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Romance and Drama to Capture the Heart in This Emotional TaleThe 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 houseRomance and Drama to Capture the Heart in This Emotional TaleThe 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....

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the rose of winslow street Reviews

  • Aerykah
    2019-04-15 20:23

    I don't know why I waited so long to read this... While it was a tiny bit slow starting off, I really enjoyed it very much!

  • Janna
    2019-04-04 15:01

    I am so impressed by the character development in "The Rose of Winslow Street" by Elizabeth Camden. She has done an amazing thing by introducing us to two very different characters (Libby and Micheal), from two very different backgrounds (America and Romania), with two very different upbringings (I don't want to spoil anything...), and giving us one location (the house on Winslow Street) that they both have ties to, and then making them both sympathetic characters. I was never sure who it was that I wanted to end up with the house, because I could see both sides of the story. The most shocking thing to me is that Libby's dad is not a sympathetic character at all really, and yet, there is a point where we see his vulnerability and I was stunned that I could actually feel sorry for him. The way these people from different worlds end up fighting for the same piece of space was beautifully written, but most importantly I just couldn't put this book down. What a fun twist on historical romance with a slice of mystery woven into it as we follow Libby trying to figure out fact versus fiction as she digs into Micheal's past. What a fun, enjoyable book - highly recommended.

  • Melanie
    2019-03-24 12:05

    4.5 starsThis book has been on my to-read shelf for several years and I finally got around to reading it. I loved the writing and characters. Pretty much from the beginning I found the story interesting, but it was the last portion of the book that was nearly unputdownable. All in all, The Rose of Winslow Street was a very good read. I definitely recommend it!*I received a free copy of this book. I was not required to give a positive review. As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*

  • Beth
    2019-03-29 12:05

    I've somehow managed to collect all of Elizabeth Camden's novels on my Kindle, and I have to say that I'm very glad of this now that I've read The Rose of Winslow Street. This was such a unique story that had me impressed and enthralled with the details. What summarized like a typical fluffy romance was instead a surprising story. After a bit of slow start, I didn't want to put this down because I was eager to see what happened next.These characters had to deal with some harsh situations. Whether it was displaced Libby and her father Professor Sawyer, or the shunned Dobrescus who truly owned The House at Winslow Street, these people were layered and complex in their characteristics. Libby Sawyer harbors a secret that shames her and has spent her entire life trying to overcome, yet is the only one that offers kindness to the very family that took her home. Her internal conflicts over treating them well while still remaining loyal to her father were very realistic. Michael Dobrescu is a walking contradiction - a big giant of a man that sometimes acts like a brute, who has a gift for scents and perfumery and a fierce determination to protect the ones he loves. The mystery of why his family came to America from Romania was entertaining, yet full of sadness at times. I loved learning the details as they unfolded in the story.The only thing that sort of bothered me was that sometimes the story seemed to come out of it's time period. I thought there could have been a little more detail about the town of Colden and there were times that the characters didn't react or act in ways that lined up completely with the time period. This didn't spoil the book for me in though, as the intriguing plot and the relationship between Libby and Michael and his family were what won me over in the first place.Endearing characters, realistic conflicts and a charming historical setting made this well worth the read. I'm looking forward to working my way through Camden's other novels later this year.

