About the Book
The 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 twenty years. Widower Michael Dobrescu brought his family from Romania to the town of Colden, Massachusetts, with a singular purpose: to claim the house willed to his father. Since neither party has any intention of giving up their claim, a fierce legal battle ensues between the two families.
When Libby’s father’s most important and sensitive documents go missing, Michael and his family are the likely culprits. Determined to discover the truth behind the stolen papers, Libby investigates, only to find herself unconvinced that Michael’s to blame and at risk of developing feelings for this man with the mysterious past.
When it seems the papers have indeed made it into the wrong hands and a decision about the house is pending in the courts, Libby must weigh the risks of choosing a side and giving her heart to a man whose intentions and affections are less than certain.
Elizabeth Camden’s second novel has won me over. Admittedly, I was not completely enamoured with The Lady of Bolton Hill, but with this book Camden has found her writing voice. Resplendent with engaging dialogue, intriguing symbolism, fluid descriptions, and poignant characters, The Rose of Winslow Street is a complex story that continuously develops. The story feels fresh in spite of its heavy content (war crimes, poverty, illiteracy, an discrimination). The family and interpersonal character dynamics are wrought with tension, resulting in smart dialogue laced with subliminal messages and thinly veiled derision.
Elizabeth Camden has mastered the art of restraint when presenting the romantic plot of this story. The tension between Michael and Libby is so palpable that air feels charged with electricity, yet physically it is very benign. Camden manages to produce something that feels edgy without actually being edgy, which works for this book and these characters. Michael and Libby are passionate and witty individuals that circle each other like two animals of prey staking their claim and protecting their beloved. They both vie for reader loyalty in an incessant tug of war that appeals to a reader’s heart.
Welcome to my “to-be-read” list Elizabeth Camden!
**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.**