"The Rose of Winslow Street" Review

"The Rose of Winslow Street"
by Elizabeth Camden
Publisher: Bethany House
Release Date: Jan 1, 2012

Source: sent by publisher

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Summary from goodreads.com:  

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.
My Review:

I loved this book! It was really different from a lot of the inspirational fiction I've read lately, and I think that's why I enjoyed it so much. The storyline was unique from anything I've read and so were the characters. All of the characters drew me in, both the leads and the supporting cast. I really cared about both Libby's and Michael's families.

I loved that Libby loved and cared for Michael's family regardless of their nationality, even when everyone else in the community shunned them. It really showed that she lived out her faith and beliefs instead of just saying she believes something and not backing it up with anything.

The romance between Libby and Michael was really special. They truly had a bond that overcame all of their legal obstacles. Their cultures and personalities made for some clashes, but that just made their romance all the more realistic. They truly had a lot to overcome to be together, but they were both equally up for the challenge, and both willing to compromise.

The mysteries surrounding the house and Michael's half-sister were quite intriguing. I liked that they were family secrets slowly coming to light, not a murder mystery to be solved.

Main Characters: 5/5
Supporting Characters: 5/5

Setting: 4/5

Romance: 4/5

Uniqueness: 5/5
Cover: 5/5
Writing: 5/5

Bottom Line: I loved this tale of family bonds and new love overcoming obstacles. It's a new and different read and really stands out from the crowd.


  1. Sounds lovely! I like intercultural romance, and I especially like the idea of two families fighting over the same property. In modern times, I dont' think we get as attached to residences because we're used to living in dorms or apartment-hopping. But homes are important, especially when they're in the family.

  2. I do love the reviews of books like this one :) I must try one of my kindle freebies

  3. It sounds like a unique story and I love that Libby wasn't as narrow-minded as the rest of the town

  4. I like it that you give a grade to everything in the book. :)

  5. Great Review! I just love the sound of this one...and its been a while since I have read an inspirational romance....I should definitely look this one up!!!

  6. I actually own this one but haven't read it yet. I'm glad to hear how much you liked it and how it is different from the norm.

  7. Wow this seems great!! Libby seems like an awesome MC. :) I'm SO going to pick this one up because youre right, it does seem so different from all the books out there right now! :) YAY for change!! :P awesome sauce review, Carrrie!!!!

  8. Oh darn I was excited until you said inspirational romance. I just can't handle those because they are never that steamy and they tend to have a huge God influence in them.

    I'm glad you enjoyed this one though!
    Thanks for the great review!

  9. Sounds really good and the cover is beautiful!
    Thanks for the heads up on this book

  10. Great review! I'm intrigued by this story


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