  • Megan
    2019-04-10 14:22

    Before I get to my opinion of the story I have to say that the cover of this book is absolutely gorgeous! When I first saw it online I thought it was very pretty, but it's even more beautiful in person; and it's not just the front cover, but the back cover too. Before I read the story I thought the back was nice, but now I see that each object on there represents a part in the story - very clever!I have to be careful not to give away too much of the story, otherwise I might spoil it for you. I loved how this book didn't seem like a typical novel, where everything is very predictable, but instead slowing unfolded - that made it SO enjoyable! The Rose of Winslow Street begins with Mikhail Dobrescu, arriving in Colden, MA with his sons (Andrei and Lucca), his two friends (Joseph and Turk), and Lady Mirela after having fled from Romania. It's late in the evening when they arrive at the house on Winslow Street (the Sawyer's house). They discover that no one is at home and quickly make themselves at home.Once in America, Mikhail decides to change his name to the more American name Michael. At first Michael came across like a brute, however, very quickly a different side of him was shown. I realized that he is a man that cares deeply for his family and is willing to do just about anything to protect them. Both Michael and Mirela have an air of mystery surrounding them and the story is purposefully vague about why they fled to America. I had an inkling of what Mirela's secret would be, and while I was partly right, I was still shocked by it. I felt an immediate connection with Libby. There were many times when she was reflecting on painful moments from her childhood which were caused by a secret she had, and I felt so bad for her. However, there is one scene in the book that was so heart-wrenching that it made me cry and at the same time so mad!I learned Libby's secret on page 23 and it's something that everybody in Colden knows, so it's not really a secret there, but when she goes to her brother's summer house no one there knows about it. I was quite surprised when I first read what her secret was - it was very unexpected!The Rose of Winslow Street is Camden's second book, but it's the first one I have read by her. I loved every page of this book and highly recommend it. For those who don't read Historical fiction that often, I think this is one for which you should make an exception. For those who LOVE Historical fiction, I think you will LOVE this book too and it will become a favorite.***I received a complimentary copy of this book to review. I was asked to give my honest opinion of the book - which I have done.***

  • Gwendolyn Gage
    2019-04-03 15:09

    Libby Sawyer's summer visit with her brother is disrupted when word arrives that a band of foreigners has broken into her house and taken up residence, claiming it belongs to them. Distressed and upset, Libby and her father wait for police to evict them, but questions surrounding the previous homeowner's will and the trespassers' relation to him tie the law's hands and push the situation into court. As the community rallies to the Sawyer side and shuns the needs of the Romanian family, Libby reaches out to them, wanting to please God by showing kindness to her enemies. But those little acts of kindness lead her heart down a road she never intended, until it's not just her home she's in danger of losing.Intrigued by the premise, I dove into this story wondering how the author would create a believable romance between two people with such conflicting interests. If the other wins the house, their family members will be homeless right along with them. Talk about juicy conflict. :) And because the author peeled back the layers of her characters' deeper issues to find grounds for the spark of attraction, it not only worked, it enhanced the stakes.Michael is this hulking guy, a Romanian immigrant with a passion for his family and perfume. I went into the story with a critical eye toward him especially, having experienced other cultures and foreigners' different ways of thinking, and I was impressed. Michael is eager to embrace American ways, and yet bumbling in his cultural differences. A convincing foreign character, and while I wouldn't list him among my "top ten literary heroes", he was my favorite character of the book. The other characters were well-drawn too (I seriously wanted to slap some of them), but Michael gets the prize. :) The way he went around sniffing Libby had me laughing.I encountered no glaring annoyances . . . the only thing I'd complain about would be that a few of the characters' thought/action patterns seemed out of place for the late 19th century, but I let it slide as I've noticed this author likes to give rein to her characters' personalities. And hey, I'm not complaining because the author is good, a master-weaver of story threads. Though I wouldn't call the story action-packed, the compelling conflict and plot-moving scenes had me devouring chapter after chapter. I'm looking forward to my third book by Camden--which will it be? "The Lady of Bolton Hill", or "Into the Whirlwind"? Hmmm...

  • Natalie
    2019-04-11 11:58

    So overall definitely not my favorite book by Elizabeth Camden (though that does not decrease my interest in her books). For me, the characters were the weakest part of the story. I did not care for Michael at all and Libby I only liked slightly better. I'm sorry, I would not bring food to a squatter who took up residence in my home - let alone fall in love with him! She finds him a "brute" at first and then gets all googly-eyed about how big and strong he is. Speaking of big and strong, I really didn't like how Michael used brute force for everything. Your neighbor's rosebush is in the way? Chop it down in the most aggressive way possible!!! Your kid is getting picked on? Give him advice on how to brawl!! Can't find a bread knife? Use a HATCHET! He was definitely favored brawn over brains. I also really did not like that Libby never overcame her illiteracy. She didn't even try to! So Michael is going to read everything to her for the rest of her life??? I think the point was supposed to be that she learned to love herself the way God made her, but she still could have tried! Since the characters didn't really work for me as individuals, it made the romance less than appealing. And the romance is like 80% of the plot - hence my lower rating. I was not wild about the plotline with the sister (Merelda? - not sure how to spell it) either - very sad what happened to her and I didn't really like the resolution of her situation either. Also - where was Libby's sense of propriety? She wears pants in the late 19th century and was fairly physical with an unmarried man (kissing, holding hands, etc) which didn't really fit with the time period.

