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The Rose of Winslow Street

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  4,029 ratings  ·  380 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 don't know why I waited so long to read this... While it was a tiny bit slow starting off, I really enjoyed it very much! ...more
Janna Ryan
Jan 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
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4.5 stars

This book has been on my to-read shelf for several years and I finally got around to reading it. I loved the writing and characters. Pretty much from the beginning I found the story interesting, but it was the last portion of the book that was nearly unputdownable.

All in all, The Rose of Winslow Street was a very good read. I definitely recommend it!

*I received a free copy of this book. I was not required to give a positive review. As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my
Margaret Metz
Jan 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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
May 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to steph by: Amazon
2nd Review January 2019:

Knocking down a star because certain parts bothered me more on this re-read than before - Michael was a bit too alpha male for me and Libby was far too submissive to both her dad and Michael numerous times throughout the novel that got on my nerves after awhile. However I still enjoyed the unique story line and the secondary characters were fantastic (especially the kids). This is the first book I ever read by Camden so I will always have a soft spot for it.
Original Rev
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
Gwendolyn Gage
May 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
May 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Very much enjoyed my second Camden book! The story was meaningful and so interesting...I'm assuming the main character had some form of dyslexia?? I've got a number of friends who struggle with it, so it sounds similar. Adding this to my list of "to-buy"! And I loved Mirela's life journey... ...more
Jocelyn Green
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Such an interesting tapestry of characters and conflict. I had no idea how the main problem was going to be resolved, and Camden surprised me with a beautiful answer I could not have guessed. I will read everything Elizabeth Camden writes.
Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was definitely not your 'typical' romance. I liked how this book dealt with some difficult topics and had Libby and Michael initially very much at odds with one another. I loved that Libby was able to look beyond her first impressions and see a family that needed help that she was able (and willing!) to provide. That compassion opened all of the characters up to possibilities that wouldn't have otherwise happened. I loved that Libby, Michael, and especially Mirela sought to honour the Lord ...more
Feb 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing

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
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I just love how she writes! The historical details, the characters, the depth of the story - great read!
Apr 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 desc
Rachel Brand
Nov 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Rachel by: Cheryl Olson
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
May 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
This is my least favorite of any Camden book. While I loved the characters, there were parts of this book that were a little slow. I also felt that the back story for Michael's sister was very disturbing. No, it wasn't over the top, unbelievable, or described in detail, but I still found it disturbing.

I thought some parts were funny, interesting, and cute. I enjoyed most of this book, but still not enough to give it more than three stars.
So, so good.

Camden really hit the nail with this book. A compelling, multifaceted plot with a range of characters who didn't have definitive good or bad personalities. I feel like I normally rate Camden's books a little harshly but it's because they're so good that I become more critical and thus, I'm very happy that I was able to give this one a perfect score.
Very interesting story! I enjoyed it! This author seems to tackle some sensitive topics but does it very well.
Lady Delacour
Entertaining story.
Pleasing writing style.
First time but not last,
for new to me, Author.
3.5 Pleasant Stars.
Listened with TTS.
100% Clean.
Feb 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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
Holly Renee
Sep 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Heather Rae
Sep 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Feb 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
May 27, 2012 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
I enjoyed the 2 principal characters, but as a whole did not enjoy this one as much as the other novels by this author. I do really appreciate how the author clarifies everything that the characters are confused over.
Mar 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books, 2013
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.
Sedoo Ashivor
I loved, loved, loved it! It was so captivating, I couldn't set it down! A goodreads friends gave this opinion and I agree- it is a very original story. I have truly never read anything like it before. Wow! ...more
2.5 stars.

The historical context of this story was not as interesting as I've found most of Ms. Camden's other books so I didn't enjoy this one as much as those. This is really a matter of personal preference and not at all indicative of the quality of the writing or storytelling itself. I do feel like there were too many elements in this story, and the angst really overwhelmed all the rest. I also had a hard time connecting to either of the MCs so it was hard to remain engaged as the story unfo
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