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Her Name Is Rose

by Christine Breen

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  • Maggie S. (Durango, CO)
    Her Name Is Rose
    A good story, sympathetic characters, a twist here and there makes for an enjoyable novel. "Her Name Is Rose" by Christine Breen is one such book. For those who enjoy women's fiction I highly recommend it.
  • Rose N. (Saginaw, MI)
    Her Name Is Rose
    This is a novel of love and searching: a widowed mother searching for her adopted daughter's birth parents; a talented daughter searching for musical satisfaction; a widowed music professor searching for the woman who inspires him; a man searching for the daughter he never knew he had. All done with and for love. In a writing style reminiscent of Anne Tyler or Anna Quindlan, Breen has developed a cast of characters to whom one can relate and for whom one can cheer on in their endeavors. This is a sweet, tender easy, relaxing one to read and enjoy.
  • Donna W. (Wauwatosa, WI)
    Lovely story about Family
    "Her Name was Rose" had vibrant characters, and was a loving look at what really makes a family. The story was engaging right from the first page, and held my interest until the very end. Even though some unhappy elements were dealt with, It is definitely a "feel good" book.

    My only complaint is that everything was tied up way too neatly. But that said, it was beautiful story.
  • Joan P. (Owego, NY)
    Her Name Is Rose
    Iris is having a very hard time. She lost her husband, her job and has newly discovered health problems. After this depressing, slow start, "Her Name Is Rose " takes off. Because of a death bed promise to her husband, Iris tries to find her adopted daughter's birth mother. Rose, a talented violinist who is studying in London, was born in Ireland to an American mother. Iris has reason to believe that she will find her living in Boston. The story tells of the search and her experiences in America and finally concludes back in Ireland. This is a warm story and I cared what became of Rose and Iris. My book club would enjoy this book
  • Leslie G. (Peabody, MA)
    Engrossing Tale
    For the most part, I found the novel engrossing. The major characters, especially Iris and Rose, were defined enough to make the reader care about their experiences. As I read, I became caught up in their life complications and adventures. As someone who lives in the Greater Boston area, I enjoyed being able to recognize the Boston locations described in the book. My only criticism would be that there is an inordinate amount of coincidence used to connect plot points. The way some of the relationships were resolved at times seemed to be somewhat too simply accomplished.
  • Dorothy M. (Maynard, MA)
    Music, Flowers and Romance
    Christine Breen's debut novel is a charming love story about recovery from loss and the acceptance of new possibilities. It is the story of Iris Breen and her adopted daughter Rose - flowers and music flow through this story - and the men they meet. Set in Ireland with lovely descriptions of the land and the gardens, it deals with very old losses and much newer ones. If the story is a bit heavy on coincidence and love at first sight, it is still a quite lovely tale.
  • Melinda H. (Cornelius, NC)
    On the first page of Her Name is Rose I immediately cringed thinking this was going to be another cancer story, like so many others. However, I was thrilled to discover that was not the case. Christine Breen has created a lovely story of a mother and daughter. Her Name is Rose is a quick read, not too intense, and quite benign. This makes it a good beach choice, or a perfect air travel companion. That being said, I would not recommend it for someone looking for something substantial or worthy of a book club discussion. The book addresses the emotional topic of adoption, yet somehow the reader never becomes emotionally invested.

    Her Name is Rose is a pleasant read.

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