GARDEN of STARS
The Alentejo, Portugal 1934
I am Inês Bretão and I am 18 years old. Now that I am finally an adult and soon to be married, I feel like my real life is about to begin. I have decided to document everything that happens to me, for my children and my grandchildren…
As Sarah Lacey reads the scrawled handwriting in her great-aunt's journal on a trip to Portugal, she discovers a life filled with great passion, missed chances and lost loves – memories that echo Sarah's own life. Because Sarah's marriage is crumbling, her love for her husband ebbing away, and she fears the one man she truly loves was lost to her many years ago…
But hidden within the faded pages of the journal is a secret Inês has kept locked away her entire life, and one final message for her beloved niece – a chance for Sarah to change her life, if she is brave enough to take it.
'Excellent. Finished reading it in two days - couldn't put it down! Highly recommend.' Future Trend Spotter
'The writing is beautiful and has a great sense of place. Do read it. It's very well done indeed.' Ignite
'A stirring novel that induces strong emotions in the reader, this is a wonderfully written book.' Bloomin' Brilliant Books
'The twists and turns of the plot kept me eager to turn the pages until, sadly, I reached the end. More, please.' Amazon customer
'It takes you on a journey to remember, seamlessly intertwining both the past and the present to make a moving tale that will stay with you long after the final page has been turned.' Caroline Gibson
'This was a wonderful surprise and certainly not just another piece of romantic fiction.' Donna
'The book made me laugh and cry in equal measure.' Jenny Hannant
'I would love to see this book translated into a film and hope to read more from this wonderful author - I would give it 10 stars if I could!' Bagpuss
'A compelling read about life, love, and trying to find your sense of self, and I highly recommend it.' Books of all Kind
UNDER an AMBER SKY
When Sophie Taylor’s life falls apart, there is only one thing to do: escape and find a new one.
Dragged to Montenegro by her best friend Anna, Sophie begins to see the light at the end of a very dark tunnel. But when she stumbles into an old, run-down house on the Bay of Kotor she surprises even herself when she buys it.
Surrounded by old furniture, left behind by the former inhabitants, Sophie becomes obsessed by a young Balkan couple when she discovers a bundle of letters from the 1940s in a broken roll-top desk. Letters that speak of great love, hope and a mystery Sophie can’t help but get drawn into.
Days in Montenegro are nothing like she expected and as Sophie’s home begins to fill with a motley crew of lodgers the house by the bay begins to breathe again. And for Sophie, life seems to be restarting. But letting go of the past is easier said than done…
Megan: 5/5 stars – wow! Rose you have weaved a brilliant story. The core concepts of this book were just what I wanted to read, family, resiliency, acceptance, travel, and growth all motivated and inspired me. I devoured it in two days.
Anne: What a thoroughly gorgeous read! Characters you take to your heart, a modern story about friendship and "family", a fascinating thread about hidden history, and a backdrop beautifully described that had me adding Montenegro to my bucket list. Highly recommended.
Claire: I adored Under An Amber Sky... This book really is beautifully written. You are easily transported to Montenegro and can picture everything Sophie sees. I read this on a couple of days and can highly recommend it. I look forward to reading more from this author.
Amazon customer: 'This is a novel of unbearable grief, hope, and new beginnings. A story of deep emotions, Under an Amber Sky saddens the heart enormously but only to cheer it up in the end. Gripping, bright, an exceptionally pleasant piece of literature. There are sobs, but the pages are not soaked in misery. There are smiles and sunny days, confusing feelings and hope timidly arising, carelessness and profundity… A lovely book to read on the beach (who says beach books should be mediocre?) or in the cosiness of your home, Under an Amber Sky is a novel I highly recommend.'