The Rose of Winslow Street

The Rose of Winslow Street[Download] ➾ The Rose of Winslow Street ➹ Elizabeth Camden – The last thing Libby Sawyer and her father expected upon their return from their summer home was to find strangers inhabiting a house that had been in their family for decades Widower Michael Dobrescu of Winslow Kindle Ò The last thing Libby Sawyer and her father expected upon their return from their summer home was to find strangers inhabiting a house that had been in their family for decades Widower Michael Dobrescu brought his family from Romania to the town of Colden Massachusetts with a singular purpose to claim the house willed to him long ago Since neither party has any intention of giving up their claim a fierce legal battle ensues between the two families The Rose MOBI :¼ When important documents go missing from the house Libby suspects Michael is the culprit Determined to discover the truth behind the stolen papers Libby investigates only to find layers of mystery surrounding Michael and his family Despite their rivalry Libby finds herself developing feelings for this man with the mysterious past As a decision about the house looms in the courts Libby must weigh the risks of choosing to remain loyal to her family or give her heart to Rose of Winslow Epub Ù a man whose intentions and affections are less than certain. I don't know why I waited so long to read this While it was a tiny bit slow starting off I really enjoyed it very much I've somehow managed to collect all of Elizabeth Camden's novels on my Kindle and I have to say that I'm very glad of this now that I've read The Rose of Winslow Street This was such a uniue story that had me impressed and enthralled with the details What summarized like a typical fluffy romance was instead a surprising story After a bit of slow start I didn't want to put this down because I was eager to see what happened nextThese characters had to deal with some harsh situations Whether it was displaced Libby and her father Professor Sawyer or the shunned Dobrescus who truly owned The House at Winslow Street these people were layered and complex in their characteristics Libby Sawyer harbors a secret that shames her and has spent her entire life trying to overcome yet is the only one that offers kindness to the very family that took her home Her internal conflicts over treating them well while still remaining loyal to her father were very realistic Michael Dobrescu is a walking contradiction a big giant of a man that sometimes acts like a brute who has a gift for scents and perfumery and a fierce determination to protect the ones he loves The mystery of why his family came to America from Romania was entertaining yet full of sadness at times I loved learning the details as they unfolded in the storyThe only thing that sort of bothered me was that sometimes the story seemed to come out of it's time period I thought there could have been a little detail about the town of Colden and there were times that the characters didn't react or act in ways that lined up completely with the time period This didn't spoil the book for me in though as the intriguing plot and the relationship between Libby and Michael and his family were what won me over in the first placeEndearing characters realistic conflicts and a charming historical setting made this well worth the read I'm looking forward to working my way through Camden's other novels later this year I am so impressed by the character development in The Rose of Winslow Street by Elizabeth Camden She has done an amazing thing by introducing us to two very different characters Libby and Micheal from two very different backgrounds America and Romania with two very different upbringings I don't want to spoil anything and giving us one location the house on Winslow Street that they both have ties to and then making them both sympathetic characters I was never sure who it was that I wanted to end up with the house because I could see both sides of the story The most shocking thing to me is that Libby's dad is not a sympathetic character at all really and yet there is a point where we see his vulnerability and I was stunned that I could actually feel sorry for him The way these people from different worlds end up fighting for the same piece of space was beautifully written but most importantly I just couldn't put this book down What a fun twist on historical romance with a slice of mystery woven into it as we follow Libby trying to figure out fact versus fiction as she digs into Micheal's past What a fun enjoyable book highly recommended I love historical romances I practically eat sleep and breathe them They've become a sort of meat and potatoes for me This book is like cheesecake It's rich and with an unexpected tang here and there the surprises in the story There is the sweet topping and the crust as well just adding to the complexity of the flavor Okay I'll leave the cheesecake metaphor alone now I'm getting hungry lolThe point is this is a decadently rich story packaged between a gorgeous front and back cover It's thick with tension and symbolism Michael Libby and Mirela all have