I haven’t read a good love story in a long time so I am so excited to share with you The Scent of Roses! I finished it the night before writing my review (as I do with all of my reviews) and was bursting at the seams to jump out of bed and share with everyone I could about this book!!!
A WOMAN’S SMILE
Rosalyn Delaney’s husband, Josiah, had vanished six years ago. Following a private detective’s lead, Rosalyn leaves Salt Lake City and boards a train heading to the mining town of Whiskey Ridge, Arizona. She arrives at Rose House, an old mansion reputed to be haunted, only to discover her missing husband has been killed, and his business partner, Whip Kincade, is wanted for his murder. Determined to uncover the secrets surrounding Josiah and his death, Rosalyn decides to stay-even when she begins to receive nightly visits from a charming “ghost”…
A GHOST’S KISS
Escaping a troubled past, Whip Kincade had hoped he could make a fresh start by coming to Whiskey Ridge and opening a saloon with his friend, Josiah. Now as a murder suspect hiding in his own house, Whip’s future looks bleak indeed…unless he can find the real culprit. But the unexpected intrusion of Rosalyn ruins his plans of sneaking out at night to investigate. Scaring her away is the first step in clearing his name, but Rosalyn doesn’t rattle easily. And Whip isn’t sure he wants the lovely widow to walk out of his life—especially when she would take his heart with her…
The first 30% of the book (roughly the first 1/3) was slow. I honestly was not sure I would make it through the book. It was very dry.
But, oh but…
At that 30% (or 1/3) part, I couldn’t get enough.
I couldn’t put the book down.
There was not enough time in one day to allow me to continue reading!
I loved it! I haven’t read a good love story in quite some time and this was not only a great love story, I loved this love story!
This book made me hurt, made me anxious, made me sad and made me laugh out loud! (Literally, there were times my husband stopped me and asked what was so funny because I was laughing out loud!)
This was a fabulous story that is mixed with mystery and love.
A must-read for any romantic!
About the Author
Charlene began her writing life at an early age, often penning stories where she cast herself as the heroine. It was after college when she dug out her old college typewriter and started her first novel, which came from a spirited dream she’d had the pervious night.
While that book never sold, her second novel did. Tender Touch became a Golden Heart finalist and earned her an agent who signed the book, and two others, in a three book contract with Kensington Publishing. Kensington went onto publish five of Charlene’s western historical romances: Taming Jenna (1994); Tender Touch (1994 Golden Heart Finalist); Forever Mine (1996 Romantic Times Magazine Reviewer’s Choice Award Nominee and Affaire de Coeur Reader/Writer Poll finalist); To Have and To Hold (1997); and as Rachel Summers, The Scent of Roses (1999).
Charlene took a break from publishing, but not from writing. A Kiss and A Dare is Charlene’s first paranormal romance.
Divine Gamble is Charlene’s latest work and won first place in the western historical category of the 2010 Romance Through The Ages contest.
When Charlene isn’t writing, she loves to travel, do genealogy, digital scrapbooking and dyes eggs in the Ukrainian style. And she enjoys camping and fishing with her husband in the Utah wilderness.
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I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.