Wednesday, April 1, 2015

[Pat's Review]: "Wild Rose"

Wild Rose by Betsy Talbot
Publisher: ES Scott Publishing (March 17, 2015)
Series: The Late Bloomers, 1
Genre: Contemporary/Chick Lit

Finally, a Romance Series for Women Over 40! 

Fall in love with The Late Bloomers...

After a lifetime of friendship bordering on sisterhood, five 40-something women from Arizona each embark on their own adventures in love, travel, and discovery around the globe. Knowing themselves far better than they did in their 20s and 30s, these seasoned women are ready to take on the world. 

If 40 is the new 20, these women are just getting started..About the Book:

Rose Quinn is having a very bad summer. First her 19-year-old daughter left home to backpack across Europe instead of going to college. Then a woman she loved like a mother died of a heart attack, making her feel like an orphan all over again. And in just a few weeks her best friend will be moving to New York City. For a single mother who's always had someone else to take care of, Rose is finally wondering how to take care of herself.

Handsome Mateo Romero is a transplanted Spaniard running a restaurant on Lake Como in Italy. A broken heart got him there, but he's made a success of it just like he did his architecture business back in Madrid. One thing he hasn't been successful with is love.

When Mateo hires Rose's daughter for a summer job and gives her a free place to stay, Rose immediately suspects the worst. She won't let her daughter make the same mistake she did at that age, so Rose flies to Italy to confront Mateo. What Rose finds instead is a secret she didn't suspect and a challenge to everything she's ever thought about love and the illusion of control.

Rose's daughter doesn't need saving, but can Rose save herself?.

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Pat's Review:

This is the first book in what looks to be an amazing series. Five women, friends since infancy have a bond no one can break.  Their mothers were close friends and named all their first born girls flower names; Rose, Violet, Lilly, Daisy and Ivy. They became known as The Bloomers. Their  friendship is the one stable thing in all their lives. Now, all these women are in their forties and need each other more than ever, now known as The Late Bloomers.  Rose is a single mom with a successful landscaping design business, whose daughter has gone to Italy for a break before college.  Suddenly, Rose receives a picture of Rachel with her new boss in an Italian eatery.  Rose is sure he is a middle aged beast preying on her precious child! Her best friends insist she go to Italy to check the situation out, and Rachel (her daughter) would love for her to visit.

When Rose arrives in Varenna, Italy she is ready to do battle with Mateo, the co-owner of the restaurant, who is a former architect from Spain. Rachel quickly convinces her Mateo is her boss and looks out for her, nothing more. Now, Rose really looks at him....charming, handsome, a perfect gentleman. She has decided she will really enjoy this trip. Mateo is equally fascinated by Rose and tries his best to convince her of his interest. The food, wine and scenery will make your mouth water and warm your heart.  Rose is meanwhile texting her friends, and receiving their encouragement to finally have a chance for a romantic relationship.  Oh, how romantic it is!  Until his partners from Spain arrive and ruin her dream.

I loved this story. It will definitely be on my favorites list for 2015.  For me, it was reading a beautiful love story about a couple in their forties. The secondary characters were delightful as well. Best of all, it had an HEA.  The next in the series English Ivy, is due to be released in July.  I can't wait!  I highly recommend this series to all who believe love has no age limit!


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Pat received an e-ARC of this book from the author in exchange for her honest opinion.

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Thanks for the review, Pat! :) Sounds like a wonderful read. 

Do you have a favorite romance with "older" characters? 

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Until Next Time,


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Red Iza said...

You got all my attention at "over 40" ! I recently read Victoria Dahl's Fanning the flames where, finally, the main characters were not youngsters ! And it was excellent. I'm adding this one on my shelf, thanks for reviewing it :D !

Anna@herding cats&burning soup said...

Love that they're in their 40s! So awesome to see that done and done well :)

Sophia Rose said...

Love Autumn romances! I read the same one Iza did and I've read a few more over the years with mature lovers. Dating a Cougar comes to mind.
This one sounds good.

Lover Of Romance said...

Oh I love this theme!!! You don't see it too often, so its always a pleasure to read a romance where the characters are older...because it doesn't matter how old you get, love and passion are still just as real and vital.