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Roses of Marrakech

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  21 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Can you ever leave the past behind?

Roses of Marrakech is a breathtaking romantic fiction, set between 1944 and 2016. The story follows 36 year-old primary school teacher, Ivy Fielding, who suffers from a lack of self esteem due to a facial birthmark. Her great-aunt Rose, who has always been her main source of emotional support, has just died, leaving her a bequest as wel
Kindle Edition, 330 pages
Published June 25th 2018 by The Book Guild
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Donna Maguire

I really enjoyed this story, it was really well developed and I loved the setting.

I thought that the characters were well developed and they worked so well with the plot. Their interaction was lovely and I really enjoyed seeing the relationships develop.

I really enjoyed the dual timeline, and whilst I know that this not liked by everyone, it works so well with this story and the author has done a really good job with executing the book. Her attention to d
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A story of place, of love, of secrets revealed; this is a book which encompases a lot in its substantial length. Ivy is a young woman who has had self image problems for many years, but despite everything has created a life for herself, albeit devoted to teaching. It is only when her beloved great aunt Rose dies that she decides to explore something else- the beauties and textures of Marrakesh in Morocco. This is a book where stories are revealed and the price of real love shown. A book of enorm ...more
Roses of Marrakech is author Rachel Clare’s debut novel and what an impressive one it is at that! What I loved and found unique about this story is that all though this story is about Ivy Fielding set in 2016, we also get her great-aunt Rose’s story set in the 1940s when Ivy finds Rose’s diary. I honestly struggled to put this book down and was captivated by Ivy & Rose’s stories! I look forward to reading more from Ms. Clare in the future!

Ivy Fielding has suffered from a lack of self-esteem ever
Julie Morris
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was really keen to review this book as Marrakech is a place I have always wanted to visit and I loved the idea of being immersed in the place via a book whilst I wait to visit in real life. I also love a dual timeline story, so I thought this might tick all my boxes.

The dual timeline worked really well, and the story of Rose and Ivy was immersive and moving. Rose’s wartime experiences were harrowing and heart-rending and made me immensely sad. It is terrible to think what women had to endure i
Jane Hunt
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Dual timeline novels are particularly popular at the moment, especially where the historical timeline features one of the two world wars. This story follows Ivy as she takes the trip of a lifetime to Marrakech in Morrocco in 2016, and Rose her recently deceased great-aunt who was a young woman during World War Two.

Ivy’s life to date has been defined by a permanent birthmark on her face. Rose always supported the often bullied girl, and her death forces Ivy to re-evaluate her life. Finding Rose’s
Andrew Shepherd
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A real treat of a book

I loved this book from start to finish. You get two stories for the price of one within it, and it is so descriptive of the surroundings the characters visit. I now want to go to Morocco ! A really lovely read

Schuyler L'Roux
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
A sweetly told epic love story that deftly handles two different plots with a nice touch of heat.
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it

This is an engaging fiction novel that tells stories in two different timelines.  The first is the story of Ivy, an elementary school teacher who decides to take a trip to Morocco that she has always said that she'll do "someday."  Her great-aunt recently died and while cleaning out her house Ivy comes across a diary where her aunt has recorded detail of her life that Ivy did not know about including the lives of her sisters and a romance with an American GI during World War II.

The author did a
nicola mckenna
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to the Author, publisher and Rachel from Rachel’s random resources for this book in return for my own honest review.

I was hooked from the first page!

This is a very moving and serious read. Wonderful, romantic book but at the same time down to earth.

The main character, a young woman called Ivy struggles to comes to terms with her birthmark.

This story is set in modern day South England and Ivey’s destiny is influenced by her aunts wartime experiences of love. As the title suggests, Ivy spen
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