Release date: November 12th 2015
Publisher: Fabrian Books
A shaky upbringing has left Rosie Stevens craving safety and security. She thinks she knows exactly what she needs to make her life complete – the stable job and perfect house-sit she’s just found in Magnolia Creek. The only thing she wants now is for her long-term boyfriend, Adam, to leave his overseas job and come home for good.
Owen Harrison is notoriously nomadic, and he roars into town on his Ducati for one reason and one reason only – to search his parents’ house while they’re away to find out what they’ve been hiding from him his entire life. When he meets Rosie, who refuses to quit the house-sit in his parents’ home, sparks fly.
Secrets are unearthed, promises are broken, friendships are put to the test and the real risk of bushfires under the hot Australian sun threatens to undo Rosie once and for all. Will Rosie and Owen be able to find what they want or what they really need?
I kindly received What Rosie Found Next in exchange of an honest review by the author.
What Rosie Found Next is Helen J. Rolfes third release. I’ve previously read and loved Handle Me with Care, The Friendship Tree is still waiting on my kindle. I suppose my expectations were pretty high, because of the fact, I loved her previous novel so much. However, Helen did nothing less as delivering another excellent novel.
What Rosie Found Next follows the story around Rosie Stevens, who is hired to be a house-sitter in Magnolia Creek for a couple of months until the home owners return from the UK. In her first night, an unexpected visitor entered the scene. Owen Harrison, the home owners adult son, came back to Magnolia Greek for one special reason: to search his parents’ house while they’re away to find out what they’ve been hiding from him his entire life. Rosie thought she is happy in her life until she meets Owen. Rosie starts to question if her mapped out plan for herself and her boyfriend Adam (who works in Singapore at the moment and pops by whenever he can) is the right thing for her. Will both of them find what they are looking for?
As soon as I began reading, I was overjoyed to see that Helen’s writing style hadn’t changed a single bit, and was very much still the same as when I read Handle Me with Care. I’ve found it incredibly easy to lose myself within the pages of her book, which is why I finished this book in two sittings, as it’s written in such a beautiful way. It was so magical, so mysterious and my favorite type of book, the type that you find extremely difficult to put down.
There were two things that actually niggled me. Firstly, I was a bit disappointed I guessed the very big secret before it was revealed. Although it was great, also sometimes shocking too, to find out what was behind the secret. The plot brings some great surprises you don’t expect. Secondly, towards the end there was too much action going on. There were some scenes added to the plot which were not necessary for my liking.
Nevertheless, I found What Rosie Found Next to be a seriously entertaining and thrilling read. I loved how the relationships between the main characters build up and how the story unfolded to reveal the secrets. It was a lovely, light-hearted story, with a well drawn and unique plot and the perfect amount of romance and mystery.
I really can’t wait to see what Helen has in store for me with a new book in the Magnolia Creek Series, The Chocolatier’s Secret, which is out very soon!