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Her Name Is Rose

by Christine Breen

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  • Cheri S. (Newburgh, IN)
    Not all that I had hoped for
    My issues with this book center around construction and design. I feel the constant back and forth between characters has been done to death by too many authors as of late. There is nothing wrong with maintaining a flow of thought and action. The drama of the plot was not actualized as fully as I had hoped. All in all, I was disappointed in this book.
  • Debbie M. (Grand Junction, CO)
    Her Name Is Rose
    Her Name Is Rose makes you aware of the twists and turns life can take. Iris Bowen had made a promise to her husband before he died and feels she must honor the promise. The book is the story of her journey. Her quest seems rather hastily made and it made me wonder how things would have turned out in real life.
  • Dorothy L. (Boca Raton, FL)
    OK Read but Lacks Depth
    I found the opening pages of this book slow. The pace picked up but I felt the plot was predictable and the characters were sometimes wooden even though the author tried to make them likable. It is an easy read but there wasn't enough depth to the characters to always hold my interest. I liked the variety of settings and the gardening aspect was symbolic to me--Rose was a nurturing person. I did find far too many coincidences near the end for the outcome to be realistic. If you want a light book, this is fine but I wouldn't recommend it to my book club because I don't think there is enough substance to stimulate good discussion.
  • Debra V. (Kenosha, WI)
    Her Name is Rose
    A sweet book about two talented women who are too dependent on others for their self esteem and happiness. The story develops as they impulsively make changes in their lives. The chance encounters that moved the story forward were a little unbelievable-- but overall I thought the writing was lovely. I do wish that Rose's birth father has played a larger part. Women who like sweet romantic books with happy endings will enjoy this book.
  • Shara P. (Burlington, NC)
    Impulsive women make good
    Her Name is Rose is a charming, easy read. Perhaps it is meant for a young adult reader as the only challenge is to figure out why such beautiful, talented, charming women, Iris and Rose, are so impulsive. Of course in the end they come out well. They seem to drift along from decision to indecision with Conor and Hector pulling them along and creating the happily ever-after. The garden references are nice but they really didn't add much to to story and could have been shells, books, coins etc. This is certainly not a book about strong women in difficult circumstances. The author has to do a lot of work to make it all come out in the end.
  • Laura P. (Atlanta, GA)
    Her Name is Rose
    When Rose's adoptive mother Iris Bowen faces a breast cancer scare, she decides she needs to fulfill a promise to her dying husband: she goes looking for Rose's birth mother.The search leads her from Ireland to Boston and back again, while Rose, a student at the Royal Academy of Music in London, undergoes some soul searching of her own. This is a sweet story, but it is not very surprising, abounding in coincidences that mostly resolve in a good way, with everything wrapping up positively in the end. The writing is not bad, and the characters are interesting, but the outcome is a little too pat for my taste. Also, I felt like Rowan was just dropped into the story in a very awkward way - aside from passing on a good luck charm he and his story had very little connection to the rest of the tale.
  • Terri O. (Chapel Hill, NC)
    Enjoyable novel but too many coincidences
    "Her Name Is Rose" is an engaging novel with a cast of interesting characters. The author writes very well; her descriptions of flowers and gardening are particularly lovely, as are her descriptions of the Irish countryside. And I found the main character, Iris, to be very appealing. But I felt that the novel never quite reached its full potential. The plot relies much too heavily on coincidence, and the various plotlines are resolved too neatly at the end. Still, it is an enjoyable read if the reader suspends disbelief and embraces coincidence as a plot device. If I could give half stars, I would rate this book as a 3.5 rather than a 3.

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