By Elizabeth Camden
Bethany House, $14.99, 352 pages
Elizabeth Camden has created a mesmerizing tale in The Rose of Winslow Street. Historical Fiction lovers will instantly connect with the main character, Libby Sawyer. Libby lives a quiet, predictable, straight-laced life with her father in Colden, Massachusetts in the late 1800’s. While they are away at their summer home, Michael Dobrescu breaks in and takes over the Sawyer house and claims it as his own. Dobrescu is a Romanian with many secrets and desires and an entourage of people that have secrets of their own, too. Libby is torn between loyalty to her father and an intriguing connection to Michael and the obvious love he has for flowers. As the battle of the home’s true owner plays out in court, Libby finds herself helping Michael’s family while risking her reputation with the townspeople.
Camden writes with clarity and immense emotion. The reader cannot help but fall in love with the characters of this engrossing novel. The story has plenty of twists and turns that keep the reader wanting more.
Reviewed by Seniye Groff