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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Roses for Rachel by Dianne Miley

Roses For Rachel by Dianne Miley
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary; Inspirational; Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full (303 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 3.5 Books
Reviewed by Lilac

Young widow Rachel Santos raises her daughters alone and tries to get past the pain of losing her cheating husband. Attracted to pretty boys, she goes from one bad relationship to another. When she dumps her cheating boyfriend, someone vandalizes her home and sabotages her job. Faithful Elliot Truman catches this demented stalker... and convinces her some men are worth loving.

Filled with suspense and heart, Roses for Rachel is a touching story about a young mother trying to go on with her life after the betrayal and death of her husband.

Rachel Santos faces quite a few difficulties in this story and tries her best to deal with them. Following the death and betrayal of her cheating husband she finds herself facing financial difficulties as she struggles to take care of her two young daughters. Her problems get even worse when she gets into a car accident and totals her car. Needing a way to work, she calls on her boss, architect Elliot Truman, and the two begin carpooling. As they spend time together, she finds in Elliot a great friend who is there for her when she needs him most. But mistrustful of men after her experiences with infidelity, Rachel is reluctant to get involved with another man and is determined to handle her problems, including a stalker, on her own.

Elliot is quite an endearing character. Full of charm and a bit nerdy, he is a sweet character who is very much in love with Rachel, even if she is oblivious to the fact. Elliot can’t quite understand why Rachel doesn’t feel the same, and he longs to take care of and help her. You can’t help but feel for Elliot as Rachel attempts to move on with her life by dating someone else. I do wish he had revealed his feelings to her sooner as his affection seems obvious to everyone but Rachel who sees him as her best friend. Her past experiences and reluctance to get involved after her new boyfriend cheats make her blind to his love.

Rachel and Elliot face quite a few obstacles on their path to a happy ending, and I wasn’t entirely sure they’d ever get there as the story moves a bit slow for my tastes. Both make a few choices that I didn’t quite care for as they try to move on without one another, but these choices added to the story and their characters. I’d say more, but I fear spoiling the story.

As for the suspense of the plot, someone is stalking Rachel, leaving threatening messages, and attempting to sabotage her. As the story progresses, the list of suspects grows and when the culprit was revealed I was truly shocked. It was a surprise ending that I never saw coming, but enjoyed nonetheless! Despite this, there were a few things that I didn’t quite understand regarding the incidences with the stalker such as why Rachel doesn’t get the police involved right away. But other than that the suspense element was really interesting and definitely made the story more enjoyable.

Overall, I would say that Roses for Rachel is an enjoyable story with a hero that you can’t help but love and a story that will keep you guessing.