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The Rose of Winslow Street [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Camden
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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

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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
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #136,511 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars rocky start but great ending April 12 2012
By Laura Fabiani TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Rather Disappointing... June 19 2013
By Carly
Format:Paperback
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
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book! Jan. 31 2012
By Karoline TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
What I loved most about this novel, was the characters in them. The plot was good, but it's really the characters that made the book twice as enjoyable to read. Libby is a great character with an awful secret - although I thought it was most definitely a secret problem that can be fixed, so I'm not sure why it wasn't encouraged for her to try to solve this issue. Perhaps because she's tried so hard to do so with results, she just gave up - what surprised me was I really thought Michael would do something about it, but he didn't. (This whole thing will make sense once you read the book).

I thought Libby and Michael were such a wonderful couple! from the start they had a little spark and it eventually grew to something more but it was just so nice to read them both. Some of the things Michael says to Libbey throughout the book were so nice I had to sit back and reread them again. They were most definitely very memorable quotes. My favorite scene, had to be when they were stranded in the rain.

The plot was really good and interesting. I was very glad of Mirela's outcome because of her past story. What got me all riled up was Regina. Oh argh. She got me so mad and I can't believe she did what she did. (Which just goes to show you how involved in the plot I was while reading this book). I also liked the perfume parts of the book. That was interesting and didn't think someone like Michael would be into that sort of thing. It's definitely something you don't see in most novels out there.

Definitely recommended for those who want a light romantic read. The romance was brilliant, the plot very nice and interesting to follow, most importantly it had very memorable characters that made the book absolutely fantastic.
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