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Waking Rose: A Fairy Tale Retold

Waking Rose: A Fairy Tale Retold

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by Regina Doman

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Nineteen-year-old Rose Brier is in love with Fish Denniston: but Fish, struggling with abuse issues in his past, holds her at arms’ length until an old danger and a tragic accident threatens Rose’s life. A modern retelling of the story of “Sleeping Beauty,” and the third novel in the Fairy Tale Novel series.


Nineteen-year-old Rose Brier is in love with Fish Denniston: but Fish, struggling with abuse issues in his past, holds her at arms’ length until an old danger and a tragic accident threatens Rose’s life. A modern retelling of the story of “Sleeping Beauty,” and the third novel in the Fairy Tale Novel series.

Editorial Reviews

Danielle Bean
It's a love story and an adventure. It's sweet. It's funny. It's suspenseful. It's real.
Elena Marie Videl
In Regina's skillfully woven tale, the old conte de fée of the "Sleepng Beauty" merges into the horrors and struggles of our century, with all its potential for heroism and triumph. Highly recommended, I would especially suggest Waking Rose as a wonderful gift for teenagers and young adults.
Nancy Carpenter Brown
Rest and relaxation are supposed to be a part of our lives. Next time you need some, pick up Waking Rose, and enter into a fairy tale story that will captivate your imagination and renew your sense of justice. And it's always nice to have a story where wrongs are righted, the bad guys are defeated, and there's a happy ending.
Gai Smith
The climax is full of action and many twists and turns. The outcome is slightly surpring and the book worth reading.
Patrice Fagnat-MacArthur
Waking Rose is a wonderful addition to the genre of Catholic Fiction. Although aimed at a teen audience, adults will enjoy this trip into the world of fairy tale as well. Regina says she takes her inspiration for the novels from G.K. Chesterton, who once wrote that fairy tales endure because they feature ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, and that they teach children not merely that dragons exist, but that dragons can be slain.

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Chesterton Press
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The Fairy Tale Novels , #3
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Meet the Author

Regina Doman lives near Front Royal, Virginia with her husband and their seven children.
More information about her Fairy Tale Novel series can be found at www.fairytalenovels.com. Regina always welcomes email, feedback, and questions from readers.

