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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 14 February 1999
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 22 July 1998
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
on 31 July 1999
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
on 18 June 1999
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
on 18 June 1998
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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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 9 January 2015
The story of Stephen Kenyon, Duke of Ashburton and Rosalind Jordan, adopted daughter of actors, although beginning with a very compelling storyline, fell somewhat flat once the story moved along.

Stephen, a widower with no offspring, learning he has only a short time to live, decides to actually "live" during his remaining days. To this end, he leaves all servants behind, hops on his horse taking only the bare necessities and heads off across the country, leaving no details with his staff, solicitor or family members as to his direction - therefore, nobody can get in touch with him. Along the way, he runs into a traveling troupe of actors and meets Rosalind. She's been married before - albeit unhappily - she's loved by her adoptive family which has been enlarged by two younger siblings (although not blood).

Rosalind is a wonderful woman and very shortly, Stephen, whose first marriage was less than it could/should have been, has a strong desire to have something more during his final days. There is a back storyline with the doctor, Blackmer, who diagnosed Stephen and Michael, Stephen's younger brother, who are traveling together attempting to track him down. We're not sure why the doctor is hot on his trail, but Michael's reasons are obvious.

In the meantime, Stephen has been persuaded to join the actors, portraying some of the lesser characters in their plays. He enjoys this time greatly and of course, his traveling with the actors gives time for his relationship with Rosalind to blossom into something greater than that of friendship. As Stephen's illness progresses, he tries to decide whether or not proposing to Rosalind would be beneficial or detrimental for her life. Since her parents are getting along in years, his decision in part is based on the welfare of Rosalind's family which brings a great blessing to Stephen to be able to have Rosalind during the time he has left.

Although I've read this book twice during the past couple of years, I found the second reading to be just as flat as the first reading. I have been re-reading Putney in order catch up on reviewing books I've previously read. Can't give this book more than 3 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 April 2014
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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on 22 December 1998
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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on 4 January 1998
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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on 25 April 1999
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. I especially found the near death experiences described in the book such a comforting thought. When a character finds that life, love and hapiness are within their reach, and all they have to do is grab it, it gives the reader hope that all those things are within our reach as well.
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