Review by Mistflower for Long and Short Reviews
This is a must read book! I just finished reading Desert Rose and the first word that comes to my mind is: original. It’s not quite like any other book that I’ve read. The best way for me to explain that statement is to share this: while I was reading it, I felt there was an “air of nonfiction” or, for lack of a better word, “truth”, involved. I felt the author didn’t just do research about Russian culture, fossil hunting, vintage clothing or classical music, but perhaps actually had life experiences herself to be able to write such a vivid descriptive story. J. Arlene Culiner brought the book to life. At the end of the story there is an “About the Author” and it all made sense. She has lived a fascinating life. It come through in her writing style by giving it an element of experience. I was fascinated to read about those subjects through the hero and heroine’s perspectives.
This story is a romance of second chances. I’m excited that it’s book one in the Romance in Blake’s Folly series. I am looking forward to returning to Blake’s Folly, Nevada to be reunited with the cast of characters that I’ve grown to love in Desert Rose.
I would love for Rose, the heroine, and Jonah, the hero, to have a guest appearance in book two. I don’t feel like I got enough of them. There was so much build up and worry about each other having unrequited love that the culmination was immensely satisfying but made for a quick ending.
It was hard not to fall in love with Jonah. He was a sweet hero who deserved a happy ever after. It took awhile for Rose to grow on me because she was always surrounded by a group of male admirers. However, now I can’t wait to read about these male admirers who I hope will be in the future Blake’s Folly series.
I really enjoyed this story. I didn’t want to put it down and when I had to, I found it easy to pick up where I left off and resume reading without skipping a beat. It was refreshing to read an original plot that was written in a unique setting with memorable characters. It was definitely worth my time to read and I easily recommend it to others.
Great Romance and Engaging Stories!