Book Review The Scent of Roses

The Scent of Roses by Charlene Raddon - 200Title: The Scent of Roses

Author: Charlene Raddon

Genre: Historical Romance

Purchase: Amazon, Publisher

A woman’s smile . . .

Rosalyn Delaney’s husband, Josiah, vanished six years ago. Following a private detective’s lead, Rosalyn leaves Salt Lake City and boards a train heading to the mining town of Whiskey Ridge, Arizona. She arrives at Rose House, an old mansion reputed to be haunted, only to discover that her missing husband has been killed, and his business partner, Whip Kincaid, is wanted for his murder. Determined to uncover the secrets surrounding Josiah and his death, Rosalyn decides to stay–even though she begins to receive nightly visits from a charming “ghost” . . .

A ghost’s siss . . .

Escaping a troubled past, Whip Kincaid had hoped he could make a fresh start in Whiskey Ridge and open a saloon with his friend Josiah. Now, as a murder suspect hiding in his own house, Whip’s future looks bleak indeed . . . unless he can find the real culprit. But the unexpected intrusion of Rosalyn ruins his plan to sneak out at night to investigate. Scaring her away is his first step in clearing his name, but Rosalyn doesn’t rattle easily. And Whip isn’t sure he wants the lovely widow to walk out of his life — especially when she’ll take his heart with her.

The Scent of Roses was an amazing, heart-warming read. It’s mainly a romance story, but there’s also some humor, a murder mystery to solve, and even a “ghost” story thrown in. I loved the pacing of this book, which started out a bit slower to introduce us to the characters, but then really picked up.

Rosalyn Delaney’s husband vanished six years ago. Still searching for him, she arrives at the grand mansion called Rose Hose in Whiskey Ridge to find out more about his disappearance. Soon after she arrives, she learns her husband was murdered, and that the primary suspect was his former business partner, Whip Kincaid. The problem is no one knows Whip’s whereabouts, but Rosalyn is determined to find out.

Whip Kincaid has been hiding in his own, large house, hoping nobody will find him since he’s wanted for murder. He plans to use the cover of night to investigate and find the real culprit. But unfortunately, since Rosalyn arrived and took residence in his house, that’s not an easy task to accomplish. He plans to scare her away, but his attempts fail.

Rosalyn starts to get visits from a rather charming “ghost”, and said ghost begins to wonder if he still wants to scare her away…or keep her close.

Rosalyn was amazing. That woman doesn’t have one scared bone in her body. She was delightful, humorous, and charming. Whip was a great character as well. Often times in romance I come across the alpha male trope – not a huge fan of that at all – but here, that’s thankfully not the case. Whip is an ordinary, albeit charming and somewhat troubled, man. He’s intelligent, resourceful and brave.

The story was well laid out, and the murder mystery gradually solved. The writing was spot on, and the pacing was pretty decent as well. The characters and plot really made this book for me. One of my favorite historical romances ever.

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3 Responses to Book Review The Scent of Roses

  1. Rita Wray says:

    I love the premise of the story.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

  2. char4wmfw says:

    Thank you for the nice review. I so appreciate it, and I’m glad you enjoyed the book.

  3. Quilt Lady says:

    I agree with your review! The characters were so well writen that it made you feel you were part of the book. This makes for a great read.

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