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One Perfect Rose (Fallen Angels Series) [Hardcover]

Mary Jo Putney
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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July 1997 Fallen Angels Series

Readers around the world cherish the novels of Mary Jo Putney for her rich historical settings, ingenious plots, and characters so real they jump from the page into your heart. Now, the winner of two Romance Writers of America RITA awards and a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award sweeps us into the mesmerizing story of two unlikely lovers, thrown together by fate. . . .


Stephen Kenyon, Duke of Ashburton, has always taken the duties of his rank seriously . . . until shocking news sends him running from his isolating world of wealth and privilege to roam the countryside as an ordinary man. Then a heroic rescue thrusts him into the warm embrace of the Fitzgeralds, a theatrical family brimming with laughter and affection. Not only do they provide the family he has always craved, but their lovely daughter, Rosalind, a foundling who has grown into an enchanting, compassionate woman, stirs the deepest desires of his heart. Yet how can Stephen declare his love when he is haunted by the knowledge that made him flee his old life? And how can Rosalind risk loving a man who fulfills her secret dreams, but can never be hers?

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  • Hardcover: 421 pages
  • Publisher: Fawcett Books (July 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449000176
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449000175
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.4 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,769,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USAToday bestselling author, Mary Jo Putney was born in Upstate New York with a reading addiction, a condition for which there is no known cure. Her entire romance writing career is an accidental byproduct of buying a computer for other purposes.

Her novels are known for psychological depth and intensity and include historical and contemporary romance, fantasy, and young adult fantasy. Winner of numerous writing awards, including two RITAs and two Romantic Times Career Achievement awards, she has five times had books listed among the Library Journal's top five romances of the year, and three times had books among the top ten romances of Booklist, the magazine of the American Library Association.

Her favorite reading is great stories, but in a pinch she'll settle for the backs of cereal boxes. She's delighted that e-publishing can now make available books that have been out of print.

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"* "In her superb, inimitable style, Putney takes a pair of magnetic, beautifully matched protagonists, places them in a dark, impossible situation, and makes it work." - Library Journal * "One Perfect Rose is Mary Jo Putney in top form." - Romantic Times" --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author

Mary Jo Putney graduated from Syracuse University with degrees in eighteenth-century literature and industrial design. A New York Times bestselling author, she has won numerous awards for her writing, including two Romance Writers of America RITA Awards, four consecutive Golden Leaf awards for Best Historical Romance, and the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for Historical Romance. She was the keynote speaker at the 2000 National Romance Writers of America Conference. Ms. Putney lives in Baltimore, Maryland. Visit her Web site at --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of My Favorites 14 Feb 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Mary Jo Putney has a gift for storytelling. It is difficult to say what I enjoyed most about this story--the depth and quality of the characterization, the deft plotting, or the well-written prose. Rosalind is refreshingly mature, a realistic character who is both strong and vulnerable. With Stephen, Putney achieves just the right balance of integrity, responsibility, and mischief to charm the reader. I cared about these people, as well as the secondary characters, and simply couldn't put down the book.

One Perfect Rose also gives a moving portrayal of two people facing the inescapable reality of human mortality. Putney achieves an effective blend here of insight, emotion, and philosophy. Too much in one direction and the story could have become melodramatic; too much in the other and it could have lost its heart. It takes a talented writer to make this subject matter work so well--and Putney is that writer.

