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Dearest Rose [Audio CD]

Rowan Coleman
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks; Unabridged Audiobook edition (1 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471218406
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471218408
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

More About the Author

Rowan Coleman worked in bookselling and publishing for seven years before winning Company Magazine Young Writer of the Year in 2001. Her first novel GROWING UP TWICE was published in 2002 and was a WHS Fresh Talent winner. Since then Rowan has written ten novels for women including THE ACCIDENTAL MOTHER, THE BABY GROUP, and DEAREST ROSE, which won The Festival of Romance Best Romantic Read 2012, The RoNA Epic Romance novel of 2013 and was shortlisted for the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year 2013 and is the book that inspired Rowan to release WOMAN WALKS INTO A BAR as an ebook (published 10th September 2013) with 100% of her royalties going to Refuge. Rowan now lives in Hertfordshire with her husband, and large family of four children, including surprise toddler twins. Rowan is often quite tired.

Praise for Rowan Coleman

'A fresh, warm and hugely enjoyable read...truly brilliant.' Company Magazine

'Highly enjoyable...Coleman tells her story with bundles of warmth and humour.' Spectator

'Well written, emotionally satisfying and engaging.' Daily Mail

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Rose Pritchard and her seven-year-old daughter Maddie have left everything behind to come to the village of Millthwaite, Cumbria, in search of the person who once offered Rose hope. Almost immediately Rose wonders if she's chasing a dream - but she knows in her heart that she cannot go back. She's been given a second chance - at life, and love - but will she have the courage to take it?

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dearest Rose 28 Sep 2012
A friend of mine once said that the light at the end of the tunnel is the next train about to hit you - I mention this here because I think it describes perfectly Dearest Rose in that just as you thought something positive (dare I say it .... something nice) was about to happen to Rose another 'train' seemed to come trundling along knocking her back down again.

Sounds depressing?

I won't lie to you, there were aspects to the story that were harrowing but I wouldn't describe the story as depressing as there were so many elements that, though they had me reaching for the tissues, were what I can only describe as life affirming.

Beautifully penned, Dearest Rose takes you on an emotional roller-coaster of a ride with some truly heart-stopping moments but what most impressed me was the depth of the characters.

Concerned at first that this was going to be one of those novels in which all the female characters were written as paragons of virtue, the male characters as, well, less than desirable I was greatly pleased to discover a wonderful array of characters who, whether you loved them or hated them, brought something to the book as their part in Rose's life unfolded bit by bit.

DISCLAIMER: Read and reviewed on behalf of the Arrow (A member of the Random House Group) I was merely asked for my honest opinion, no financial compensation was asked for nor given.

Dearest Rose
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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After Rose and her seven-year-old daughter Maddie turn up at a B&B in the Cumbrian town of Millthwaite at 3am, we learn about their back story and of the horrors they have endured.

Rose, a product of a dysfunctional parentage, hadn't seen her Dad, John, since she was nine. Her mother Marian couldn't cope with John's abandonment and neglected her daughter, then committed suicide by drowning. Rose, alone at seventeen, drifts into a marriage with Richard, who is controlling and abusive. The only person who has shown love to Rose is Frasier, who met her once, for a short time, whilst he was trying to find her artist father.

I am not a fan of fiction involving abuse but this story unfolds very gently and offers little bits of information as the reader goes on. As Rose slowly recovers, the story of her marriage gets worse, to the point of reason for her swift departure.

High points of characterisation is of Maddie, who lives in her own world where she can't be hurt, and lacks social niceties. She tells people exactly the truth which can be uncomfortable to listen to, and she lacks friends. At first I thought Maddie had autistic tendencies, but as the story progresses I found out how Rose's marriage has affected her. The other great character is Shona, Rose's best friend, who is bolshy and tarty and also a victim of domestic abuse, so there are parallels. I sensed a point being made about social class, as Shona is depicted to be more working class than Rose, the point being a bad relationship can happen to anyone. Shona was looking for a happy ending, and believed her partner could provide it.