  • Margaret Metz
    2019-04-18 17:20

    I love historical romances. I practically eat, sleep and breathe them. They've become a sort of ... meat and potatoes for me. This book is more like... cheesecake. It's rich and with an unexpected tang here and there -- the surprises in the story. There is the sweet topping and the crust as well -- just adding to the complexity of the flavor. Okay, I'll leave the cheesecake metaphor alone now -- I'm getting hungry. lolThe point is this is a decadently rich story packaged between a gorgeous front and back cover. It's thick with tension and symbolism. Michael, Libby, and Mirela all have secrets, the house may hold a secret ... and all the secrets are affecting the present. Michael and Libby are engaged in this dance (for lack of a better word) around each other. They come withing millimeters of each other and then back away. It's a passionate dance that's also somewhat distrusting and aggressive. I can almost picture them (especially Michael) on "Dancing With the Stars" doing the Paso Doble. The pull towards each other is also a pull away from loyalty to their own family cause because of the legal battle over the house. The complexity in this book comes from not just the rich characterization of Libby and Michael - or the secrets hidden in everyone's lives - but also from the relationships with all the characters. Libby's relationship with her father and sister-in-law. Even the relationship between her brother and his wife. Mirela's relationship with Michael, Turk, and the boys. Michael's relationship with his boys. Michael's relationship with his absent brother and dead father ... All these shaped the story and the characters and I think it speaks to us about how our relationships shape us. It was an awesome story, a wonderful romance, a great read. I hope you'll add it to your shelf. It makes my favorites list.Posted by Margaret Metz at 12:13 PM

  • Angelc
    2019-04-08 15:05

    4.5 StarsI loved this book! It was really different from a lot of the inspirational fiction I've read lately, and I think that's why I enjoyed it so much. The storyline was unique from anything I've read and so were the characters. All of the characters drew me in, both the leads and the supporting cast. I really cared about both Libby's and Michael's families.I loved that Libby loved and cared for Michael's family regardless of their nationality, even when everyone else in the community shunned them. It really showed that she lived out her faith and beliefs instead of just saying she believes something and not backing it up with anything.The romance between Libby and Michael was really special. They truly had a bond that overcame all of their legal obstacles. Their cultures and personalities made for some clashes, but that just made their romance all the more realistic. They truly had a lot to overcome to be together, but they were both equally up for the challenge, and both willing to compromise.The mysteries surrounding the house and Michael's half-sister were quite intriguing. I liked that they were family secrets slowly coming to light, not a murder mystery to be solved.I loved this tale of family bonds and new love overcoming obstacles. It's a new and different read and really stands out from the crowd. book sent by publisher in exchange for honest reviewreviewed for

  • Brittnee
    2019-04-22 12:15

    I just love how she writes! The historical details, the characters, the depth of the story - great read!

  • Jocelyn Green
    2019-04-14 12:19

    Loved this book! Such an interesting tapestry of characters and conflict. I had no idea how the main problem was going to be resolved, and Camden surprised me with a beautiful answer I could not have guessed. I will read everything Elizabeth Camden writes.

  • Be Fisher
    2019-03-27 12:19

    Very interesting story! I enjoyed it! This author seems to tackle some sensitive topics but does it very well.

