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Thirty and a Half Excuses (Rose Gardner Mystery #3)

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  • Posted September 16, 2013

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    I was very fortunate and very lucky to have been given a copy of

    I was very fortunate and very lucky to have been given a copy of this book to beta read for Denise.  I really and truly LOVE this series so much and I cannot believe that I got to be a part of the process for it!!  Anyway, if you haven’t read this series, then READ NO FURTHER!! You will need to read the others first before you read this one.  There may be spoilers here and I can’t help if I reveal something to you that you don’t know from reading the other books.




    Rose Gardner has survived the last 2 books and “adventures.”  She is still relatively in one piece and her relationship with Joe is still in tact.  But, Joe has to go off on an undercover assignment and leaves Rose to her own devices.  Rose and her sister Violet have recently opened a flower shop together and have a potentially very big client to impress, Reverand Jonah Pruitt.  He is the new pastor at the New Living Hope Revival Church and has given Rose and Violet a very large contract for landscaping at the church.  But there is something odd about Jonah and Rose isn’t so sure she wants to take his business, especially after Joe says to steer clear of him.  However, she can’t very well pass up the sale as it could be huge for their flower shop.  And, as if that’s not enough, old ladies on Rose’s street are dying and wouldn’t you know it, she gets mixed up in the mystery.  Since Joe is out of town, she’s relying on Assistant District Attorney Mason Deveraux III for help when she needs it, despite Joe telling Mason to stay away from Rose.  With all of this going on, Rose’s sister going through a divorce, Joe talking about having Rose meet his parents, you know that shenanigans are about to ensue!




    I truly believe that this is the best Rose Gardner book to date. It is suspenseful, funny, dramatic, heart wrenching and full of surprises, not all of them good ones.  Denise has created such an awesome group of characters that mesh so well together that the reader can’t help but be invested in them and their lives.  Even grumpy old curmudgeonly Mildred would be welcome around the dinner table if I were able to invite them all to a meal.  That would be a meal that would be remembered and go down in the record books in my opinion!




    But, I predict that there will be some grumbling and even backlash from some of Rose’s readers for some of the things that happen in this book.  I do, however, believe that these things are happening for the greater good of the series and for the characters in the book.  I believe that they are necessary for each character to evolve and mature into the people they are meant to be.  Each of these characters has already matured in each of the books, with Rose doing most of the growing.  I do hate the fact that I read this book early and I have to wait so long for the next one to come out!!  I give this book and this whole series 5 books (I’d give them a million plus if I could!).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 10, 2013

    Denise is a mad genius! She shocked and surprised me so many tim

    Denise is a mad genius! She shocked and surprised me so many times in this book! I love that about her writing and it keeps me going back for more!
    This is by far the best in the series and was an awesome page turner for me! I could not decide who I wanted to side with through much of the story…I love the Rose and Joe side…however I do think Mason is becoming a quick favorite for me.
    This book did not disappoint in keeping me guessing and even cussing over some of the twists in this book…Love that!
    I am quickly picking sides when it comes to so many characters; I think it’s because of how well Denise develops her characters. It is one of the things I love about her writing, that in the way she draws you in and then hits you like a truck with her sneaky twists!
    In saying that, things are never what they appear and Denise has quite a knack for reminding us in her writing. I often find myself really questioning why I dislike someone in all her books as I find later they had the best intentions and I totally judged them too quickly. As is the case with many of the characters in this book!
    This is by far my favorite in this series and I am completely irked that I have to wait to read the next book!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 10, 2013

    Do you know what it's like to literally ride an emotion rollerco

    Do you know what it's like to literally ride an emotion rollercoaster? You will after you read Denise's third installment of the Rose Gardner mystery series.  My word, the emotions I went through were more than I could count. I love Rose so much and I just love watching her grow. She has grown into herself since book number 1 and I am so proud to be a part of that development. I absolutely,  100% am in love with her beau, Joe. I am his biggest fan and the journey of his true colors in this story is phenomenal.  without giving away spoilers..let's just say my heart was so conflicted when it came to him. I adore Mason as well and his friendship (key word friendship) is something to be in awe of. The character relationships throughout this story are beautiful and heart breaking and near perfect all at once.  This is more than just a must read; it's a perfect read. Get your Rose on boys and girls!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2014

    Ugghh

    Anyone else feel like they are heartbroken and weigh a million pounds at the end of this book?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2014

    Always a great book from Denise Grover Swank.

    Can hardly wait for next book to come out!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2014

    Love these characters

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2014

    Still adore this series!

    I love the characters in the Rose Gardener books. I was so excited to know that the author is writing more. The book is a charming , easy read and picks up right where the other left off. Can't wait to read more!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2013

    great read!!

    Loved this series. Well written, wish you weren't left hanging at end of each book until next book to finish story. Even so looking forward to next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2013

    Highly recommend!

    Have read all three books in the series and can't wait for the new book to be released!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2013

    loved it

    read all three books in series. I just loved the story line and
    fell in love with the characters. I need to start a new book and
    have to "mourn" this series first. I can't wait to find out how
    Rose ends up. I'll be watching for the new book in January.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2013

    Can't wait for the next adventure with Rose!

    It will be hard but, I'll patiently wait for the next book to find out what happens...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2013

    Rose is back and better than ever! In Thirty Rose has really sta

    Rose is back and better than ever! In Thirty Rose has really started being her amazing self. She's learned to stand up for herself, and has a whole lot of confidence that makes her even more lovable (if that's possible). But she's still that sweet, fun Rose who can't not help people and it gets her in trouble again. She tries to stay out of it, but that's easier said than done, especially when a vision reveals someone's life is on the line. Joe is off on assignment and Rose finds herself turning to Mason for help, which causes some trouble in paradise. And the secrets — Oh, the secrets! Everyone has one and some could rock Rose's world, and even change it forever. This book will pull you through every emotion available and leave you dying for more, and in need of a support group to get out all the feels. Be prepared to not be able to put this book down, like at all... this is one of those books you will take into the bathroom because seriously... you can't put it down!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2013

    Great book!

    I need a team Mason tee shirt stat!

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    Posted September 15, 2013

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