Dearest Rose by Rowan Coleman

‘You are a remarkable woman and you deserve all the happiness, contentment and love in the world. I, for one, know that I have never met anyone quite like you.’
When Rose Pritchard turns up on the doorstep of a Cumbrian B&B it is her last resort. She and her seven-year-old daughter Maddie have left everything behind. And they have come to the village of Millthwaite in search of the person who once offered Rose hope.
Almost immediately Rose wonders if she’s made a terrible mistake. If she’s chasing a dream – but she knows in her heart that she cannot go back. She’s been given a second chance – at life, and love – but will she have the courage to take it?
For fear of ruining key elements, I don’t want to go into any more than the synopsis does. Rose has such a heartbreaking past. There really is no doubt in my mind that she is a brave woman. Yes she is vulnerable and it seems at times as though she is empty inside but with everything, life has thrown at her she is still standing.
There are two things that keep Rose going when life gets tough and that’s a postcard and her daughter Maddie. When focused on these things its as though she can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
‘Dearest Rose’ has such a great mix of characters. The character that I felt lightened the story was Shona (Rose’s friend), she is everything that Rose isn’t and it’s these qualities that help Rose. I had two favourite characters one of whom was Jenny (The owner of the B&B). Jenny comes across at first as stand-offish but once she’s got to know someone she is loyal no end and family is extremely important to her. And the other was Maddie, she’s had such a tough young life but still, we see some lighter moments through this character and the things she says.
It took me a while to get into but once it pulled me in, I couldn’t put it down. This is an emotional read that covers some very hard issues. It’s written beautifully and handles tough topics with such sensitivity that you can feel the emotion in every page.
I recommend this book with tissues and a cup of tea.

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