Book Review: The Rose of Winslow Street by Elizabeth Camden

The Rose of Winslow Street by Elizabeth Camden
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publisher:  Bethany House

Summary:  The last thing Libby Sawyer and her father expected upon their return from their summer home was to find strangers inhabiting a house that had been in their family for decades. Widower Michael Dobrescu brought his family from Romania to the town of Colden, Massachusetts with a singular purpose: to claim the house willed to him long ago. Since neither party has any intention of giving up their claim, a fierce legal battle ensues between the two families. 

When important documents go missing from the house, Libby suspects Michael is the culprit. Determined to discover the truth behind the stolen papers, Libby investigates, only to find more layers of mystery surrounding Michael and his family. Despite their rivalry, Libby finds herself developing feelings for this man with the mysterious past.

As a decision about the house looms in the courts, Libby must weigh the risks of choosing to remain loyal to her family or give her heart to a man whose intentions and affections are less than certain.

I was looking for a nice, sweet, easy historical fiction read & this one didn’t disappoint. Libby & Mirela were what hooked me into the story & made it very enjoyable. I wasn’t too taken with Michael though I understood why he had done all he had for his family but much like Prof Sawyer, his manner was so brusque that often it put me off from truly and deeply sympathizing. For Professor Sawyer’s part, the way in which he berated & discounted Libby was almost more than I could take. Libby rolled with a lot & was definitely displaying some virtue of forgiveness that I clearly don’t possess. I held a grudge or two as I read. Still, overall, I was invested enough in Libby & Mirela that they were worth it. Both displayed strength, kindness & quite good character.

It wasn’t a complex story but it was heartwarming and that’s what I was looking for. Now I know I can check out another of Camden’s books the next time I’m looking for just that. 3.5 stars.

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