Thursday, 8 May 2014

Redesigning Rose by Lydia Laceby

About the book...
Rose Parker’s husband has been lying. About everything.

When a conversation with her husband triggers questions, Rose Parker uncovers alarming answers that shatter her perfect life. But it is only when she shoves her belongings in her SUV and drives off that Rose realizes just how far from perfect her life actually was. She has nowhere to turn.

While debating between distressing sleeping arrangements–her mother’s house full of questions or a hotel room with too much solitude–Rose bumps into an acquaintance from her gardening class and allows bubbly, exuberant Becky to indulge her in a wild night full of whiskey, weeping, and whispered confidences. Suddenly, Rose has a new friend, a roof over her head, and two gorgeous men moving her out of her marital home.

As Rose struggles to settle into her new life, she remains determined to comprehend her past. And with time and distance and especially wine, comes knowledge. Frank wasn’t the only one lying to her. Rose was lying to herself.

About the author...
LYDIA LACEBY is a co-founder of the fiction book blog, Novel Escapes. Since 2009, she has read and reviewed as much women’s fiction as humanly possible while designing, organizing and expanding the blog from two reviewers to seven.

In her spare time, she knits cute baby hats, would pick cheese over chocolate, and longs for the days she was able to cheat on her allergy free diet.

Lydia began her career writing a soap opera at the tender age of thirteen. It never aired. Redesigning Rose is her first novel.

My thoughts...
I was given an e copy of this book in exchange for an honest review as part of the CLP Blog Tour arranged by Samantha March. What a lovely read this book was.  

Rose leaves the finances to her husband but happens to open a bank statement and finds huge sums of money withdrawn from their account.  When she questions her husband he says how he hadn't wanted to worry her but her mother had money problems and he'd given it to her.  He's relying at this point on Rose's trust in him and her not wanting to embarrass her mother by asking about her debts.

Rose discovers he's lying and decides she has to leave - if he's lied about something as important as that, what else has he lied about? She races around the house, packs her car and leaves, only discovering once she has left that she literally has no where to go!

I loved Lydia's writing style and the natural pace she set to match the emotions, I read faster and slower and then faster again as the story unfolded.  The characters developed in such a way that if they weren't an integral part of the story I missed them - each and every one of them integral to the story.

I instantly liked Rose but loved Becky - she discovered Rose having a melt down in the street and takes her into her home and envelopes her in kindness. This book demonstrates how friendships form and grow based upon trust, love and kindness - knowing when to smother and when to back off.  When to give and when to take - honesty delivered when the time was right and lips sealed at other times.  Two so very different characters that were only really acquaintances before develop into two very different people forming new but strong relationships with each other, family and other friends. 

It truly was lovely watching Rose and Becky's friendship grow. With the balance of friendship altering as the story unfolded.  Sometimes our public face isn't a true reflection of who we are are or how we're feeling but, just as in this story security and friendship allow the mask to  slip and both Becky and Rose are different people at the end of the book than the people Lydia introduced us to at the beginning. Sometimes it's harder to take than to give but the characters in this book all managed to do both when the time was right.

A book perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon that has the right mix of emotions that you'll feel you've been on a a significant journey of love, friendship and personal discovery.

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  1. Thank you for being a part of the CLP Blog tour, Dawn. And thank you for such a wonderful review! I'm so pleased you enjoyed Rose's journey!

  2. Hi Dawn!

    Loved your review of Redesigning Rose by Lydia Laceby. I also read fast and then slow while the story was unfolding which I think is a mark of a talented writer who knows how to control the pacing.

    Hope you're having a great day. Cheers!