Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Spotlight and Giveaway: Her Name is Rose

Today we're featuring Her Name is Rose by Christine Breen. Thanks to St. Martin's Press, we have TWO copies for some lucky readers!

When Irish gardener Iris Bowen could not conceive a child, she turned to an Irish adoption agency. There she found a young American exchange student who wanted the best for her infant daughter, but had one request: that the child be named Rose. Now, Rose has grown and is stepping out on her own at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Although a gifted violinist, she questions her talent as she struggles to meet the impossible demands of her brilliant but harsh teacher. Meanwhile, Iris has yet to fulfill her late husband’s last request that she find Rose’s birth mother, so that if anything happened to Iris, Rose would not be left alone in the world. However, when Iris receives some worrisome results on a breast scan, her husband’s words become hauntingly urgent. Without telling her daughter, she embarks on a voyage to find Rose’s birth mother with surprising results.

Since searches for a birth mother are usually initiated by the adopted child, Iris finds herself in a unique situation. With no records available to her and only a twenty-year-old envelope with a faded address to guide her, Iris begins a journey into the past that takes her to Boston and back to the west of Ireland, with surprising results for herself and for Rose and the others whom their lives touch. Iris discovers just how connected the world can be and how the world can feel much smaller thanks to love and music. 

Written in lyrical prose that brings the music within its pages to life, HER NAME IS ROSE is a gorgeous and intimate debut novel about the bond between a mother and daughter, and what happens when life does not play out the way you expect.

"An emotional story that tenderly explores the depth of a mother's love. You will root for her characters as they lift you up with their compassion and goodness."
—Diane Chamberlain author of The Silent Sister


Christine Breen was born in New York and educated in Boston and Dublin, where she received an MA in Irish Literature. She is an artist, homeopath, and garden designer whose columns on travel, gardening and health have appeared in newspapers and magazines in Ireland and America. She currently lives in Kiltumper, Ireland with her husband, the novelist Niall Williams, in the cottage where her grandfather was born. HER NAME IS ROSE is her first novel. Visit Christine at her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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14 comments:

Janine said...

I honestly can't think of anyone named Rose.

Laurice Mcclung said...

Rose from The Golden Girls is my favorite.

Anonymous said...

vera wilson

On Little House on Prairie, Half Pint's little baby was named Rose.

But also went to school with a girl name Rose (Rosealee)

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Susan Roberts said...

Rose in Titanic played by Kate Winslet

L Bryant said...

My mother in law's name is Rose.

Tatum Rangel said...

The only Rose who comes to mind is Rose Daniels, from Stephen King's "Rose Madder."

Rhonda Gothier said...

My cousin is Rosie.

Nova said...

Rose Kennedy: matriarch of the Kennedy dynasty.

traveler said...

Rose in Upstairs Downstairs.

Letty B said...

A very good friend from high school. We called her Rosie back then but she goes by Rose now!

Jennifer said...

Rose from Titanic is my favourite :)

Rita said...

The only Rose I can think of is Rose Kennedy.

Mary Preston said...

I have a best friend named Rose.

Susan @ The Book Bag said...

I immediately thought of Rose from The Titanic. Love that movie!