Finding Rose written and self-published by Julie Ryan is available NOW in ebook format. The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.
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When three sisters, Ginny, Sally and Molly are brought together at their father’s hospital bed, they are forced to confront not only the prospect of a future without him but also the secrets of the past that have kept them apart.
Their father, Eddie Matthews, drugged up on morphine, seems to be rambling but could he in fact be reliving previous lives as a Tudor monk and as a soldier on the Front in WW1. Struggling to speak he reveals that he has a secret and urges his daughters to ‘Find Rose’. Can the sisters put aside their differences to fulfil his last wish?
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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Julie Ryan’s latest novel: Finding Rose. This is my first introduction to the works of Julie Ryan and with the stunning cover and the premise of a historical mystery I was keen to learn more.
This was quite an unusual historical time slip romance as the author treated us to three different time zones in her novel: the present day, 1916 and 1532. At first I thought the story would be a little confusing but I soon got involved with the characters from each time zone. The book is also split into two parts, the first part delves into each of the three time zones learning about the characters and their current stories. What I found quite interesting was that now and again we would hear little snippets or quotes of moments that had happened in one of the other time zones. It was a little eerie and it felt like a little jigsaw piece of a puzzle being found in the most obscure places. The second part of the book centres around unearthing a secret. A secret that had been laid heavy on the mind of the holder for over 50 years.
The present day story was about three sisters; Ginny, Sally and Molly having to pull together to help their father during his illness. Whilst their father was gravely ill their personal lives continued and each sister had their own little battles along the way. This brought an extra depth to the story as we start to understand the sister’s lives more.
Back in 1916 we pick up the tragic story of Matthew who was laid in the trench at a loss with what the world had become. All around him lay devastation and destruction and his body, heart and soul lay broken. Matthew felt very alone and afraid. I have to admit this was my favourite era that the author visited and I wished she had stayed a little bit longer with his story. I’m enjoying a lot of stories centred around the two wars and I think this is why I was captivated by Matthew’s story the most.
Our third time zone was in Tudor time, 1532, rural England when the story picks up on the life of a young monk who had had another love before his vows to God.
Each time zone was very compelling full of drama, tragedy, intrigue and romance. Finding Rose was an imaginative historical time-slip romance full of twists and turns, tragedies, love and a mystery that spanned many, many lives.
About the Author
Julie was born and brought up in a mining village near Barnsley in South Yorkshire. She graduated with a BA (hons) in French Language and Literature from Hull University. Since then she has lived and worked as a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language in France, Greece, Poland and Thailand. She now lives in rural Gloucestershire with her husband, son and a rescue cat. She is so passionate about books that her collection is now threatening to outgrow her house, much to her husband’s annoyance, as she can’t bear to get rid of any! They have been attempting to renovate their home for the last ten years.
She is the author of the Greek Island Mystery series, Jenna’s Journey, Sophia’s Secret and Pandora’s Prophecy, each of which can be read as a standalone. Her latest book, Finding Rose, is a new departure for her as it is set against the backdrop of WW1 and has a strong link to the Tudor Court.
Social Media Links
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Website Url: http://juliesworldofbooks.blogspot.co.uk
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