The River Rose
by Gilbert Morris
Received for Review
Historical Adult Christian Romance
Release Date: June 1, 2012
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.75
Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis available on Goodreads:
Life hasn’t been easy for Jeanne Bettencourt, a widow approaching thirty and struggling to provide for her eight-year-old daughter. But hope arrives in the form of the Helena Rose, a steamboat she unexpectedly inherits from a distant, departed relative. Jeanne’s father had captained a similar vessel and taught her how to pilot a steamer along the banks of Memphis. She’s looking forward to a renewed livelihood on the mighty Mississippi.
However, as plans are made, news comes of another heir to the Helena Rose - a tough man named Clint Hardin - and a clause in the will that says claimants of the estate must live aboard the boat. Jeanne, a Christian woman, makes it clear she won’t stay with a man who is not her husband. But both are desperate for work, so they agree to keep their distance as Clint occupies the lower deck and Jeanne takes the captain’s quarters.
As they restore the Helena Rose, the slowly softening Clint becomes attracted to Jeanne - who is now being courted by a wealthy plantation owner. With her family and future at stake, the desires of Jeanne’s heart are duly complex. Only her simple faith can navigate her through what’s about to happen.
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received a temporary electronic of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I did not expect this book to be as good as it was. From the second I started reading, the characters and the writing style swept me away.
The world that Morris created was one that I found fascinating. Jeanne has not been dealt an easy hand in life. She's a widow struggling to make ends meet while trying to provide for her eight year old daughter, and yet she is incredible. I loved learning about her. Like many of my favorite characters, I wanted to hit her upside the head a few times. But I thoroughly enjoyed watching her progression.
And then there was Clint Hardin. Clint was roguish enough for me to absolutely adore him, but refined enough that I didn't feel bad about liking him. He was so kind to Jeanne and her daughter and I loved him from the moment I met him.
Morris' world was full of intrigue, suspense, and romance on the backdrop of the Mississippi. I found myself thoroughly entranced by the tale and recommend this to all fans of historical romance with spunky characters.
In Summary: Brilliantly written and full of lovable characters set against a backdrop that lends to an incredible tale of romance, suspense, and intrigue. I definitely recommend this one. I for one will definitely be checking out Morris' other novels.
The Wrap-up: This book managed to be heart-warming, heart-breaking, hilarious, and poignant all at once. Any book that causes me to feel that wide range of emotions automatically makes its way onto my favorites list. Definitely recommend this book if you are looking for a touching romance with spunky characters who will have you rooting for them from the very beginning. In short, this was a great read that I recommend.