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Waking Rose 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Rose_Marchen More than 1 year ago
Happiness, sorrow, fear, excitement, thrill, joy, hope, despair, doubt, belief, anxiety, relief, contentment, exhilaration, laughter, tears: "Waking Rose" provides the perfect whirlwind of emotions that every book should have. I know people of all ages who have read this book - my grandma and mom included, and I know guys who have enjoyed it as well. I don't care who you are, read this book. You will not regret it.
nutsforgoodbooks More than 1 year ago
I read Shadow of the Bear many years ago but only recently discovered the rest of this series. I love it! Ms. Doman writes with charm and style, and her characters are unforgettable. If you enjoy fairy tale retellings and appreciate characters with depth, you will love this series.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I SO highly Recommend this book, sweet, romantic! Just finished it, it is a master piece!
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Father-of-Seven More than 1 year ago
I previewed this novel for our two teenage daughters, who had both thoroughly enjoyed Shadow of the Bear and Black as Night. Meaning to read it casually over a couple weeks' time, I instead read late into the night and finished in a couple days. Although it was the third volume in a series of the adventures of sisters Rose and Blanche Brier, the story was complete and thoroughly captivating on its own. In passing it to my daughters, they handed me Shadow of the Bear so I could go to the beginning with the Brier sisters' first encounter with Arthur "Bear" and Benedict "Fish" Denniston. Thankfully, my daughters and their friends have no interest in the vast wasteland of books that our culture passes off to our teens. They want their minds engaged and their values upheld in good works of fiction, yet there seems to be a lack of such books. Regina Doman has gone a long ways to fill this void. Her Fairy Tales Novels provide wonderful reading for teens and adults alike. Regardless of which of her books you start first, you'll be glad you started and will want to read them all.
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catholicbooklovers More than 1 year ago
I cannot think of a better ending to the story Regina Doman began in The Shadow of the Bear and continued in Black As Night. If it is possible, Waking Rose is even more amazing, thrilling, and breathtaking than Regina Doman's other books. It is very much a mystery, but also a romance. Very few books have demonstrated the meaning of true love as powerfully and beautifully as this book does. This book blew me away after I read it. I cannot describe how wonderful it is. You must read it for yourself.
fairytalenovelfreak More than 1 year ago
Waking Rose is the fairy-tale Briar Rose (also know as Sleeping Beauty). There are two main characters; Rose Brier and Benedict "Fish" Dennison, both also in the other two previous fairy-tale novels. This is the last book in the "Snow White and Red Rose Trilogy". In this book, Rose is nineteen, and beginning her sophomore year at Mercy College. She is participating in a college play, and begins to receive strange feelings, instituted by a fellow student, Donna. Meanwhile, Fish is struggling with other issues in his past, and keeps Rose at arms length. But no fear, this book does end with a "happily ever after".
MLJacobs More than 1 year ago
This book is great! I really liked this book because it really gave you the opportunity to get to know the two main characters very well. Rose, who has just started college, is trying to figure out who is her "prince charming". She has several great guys that she has met in college. She's just not sure who God intends to be her future husband. This book gives a wonderful example of how guys, who are so different, can join together to save their friends. This book is wonderful and I recommend it to all young adults and adults!
Vianneygirl More than 1 year ago
*SOME POSSIBLE SPOILERS* Rose Brier is in college - and trying to forget about Fish. Knowing Rose, it doesn't work too well. She meets up with a band of sword-wielding college guys, who call themselves "The Knights of Sacra Cor" and they make her their lady. Still, Rose doesn't quite lose interest in Fish. Finally, a tragic accident makes Fish realize how precious Rose is - but is it too late? You'll have to read the book to find out. I think Waking Rose has to be my favorite of the books. At 345 pages, it's longer than the others (which could be part of the reason why I like it so much). But, even at it's length, I can finish it in less than a day (alright, I stayed up way late to finish it). I also love the Sacra Cor guys. I have read the parts with them in it over and over again. I wish I knew some guys like them. This book is recommended 16+. My parents (after reading it themselves) allowed me to read it at age 13, but I can definitely see why it's geared toward a more mature audience than the other books. All-in-all, this is a great book that I would recommend (actually, have recommended) to all my friends! And now I'm recommending it to you. Just read it!
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DavidWebb More than 1 year ago
The previous review has nicely summarised the storyline, so I won't go into detail there. I have to say though, Waking Rose was a beautiful and inspiring book, one of the best I have ever read. The book alternates between "His" and "Her" perspectives, which I think fits nicely. It's easy to relate to both characters, by the end of the book I really felt like I knew them (especially after reading the previous books in the series). Suspense is provided in plenty, at times you'll be thinking "Fish, why don't you come?"! Regina Doman has (yet again!) written a very enjoyable and believable story in a modern context. Topics such as comatose patients, organ donation, victims of abuse, and medical ethics are handled very tactfully, and help bring the appeal of this book to today's world. Amazingly, the link with the Brothers Grimm fairy tale still makes perfect sense! I particularly liked the way the fairytale quotes were placed at the beginning of the chapter *after* the events took place, so they didn't give anything away. :) The self-discovery of Fish, and his relationship with Rose are very touching. Insights into the mind of the characters bring this to a very personal level, reminding me of Bronte sometimes. For any young adult, I can't recommend this book highly enough. Both this and "The Midnight Dancers", are inspiring examples of True Love in our modern society.
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TimewithTannia More than 1 year ago
Some books take you traveling into space. Others bring you back in time. But then one day, when you least expect it, you come across a book that grabs your imagination and leads you on a road of adventures and suspense into a world combining elements of fantasy and fairy tale with the world we live in. Waking Rose, a young adult novel by Regina Doman (the sequel to The Shadow of the Bear) is a book which deprived me of precious sleeping hours because I felt I had become a character of the story-a character the author did not intend to create; nevertheless, I was there on every page, a silent witness. I was unable to help the written characters to solve the mystery, of course, and I agonized and hoped somehow they get my clues. But the characters could not have my (the reader's) inside information; the reader isn't a part of the characters' world; they are part of the reader's. I tried to balance this mix of worlds (fantasy vs. real) and wait for the end. Then came the climax of the story and I was in total awe, speechless and unable to write the book review. How could I start to write the review if was still in shock? Well, I let two weeks pass before I was able to collect my thoughts and do it. I hope the following book review helps you enjoy a fairy tale retold with elements from old and new, just like in a wedding. The book's cover is simple, but it captures well what is in store for the reader: The country house, which keeps a secret from the past soon to be discovered; trees, a rose bindweed, and Rose, peacefully sleeping. Or is she truly sleeping? Each chapter follows the rose bindweed theme and includes a portion of the Brother's Grimm story, Sleeping Beauty. This gives each chapter an identity and momentum. Also, the narrative of the story comes from the hero's (Fish's) and heroine' (Rose's) points of view and an understanding of the situations and conflicts around them. The book begins with the wedding of Blanche and Bear, characters familiar from The Shadow of the Bear. Rose is nervous with anticipation to see Fish, her one and true love. Chaos reigns at the Brier's residence in preparation for Blanche's wedding, but in the midst of it, Blanche is relaxed. Rose admires her older sister's relaxed attitude and her enchanting beauty, too. At Mercy College, Rose shares her dorm room with her lifelong friend, Kateri Kovach But Rose also has made many friends at Mercy College. Among them, a group of so called "knights" who live at the Sacra Cor dorm and enjoy practicing martial arts and sword fights. Because Rose helps them during an interdorms war between Sacra Cor and Lumen Christi, Rose becomes one of the "Lady's Sword Cor" and they swear to protect her. The group's leader, Paul, a pre-med student, becomes a key figure during the book's story. Things heat up when Rose, who is working on a report for her bio-ethics class, begins looking into a topic her dad, a journalist, investigated while he worked for a local newspaper in Meyerstown. Rose's dad had been dead for several years and she likes the idea of sharing a piece of his work. Regina Doman's young adult novel is very well written, and it is clear throughout that she did some pretty extensive research in the area of comatose patients. I highly recommend this book to readers looking for adventure mixed with topics of concern in today's world. Bravo Ms. Doman! Reviewed by the author of The Window To My Soul; My Walk With Jesus
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