The Soldier and the Rose

The Soldier and the Rose

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by Linda Barrett

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From the Greatest Generation, a love story to remember...

Two soldiers go off to war in Europe. Both from the same neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY. Only one returns home.

Rose Kaufman's grief is soul deep. Her husband, Joe, had been her one true love, so right for her that a lifetime together wouldn't be enough. When Charlie Shapiro show up with


From the Greatest Generation, a love story to remember...

Two soldiers go off to war in Europe. Both from the same neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY. Only one returns home.

Rose Kaufman's grief is soul deep. Her husband, Joe, had been her one true love, so right for her that a lifetime together wouldn't be enough. When Charlie Shapiro show up with stories of Joe, eager to rebuild his war-shattered life with Rose and her baby daughter...she warns that a marriage of convenience would be him. She cannot promise her heart to this kind and gentle man.

Through the years, Charlie wonders if love can grow or if he'll always be second best.

Who is her true love? The man she married with all her heart, or the man who married her with all of his? It's a question only Rose can answer.

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Huntress Reviews - Detra Fitch
5 Stars! The entire story is told within the space of a few hours, on a single night, by Rose and Charlie to their children. However, the reader watches the events as they unfold for Rose and Charlie. Told in such vivid details, I felt as though I were there. This tale is absolutely perfect for a made-for TV move! Keep the tissues handy. This author will touch, if not play with your heart strings.
CataNetwork - Donna Zapf
5 Stars! This is a sweet powerful story about a love so strong that after sixty years it is still as compelling ad unconditional as it was on that first long ago day. Favorite author Linda Barrett has written a magically romantic tale of three people's lives that intertwine and merge to create a lifetime of love. The nostalgia alone is enough to capture the reader's attention but add to that the dynamic characters and prosodic writing of Ms. Barrett and you have a gratifying, must-read book.
Romance Junkies - Sherri Myers
4.5 stars. It was with a wistful sigh that I turned the last page of The Soldier and the Rose. Such a fabulously nostalgic story comes along once in a blue moon, and boy, was it shining brightly amongst the book stars! For any romantics looking for a tender love story, this is what true romance really is!
RT BookReviews - Catherine Witner
As Rose Shapiro and her second husband, Charlie, prepare to celebrate their 60th anniversary, Rose reflects on their lives together and the years prior to it. Their granddaughter is expecting, and her husband is being deployed to Iraq--echoing Rose's experience with her first husband, Joe. Killed in Europe during WWII, Joe was a friend of Charlie's, and is the reason Charlie met Rose when he returned to the states. Linda Barrett's story has well drawn characters and a very believable conflict.

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Linda Barrett is the author of over a dozen novels of contemporary romance as well as a novel of women's fiction and a memoir about surviving breast cancer twice. She's earned many industry awards through Romance Writers of America including the Holt Medallion, The Award of Excellence and the Write Touch Reader's award. A graduate of Hunter College, Linda now lives in the Tampa, FL area with her husband. They have three grown sons and the most adorable, intelligent, super-duper grandchildren ever!

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Soldier and the Rose (Harlequin Everlasting Love Series #19) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Linda Barrettâ¿¿s THE SOLDIER AND THE ROSE is a heartwarming love story and family saga spanning a period of over sixty years beginning in World War II and ending in the present day. Rose Kaufman married Joe Rabinowitz on December 7, 1941. They enjoyed six glorious months together before he was shipped overseas. She wrote many letters to Joe over the course of the war, announcing her pregnancy, recounting the milestones in baby Susanâ¿¿s life, and always professing her love for Joe. Charlie Shapiro was under Joeâ¿¿s command during the war. Joe shared Roseâ¿¿s letters with his men, and most of them grew to love herâ¿¿Charlie included. Charlie was with Joe when he was killed. After the war ends, Charlie visits Rose and falls more deeply in love with her and her daughter. To help Rose out of a difficult situation, he offers a marriage of convenience, knowing she still grieves for Joe. Can Rose find a place in her heart for Charlie? Or will Charlie have to live with Joeâ¿¿s ghost for the rest of his life? THE SOLDIER AND THE ROSE is a captivating tale with a large ensemble of endearing characters. The story is woven around Rose and Charlie preparing to celebrate their sixtieth wedding anniversary. We know they have a long-enduring marriage. We know they love one another deeply. But how did they overcome the obstacles standing in their way? With the finesse of a Hollywood director, Ms. Barrett flawlessly uses flashbacks and the letters written by Rose to her dead husband, to propel the reader back and forth through time, making the story richly layered and textured, both in the past and the present. THE SOLDIER AND THE ROSE is an outstanding work of fiction, with a fresh and unique presentation. I was so invested in the charactersâ¿¿ lives, I truly didnâ¿¿t want the story to end. When I finished the book, I immediately read it again from first page to lastâ¿¿something Iâ¿¿ve never done before. I highly recommend this soul-stirring book.
harstan More than 1 year ago
During World War II, Rose Kaufman¿s beloved spouse Joe died in combat without once seeing his daughter, born after he left to go overseas. His friend Charlie Shapiro survived war physically, but struggles emotionally. He had vowed to his brother in arms that if Joe died and he lived, he would visit Rose when he returned to Brooklyn to tell her he loved her. However, Charlie soon knows he loves Rose and Joe¿s daughter although he assumes she does not return his feelings, Charlie persuades Rose to marry him, which she does.------------------------- In the present history repeats itself as their granddaughter Liz is expecting a child while her spouse Matt is in Iraq. This, as they celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of their marriage, leads Rose and Charlie to reflect on their life together. He believes his cherished wife never loved him as he could never compete with the ghost of Joe although in truth he never wanted to as Joe was his buddy. -------------- This engaging relationship drama contains two strong lead characters and an incredibly developed support cast, mostly family members. Charlie¿s muse of loving his wife for sixty years through not believing she returned his feelings and Rose¿s thoughts on how she feels about her caring second husband and her first A Guy Named Joe make for a deep character study. Although the action is limited, fans who appreciate a deep introspective tale will enjoy the SOLDIER AND THE ROSE.----------- Harriet Klausner