I was born in Bolton, Lancashire within the United Kingdom, where I lived, and worked at the University of Bolton. In 2010, I moved to Ireland with my husband, 4 kids and pack of animals. I can tell you it wasn't pleasant traveling in a car with 5 cats in cat boxes. Climbing back into the car after the ferry journey to Ireland was the most unpleasant thing we had to do on moving day!! We are now settled in a lovely town, in County Cavan. The kids love their schools (once they get there that is!) and the little one loves her play-school where she goes with her imaginary friend, Katie. My eldest daughter, is on the Irish Junior Archery Team, and spends her time training. At least she does when her dad can get her off her ipad, reading or listening to music. After writing under a pen name for a short while, I decided to try my hand at writing in third person past tense, instead of first person. Rose is my first published book under my own name, and will not be the last, as I have a head full of ideas, plus covers for some of those ideas! I have recently joined the book review blog, Book Addict Mumma and made a wonderful new friend in Kristy Louise Garbutt, my new boss! My kindle is loaded with too many books to mention, and I absolutely love to read when I have the chance.
Mackenzie (Mack) Harper is a twenty-seven year old school teacher who moves to Rose Cottage in Cape Elizabeth for the summer. She arrives with her six year old nephew, Lucas, who’s staying with her for a few weeks while his parents are in Europe.
Placing storage boxes on top of the kitchen cabinets, Mack finds a diary, opening it to the first page it reads, ‘This is the diary of a Rose, dated March 4th, 1947’. Settling down to read this diary, Mack discovers a love story between Rose and a man named Jacob Evans.
Realizing that Jacob is still alive and around eighty-eight years old, Mack tries to contact him to tell him Rose’s story. She leaves a message with Jacob’s housekeeper and hopes that he returns her call.
While talking to her sister on the phone, she watches a denim and leather clad guy dismount his Harley and move in next door. Unbeknown to Mack, he’s Jacob’s thirty-two year old grandson, Dean, who has come to Cape Elizabeth to find out why she wants to talk to his grandfather about a diary and to make sure she isn’t after his grandfather’s money.
Within an hour of actually meeting Dean has his hands on her legs, although due to spilled coffee, he discovers he can’t stop touching her. Dean was only too glad to escape to Cape Elizabeth, away from his mother, who wants him to be married to Cynthia, her friend’s daughter, who he has no interest in.
Together Mack and Dean try to unravel the mystery of what actually happened to Rose in 1947.
Thomas Degan the owner of Rose Cottage is a loveable eighty year old man who befriends Lucas, taking him fishing and spends time with him reading ‘Our Gang’ Comics.
All these characters come together in a story of loss, love and friendship.
Where to start? This is yet another amazing book from Alison, The way this author portrays the characters is amazing, they develop so well that you feel like you know them, like they are part of your family. The story is yet again well written, I love the fact that the story flicks from past to present. They roll together very well, linking well. I love the diary entries.
We have a lovely little Lucas, who is so adorable. Then Dean is the hot man that makes you Swoon. Not forgetting Mack who is the lead female, she is such a sweetheart, one of those girls you love straight away. What else do you need in a book. Oh and Thomas the lovely old gentleman that stole my heart, he is so sweet.
The story is so amazing, so much emotion in it, so griping and real. I was hooked from the start.
Not forgetting the twist that you don't expect that made me cry. Yes I admitted it. I cried.
Thank you for yet another amazing Book Alison..
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