Her Name Is Rose: A Novel

Her Name Is Rose: A Novel

by Christine Breen
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Her Name Is Rose: A Novel 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Mother and daughter are both on journeys to find themselves and to decide what the future holds for each. Iris Bowen was unable to have children, so along with her husband they adopt a beautiful girl and raise her in Ireland. Rose is the daughter and is trying to decide how much violin matters to her and what she wants for her future; along with dealing with the death of her father. I absolutely adored this book. Just like the cover, it read so elegantly and I loved having both a mother and a daughter go on a journey where they are trying to find themselves. There aren't that many books where you get to follow both mother and daughter and both have a need to find something. Her mother has a potential cancer diagnosis and doesn't want to leave Rose abandoned and alone and I felt for her as she wants to provide security for her daughter, but doesn't want to invite a stranger into the fragile family. Rose was a great character - she has strived for a level of perfection in violin and is now doubting everything and must either walk away or find confidence and I loved her story arc. If you love a simple mother/daughter story that had such an ease in reading, then you would love this one and should put it on your list.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very well written book. Loved the characters and the travel between Ireland and Boston? Iris and Rose are very interesting people.
girlfromwvaKY More than 1 year ago
This is Christine Breen's debut novel. I thought is was an emotional story of how things may not turn out as believed. Iris is an Irish gardener in the west of Ireland. She is also the mother of her adopted daughter, Rose. Iris lost her husband to cancer just a few years before, so she is a recent widow adjusting to life. Iris has been trying to concentrate on her day to day life, her business, and helping her daughter. Rose is a wonderful violinist who has gone to school to study her gift of music at the Royal Academy in London. Iris receives a dsitrubing call from her doctor about her breast scan results. She instantly thinks of the words her husband said to her as he was dying...he had begged Iris to search for Rose's birth mother. Iris is fearful Rose would be alone in the world if she were to die, and she doesn't want that to happen. Iris has no records of the adoption to help her, just a 20 year old envelope with a name and address. Iris decides quickly to journey to Boston to find out about the past and Rose's birth mother. She gets unexpected answers for everyone, including herself.
caslyn More than 1 year ago
bittersweet....heartwarming/heart rending ...spontaneous, poignant exploration of life... "Iris Bowen is a young Irish gardener and mother of a beloved adopted daughter." (publisher's note) This is their story. 3.5 ★
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Redundant, predictable and rather boring