Rose re-starts a relationship with her father and it ends up being a saviour.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Into another league... 29 Oct 2012
I finished this book in the early hours last night, thoroughly enjoyed every moment although I felt like I'd been through a wringer, and it's most definitely one of my books of the year. Rowan Coleman has always been more at the "thinking woman" end of the chick lit spectrum, but this one moved her writing into a whole new league for me. All the chick lit staples are there - the sexy young barman, the scatty friend, the near misses and misunderstandings - but this is a book with a really dark underside, and some of the strongest female characters you'll find anywhere. Maddie, Rose's unusual seven year old daughter, is a wonderful creation and an absolute joy - with some of the best conversational gambits and one-liners ever, but with a soft underside that melts your heart. Equally strong are Jenny the landlady - an excellent character - and Shona, Rose's brash but troubled friend. The book builds slowly, bringing in elements of the back story to reveal the full picture, and the last third is exciting, emotional, draining and satisfying in turn. The writing is effortless, which makes the reading that way too, and I can't recommend it too highly.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An emotional read 27 Sep 2012
By Sharon TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I have to confess that I've only read the last couple of Rowan Coleman's books so I've got a whole back catalogue of her books to catch up on. Having loved her last book, Lessons in Laughing Out Loud, I had been looking forward to reading this although I had a hunch that this book would be a bit of a weepie and I was definitely right.

From the start when Rose and her young daughter Maddie turn up unannounced at a B&B in the middle of the night with just the clothes on their backs, you know that something awful has happened in her life to make her run. But what is her story and why has she chosen this remote area in the Cumbrian countryside?

It's soon apparent that it was fate that brought her to Millthwaite as she discovers that someone from her past, someone she thought she would never see again, lives in the village. Will he be pleased to see her and can they rebuild bridges before it's too late?

It certainly turns out that coming to Millthwaite was the perfect tonic for them both, as Rose is able to step out of the shadows and blossom into the person she's meant to be, and Maddie can enjoy a normal happy childhood surrounded by people who love her.

For me this was a very emotional book to read as I could relate to some of the experiences that Rose and Maddie had endured, especially Maddie who had seen and heard things that no child should be witness to. But despite the heartbreaking topics that are covered in this book, I have to say they have been handled with extreme sensitivity. But it's not all doom, there are plenty of light relief moments throughout as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dearest rose
Fantastic book. Very emotional had me crying. Well written fantastic descriptions of surroundings. And characters. Would recommend to family and friends
Published 3 days ago by Mrs L. McCready
5.0 out of 5 stars Goosebumps
Heartbreakingly beautiful story. Goosebumps. I wolfed it down in about 2 sittings. Have read a number of Rowan's books but this one stands out so far as my favourite.
Published 1 month ago by Nellie Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Ok
It starts very well and gets you hooked. Some of it is a bit hard to believe but still a good read
Published 4 months ago by Annie
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read.
Brilliant book. I couldn't put it down. Sad it has finished. Look forward to reading more from this brilliant author.
Published 4 months ago by LIZ
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful story
A lovely story of forgiveness .a woman searching for a man she had loved for years only to meet with her long lost father.great characters all strong in their own way. Read more
Published 5 months ago by General
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and moving.
I absolutely loved this book and read it in one sitting. I was literally unable to sleep until I reached the end.
Published 5 months ago by Miss R. Saberton
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read women's fiction
A great central character and the most gorgeous setting. Loved the atmosphere and Rowan Coleman's easy style of writing. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Cesca Writes
2.0 out of 5 stars Dearest Rose
The book was a bit slow paced at times and in some parts very unrealistic. A bit grim and it wasn't really for me.
Published 8 months ago by Simone
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Brillant story captured my attention the whole way through the characters the story of family, love heartbreak, recommend it as I couldn't put it down such a great story
Published 11 months ago by Louise
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I was gripped from page one and read this in two sittings. The only reason it wasn't one is because I had to sleep! Read more
Published 11 months ago by S. Gayle
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