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Her Name Is Rose by Christine Breen
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Iris Bowen is a widow, two years in time and forever in her heart. She mourns the loss of her husband Luke every day, losing herself only in her gardening and her daughter Rose. Iris struggles with her promise to Luke that she'd locate Rose's birth mother, while worries for her future health and Rose's happiness. . Rose is struggling with her own grief and the pressure of training as a classical violinist. This book chronicles a personal journey that will test both women's strength and trust. Along the way there are visits to Boston, New York and London bringing new and interesting characters into their orbit.

The author writes beautiful prose and is at her best weaving the Irish landscape like a verdant dreamy painting. The middle portion of the book drags and flounders with sections that don't seem to coalesce with the main plot line, but alas it all comes together. The cast of characters are well drawn, but not fully revealed leaving more to be discovered about their past and future. If, as a reader you want all the loose ends tied up in a nice tidy ending, then this might not be the book for you. But, it will leave you wanting to know more about these characters and what life has in store for them. I hope the author completes a sequel and brings us back to their world, poised on the edge of change. This is a light and leisurely read and will be enjoyed by readers of women's fiction, romance and literature.
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February 4, 2015 – Shelved
February 4, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
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