take to let the main characters honestly & openly express their attraction as early in the book as these two did, for example. But the barriers to becoming sexual, and the delayed HEA, felt typical.

In any case, it's clearly a fairy-tale. Very heartwarming & inspiring & comfo
I'm still trying to make up my mind about Mary Jo Putney. She was recommended to me as being similar to Brenda Joyce, which, after 2 books, I really can't agree with. Still, this book was enjoyable, exciting, romantic and held my attention. That's worth three stars, in any case.

The plot was unusual as well as highly dramatic: a terminally ill duke runs away from all responsibility, and joins an acting troupe, where he falls in love with a actress who is really [spoiler alert] a lost French duche
Those of you who know me, know I rarely give out 5 star ratings. So take that as a sign of a great novel, I laughed, cried and smiled until my cheeks hurt. Touching is to soft a word but I can't seem to select another. Unfortunately this is not on audio, definitely an oversight... I would have gladly purchased it and listened to it immediately if that was the case. A great voice would have had me bawl I know. Definitely a HEA ending so have no fear... and that's the only spoiler you'll get from ...more
I don't care much for Regency books unless they are really good. This one is.
Stephen Kenyon, Duke of Ashburdon, has always faithfully fulfilled his obligations. He even married a woman because that was his obligation. She died, and sometime later Stephen is given a death sentence of his own.
He decides it is time for him to do the things he would like to do for a change. One of the things he does, is to set off on an adventure across country where he runs into a family of stage actors.
As he
One Perfect Rose is the seventh book in Mary Jo Putney's Fallen Angels series. Ms Putney has quite a few fans so curiosity had me pick this up when I saw it at my local library. I enjoyed reading the synopsis and thought it sounded interesting. I did like it. I'm not sure what it was about the book that didn't grab me. The story was good and the characters were likable but the writing itself didn't pull me in.
This book was what originally drew me to Mary Jo Putney. A remarkable book with depth, this book is truly a wonderful culmination of one of my favorite series of all time. Stephen is such a complex man facing his own mortality and finally casting off the bonds of a "privileged" lifestyle that afforded him so much heartbreak. Truly the backbone of his family, I wish so desperately for him to survive and yet love the way he embraces his life on the brink of death. Rosalind, with such a tragic past ...more
There's something perfect about this book that I liked. I read this book two times already and each time the ending of the book puts a smile to my face after I cried a little through out the story. The plots and writing are well-thought out, written and thorough edited. The story isn't extraordinary or something unique, but there's something that is good about it. Maybe it's the goodness in Stephen and Rosalind.

BUT... I really dislike reading books trying to convert the readers into the whole re
Gizella Tóth
Ott áll a dobogó felső fokán a Különös találkozással karöltve.
A téma nem új: a herceg, aki inkognitóban utazik. Már Mátyás királyunk is kipróbálta, de biztos vagyok benne, hogy neki nem voltak olyan barátai, mint Stephennek, és történelmi tények bizonyítják, hogy utazásai során nem sikerült olyan nagyszerű feleségre bukkannia, mint Rosalinda. Mérgezés-túlélésben pedig Stephen még Raszputyint is lepipálta.
OK, bocs, de igazából nem tudok mit írni. Valahányszor ezt a könyvet olvasom,
Con este libro se concluye la serie de Ángeles Caídos. Este libro es especial para mí, porque he releído tres libros de la serie (Tormenta de pasiones, Arco Iris roto y ahora este) que tienen un factor en común: Michael Kenyon. Así que en cierta forma este libro es el cierre definitivo de su historia.
Me ha encantado tanto como la primera vez que lo leí. La historia de Stephen no queda desmerecida en comparación a sus anteriores, y ofrece algo nuevo a las tan inusuales formas de conseguir novias
Oleta Blaylock
This is probably the saddest book of the entire series. The story is about Michael Kenyon's brother, Stephan Kenyon the Duke of Ashburton. Stephan is such a contrast to Michael and their father. He is kind, caring, compassionate and so very lonely. He has always tried to be what was expected of him and when he is told he is dying he realizes that he has never really lived the way he wanted. His adventures after finding out he is going to die lead him to a woman that makes him feel things that he ...more
English historical road trip romance about a terminally ill Duke who flees his life to try to enjoy what is left of his life when sadly he meets his soul mate, an orphan who helps run an acting troupe.
Stephen Kenyon, Duke of Ashburton is going to change his life by running away from his responsibilities and society and starting over as a regular freeborn man. Sweet and kind, Miss Rosalind Jordan is an orphan but still tries to keep optimistic about life and living. Some people are happy people,
So Stephen Kenyon wasn't a character who interested me, he is Michael Kenyon's bro from "Shattered Rainbows" the #6 in the Fallen Angels series, and probably why it has taken me so long to read this book and finish off the series. However, as the story started once again, damn my optimism, I began to get excited about where the story was headed. Stephen has found out he has 6 months to live (why is it always 6 months?) and decides to ditch the heavy cloak of being a duke and go live life. A wild ...more
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Limau Nipis
Update on 7 March 2012:
I am revising my 3 stars rating to 2 stars because I found Thunder & Roses more pleasurable, and had more engaging plot.

