Dec 3, 2010

Book Review - Finding Rose

From the Publisher:

It's blog tour time for Whitney Nominee
Finding Rose by Stephanie Humphreys

We're excited because we've got some fabulous reviewers on board,
not to mention that we'll be giving away THREE copies!
The tour runs from November 22-December 3.

Genre: LDS Historical Romance
Pages: 293
Content: Totally Clean

Back Cover:

Will Rose honor her father¹s last wish?

Rose stood and dropped her father's hand. "You¹re tired, Papa." She pulled
the quilt over his thin shoulders and kissed him on the cheek. . . .

"Think about what I said." He gently squeezed her hand. "I wish you would
consider giving Miles a chance."

"Miles! I wish Sean had never brought him here. He's so serious. In all the
time he¹s been here, he's hardly ever smiled. . . . He annoys me and I wish
he would go home." Still, Rose couldn't help but think of his gentleness
when he cared for her father.

On his deathbed, Rose Sterling's father asks her to consider Miles Crandall
as a suitor. Then Rose is sent to live with an uncle in Spring Creek,
Montana, far from her carefree life with her family in Utah. Miles is
returning to his hometown of Spring Creek to set up a medical practice, so
Rose is certain her being sent there is a setup. Yet Miles doesn't seem
interested in her, and after Rose falls ill in Montana, he seems content to
act as her physician and friend. When Rose captures the attention of Miles's
younger, flamboyant brother as well as the town sheriff, Miles retreats even
further from any attempt at courtship.

How can Rose honor her father's last wish if Miles doesn't even try to court
her? Will she have the courage to put her heart on the line and fight for
the one she really loves?

My Review:

I've been spending way too much time reading YA paranormal. Who knew I would enjoy an LDS Historical Romance so much. I honestly can't remember ever reading a book quite like this and I'm so glad I did. I fell in love with Rose and her family from the first moment. 

The characters were well written and totally believable for the time period. I loved that it portrayed a snippet of the missionary experience back in the late 1800's and took the characters away from Utah and the support they received from being among other members. I can't imagine what it would have been like to be in a community where there were only a handful of Mormons, especially in the days when they were ostracized and taunted because of their beliefs. 

Miles, although portrayed as a quiet and withdrawn young man, was actually my favorite character. I love that he wasn't afraid to show his emotions, especially when he finally opened up about his sister. My favorite scene was the one by the fire when he revealed the secret about her and we got to find out why he was so quiet and cautious about loving someone. Stephanie Humphreys did a great job of blending the events together with just the right amount of foreshadowing so they were believable. 

Although this book stands alone and leaves no loose ends, I hope Stephanie takes some of the other characters and tells their stories in future novels. I'd like to know what happens with Sean and if Miles' family ever join the church. That's the sign of a good book, when it leaves me wanting more. And this one did exactly that. 

Want to win a copy of Finding Rose? 
It's easy. 
Check out the fabulous reviews and leave a comment letting us know why you're excited
to read Finding Rose. Remember to include your email address. If you tweet about the blog tour, or post about it on your blog or facebook, leave the link in the comments section and
you'll receive an additional entry.

November 22
Tristi Pinkston--Tristi Pinkston

November 23
Alison Palmer--Tangled Words and

November 24
Taffy Lovell--Taffy's Writing

November 29
Jenn Wilks--Jenn Wilks
Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen--The
Write Blocks

November 30
Amanda Thomson--Maybe Mandi

December 1
Sheila Staley--Why Not?
Because I Said So

December 2
Valerie Ipson--Valerie Ipson

December 3
Christine Bryant--Day


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  2. Sounds like an awesome book. Thanks for the review.

  3. OK I'm hooked I love historical romance. I will go blog for it right now. :)

  4. This books sounds incredible! I was hooked by just reading the blurb. I can't wait to get my hands on it and dive into Rose's head and see what she is going to do to untangle her relationships.
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  5. Thanks for the great review, Christine. I'm so glad you liked it. I'm working on the next book and hope to have it done soon.

  6. I'm thrilled to know there will be a follow-up novel to Finding Rose, which I hope to win so I can read it! I adore historical fiction. Maybe that's why I write it. AT gmail DOT com

  7. I'm so happy you're writing another one with some of the same characters. You better put me down for the blog tour as well. Oh, and the book club in my ward may be reading this in a few months, too. YAY!! What are my chances of getting some autographed copies???

  8. I am a sucker for historical fiction. I just LOVE getting drawn into a different time. It's priceless.

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