One Perfect Rose

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Few romance novels have touched readers as deeply or as lastingly as this classic by New York Times bestselling author Mary Jo Putney. Poignant, passionate, and tender, One Perfect Rose is the story of two mismatched lovers drawn into a fragile, unforgettable union...

One Perfect Rose

Stephen Kenyon, the new Duke of Ashburton, has always known exactly what society expected of him. But a doctor's grim diagnosis leaves him longing to experience life as never before. Traveling ...

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Overview

Few romance novels have touched readers as deeply or as lastingly as this classic by New York Times bestselling author Mary Jo Putney. Poignant, passionate, and tender, One Perfect Rose is the story of two mismatched lovers drawn into a fragile, unforgettable union...

One Perfect Rose

Stephen Kenyon, the new Duke of Ashburton, has always known exactly what society expected of him. But a doctor's grim diagnosis leaves him longing to experience life as never before. Traveling incognito, he becomes entangled with a wandering theater family and their spirited adopted daughter, Rosalind Jordan. With no time to waste in courtship, Stephen convinces Rosalind to marry him-an arrangement that has advantages for both. The warm companionship and profound passion they share is more than Stephen expected, and far more than his family and his own guarded nature ever allowed. But each passing, perfect day together is a bittersweet reminder that love is the one thing he is not at liberty to offer, and the one thing she can never admit...

"In her superb, inimitable style, Putney takes a pair of magnetic, beautifully matched protagonists, places them in a dark, impossible situation, and makes it work." -Library Journal

" One Perfect Rose is Mary Jo Putney in top form." -Romantic Times

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Hoping to exploit the success of Putney's Fallen Angels series, Fawcett is launching its first rack-size hardcover romancesmall enough to fit on the mass market shelves at the local supermarket but durable enough to cost more. There were originally four "dashing, complicated Regency rakes," as Putney once called the heroes of her Fallen Angels, but with the quartet finished in 1995, she has continued to write spinoffsRiver of Fire and now this novel. Stephen, fifth Duke of Ashburton, seventh Marquess of Benfield, etc., learns that he has only a few more months to live. Widowed (the former duchess was a cold girl with a fondness for needlework) and childless, Stephen takes to the road to ponder his fate and joins a roving troupe of Midlands actors. In an uncharacteristic move for the dutiful duke, he asks one of the actresses, Rosalind (the "perfect Rose") to marry him and share his last weeks on earth. Veterans of historical romance will twig to Stephen's "disease" pretty quickly, but the hero and heroine figure it out a few tedious, gastric chapters later; meanwhile a sugarcoated out-of-body experience teaches him all about love. Like the other couples who inhabit this seriesand for all their servants, swell clothes and cavernous residencesStephen and Rose are basically a nice middle-class pair. Spies or thieves, gypsies or dukes, Putney's lovers are fundamentally alike: scratch those checkered pasts and you have the makings of a carpool. (June)
Library Journal
Stunned when his family physician tells him that he only has a few months to live, Stephen Kenyon, Duke of Ashburton, escapes Ashburton Hall and temporarily leaves his responsibilities behind to wander the countryside anonymously as he tries to sort out his feelings and reconcile himself to his apparent fate. However, when his heroic rescue of a young boy results in his becoming part of a traveling theater company, he meets the compelling Rosalind Jordan. In her superb, inimitable style, Putney (River of Fire, Signet, 1996) takes a pair of magnetic, beautifully matched protagonists, places them in a dark, impossible situation, and makes it work. This title is the first of Ballantine's new "keeper" series of paperback-sized hardcover romances and should be in demand by Putney fans and libraries. She lives in Baltimore.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781420108521
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 490,290
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Jo Putney graduated from Syracuse University with degrees in eighteenth-century literature and industrial design. A New York Times bestselling author, she has won numerous awards for her writing, including two Romance Writers of America RITA Awards, four consecutive Golden Leaf awards for Best Historical Romance, and the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for Historical Romance. She was the keynote speaker at the 2000 National Romance Writers of America Conference. Ms. Putney lives in Baltimore, Maryland. Visit her Web site at www.maryjoputney.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    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 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!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2011

    Lovely!!

    I rather liked this book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2004

    A very picky reader

    This title joins the small list of my favorite books.It's a very simple story about a man and a woman who are brought together after he learns that he's about to die.And that is a good thing because otherwise he'd never have met her.There are no great mysteries or misunderstandings here.Just a very simple story of two people who find each other,share each other's joys and sorrows and in turn make each whole.I felt that I understood what both these characters were going through and found myself rooting for them.There is tremendous chemistry between them and I totally understood why they were falling in love with each other.MJP even manages to surprise us at the very end.How rare is that in a romance novel?Give it a try - you won't regret it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

    FOR BETTER ADVISE CLICK THIS

    GO TO LET MY HEART GO AND TITLE YOUR QUESTION TO SETH WITH A NAME I CAN ANSWER BACK TO

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2013

    Liams girl

    Hey im so bored im a girl plz text me bak

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    To below

    Okay so what to you want to discuss.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2012

    Terrible book

    The best part was the first 25 pages ad the lasr 25 pages al 300 in between was long boring predictable and dragged on and on. I finished it just to finish it. I love this author but i dont know what happened with this book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2012

    Great book!

    I actually read this book not realizing it is the 7th in the Fallen Angels Series. It was a wonderful stand alone book - but once I read the other 6 books in this series {all incredible and worth the read!} the characters were much much more alive to me since I had been reading about them for 6 previous books and came to know them better.
    Either way you will enjoy this story!

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  • Posted March 31, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    As Always, M J Putney's book is a winner

    Part of the "rogues" series, ONE PERFECT ROSE involves Steven, the older brother of SHATTERED RAINBOWS hero, Michael Kenyon. It is exciting, romantic, and historically accurate. Ms Putney;s historical notes at the end of most books are delightful and informative.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Fantastic!

    A great book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2011

    OMG

    Loved it!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2011

    Love it!

    Loved the whole series when they originally came out and bought the digital copy to read whenever I have nothing else available.

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  • Posted August 29, 2011

    Unique reading

    Simply wonderful. Very unique story, endearing characters, wonderfully written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2011

    I loved this book

    I thought this was a great story that was unlike any other that i have read in the past. The characters were full of life and very believable.

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  • Posted May 27, 2011

    Totally enjoyable...

    Another fun read from Putney! Ya gotta love "happy ever after" endings!

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  • Posted May 20, 2011

    Beautiful love story!

    One of my favorites....very touching!

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  • Posted May 10, 2011

    Loved it!

    Great read. Reminded me od Withering Heights.

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  • Posted May 9, 2011

    Loved it!!

    My first book by this author. Love love loved it! Would also make my island list! A must read!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2011

    Absolutely marvelous

    I read this based on the reviewer who would have included this in her desert isle 25. I read many of the author's books some years ago and really enjoyed them. This was a very welcome re-introduction. I thoroughly loved this book and would add it to my own 25. The depth of character growth is beyond the normal romance novel. This book was extremely moving and emotional and well worth reading over and over again.

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