I have mixed feeling about this novel. The first time I read it, it was in 1998, and it has a different plot than the usual historical romance.

It is just, after rereading it for the second time, I feel like reading 2 different books, with the first half where Stephen traveled with the performing troupe, which is enjoyable. And the second part just wen
Tracey Smith
I'll have to admit I picked up this book with trepidation. I recently read a Victorian Era romance that I was completely bored with, I blamed it on the era. Sine this book is from a similar time frame I wasn't hesitant. But I am pleased that I loved it from the start. Perhaps it was because the main setting for the first half of the book followed a troupe of traveling actors who were lively and fun and not hampered with "proper manners". Regardless the characters came alive for me, the love stor ...more
Crystal Carroll
One day our main character, Stephen, has everything. Power, title, wealth. But he’s dying. Having all his life faced duty, he decides to wander and meets up with a theater troop and a Lady Caliban. A perfect rose.

Sometimes, I wonder at my own enjoyment of painting by the numbers of meanderings. Of course, and of course, and yet. The point of a romance is never the plot. It is the reveal. The moments when love blossoms.

That point when Stephen tells Rosalind that for everything there is a season a
Mary Jo Putney makes it very hard for reviewers. Having used all my favorite superlatives on her previous books, it is hard to review ONE PERFECT ROSE without repeating myself. So be it -- I may not be original, but I am sincere. It is fantastic; a wonderful read and another entry on my list of all-time favorites. I read it almost in one gulp, barely stirring the entire time. (I know from past experience to allow for a block of reading time, because it would take dynamite to separate me from a n ...more
Shanice Joseph-Hollingsworth
This books vies for first place as the best historical romance I've ever read with The Scent of Jasmine by Jude Deveraux.


I read obsessively and it's been a while since I've read a GOOD historical romance. Everything i come across lately it's like i read already, always the same story. When it always the same storyline it becomes rather easy to predict the entire story. But this; it had me laughing, crying, and feeling a lot of other emotions.

With One Perfect
Anna Marie

Okay, so Duke Stephen has been told he has at most three months to live. He's stunned, then in denial, then angry about how he's spent his whole dadgum life being responsible and proper and bored out of his skull. So he decides to just get away. Leave, and take some time to come to terms with the diagnosis, time to *live* before he dies.

He stumbles upon a traveling acting troupe and falls head over heels with Rosalinde, the eldest (adopted) daughter of the troupe's founding family. He's rope
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She writes young adult fiction as M.J. Putney.

Mary Jo Putney was born in Upstate New York with a reading addiction, a condition for which there is no known cure. After earning degrees in English Literature and Industrial Design at Syracuse University, she did various forms of design work in California and England before inertia took over in Baltimore, Maryland, where she has lived very comfortably
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Other Books in the Series

Fallen Angels (7 books)
  • Thunder & Roses (Fallen Angels #1)
  • Petals in the Storm (Fallen Angels, #2; Regency, #2)
  • Dancing on the Wind (Fallen Angels, #3)
  • Angel Rogue (Fallen Angels, #4)
  • Shattered Rainbows (Fallen Angels, #5)
  • River of Fire (Fallen Angels, #6)
The Rake Thunder & Roses (Fallen Angels #1) Loving a Lost Lord (Lost Lords #1) Never Less Than a Lady (Lost Lords, #2) The Bargain (Regency #1)

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