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One of My Favorites
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.