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One Perfect Rose

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

THANK YOU for reissuing this book!

As a prolific reader of literally thousands of books, I have VERY few books that I would wish to absolutely have if stranded on a desert island. (About 25) I had read the previous series this book was spun off from but this one truly touches the heart and just so you d...
As a prolific reader of literally thousands of books, I have VERY few books that I would wish to absolutely have if stranded on a desert island. (About 25) I had read the previous series this book was spun off from but this one truly touches the heart and just so you don't get the wrong idea about this description, there IS a happy ending.

The basic premise of this book is that Stephen (a Duke) discovers he has very little time left to live and after having lived life thus far by following all the rules and strictures of his class, he decides to discover if there is anything MORE to life than what he has seen and experienced. He falls into traveling with a theatre troop and meets their adopted daughter, Rosalind and the two characters find themselves questioning their lives, their choices and eventually their relationship.

The mental picture of Rosalind and Stephen is so clear and rich with details about not only their lives in terms of where they see their place in the world and how differently they see their lives and everyone in it at the beginning of the book, but also the journey to the appreciation of all the small gifts of life they normally took for granted. Leading up to their final understanding of who and what is truly important and that life is a journey that they can never take for granted, because when that journey ends, the only thing they can take with them is the love, kindness and joy that they leave behind. Mary Jo Putney takes you on their journey and their feelings of joy, happiness, despair, regret and then acceptance. Despite their personal experiences with their families and the determination not to care too deeply about each other, they realize that in the end, it is better to have loved and been loved in return for a span of time counted in days and weeks than to not have loved or been loved in return in an entire lifetime and the importance of showing and sharing that love.

I have NEVER written a review before (and probably never will again) but this is one of my most favorite books that still keeps me laughing and crying EVERY time I read it and I absolutely HATED the 'professional' reviewer's opinion about a book I so thoroughly enjoyed and keep on enjoying every time I read it. Take a chance on this book and read it! This is definitely a stand alone book but a couple of the minor characters were in Putney's Fallen Angel series. I have read them and though I thought they were a good read, they didn't touch me like this book. There is only one other book by Mary Jo Putney that is also on my desert isle shelf and that is The Rake, which, unfortunately seems to be out of print. It too, is worth the search to find a used copy or maybe it will be reissued. I'd love to find it in eBook format!

posted by Paulette_Lavigne on August 17, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Does not translate well to Nook

While it was pretty predictable, the story itself wasn't bad... However, the Nook edition leaves a LOT to be desired. Typos, misspellings, wrong words used, lines repeating themselves, missing italics, and missing punctuation everywhere! It really damaged the enjoyabili...
While it was pretty predictable, the story itself wasn't bad... However, the Nook edition leaves a LOT to be desired. Typos, misspellings, wrong words used, lines repeating themselves, missing italics, and missing punctuation everywhere! It really damaged the enjoyability of the story, as the mistakes were quite glaring and often detrimental to the enjoyment of reading. If you're going to read it, I suggest getting the original paperback edition from 1997 instead.

posted by 10817600 on February 5, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    Does not translate well to Nook

    While it was pretty predictable, the story itself wasn't bad... However, the Nook edition leaves a LOT to be desired. Typos, misspellings, wrong words used, lines repeating themselves, missing italics, and missing punctuation everywhere! It really damaged the enjoyability of the story, as the mistakes were quite glaring and often detrimental to the enjoyment of reading. If you're going to read it, I suggest getting the original paperback edition from 1997 instead.

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  • Posted May 2, 2011

    not very creative

    This book was very predictable and did not keep my interest at all. All the major developments were easy to guess long before they happened. I was greatly disappointed in it.

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