Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A Writer's Review of Elizabeth Camden's 'The Rose of Winslow Street' by member blogger Dawn Crandall

It took me a while to get into Elizabeth Camden’s The Rose of Winslow Street, but boy am I glad I pushed through the first few chapters. I was a little put off by not knowing who to trust. Having immigrants from Romania stealing the heroine’s house on the first page was quite an interesting way to start a book. 

At first I didn’t like Michael Dobrescu... but I’ve come to realize that when an author is able to take me from not even liking a character to absolutely loving him throughout the book—those usually  end up being my favorite books! I adored getting to know Liberty Sawyer from page one and was very skeptical whether Michael could deserve her. 

And oh, don’t worry. He definitely did.
I love Elizabeth Camden’s writing style, and I loved this story. Nothing about it was normal. I thought it was interesting that we didn’t see any kissing from Libby’s POV—when those would have been her first kisses in her life at the age of twenty-eight. It was always, “He kissed her...” quickly executed, and simple.  

I loved Mirela’s thread throughout the story—we did see her POV twice. It often bothers me when an author will write strictly from hero and heroine... and then suddenly there’s someone else too. But I adored her character and was heart-broken for what she’d been through in her young life. She was a fighter, and one more reason I liked this book so much.

I give The Rose on Winslow Street 5 Stars. 
Dawn Crandall writes long inspirational historical romantic suspense from first person point of view and is represented by Joyce Hart of Hartline Literary Agency. She has written two books which are on submission as part of a series, and is working on the third. Soon after finishing her first book and becoming a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) in July 2011 she attended the ACFW national conference where she gained literary representation and soon-after became a 2012 ACFW Genesis Contest Semi-Finalist. She has a BA in Christian Education from Taylor University, writes full-time and lives in northeast Indiana with her ever-supportive engineer husband, Jonathan, and their two cats, Lilly and Pumpkin. Dawn co-hosts a book review blog called A Passion for Pages at apassionforpages.blogspot.com and tweets those reviews at @dawnwritesfirst. To find out more about her, visit her author webpage at dawncrandall.blogspot.com or her Facebook author page: facebook.com/DawnCrandallWritesFirst.