  • Laura
    2019-04-12 15:54

    Liberty (Libby) Sawyer lives with her father in Massachusetts in a stately house on Winslow Street. On an evening when she and her father are not home, their house gets broken into and taken into possession by Michael Dobrescu, newly arrived from Romania with his two young sons, Luca and Andrei and a young woman called Lady Mirela. Michael claims the house is rightfully his, inherited through his uncle, who used to live there almost 30 years ago.In the weeks to come, as Libby and her father wait for the trial that will determine who the house truly belongs to, she visits her house to retrieve some of her things and gets to know the Dobrescu family. She develops a relationship with and keeps visiting the family, despite her father's repeated warnings not to have anything to do with the people who kicked them out of their own house.This was an interesting premise and I did enjoy reading the story. There were a lot of things going on and I enjoyed the multi-level plot and well-developed characters. But there were also a few things that didn't make sense to me. First and foremost, how could the American court allow an immigrant family to break into an American citizen's home and stay there, while the owners (respectable people) had to find another place to live (in this case, Libby and her father stayed with her brother and his family)? Wouldn't it have made more sense for the courts to remove the interfering family (who broke the law by breaking and entering) until the court hearing could determine whose house it really was? Is it okay then for anyone to walk into any house and claim it's theirs and be allowed to live there until proven otherwise? Seriously!Okay, now that I got that off my chest, let's move on. I liked Libby because she was kind, courageous and certainly not attached to material possessions because it didn't seem to bother her that strangers took over her house, were sleeping in her bed, wearing her clothes, etc. Having said that, I think she was also naive and fell for Michael's strapping shoulders and tall physique before she knew too much about him. However, although she was pretty, Libby had no suitors. As a child she failed to learn how to read (I'm assuming dyslexia) much to the chagrin of her professor father. She was ashamed because of this and I think sold herself short. She also had no friends her age she could confide in. She was a loner and I could see why she was instantly attracted to the buoyant Dobrescu clan.But she was also a gifted artist, producing many stunning paintings. She also sketched the designs of all of her father's inventions. She understood the mechanics of it. Wow! She also knew a lot about botany which she shared with Michael who cultivated perfume. This aspect of the story fascinated me, and because it was important to the story, kept my interest in it high.The court proceedings were interesting and revealed further information about Michael and his family. Lady Mirela's story was sad and the way she comes to find happiness in the end was heartwarming. Michael was a perplexing character for me throughout the book. There were times when he annoyed and frustrated me and other times when I liked him and the way he was devoted to his family above all else. He was different, that's for sure.The novel comes to a satisfying conclusion, and I was happy for the part that Lady Mirela plays in it. The romance was okay, and the author's humour was an additional bonus that helped this part along. I also liked how Libby handled her father, even though he mistreated her at times. I certainly gleaned positive messages throughout the novel which, for me, were gems (messages about the qualities of humility, patience, fairness, forgiveness) that redeemed the novel from its rocky unrealistic start.Disclosure: Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.

  • Bethany
    2019-04-18 17:12

    This is a very interesting read, full of twist and turns the reader doesn't see coming, and was a wonderfully unique story. It is my first Elizabeth Camden book to read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved how this book was so...unexpected. Their are so many parts in this story you just don't see coming (or at least, I didn't see those things coming). It was such a unique story-line, and was very different than the normal novel, making it a fun read. Now, normally I don't go all crazy and descriptive concerning a book's cover in my reviews...but this is an exception. I mean, unless you either 1) Just don't like roses, pink and whimsical flowery backgrounds, not to mention a lovely subject 2) or are blind, then anyone would declare this book a true beauty, cover-wise. I love mostly everything about this cover, and think it's the prettiest I've ever seen. It's one of those books you just want to frame and put on your wall! I found it extremely interesting how the cover/title related a lot to the story, and represented things in the story. Such as the roses, the house, the gate, Libby, etc, they all had a unique part in the story and shed a new light on the cover. The only con I found with the story and cover, was how the cover subject looked a bit to feminine for the female character. I, personally would describe the book's cover as feminine, so I was hoping the female character, Libby would meet this expectation. But sadly, I found that at times she was a bit of a feminist at times. Such as trying to be like a man, being overly tough, etc. While she wasn't overly so, it was still enough for me to notice, but certainly isn't a deal-breaker. Either way, I still like the cover, either way.Thankfully, I read the Kindle version of this book, otherwise I'd not have been able to read it as quickly due to not being able to tear my eyes away from the cover and go on with the story. This is often a common problem for me with lovely book's covers. :) Now that I've raved about the pure beauty and feminine bliss in this cover, I shall now go on with my review. :) This book was very hard to put down at times. I finished it the day after starting it, and just ate up the suspense, mystery and turns in the story. At the beginning of the story, I found myself feeling like I was not in favor of the Dobrescu family, I mean they just barged in and claimed this house currently in the ownership of another as their own. Yeah, let's get on his side...not! But as the story progressed, you see Michael's true intentions, and I think the author was trying to paint the moral of not judging people too quickly. Another part of the story that displays the moral of the story, was Libby's secret that is revealed soon in the story. I also loved how Libby was kind to her "enemies" even when everyone around her wasn't. I felt a greater respect for Libby, once reading this, and loved this aspect of her character. Overall, I loved this book! I would recommend it to mature young ladies {Due to one slight subject in the story} who enjoy books that are hard to put down, and to those who enjoy historical fiction. I'd like to thank Aerykah for allowing me to borrow her Kindle edition of this lovely book! :)

