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The Rose of Winslow Street [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Camden
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Romance and Drama to Capture the Heart in This Emotional Tale

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.

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 more 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 a man whose intentions and affections are less than certain.

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In the small town of Colden, Massachusetts, Libby Sawyer leads a quiet, predictable life. Yet beneath the surface, she is haunted by a secret.

Newly arrived on American shores, Michael Dobrescu is far from predictable, and his arrival in Colden is anything but quiet. Michael's shocking claim to be the rightful owner of Libby's father's house immediately alienates him from the appalled citizens of Colden.

Despite her own outrage, Libby is unwittingly fascinated by this enigmatic man who seems equally intrigued by her. As the court's decision about the house looms and the layers of mystery surrounding Michael's past are unveiled, Libby's loyalties are tested in ways she never imagined.

"Camden's stand-alone inspirational historical romance addresses such social
issues as prejudice, illiteracy, and the dearth of options open to women in the late nineteenth century. Camden also entrances readers with vibrantly drawn characters and intriguing plot twists to create a
tenderly evocative novel." --Booklist

"Camden's second evangelical historical romance (after The Lady of Bolton Hill) successfully combines suspenseful intrigue with a lively, unpredictable love story." --Library Journal

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 795 KB
  • Print Length: 355 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0764208950
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; Original edition (Jan. 1 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005PQUX7O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #83,407 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Overcoming the negative things in life. Jan. 25 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Elizabeth Camden has captured our hearts with an amazing story of three individuals who met the challenges of life head-on. Without giving away too much of the story, let me say that through sheer determination each of them faced the looming problem, confronted their fears and was rewarded by having their dreams fulfilled. It wasn't an easy journey, but love and dreams overcame all obstacles, including being misunderstood by family and the townspeople. This is easy reading and leaves you wanting more. This novel, with its clean language, would be enjoyed by teens and adults. I would not hesitate to recommend it to my daughter. It is refreshing to read a story of love that blooms in spite of the obstacles. Thank you Elizabeth for such a book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Rather Disappointing... June 19 2013
By Carly
Beginning author Elizabeth Camden’s newest novel, The Rose of Winslow Street, was released by Bethany House* at the start of 2012. As with her previous book, (The Lady of Bolton Hill) Ms. Camden’s newest story is an addition to the Christian Historical Romance genre, with a generous helping of adventure and mystery woven in. Set in 19th century New England, The Rose of Winslow street opens on the life-changing results of a decades-old secret, one that will turn the small town of Colden, and especially the local Sawyer family, upside down.

The central characters of this novel are quite well-drawn and convincing, especially the hero, Michael Dobrescu. An amazingly strong, courageous and protective man, Michael takes over the story from the first page, as he arrives in town searching for protection and stability for his beloved sister and his two sons. Almost a lesser character is our heroine, Liberty ‘Libby’ Sawyer. Reserved and self-conscious of what she believes to be a major self-defect, Libby desperately wants to find her place in the world, and to be loved for who she is. In addition to hero and heroine, secondary characters also have important places in the plot of this story.

Conflict begins when the Dobrescu family, complete with three hulking, powerful men, two mischievous boys, and one beautiful young woman arrive in town and forcibly enter the house lived in by the Sawyer family for many years. Libby and her father, on vacation at the time, are hastily summoned home - and everything escalates from there. Unknown heirs, secret wills, court cases, and treachery abound as the plot thickens, but most unexpected of all is the quiet love blooming in the hearts of the most unlikely of couples - Libby Sawyer and the man who took her house from under her, Michael Dobrescu.
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4.0 out of 5 stars SO lovely… 4.5 stars! Nov. 9 2012
By G.C
Okay, I'll be honest. I really thought that I would give this book 4 stars... then I read the ending. *Sigh* I'm a hopeless romantic and when an author delivers that ending where the hero comes to his girl's rescue.... well, let's just say it looks good from where I'm standing. (Anyone else? ;-)

What a lovely cover for a delightful story! The Rose of Winslow Street definitely secures a spot for Camden's name on my list of great Christian Fiction authors.

I love her engaging writing - a blend of humorous moments, SWEET, sweet romance, moving scenes (watch out for Mirela -Oh, Heaven have mercy!), great characters and a story with a well-researched background, crowned in the end with a lovely ending. ( Also, I LOVED The Lady of Bolton Hill!)

My only complaint for R.W.S would be that I found the romance to be a bit sudden and not very believable in the beginning. Also, Michael is not your average hero! Despite the fact that his comportment surprised me at first sight, he's a good one, in my opinion!! *Smiling*. (I won't giveaway anything!)

It's all good stuff, people, check it out!
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4.0 out of 5 stars rocky start but great ending April 12 2012
By Laura Fabiani TOP 500 REVIEWER
Liberty (Libby) Sawyer lives with her father in Massachusetts in a stately house on Winslow Street. On an evening when she and her father are not home, their house gets broken into and taken into possession by Michael Dobrescu, newly arrived from Romania with his two young sons, Luca and Andrei and a young woman called Lady Mirela. Michael claims the house is rightfully his, inherited through his uncle, who used to live there almost 30 years ago.

In the weeks to come, as Libby and her father wait for the trial that will determine who the house truly belongs to, she visits her house to retrieve some of her things and gets to know the Dobrescu family. She develops a relationship with and keeps visiting the family, despite her father's repeated warnings not to have anything to do with the people who kicked them out of their own house.

This was an interesting premise and I did enjoy reading the story. There were a lot of things going on and I enjoyed the multi-level plot and well-developed characters. But there were also a few things that didn't make sense to me. First and foremost, how could the American court allow an immigrant family to break into an American citizen's home and stay there, while the owners (respectable people) had to find another place to live (in this case, Libby and her father stayed with her brother and his family)? Wouldn't it have made more sense for the courts to remove the interfering family (who broke the law by breaking and entering) until the court hearing could determine whose house it really was? Is it okay then for anyone to walk into any house and claim it's theirs and be allowed to live there until proven otherwise? Seriously!

Okay, now that I got that off my chest, let's move on.
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