Rosewood, by Melanie Carter Winkler, is unique in that it is set in Australia. A contemporary novel in which, because of debts, Jessica and her sisters must sell Rosewood, the country home of their grandparents. Jess is determined to hate the person who purchases the property. Patrick has fallen in love with the relaxed country home and wonders who would sell such a wonderful home. He requires that the seller come to the house to sign the papers completing the deal.
Attracted to each other from the start they begin a courtship learning about each other trying to keep from moving too fast for Jess's comfort. Patrick, a successful man, head of his own company, has a close family, faithful business partner and a past he doesn't want Jess to know about. Jess, the youngest of the three sisters, wants them to see her as the capable interior decorator that she is. She's been hurt in the past and uncertain she's ready for a new relationship.
Add a past affair and corporate mole which threaten Pat's new romance and company and Jess 's lukewarm feelings toward God and you have the makings of an interesting story.
Ms. Winkler doesn't disappoint. Her writing is interesting and the characters well thought out and developed. The story is sweet and the choices each make which threaten to break the budding romance are believable.
It's Australian setting is fresh and slightly foreign to an American reader. Spellings are different and some phrases unfamiliar. To have a nurse is to hold a baby. This one threw me for a few moments when Pat said he would like to. Once I finished the paragraph I realized what the wording meant.
The author worships on Saturday and so the characters do also. The theology presented was sound. It shows a positive view of two supportive families which is often lacking in contemporary writing. I enjoyed the book and look forward to the coming works of Ms. Winkler.
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