  • Rachel Brand
    2019-04-18 20:08

    My 2014 reading is definitely off to a great start with this book! Last year I had the pleasure of reading Against the Tide when helping judge the INSPY Awards, and I was fascinated by the depth of historical detail in Elizabeth Camden's writing. This novel had similarly exquisite detail, and so much more. Each of the characters--from the main protagonists to their family members--had real and dynamic flaws and struggles that made them sympathetic...and occasionally frustrating! This book took several turns that I didn't expect, but all of them fit into the story so perfectly. I shouldn't be surprised by how much I loved this book, given that I thoroughly enjoyed Elizabeth's other novel, but I just didn't expect to be so drawn into this story. The back cover made this book sound like a fun, light romance where the hero and heroine butt heads over the ownership of the house on Winslow Street, but each of their conflicts was so much more complex than that. The story wasn't really about the house, when you get down to the foundations of Libby and Michael's issues. But the romance that brimmed between them was definitely the sort of romance I look for in a good book. The final scene was just so perfect! Elizabeth Camden is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors, and I'm pleased that I have two more of her books waiting to be read on my Kindle. She's definitely not an author to miss if you like deeper, historically accurate romance novels. She definitely satisfies this old romantic who is in possession of a Masters degree in Modern History ;) 5*

  • Jamie
    2019-04-05 17:19

    I didn't really know what to expect when I picked up this book, but I loved it! I don't even remember how I heard about it, but I'm so glad I picked it up and read it.Liberty Sawyer has lived in Colden, Massachusetts all her life. Never-married, she lives with her father, a sometimes cantankerous but very brilliant inventor. While she and her father are summering away at the cape, a mysterious man and his family who claim to have rights to their home moves his family into the home in the middle of the night. Michael Dobrescu has a document that gives him the home on Winslow Street. When the news makes it to Liberty and her father, they quickly come home, only to find that there no easy solution presents itself. Both men have a legal claim to the house.As the case makes its way through the courts, Libby finds herself entranced with this giant, boorish man who seems to have a heart of gold. He has 2 sons that he clearly adores and is fiercely protective of. The town, however, seems to be siding with the Sawyers and refuses to aid Michael in any way, even refusing to sell to him at the market. As Libby reaches out to the Dobrescu family, she finds herself torn between her father and a family that she cares for. She's very much the guardian angel for this little family.I really loved this book. I loved the themes of forgiving those who have hurt you and really loving those who are your enemies. Libby is a great example to me of what I should be as a real woman of Christ.

  • Sarah
    2019-03-30 17:07

    This is my least favorite of any Camden book. While I loved the characters, there were parts of this book that were a little slow. I also felt that the back story for Michael's sister was very disturbing. No, it wasn't over the top, unbelievable, or described in detail, but I still found it disturbing.I thought some parts were funny, interesting, and cute. I enjoyed most of this book, but still not enough to give it more than three stars.

  • Nidofito
    2019-03-30 16:23

    So, so good.Camden really hit the nail with this book. A compelling, multifaceted plot with a range of characters who didn't have definitive good or bad personalities. I feel like I normally rate Camden's books a little harshly but it's because they're so good that I become more critical and thus, I'm very happy that I was able to give this one a perfect score.

  • Dawn
    2019-03-28 16:00

    It took me a while to get into Elizabeth Camden’s The Rose of Winslow Street, but boy am I glad I pushed through the first few chapters. I was a little put off by not knowing who to trust. Having immigrants from Romania stealing the heroine’s house on the first page was quite an interesting way to start a book. At first I didn’t like Michael Dobrescu ... but I’ve come to realize that when an author is able to take me from not even liking a character to absolutely loving him throughout the book—those usually end up being my favorite books! I adored getting to know Liberty Sawyer from page one and was very skeptical whether Michael could deserve her. And oh, don’t worry. He definitely did. I love Elizabeth Camden’s writing style, and I loved this story. Nothing about it was normal. I thought it was interesting that we didn’t see any kissing from Libby’s POV—when those would have been her first kisses in her life at the age of twenty-eight. It was always, “He kissed her...” quickly executed, and simple. I loved Mirela’s thread throughout the story—we did see her POV twice. It often bothers me when an author will write strictly from hero and heroine... and then suddenly there’s someone else too. But I adored her character and was heart-broken for what she’d been through in her young life. She was a fighter, and one more reason I liked this book so much.

