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A Rose Among Thorns
on 12 November 2009
This is Rosie's 13th novel and her first historical novel (Taking aside Tilly Trotter's Legacy which was a Catherine Cookson follow up)
As usual Rosie has delivered a fantastic novel, written slightly differently to her usual style. As expected from Rosie, you can rely on her fully developed charecters, twists and a fufilling story.
Set in the 1870's Rosie introduces you to Sassy, her family and the family of her neighbours. What is refreshing is that the book does not focus entirely on the main character, but delves into the feelings and lives of those surrounding Sassy, giving the novel a breath of fresh air as most historical novels tend to have a heroine and look only at her feelings and development. What is good is that this is no rags to riches Cinderella story, it is realistic and one can relate to the happenings taking place.
Rosie has also given this book a good dollop of twists and turns, in just the right places halting the reader from thinking ahead and predicting 'typical' endings or plots. Deaths and changes in circumstances will keep the reader on their toes and the best part, never knowing what will happen next.
As before i have rated this novel with 5 stars and would give it more if i could. Well worth the read, just like Rosie's other novels.