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Finding Rose Rocks

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  17 reviews
When Jennifer Ellis’s business fails, she decides to leave Oklahoma in a cloud of red dust and return to her San Diego roots. Then Troy Stanhope comes along with a solution to her company’s woes, and she falls for his velvety voice and appealing confidence. As their relationship deepens, she is called to the west coast on a family matter and decides to stay for the summer. ...more
Paperback, First, 362 pages
Published May 20th 2016 by The Wild Rose Press
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Tassa DeSalada
Jennifer Ellis finds herself in quite an unusual situation after a nasty divorce. She's now in charge of a huge apartment building, and pours her heart and soul into it. That's her financial security, time consumer, and attention distractor. Times are hard for her, and she needs to make this apartment building work for her. No doubt about it. But when she gets to know a potential client, sparks fly, and the sun starts to shine into her life. This self-discovery novel is well-written, and a secon ...more
Deborah Blanchard
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was such a wonderful book to read. It is mainly about Jennifer and her finding herself, as well as love. She is 45 and is no pushover. She knows what she wants, she thinks. She is the main character of the story along with her love interest, a rancher named Troy. Troy can be quite bull headed at times. I loved these two characters. They were not perfect, they were perfectly imperfect. This story was something that I could see happening in real life. The characters are flawed, believable, an ...more
Jul 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finding Rose Rocks is a novel by Karen Ginther Graham. This wonderful novel is set in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Mustang, Oklahoma; and Cimarron, Oklahoma as well as California. It is a touching story of second chance love and romance.
Sometimes a novel just grabs hold of you and won’t let go. This is one of those novels for me. I simply could not put it down and ended up staying up until the wee hours of the morning just to finish it. These hours were greeted with laughter and tears as the book p
J. Saman
Aug 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jennifer Ellis is a divorced woman in her mid-forties in Oklahoma who is struggling with her apartment complex. When things take a turn for the worse with it she contemplates leaving to head back to San Diego. Then Troy Stanhope comes into the picture looking for housing for his construction crew. Perfect, right? The two of them quickly become more than just business associates and the two of them have a wonderful connection that was interesting and real. There is more to the story than just the ...more
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Jennifer is a 45 year old divorced woman who isn't quite sure what she wants to do with her life. She owns and manages an apartment complex in Oklahoma but plans to move back to California in the future but just isn't sure what she wants to do with her life. UNTIL....she meets Troy, a rancher who helps run a construction company that wants to rent her apartments. She and Troy fall in love and she moves to his ranch until she has to go to California to help her mother. Once she gets back to the b ...more
Jena Henry
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am glad I read this book and I recommend it to you because it is a deep and thoughtful read. Please don’t rush through this romance. The land and settings are important to understanding this book. Just like the land of Oklahoma, the story of Jennifer and Troy is rugged and real. Jennifer is in her forties, divorced and working hard to establish a new career. She is a combination of her native California, lovely, spontaneous, energized and spunky, and she is steady and determined, like Oklahoma ...more
Adara Quick
May 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this story. It affirms that the lightening bolt of love can strike anywhere, anytime. The author paints wonderful visual imagery with her words and the main character feels like a living, breathing person. It’s very much a book “of a place” and the author’s connection to the wild west and the California coast really shines through. You get to know the main character and feel her struggle to make the right choices for herself. Like many women of middle age, she’s been pulled alon ...more
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Finding Rose Rocks by Karen Graham is a book that starts off with a fiery attraction between two middle-aged attractive and energetic people. Their affair is romantic, but is drawn-out for mysterious reasons before their passion is consumed. The author, a gifted writer, describes their courtship as they date, become friends, and finally surrender to passion, well sort of.

This book is hot, but it is not a typical romance novel. The characters have much to learn through each other. Troy, her lover
Happy Booker
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Finding Rose Rocks is a woman’s fiction novel that focuses on an older generation. This romantic novel focuses on Jennifer, a business owner who happens to lose it all. She decides to leave and start fresh in a more familiar setting, her hometown.

A dashing man named, Troy, comes along and offers a solution to her problems. As things heat up between the two, fate separates them because Jennifer has to leave to see family for the summer. Things get more complicated for her, while she is away and t
Badass Lioness
Jennifer is 45, successful, business owner. She negotiates for Troy's son's workers to stay at her building. Troy is 50 and from Oklahoma, but Jennifer is from California. This is her second chance at love after a divorce, but her heart is torn between falling for him and returning to California. He will not bend, and neither will she. Then comes the moment she decides to make a momentous decision that changes everything.

I really liked Jennifer until she makes a decision that hurts Troy and Ben
Darci Doll
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jennifer Ellis is single (divorced) when we meet her and was longing for the west coast of her remembrances. Having a hard time renting out her apartments she perhaps was hoping that fate would somehow step in and help her decide her next move. When a call comes in that could very possibly solve her apartment and financial woes in one fell swoop, she is over the moon, at least initially. She was not expecting her heart to be stirred as much as her bank balance as she now has to deal with Troy, t ...more
Kimberly Lynne
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. Recommend for fans of second-chance love stories, but this fare is more meaty than sweet. Kudos for the middle-aged main characters and the gritty settings. Troy and Jennifer's relationship is rocky from the start, and Graham does a good job leading the reader through Jennifer's conflicted feelings about her mom and sister, her business, and her lovers (yes, plural.) I skimmed over the descriptions of clothes, food, china patterns, etc that might fit genre romances well but struck a p ...more
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story a lovely read and a beautiful story recommended
P.S. Meraux
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the kind of book you’ll want to curl up with on a nice comfy chair beside a fire on a cold winter’s day. At its heart it’s about an older woman getting a second chance at love at a time in her life when she thought such opportunities might be gone. I enjoyed getting lost between the pages of Karen Ginther Graham’s novel and reading about Jennifer’s life and struggles: in business, with her family and in love. The sweet story will warm you long after you’ve left that perch beside the hear ...more
Kathleen Jones
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jennifer Ellis is a 45-year-old divorcee with a university-aged son and the owner of an apartment complex in Oklahoma. Her business is struggling, and she wants to give up on it and move back to California. Then one day, Troy Stanhope, the owner of a construction company, calls her to inquire about housing for his construction crew. Troy, a hunky, divorced 50-year-old, meets with Jennifer and ends up renting the apartments, but their relationship soon becomes more personal and they fall in love. ...more
Sep 02, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5 stars. This book and me connected on some level but for the most part it tried patience. Jennifer being the single middle age divorced lady taking on a guy like Troy should have and could have been a whirlwind romance. Instead it was a constant tug of war with each other. One not in same place as other then the other gets in that place and then drama. Troy seemed to be pushy and unaccommodating, pushing Jennifer to cancel her dream of California. I wanted these two together but then thought ...more
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Apr 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Romance is possible between two people at any age! I love feeling young and acting young as I age”, Kim Alexis. This is true for Jennifer, the protagonist in the novel.
It’s a saying – not in the Bible – that God helps those who help themselves. Jennifer is helping herself by trying to make it in the rough and tumble world of the construction business. Through no fault of her own, her apartment project goes bust. This is where God steps in to give a helping hand in the form of Troy. He’s the ans
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Karen Ginther Graham is a long-time Okie but hails from Southern California. Her writing often reflects these two places. Her livelihood included management and renovation of apartments in a reemerging part of Oklahoma's inner city. She studied literature at the University of Oklahoma. She and her husband live in Edmond, Oklahoma. ...more

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