One Perfect Rose is romance at its best. In fact, it transcends genre. At times I have been asked by people who don't normally read romance to recommend one they might enjoy. This book is always on my list.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than your average romance fare 22 July 1998
By A Customer
Mary Jo Putney achieved a blend of romance and plot that I have never before encountered in a romance novel. She also escapes the tedium of historical slang often used by writers of Regency period romances. While this book suffered from the same illness that so many romance books do--too much sex--it provided an interestng plot line, well developed characters, and a happy ending that every true romantic will sigh over. The realistic emotions experienced by the characters when facing such weighty life issues as the possiblity of an untimely death and whether or not there exists a life after death will keep a reader's mind stimulated and interested. This book is worth reading for any adult reader who is looking for a better than average historical romance.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A sweet, heartwarming read 31 July 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I enjoyed this book very much. The writer did an excellent job of weaving a great deal of truths/wisdom about life in this story. Stephen and Rosalind were wonderfully mature characters. I wouldn't call this book a romance, though. It reminded me more of a family novel. The romance ended halfway through the book and there was little conflict between Stephen and Rosalind. They were far too cordial and loving from the time they met to make for an exciting, heated romance. This book will touch your heart but it won't make it pound.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect. 18 Jun 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was an incredibly sweet book. I would have liked a little more arguing in the book, however. Like Michael and Catherine's story. Otherwise, it really kicked. :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Perfect Book 18 Jun 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am a 15 year old girl who loves to read but has never set my eyes in a romance novel. I have enjoyed this book completely and have started looking into others. This is a book that will capture your attention time and time again. The author has picked a strong story line and the perfect charactors. This is a book that you will never put down and if you did it would be pure agoney trying not to think of it. It has an unpredictable ending that will have you heart pounding from the romance. I would recomend this book to everyone I know. Please try it for yourself. You won't regret it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but predictable 21 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I quite enjoyed this book and I thought that it was a sweet love story. It was however very predictable and it was very easy to guess the source of the duke's illness. Not exactly rocket science. In addition, I also wonder why Ms Putney sees the need to make every orphan have a secret highborn family? Why can't they be common for once? I do also highly doubt that an adult can remember such vivid detail from the time they were three years old. Except for a predictable plot, the book really was quite sweet.
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Love is the most important thing that every human being looks for. It was like chemistry; it happens when the perfect time comes. In the story, the author uses a delicate way to show the readers what love is really about. Passion and desire are melting away and reforming to be the pure love. Those feelings will burn you up and take your soul to heaven. It is trust, acceptance, and hope. Love might be a meteor, but never let go your belief. It will always be there. (Base on the reading of "A Perfect Rose" hardcover.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A romance with great depth of characterization 4 Jan 1998
By A Customer
I believe this to be the best book Mary Jo Putney has written, and I have read quite a few! It is obvious that someone close to the author had a brush with serious illness, because she writes with great sensitivity, honesty, and depth about the psychological changes both hero and heroine struggle through. The story has wonderful, realistic characters, flashes of humor, and a believable "happy" ending. This book truly deserves its hard covers--it's a keeper.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I very much enjoyed this book. Great to find a new author to add to my favourites list.
Published 11 days ago by S. Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the theatrical background of this book
I enjoyed the theatrical background of this book. The characters were well drawn and the question of what really ails the hero keeps you turning the pages - although by about the... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Venetia
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
This was a really enjoyable book. I thought the characters were likeable and believable. The story was interesting and you could actually care what happened. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Jangler
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
A beautifully told tale with an interesting plot line and characters. A little overly dramatic at the end but regardless, I really enjoyed it and didn't want it to end.
Published on 19 Aug 2011 by Maria
5.0 out of 5 stars One Perfect Rose is an exceptional, passionate romance.
The book compelled me to keep reading until the end. I felt the heartache and love for Stephen and Rosalind and hoped that a miracle would happen to sustain them. Read more
Published on 25 April 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best!!
Of all of the books in "The Fallen Angels" series, this is the sweetest. The hero is wonderful, it makes me wish I had a Stephen of my own! Read more
Published on 5 April 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars A PERFECT BOOK ALL THE WAY
I read all types of books except horror and this book does not fit within the Romance Novel type alone! Read more
Published on 19 Jan 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars A lovely romance, with great characters.
Stephen Kenyon is Michael's brother in Shattered Rainbows and is deffinetly in need of loosening up. Read more
Published on 30 Aug 1998
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