  • Holly Renee
    2019-04-02 19:04

    The Rose of Winslow Street, Elizabeth Camden's second novel, is a book that will enthrall readers and keep them hooked until they reach that last word of this story. There is never a dull moment in this book.The characters in this book are unique, and everything about them breaks away from the stereotypical characters we normally find in romances. These characters have multiple layers that give them depth and intrigue the reader.I love how this book contains a mystery that evokes the imagination. I found myself just as anxious as the characters in unraveling it. Everything about this novel is truly unique; the plot, the characters, the mystery, and even the history. All of it is absolutely fascinating!I wish the author would have included a note to the reader to provide background on how many of the historical facts she used are true. After reading this novel, I definitely want to learn more about the Romanian history and where she gleaned this information from to create such a compelling story. I definitely recommend The Rose of Winslow Street. It contains excellent writing, and readers who loved her first novel, will not be disappointed with this one. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

  • Carrie
    2019-03-25 18:06

    I would have rated this a 3.5 stars if Goodreads would allow. I rounded up to four for good measure.I really enjoy Elizabeth Camden stories. I think she's a breath of fresh air in a cliched market. She takes an original idea, researches, and creates new story lines. Her characters have depth and are interesting. They have faults and obstacles. I somehow feel cheated that I don't really see the depth of the characters, though. I don't ultimately blame Camden for this; I believe she works within the parameters of the market demands. I would really love to read a Camden novel that isn't published by the Christian market where she is able to explore the depths of her characters. I think the author and the characters deserve this! This story had so many interesting characters. Camden did a lovely job tying up the loose ends, but I really feel like there should have been . . . more. I feel as if they are 3D characters being fit into a 2D story line that is required by the publisher.My only other "gripe" with Camden's stories is that sometimes they don't seem too historical. Sometimes the characters say/do something that would make the reader you're in the modern era.Overall, I did enjoy this one. Loved the characters. Loved the plot. Still a favorite.

  • Heather Rae
    2019-04-09 19:19

    Based on all of the enthusiastic reviews of this novel, I fully expected it to be wonderful. However, I just could not get into it. The opening alone had me rolling my eyes. What man enters a new neighborhood with the intention of storming a house, weapons at hand, in order to claim it? To contradict matters, in the next moment he's praising the law of this new land and the fact that he has a decent chance of claiming the house (through the court) even though he's a foreigner. It just didn't add up. The story was mostly a romance and if that's your cup of tea then you'll probably enjoy this book despite the few head-scratchers. While there were some interesting aspects later on and the author was wise not to spill it all up front, I was hoping for something more.

  • Loraine
    2019-03-23 14:06

    This wonderful novel contained complex characters and an interwoven storyline for several of the main characters. I loved the interplay between the Romanians and Libby and her family as the various storylines played themselves out. It was a joy to read and I will look forward to reading others by this new-to-me author.

  • Sedoo Ashivor
    2019-04-20 15:18

    I loved, loved, loved it! It was so captivating, I couldn't set it down! A goodreads friends gave this opinion and I agree- it is a very original story. I have truly never read anything like it before. Wow!

  • Janelle
    2019-04-14 19:16

    The beginning was very slow to me, it took me several days to pick it back up again. I am so glad I did though. It was a great book filled with rich Romanian culture, mystery, faith, and love. A very beautifully written story.

  • Hannah
    2019-03-29 12:16

    Very much enjoyed my second Camden book! The story was meaningful and so interesting...I'm assuming the main character had some form of dyslexia?? I've got a number of friends who struggle with it, so it sounds similar. Adding this to my list of "to-buy"! And I loved Mirela's life journey...

