Monday, December 26, 2011

The Rose of Winslow Street



In the small town of Colden, Massachusetts, Libby Sawyer leads a quiet, predictable life. Yet beneath the surface, she is haunted by a secret.

Newly arrived on American shores, Michael Dobrescu is far from predictable, and his arrival in Colden is anything but quiet. Michael's shocking claim to be the rightful owner of Libby's father's house immediately alienates him from the appalled citizens of Colden.

Despite her own outrage, Libby is unwittingly fascinated by this enigmatic man who seems equally intrigued by her. As the court's decision about the house looms, and the layers of mystery surrounding Michael's past are unveiled, Libby's loyalties are tested in ways she never imagined.

Torn between family obligation and the stirrings of her heart, dare she trust a man whose intentions and affections are so uncertain?

 My Review:
  The Rose of Winslow Street is steeped in intrigue that begins on the very first page. The more I read, the more questions stuttered through my mind. Wh-wh-at....h-how...wh-why....huh? I was clamouring for answers that Camden cleverly held at bay, keeping me turning pages late into the night.  What an artfully crafted plot! And each piece of the puzzle is revealed at just the right time in order to make the most dramatic impact.

But, oh my, there's laughter in unexpected places -- even in the midst of some dead-serious, dramatic scenes. Camden has laced humour all through the book. And that includes during the most volatile encounters between Michael and Libby. I'm grinning just thinking about some scenes that have left a lasting impression.

Michael leaps off the page in full warrior mode. Taciturn, protective, larger than life, like some misplaced medieval knight plunged into 19th century New England. I can't remember when I've had so much fun getting to know a character. Adorably boorish -- how's that for an oxymoron? -- he's driven by loyalty and an incredible sense of honour and steals every scene he is in, putting a capital S in the word Swoonworthy. Be still my heart! I dare any reader NOT to fall in love at first sight!

This book is pure enjoyment from beginning to end. No review can do it justice. You'll just have to read The Rose of Winslow Street for yourself to see what I mean!

Giveaway Opportunity:
If you would like a chance to win a copy of The Rose of Winslow Street please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTcom. Please remember to put the title in the subject line so it's easier for me to spot. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday January 1 2012. Offer open internationally. Good luck!!!!

"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".


  1. Oh, what a lovely review :) I've been waiting patiently for this book to come out since I read "The Lady of Bolton Hill."
    So excited for this book to come out :)

    crazi.swans at gmail dot com


  2. I loved Elizabeth Camden's debut novel, Lady of Bolton Hill, and I would LOVE to read another one of her novels! This sounds like a great read. Thanks for the chance to win! :)

    - Taylor @ Mama Java

  3. Good luck Faye and Taylor. I know, I LOVED The Lady of Bolton Hill too and this one...ohlalala -- I think it might even be better!

  4. Your description of the hero alone makes me want to read it. rmjagears AT gmail DOT com

  5. Oh this looks like an amazing book. I would love to read this. Thanks for the chance to win this.


  6. Just entering the competition.
    Have a great 2012 all of you :)


  7. Good luck everyone! Wish I could give a copy away to everyone who enters -- it's that good a book!!!!!

  8. wow! I don't think I've read a review about a hero like this one :) Count me in for the draw!


  9. I want to read this one so badly, and I'm curious how someone can be adorably boorish, lol. Please enter me.

    mchapman (at) windstream (dot) net

  10. I read the Lady of Bolton Hill, which also had a beautiful cover, and appreciated the social issues she tackles and the characters introduced. I just heard about this book and will be looking forward to this book.


  11. Believe me Anne, the book is worth reading just for the hero!!!!

    Michelle, I know, adorably boorish is an odd description, isn't it....but he is!!!! Trust me!

    Na -- Lady of Bolton Hill converted me to Camden's writing -- she's Historical with a capital H!!!!

    Good luck y'all!!!!

  12. This book sounds wonderful.
    Please enter my name into the drawing for The Rose of Winslow Street by Elizabeth Camden.

    dandtdearing {at} earthlink {dot} net

  13. Sounds like a really great book! Thanks for the chance to win!!

    kcmelone at yahoo dot com

  14. Good luck Tammi and Courtney!

  15. I love books laced with humor and the intrigue sounds delicious. Please add me, Kav. Thanks!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

  16. would love to read this novel...thanks for the chance :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  17. Would love to win this book. Gorgeous cover! Thanks

    sunshine6892 at hotmail dot com

  18. Good luck Merry, Karen and Cathy! It's such a gooooodddd book!!!!!

  19. I read an excerpt of this book on another blog; it sounds great! I'd love to win a copy of The Rose of Winslow Street. Thanks for giving one away.


  20. Your welcome, Pam. Good luck!

  21. I would love a chance to win this book...sounds intriguing! Thank you Kav for the great review!

  22. Thanks for the opportunity to enter this giveaway - sounds like a good book! :-)

  23. Please enter me in this giveaway:) I have the first one and really enjoyed it. Good debut book! Thanks for the chance to win this one.


  24. Is this giveaway for people from the US too?
    If it is I would love to be entered! It looks and sounds really good!

  25. Yes Leah, the giveaway is for everyone anywhere in the world. My giveaways are globetrotters most of the time. :-)

    Good luck everyone!

  26. This looks like a great story. And the cover is beautiful. I'd love to read it!

  27. And I think you'd love reading it too, Rebecca. Good luck!

  28. This book seems really interesting and intriguing! I would enjoy reading it. Please enter me in this giveaway!

  29. Beautiful book cover and the book sounds so very interesting. Thanks!

  30. I haven't read anything by this author, but it sounds great!! Thanks for the opportunity to go in the draw!!


  31. This is a new author to me. After such a great review you have me very keen and somewhat intrigued to read this book. Can you please enter my name in the draw.

    zabook at tpg dot com dot au

    Many thanks.