Advance reader reviews of In Search of the Rose Notes by Emily Arsenault.

In Search of the Rose Notes

A Novel

By Emily Arsenault

In Search of the Rose Notes
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  • Published in USA  Jul 2011,
    384 pages.

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  • Kenneth T. (Houston, Tx)


    Unraveling the past.
    Generally, the use of flashbacks or alternating chapters by time periods are irritating, annoying and a sign of poor writing. "In Search of Rose Notes," does not fall into the latter in spite of the alternative narratives. The contrast presented are different strands of the story and never get in each others way. The author builds the emotional ties to Nora, the putative narrator, by letting us see her at two times of life, and allows the events of an earlier day come clear as she works through the confusion of the past and teenage angst. A good read.
  • Carolyn L. (Cincinnati, OH)


    Slow going
    I've always felt you should give a book at least 100 pages to get the reader wrapped into the plot; sometimes it just takes awhile for the writer to get the pieces of the story in place. Alas, even well after 100 pages of In Search of Rose Notes the book left this reader wondering if the book would ever gain momentum. I did stick it out to the end, but it was only out of the commitment to read and review the book. This mystery simply did not deliver - the plot was slow and the characters lacked much dimension.
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