Friday Reads: A Dozen Roses for Mom

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Take time to the smell the roses… and to appreciate mothers this Sunday. We happen to like the smell of a book’s pages as they turn. Our bouquet of one dozen “rosy” reads includes memoir, romance, crime, history, poetry and literary fiction. Each book as unique as mom and her tastes:


Lost Roses by Martha Hall KellyLOST ROSES: A NOVEL by Martha Hall Kelly

The runaway bestseller Lilac Girls introduced the real-life heroine Caroline Ferriday. This sweeping new novel, set a generation earlier and also inspired by true events, features Caroline’s mother, Eliza, and follows three equally indomitable women from St. Petersburg to Paris under the shadow of World War I.


Blue Rose by Carol Muske-DukesBLUE ROSE by Carol Muske-Dukes

Carol Muske-Dukes has won acclaim for poetry that marries sophisticated intelligence, emotional resonance, and lyrical intensity. The poems in her new collection, Blue Rose, navigate around the idea of the unattainable – the elusive nature of poetry, of knowledge, of the fact that we know so little of the lives of others, of the world in which we live.


Rose Gold by Walter MosleyROSE GOLD by Walter Mosley

In the sixties era of black nationalism, political abductions, and epidemic police corruption, Easy’s latest case will pull him—unremittingly and inevitably—into the darkest underbelly of Los Angeles. Rosemary Goldsmith, the daughter of a weapons manufacturer, has been kidnapped by a black revolutionary cell called Scorched Earth. Their leader, Uhuru Nolicé, is holding her for ransom and if he doesn’t receive the money, weapons, and apology he demands, “Rose Gold” will die—horribly and publicly. So the authorities turn to Easy Rawlins, the one man who can cross the necessary lines to resolve this dangerous standoff and find Rose Gold before it’s too late.


The Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbie MacomberTHE INN AT ROSE HARBOR: A NOVEL by Debbie Macomber

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber comes a heartwarming new series based in the Pacific Northwest town of Cedar Cove, where a charming cast of characters finds love, forgiveness, and renewal behind the doors of the cozy Rose Harbor Inn.



Black Rose by Nora RobertsBLACK ROSE (In the Garden Trilogy) by Nora Roberts

At forty-seven, Rosalind Harper is a woman whose experiences have made her strong enough to bend without breaking—and to weather any storm. A widow with three grown sons, she survived a disastrous second marriage and built her In the Garden nursery from the ground up. Through the years, In the Garden has become more than just a thriving business—it is a symbol of hope and independence to Roz, and to the two women she shares it with. Newlywed Stella and new mother Hayley are the sisters of her heart, and together, the three of them are the future of In the Garden.



Gypsy Rose Lee. A fascinating celebrity with a secret past, described by Life magazine as “the only woman in the world with a public body and a private mind, both equally exciting.” Set against the provocative worlds of vaudeville and burlesque, at a time when America was coming of age, American Rose is a rich and powerful portrait of Rose as a fascinating entertainer—and the woman she was behind the curtain.


Rose: My Life in Service to Lady Astor by Rosina HarrisonROSE: MY LIFE IN SERVICE TO LADY ASTOR by Rosina Harrison

In 1928, Rosina Harrison arrived at the illustrious household of the Astor family to take up her new position as personal maid to the infamously temperamental Lady Nancy Astor, who sat in Parliament, entertained royalty, and traveled the world. Like Gosford Park and Downton Abbey, Rose is a captivating insight into the great wealth ‘upstairs’ and the endless work ‘downstairs’, but it is also the story of an unlikely decades-long friendship that grew between Her Ladyship and her spirited Yorkshire maid.


The Seduction of the Crimson Rose by Lauren WilligTHE SEDUCTION OF THE CRIMSON ROSE by Lauren Willig

Determined to secure another London season without assistance from her new brother-in-law, Mary Alsworthy accepts a secret assignment from Lord Vaughn on behalf of the Pink Carnation. She must infiltrate the ranks of the dreaded French spy, the Black Tulip, before he and his master can stage their planned invasion of England. Every spy has a weakness and for the Black Tulip that weakness is beautiful black-haired women?his ?petals? of the Tulip. A natural at the art of seduction, Mary easily catches the attention of the French spy, but Lord Vaughn never anticipated that his own heart would be caught as well. Fighting their growing attraction, impediments from their past, and, of course, the French, Mary and Vaughn find themselves lost in a treacherous garden of lies.


The Name of the Rose by Umberto EcoTHE NAME OF THE ROSE by Umberto Eco

A spectacular bestseller and now a classic, The Name of the Rose catapulted Umberto Eco, an Italian professor of semiotics turned novelist, to international prominence. An erudite murder mystery set in a fourteenth-century monastery, it is not only a gripping story but also a brilliant exploration of medieval philosophy, history, theology, and logic.


Wild Rose by Ann BlackmanWILD ROSE: THE TRUE STORY OF A CIVIL WAR SPY by Ann Blackman

This is the story of Rose O’Neal Greenhow, spy and Washington socialite, who worked for the confederacy during the Civil War. Woven into Wild Rose, a superbly-researched and wonderfully readable story of Rose O’Neal Greenhow, is a compelling history of wartime Washington.



The Tale of the Rose by Consuelo de Saint-ExuperyTHE TALE OF THE ROSE: THE LOVE STORY BEHIND THE LITTLE PRINCE by Consuelo de Saint-Exupery

In the spring of 1944, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry left his wife, Consuelo, to return to the war in Europe. Soon after, he disappeared while flying a reconnaissance mission over occupied France. Neither his plane nor his body was ever found. Written on Long Island in a quiet spell of reconciliation, The Little Prince was Antoine’s greatest gift to the woman he never stopped loving, the only child to emerge from their union. The Tale of the Rose is Consuelo’s reply—the love letter she never could write to her husband—a fable of its own, just as magical, poetic, and tragic as The Little Prince.


Tending Roses by Lisa WingateTENDING ROSES by Lisa Wingate

From the New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours comes a heartfelt novel about the bonds of family and the power of second chances.




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Posted: May 10, 2019