‘Dearest Rose’ by Rowan Coleman
I would like to say thank you to Rowan Coleman for getting her latest book sent to me. Having read and reviewed her previous novel last year which I really enjoyed, I was very pleased. ‘Dearest Rose’ has been published by Arrow Publishing.
‘You are a remarkable woman and you deserve all the happiness, contentment and love in the world. I, for one, know that I have never met anyone quite like you.’
These are the words which have kept Rose Pritchard going for the last seven years. Rose has had enough of her control freak of a husband. One night when things get too much, she takes her seven-year-old daughter Maddie and flees from her home without even stopping to pack a bag. Rose drives to the Cumbrian village of Millthwaite and they turn up in the pouring rain at a B&B. Millthwaite is Rose’s last resort, the place where she’ll hopefully find the person who gave her that hope all those years ago. Will she get her second chance?
I really felt for Rose, she went through so much and was left very vulnerable and fragile. She is such a likeable character that you instantly just want her to be happy. Maddie was adorable and I found some of the things she said quite amusing. She was different from other children, but the reasons for this become clear later on in the novel.
Rowan Coleman has done herself proud with this novel. It has been beautifully written and she has packed so much into each and every chapter, dealing with some very emotional and heartbreaking issues. I found it very difficult to put this book down.
I am already looking forward to Rowan Coleman’s next book. Rowan is now officially on my list of favourite authors and I am going to read all her previous novels when I get the chance.
I give this book 5 out of 5.