  • Audrey
    2019-04-15 19:12

    my favorite by the author so far... the way she writes characters, I appreciate the tenderness & compassion, although wouldn't mind more intimate moments. the personal reflection and a little bit of inspiration make this an entertaining, uplifting read. "Perhaps she was the least likely person in the entire town to extend a hand of kindness to the Dobrescus, but she was going to do it."

  • Sarah Briel
    2019-04-14 12:58

    4.5 stars.Oi, yeah. Serious spoilers here, once more. Read at your own risk.Oh my word, I really loved most of this book. I haven’t read that much hi-fi Christian romance (As in: three Julie Klassen books, I think? And like … Melanie Dickerson though personally I don’t really feel like that counts as the general historical Christian romance fiction stuff … and maybe one or two others), so … I haven’t really seen all that much variety and everything so I was expecting something else really? But, gahhh … this was beautiful.The romance. Okay, the romance. It was displayed really well, in my personal opinion. It wasn’t cheesy, it wasn’t insta-love, it wasn’t all physical attraction, there were problems and everything, and it was like real love. And it was fabulous. Libbie and Michael are … I don’t even know. But I was kind of just sitting there shipping the whole thing. And the switched perspectives make it even better cause you can see both of their struggles and just … *sighs in contentment*The entire thing … wasn’t just fluff. It was all so deep and beautiful and the backstories and it’s just like … Children. Please let me go and give everyone a hug and deliver several punches in the faces of people who need it. THEY ALL NEED HUGS! HUGS FOR EVERYONE! EVERYONE NEEDS HUGS!Libbie’s dad annoyed me so much. And the entire thing with Jason and what’s her face his wife … Ach. Bleeeeh. *glares*The entire thing with the house (otherwise known as … plot, I think? *coughs* ) was displayed really well. Again, the duel perspectives was excellent, letting us into the minds and viewpoints of both parties and forcing us to continually go back and forth and back on forth on who we support. Especially since both of their cases were so strong. It’s basically just whacking you in the head with a longing for both of them to get what they want even if that’s not possible.I’m fairly satisfied with how that actually turned out, though. It … wasn’t what I would have ever thought happening during the story, and truthfully I (view spoiler)[kinda wish Libbie and Michael just got married and stayed in the house there (though I understand why Michael couldn’t let that happen … *makes strangling gesture* Libbie’s dad … Ugh. That fellow. I mean, I felt sad for him buuuuut …) (hide spoiler)]Okay yeah.The ending … wasn’t that satisfying honestly. I mean, it was but it wasn’t? As in, I’m happy with how it turned out and everything worked out well but … as I closed the book after reading the last sentence it wasn’t with the shedding of tears and the exclamation of “Oh my word, I love that book, the ending was perfect. That was so fabulous.” It was more like “What …? That’s it?” I mean, don’t get me wrong … I’m happy how it turned out but … I don’t know. Thinking back to the plot right now I can’t even remember why I didn’t feel satisfied? It should be satisfying but … it’s not. I think it just might have been wrapped out slightly too fast, with all the loose ends tied in a big knot instead of carefully being woven in. I think I wanted to see Libbie and Michael get married, not just hear it. I wanted to see them with the kids living happily, not just read (view spoiler)[“oh hey. They’ve been married for a couple of years. Yeah. Now let’s get the perfume over there.” (hide spoiler)] It wasn’t the beautiful description and emotional ending that I wanted. It kind of just felt like “oh yep. The story is over now … shoo … everything is wrapped up, what more do you want?”And … yep. XDSo let's see ...The characters, I loved. (Oh, and just adding here, I loved the kids too. XD)The setting was … well done … I mean, it was nicely historical and everything.The romance was beautiful.The … deepness was amazing.The content … yeah … it was slightly darker and just a tad disturbing. It was realistic but like … Mirella's backstory and Libbie's dad and how like mentally abusive that was and just ... *straggling gesture* *needs to give everyone hugs* *cracks knuckles* *coughs awkwardly* Sorry for my general emotionness and all that … I just … I get incredibly overprotective of basically everyone and yeahhhh … *coughs*Overall though ... this book ... was really beautiful. If the ending had just felt more satisfying it would definitely be a solid 5 stars, but like I said ... it wasn't as much? The last bit, and even the last few chapters just kind of drizzled out for me personally.Overall, yeah. It was 4.5 stars. ^.^Read original (and ... very slightly different?) review here at Penumbra Reviews.

