Monday, February 20, 2012

Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes


Denise Grover Swank
A Rose Gardner Mystery: Book One
Contemporary Romance

"I knew I was acting like a petulant child putting it off, but Rome wasn't built in a day and a sourdough starter took a week to create."


Rose Gardner, in all her twenty-four years, had never really lived.  Always listening to what her mother or sister told her to do, she had never branched out and done her own thing.  It all boils out one day after she has a vision - a vision of her own death.  Rose decides to stop living under her cruel mother's thumb and after their first argument ever, she finds herself making a list of things to do - twenty-eight things.  But when her mother ends up dead and she is the prime suspect, things start to heat up.  Especially with her new neighbor, Joe.  But as things continue to heat up it seems that her vision just might come true.  What should she do with her last week of life?  And why is Joe being so protective of her?  Does he like her, or is he using her for his own ends?

My Opinion: This book was simply fantastic!  The story drags you in from the first line and never lets you go.  My adrenaline got going with this one and didn't stop until the very end.  The excitement and plot twists are well made so that they are fun and exhilarating.  Rose is a fabulous character - a mixture of the innocence of a young girl with the maturity of an adult.  She is sweet, naive and determined to break free from her past.  Joe is an enigma and you go back and forth with Rose and if you should trust him or not (though you want to).  Their interaction, though a bit steamy at one point, is wonderful and sweet and curls your toes.  there were so many great lines and expressions that I was laughing half the time at the quirkiness of the writing.  A great mystery, romance and adventure all rolled into one.  I highly recommend this one.

I received a free copy of this book to review.  No other compensation was given.  The summary and review are 100% my own.

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