secrets the house may hold a secret and all the secrets are affecting the present Michael and Libby are engaged in this dance for lack of a better word around each other They come withing millimeters of each other and then back away It's a passionate dance that's also somewhat distrusting and aggressive I can almost picture them especially Michael on Dancing With the Stars doing the Paso Doble The pull towards each other is also a pull away from loyalty to their own family cause because of the legal battle over the house The complexity in this book comes from not just the rich characterization of Libby and Michael or the secrets hidden in everyone's lives but also from the relationships with all the characters Libby's relationship with her father and sister in law Even the relationship between her brother and his wife Mirela's relationship with Michael Turk and the boys Michael's relationship with his boys Michael's relationship with his absent brother and dead father All these shaped the story and the characters and I think it speaks to us about how our relationships shape us It was an awesome story a wonderful romance a great read I hope you'll add it to your shelf It makes my favorites listPosted by Margaret Metz at 1213 PM 45 starsThis book has been on my to read shelf for several years and I finally got around to reading it I loved the writing and characters Pretty much from the beginning I found the story interesting but it was the last portion of the book that was nearly unputdownable All in all The Rose of Winslow Street was a very good read I definitely recommend itI received a free copy of this book I was not reuired to give a positive review As always all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own 2nd Review January 2019Knocking down a star because certain parts bothered me on this re read than before Michael was a bit too alpha male for me and Libby was far too submissive to both her dad and Michael numerous times throughout the novel that got on my nerves after awhile However I still enjoyed the uniue story line and the secondary characters were fantastic especially the kids This is the first book I ever read by Camden so I will always have a soft spot for it Original Review May 2012This book was the most original book I've read in a long time In fact at no point in the story did I have any idea of how things were going to turn out Even up until the last few pages I didn't know Do you know how long it has been when I haven't seen a endingplot line coming? Longer then I can remember So reading this was like a breath of fresh air because for the first time in a long time I was reading to see how a story was going to go along not reading to see if I was right in the ending I really fell in love with the characters and the multiple storylines No one is one dimensional and this book is long enough that you get a chance to see everyone's flaws and perfections That said I didn't realize this book was Christian fiction until almost halfway through that was when the first remark was made But it was not preachy or heavy handed and the author wrote it in a way that gave favor to these characters and made sense to them so I don't mind that I will be checking out by this author uite soon In fact I just put her second book on hold Before I get to my opinion of the story I have to say that the cover of this book is absolutely gorgeous When I first saw it online I thought it was very pretty but it's even beautiful in person; and it's not just the front cover but the back cover too Before I read the story I thought the back was nice but now I see that each object on there represents a part in the story very cleverI have to be careful not to give away too much of the story otherwise I might spoil it for you I loved how this book didn't seem like a typical novel where everything is very predictable but instead slowing unfolded that made it SO enjoyable The Rose of Winslow Street begins with Mikhail Dobrescu arriving in Colden MA with his sons Andrei and Lucca his two friends Joseph and Turk and Lady Mirela after having fled from Romania It's late in the evening when they arrive at the house on Winslow Street the Sawyer's house They discover that no one is at home and uickly make themselves at homeOnce in America Mikhail decides to change his name to the American name Michael At first Michael came across like a brute however very uickly a different side of him was shown I realized that he is a man that cares deeply for his family and is willing to do just about anything to protect them Both Michael and Mirela have an air of mystery surrounding them and the story is purposefully vague about why they fled to America I had an inkling of what Mirela's secret would be and while I was partly right I was still shocked by it I felt an immediate connection with Libby There were many times when she was reflecting on painful moments from her childhood which were caused by a secret she had and I felt so bad for her However there is one scene in the book that was so heart wrenching that it made me cry and at the same time so madI learned Libby's secret on page 23 and it's something