Thursday, February 5, 2015

Rose's Gift - The Friday 56 and Book Beginnings on Friday

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     I enjoy books that feature mature women, and Rose's Gift definitely falls into that category since Rose is a sixty-year-old widow. The book's tagline says: "Some say life is a cycle, but it’s really a spiral. Seasons come and go, but when they return, it’s to a new place." I like the way the author takes us inside Rose's head, revealing her thoughts and feelings as she contemplates romance late in life. She really brings the character to life.
     Rose's Gift takes place at the turn of the last century and brings together characters from Rain Trueax's other Arizona historical books.

Book Beginning:
It was the year of our Lord, 1900, a year that Rose had begun without any feeling it would be different than the years before it, all the years since her husband had died in 1896. An old woman, Rose had thought she would end her life sooner than she had. What was with that? Can't a body even die when it's the right time? At sixty, she was feeling far less old than she'd been expecting. She shook her head. Silly old woman.

Friday 56 (from 56% on my Kindle):
Rose had seen people die, too many through her lifetime. She wished she believed it would be otherwise for Alexa. In her heart, she knew the young woman had come to them to find a place for her son. She was now ready to release her hold on life.

Genre: Women's Fiction / Western Romance
Book Length: 66 Pages
Amazon Link: Rose's Gift
Other Books by Rain Trueax: Rain Trueax Blog

Rather than post a synopsis, I'm including a video where Rain Trueax talks about Rose's Gift.

                            

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38 comments:

  1. Oh wow. This is very heavy. Good share, but I'd have to be in the right mindset for that.

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    1. This isn't a heavy book at all, but I guess the 56 excerpt may make it seem that way. I chose that passage because I liked the writing. It's actually a positive and happy story.

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    2. I had the same reaction as Page that it sounds heavy. This excerpt struck me more as inspirational historical fiction. Hum . . .

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    3. It's not what I would call inspirational since there's a definite sexual attraction between the hero and heroine. However, it might inspire younger women to realize that life at 60 can be romantic!

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  2. This sounds like a great read. Love the cover on this one. Thanks for sharing.

    Hope you'll visit me today at Sounds like a fabulous read. I've never read one of Carr's books, though I have promoted some at my blogs. This looks like an author I should really check out. Thanks for sharing.

    Hope you'll visit me at http://www.thebusymomsdaily.com/2015/02/the-friday-56-week-213.html

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    1. Thank you for stopping by. I'll definitely visit your blog too.

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  3. A pretty cover and I do like the tagline. Thanks for sharing and happy reading.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

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    1. Rose's Gift is a really good story with likable characters. I like the idea that love can happen at any age.

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  4. This sounds like a read that is both sad and uplifting at the same time, which is a great combination. I wonder whether perhaps, at 21, I'm a bit too young to get into Rose's head but then I really liked the BB! Thanks for sharing :) I hope you have a great weekend!
    My Friday post
    Juli @ Universe in Words

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    1. Rose is such an interesting and likable character! I think a reader of any age could relate to her feelings and doubts as she contemplates a life-changing event.

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  5. Sounds like a keeper. Hope you enjoy it.

    My Friday post: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2015/02/friday-focus-friday-56-book-beginnings.html

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  6. This sounds wonderful, but more than likely something that would make me cry. You can find mine here... http://lisaksbookthoughts.blogspot.com/

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    1. I'd describe this book as "touching" rather than "sad."

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  7. Rose sounds like a wonderful character, with depth and wisdom. I would love to read this one....thanks for sharing.

    Here's mine: “THREE DAYS TO FOREVER”

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    1. I think you'd like it, Laurel-Rain. I enjoyed meeting an older character who finds fulfilling love in her life.

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  8. Oh this sounds interesting! I love that the main character is a little older than normal and the writing sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. thank you so much for what you said here about the book, Sandra. As an author, I would like to say, I didn't see this as a sad book but rather uplifting. Yes, it has sad elements in it, but it sticks to what a romance must be with a HEA. I think more than anything it shows that old age is not what people think :).

    When I was in my 30s, I thought someone even in their 50s was over the hill. Then I got to my 60s and it wasn't what I expected. Neither is what it's like at my age now-- 71. For love and passion, it's only too late, at any age, when we let it be so.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by today. I enjoyed Ruth's story (no, it isn't sad!), and I'm looking forward to reading your other books set in Arizona.

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  10. Sounds like a very insightful story and I like the slightly historical setting. Thanks for sharing.

    Check out my 56.

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  11. I too like a mature woman as the protagonist. I find that a lot in contemporary lit and cozy mysteries.
    This sounds like it might not be a quick read and I'd have to set time aside to read it without other books looming.
    My 56 - http://fuonlyknew.com/2015/02/06/the-friday-56-51-the-promise/

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    1. Yes, it's a quick read (only 66 pages), but it's a complete story with beautifully drawn characters and depth. It was fun to look at love through an older character's eyes.

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  12. This sounds like it could be a great short read. :) Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    Stormi

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  13. I need to pick up more short-stories. Have wonderful when you want to read something, but don't have the time to delve for hours into a book. Thank you so much for sharing!

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    1. At 66 pages, I guess I'd call this a "novelette." It's a quick read, and it's a good story.

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  14. The beginning reminds me of the new law the Supreme Court passed today on assisted suicide. Tough subject to read about.
    Happy weekend!

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  15. I think looking through the lens of an older person can be fun, insightful and deep. The author has a lot of wisdom. Thanks for sharing with us.

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    1. I agree -- and this book was entertaining too.

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  16. This sounds like an emotional read.

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  18. Ooooo...this sounds wonderful.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Have a great weekend.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

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  19. Yes, I think a very interesting book!!

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  20. I hope to feel that way when I'm 60 that I feel no where my age! Thanks for sharing and commenting on my blog! :)

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    1. When I was younger, I thought 60 was ancient! But it turns out that I had (and still have) a lot of energy. I sure don't feel as old as I thought I would at this age.

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  21. I really like the tone to the narrators voice, it's so soothing and it leaves you wanting to read more!

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  22. Oh. This book sounds really appealing. Nice experts :)

    NYZE@EverythingNyze

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