Review: My Dearest Rose by Jessie McClain

Saturday, August 27, 2011

My Dearest Rose by Jessie McClain

“My Dearest Rose” is a 400 word count fictional drama based off the life of a 24 year old girl named Iris. Iris lives in the small town of Falls City Oregon where she works at a small shop and plays music on the side at a local coffeeshop. She raises her 3 year old brother and is on bad terms with her mom whom she has never been able to get along with. Her boyfriend (who was also her best friend) had died 4 years earlier and she is still haunted by the memory. She then meets a guy named Jason (who is a roamer from Georgia) as she is performing one day at the coffeeshop and the story evolves. There are many twists and turns in the book. It’s based on someones life that could be mine, your own, or a strangers. It shows that when you think there is nothing or no one left to save you, that your true salvation can come fromt he most unexpected place and that sometimes all is takes is a stranger. When all hope is lost who is it that you cling to?  Description from author website:

 Iris has it tough, she’s got an abusive alcoholic mother, a father who loves her but isn’t always there for her, is raising her three year old brother as her own and is still reeling from the sudden, unexpected death of her boyfriend four years ago.  Her only reprieve from her tough existance is in the form of writing and performing songs at the local coffee shop.  It’s also where she meets traveller Jason. 
My Dearest Rose is basically a love story but it’s a love story about letting a lost love go, about the love shared between a parent and a child. 
I absolutely loved the first meeting between Jason and Rosie, it was such a inventive and sweet, cute way for them to meet and illustrates their connection right from the start.  Beautifully written.  My only piece of criticism is I felt the relationship developed a little too quickly but other than that I found the book to be very sweet, heartfelt and well written with well developed characters.
The copy I read and reviewed was kindly sent to me by the author as a review copy.

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