that everybody in Colden knows so it's not really a secret there but when she goes to her brother's summer house no one there knows about it I was uite surprised when I first read what her secret was it was very unexpectedThe Rose of Winslow Street is Camden's second book but it's the first one I have read by her I loved every page of this book and highly recommend it For those who don't read Historical fiction that often I think this is one for which you should make an exception For those who LOVE Historical fiction I think you will LOVE this book too and it will become a favoriteI received a complimentary copy of this book to review I was asked to give my honest opinion of the book which I have done Libby Sawyer's summer visit with her brother is disrupted when word arrives that a band of foreigners has broken into her house and taken up residence claiming it belongs to them Distressed and upset Libby and her father wait for police to evict them but uestions surrounding the previous homeowner's will and the trespassers' relation to him tie the law's hands and push the situation into court As the community rallies to the Sawyer side and shuns the needs of the Romanian family Libby reaches out to them wanting to please God by showing kindness to her enemies But those little acts of kindness lead her heart down a road she never intended until it's not just her home she's in danger of losingIntrigued by the premise I dove into this story wondering how the author would create a believable romance between two people with such conflicting interests If the other wins the house their family members will be homeless right along with them Talk about juicy conflict And because the author peeled back the layers of her characters' deeper issues to find grounds for the spark of attraction it not only worked it enhanced the stakesMichael is this hulking guy a Romanian immigrant with a passion for his family and perfume I went into the story with a critical eye toward him especially having experienced other cultures and foreigners' different ways of thinking and I was impressed Michael is eager to embrace American ways and yet bumbling in his cultural differences A convincing foreign character and while I wouldn't list him among my top ten literary heroes he was my favorite character of the book The other characters were well drawn too I seriously wanted to slap some of them but Michael gets the prize The way he went around sniffing Libby had me laughingI encountered no glaring annoyances the only thing I'd complain about would be that a few of the characters' thoughtaction patterns seemed out of place for the late 19th century but I let it slide as I've noticed this author likes to give rein to her characters' personalities And hey I'm not complaining because the author is good a master weaver of story threads Though I wouldn't call the story action packed the compelling conflict and plot moving scenes had me devouring chapter after chapter I'm looking forward to my third book by Camden which will it be? The Lady of Bolton Hill or Into the Whirlwind? Hmmm So overall definitely not my favorite book by Elizabeth Camden though that does not decrease my interest in her books For me the characters were the weakest part of the story I did not care for Michael at all and Libby I only liked slightly better I'm sorry I would not bring food to a suatter who took up residence in my home let alone fall in love with him She finds him a brute at first and then gets all googly eyed about how big and strong he is Speaking of big and strong I really didn't like how Michael used brute force for everything Your neighbor's rosebush is in the way? Chop it down in the most aggressive way possible Your kid is getting picked on? Give him advice on how to brawl Can't find a bread knife? Use a HATCHET He was definitely favored brawn over brains I also really did not like that Libby never overcame her illiteracy She didn't even try to So Michael is going to read everything to her for the rest of her life??? I think the point was supposed to be that she learned to love herself the way God made her but she still could have tried Since the characters didn't really work for me as individuals it made the romance less than appealing And the romance is like 80% of the plot hence my lower rating I was not wild about the plotline with the sister Merelda? not sure how to spell it either very sad what happened to her and I didn't really like the resolution of her situation either Also where was Libby's sense of propriety? She wears pants in the late 19th century and was fairly physical with an unmarried man kissing holding hands etc which didn't really fit with the time period Very much enjoyed my second Camden book The story was meaningful and so interestingI'm assuming the main character had some form of dyslexia?? I've got a number of friends who struggle with it so it sounds similar Adding this to my list of to buy And I loved Mirela's life journey

The Rose of Winslow Street ePUB ´ The Rose  MOBI
  • ebook
  • 282 pages
  • The Rose of Winslow Street
  • Elizabeth Camden
  • English
  • 06 January 2016
  • 9781441269935