Monday, November 11, 2013

The Soul of the Rose by Ruth Trippy

The Soul of the Rose

About the book: Synopsis here.

My review: This was an interesting story that reminded me of some classics I've read.  It started out slow, but I became very interested in the romance.  Edward Lyons reminded me of Mr. Darcy and he is compared to Mr. Rochester from Jane Eyre in the story, which I could also see.  I liked the book discussions and theological conversations Celia has with different characters.  It was especially interesting to learn about the new idea of transcendentalism that was infiltrating the churches.  There are a few men interested in Celia, so there's a bit of a love quadrangle going on and I liked that Celia tries to keep a level head and not let her emotions carry her away.  She's a strong Christian and it was fascinating to see how she handled falling for someone who didn't really have faith.  I had a hard time getting into the book, but ended up really liking it at the end for it's great message and love story.  Check it out if you like historical romance!

I received this book free from Abingdon Press in exchange for an honest review.


  1. Veronica, thank you for your review of my novel, The Soul of the Rose. I'm glad the book reminded you of some classics, because a number of them are my favorites. I was asked if the connection to Jane Eyre was intentional. I loved that novel, but didn't set about purposely to include it in my book. Yet, it ran deep in my consciousness, so pushed its way into my story. Both Mr. Rochester and Edward are wounded heroes. When Mrs. Harrod, presents the novel to Celia and recognizes the resemblance, well, I just had to go along with her! I appreciated your comment: "It was fascinating to see how she handled falling for someone who didn't really have her faith." Deep feelings coursed through both protagonists at this point--which I really value in a story. So glad you liked the book! Ruth