  • The Literary Maidens
    2019-04-13 18:22

    Madi's Rating: 5 stars. Madi's Review: / M a d i ' s B o o k R e v i e w / /Libby Sawyer lives in town with her cold hearted father, and she tries to hide herself in her paints. Why would she want to be a part of the society that mocks her and ridicules her for her lack of reading skills? Her one weak spot is her love of children. Children flock to her, and she adores their bright and awe-struck way of living life. So she is excited to spend the Summer with her family at her brothers out of town cottage, because she will get to spend some time with her precious little niece Tillie. But her Summer fun is expertly interrupted by some band of gypseys stealing her fathers house back in Colden, Massachusetts. Michael Dobrescu fought faithfully in the European wars, but now he is ready for a new beginning in America. He wants to give his family a good, safe place to live and heal from the hurts of their past, and taking the house his uncle left him several years ago seemed like just the ticket. Why would he make his family live in a dinky and dirty hotel when he had a perfectly good house? There was only one flaw in his plan. The house was occupied, and the lady of the house was quite a mystery to him.Courts rule, sparks fly, arguments get heated, and people say and do things they don't really mean at all. Libby's kindness to Michael and his sons in the event of all this chaos is surprising to Michael, and he isn't sure how to react.This story developed at the perfect pace. It wasn't too slow going so that you got bored with it, but it also didn't fling four or five things on the reader all at once. I loved it. The grace and compassion shown by Libby, the care and gentility shown by Michael, the way the community supported Libby and her father, these are all things that endeared this story to my heart. Libby and Michael, though an unlikely couple, are perfect for each other.Also, I would like to take a minute to talk about the cover for The Rose Of Winslow Street. It's gorgeous! I love how everything on the cover (front and back) represents something of importance in the book. I couldn't find a picture of the back cover, so I will describe it for you. Above the book description, there are several beautifully placed objects. For example: A deed, a bottle of perfume, a key, a set of paintbrushes, a rose. All these things play large parts in this story's development. This is one book I'll be glad to have just because it looks pretty on my bookshelf ;) .Bethany's Rating: 5 stars. Bethany's Review:

  • BlueJeansAndTeacups
    2019-04-06 20:00

    •°o•:*¨¨*:•. HIGHLY ENJOYABLE/GREAT DEPTH .•:*¨¨*:• o°•I could hardly put this book down. It was fun, exciting, and mysterious. It was filled with growing love, family devotion, tragedy, and positive relationships with Christ. It begins in Colden, Massachusetts in 1879, where most of the story takes place. It also weaves in a family fleeing Romania, who have thick Romanian accents. Those were fun to read, since I tend to hear accents in my head. Libby Sawyer has a disability which causes her to be very compassionate towards others. She is supposedly the main character, although I felt Mikhail was equally well developed. She is 28 and lives with her elderly father, an inventor. She is a wonderful artist, who captures botany in great and amazing detail despite her difficulty. Her father, however, only recognizes and rather uses her, for her ability to draw his inventions with superb clarity. She has a motherly connection to all children, because she so longs to have her own, but believes she never can. She “exists” in the town, but is not valued for her kindness and talents.Mikhail/Michael has fled Romania and is very “black and white” in his ways of thinking, but he has deep devotion and commitment. At heart, he is a good man. His differences speak to his cultural upbringing. It is a good reminder for us to consider as we encounter other cultures. As he and his mismatched family struggle to fit in to the American ways and ideas of life, we can imagine what it must be like to do so. By mismatched, I am referring to his two rowdy, but sweet boys, his two hulking comrades, and his frail sister. Each will come to reveal great strength and resolve and are very interesting. There is deep sadness in some of the characters background stories, but how they overcome them and seek to glorify God is wonderful to read. For anyone who struggles with great tragedy, or disability this book shows positive examples of how to prevail. I enjoyed how well many of the supporting characters were developed. It really added depth to the book.I give it 5 out of 5 stars, and look forward to other books by Elizabeth Camden.You can read more about this author at www.ElizabethCamden.comIncluded at the End: *Discussion Questions for the reader to ponder or for a Book Club :) I received this copy free from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. 340 Pages