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‘The Perfect Rose’ by Felicia Rogers


She should be here any moment.

Mabel had said ten o’clock and assured Caleb the lady was never late.

Now here he sat, sipping hot coffee and watching Joshua make snow angels in the yard.

His mind relaxed and drifted to his earlier conversation with Mabel …

To avoid too many spoilers, I have not included a full synopsis with this post, but should you wish to read a full synopsis, please click on the cover image.

To find out more about the author, why not visit Felicia at her website

Why is Caleb so nervous about meeting the lady?

Does he know her, or is this a first meeting?

What has the meeting got to do with his son?

Who is Mabel and why does she seem to figure so prominently in Caleb’s life?


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I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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    • Hi,

      Thanks for fitting in a visit to my site during your busy schedule, I hope that the stress levels are slowing down a little and that the exam went well.

      This is certainly an important meeting and I think that all of the reasons you mentioned come into play at some point …. Doesn’t narrow it down much eh? If you like your romance short and sweet, then this is one for you …

  • Thanks so much Yvonne for sharing the first few lines of my story! This ebook has been discounted for a limited time by the publisher so there is no greater time to discover the “reason” for their meeting! 🙂

    • Hi Hattie,

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by and leave comment.

      That would be telling wouldn’t it?
      Cars and accidents do figure in the story, but much further down the line, … that’s all I’m saying.

    • Hi Laurel-Rain,

      Thanks for your comments, I love hearing from everyone, it makes my day..

      I think we can safely say that Caleb is full of tension and apprehension in this opening scene, which is a great way to start a story, isn’t it?

      His fears are not altogether allayed when his guest arrives, but that’s all I’m going to share …

    • Hi Bev,

      I had to look up ‘snow angels’, as it is not something that you see a lot of here in the UK.

      It probably is relaxing to watch the kids make them, but makes me feel cold just looking at the pictures!!!

      Mabel obviously has quite an influence over Caleb’s life right now, so perhaps she is responsible for the delay??? … but then again ….

      Thanks for the vsit, hope your weekend is a good one

    • Hi Eva,

      I accept your point that the cover is a little romantic in its nature, but I personally think it is quite a strong image, that is very eye-catching.

      The cover does actually reflect the storyline quite well also, as covers which appear totally remote from the storyline really wind me up and seem pointless.

      A good definite start is also always a good sign and enough to capture my interest, although it does need to keep it up after the first few pages, I like a beginning, a middle and an end to a story.

      Thanks for the visit and comment, hope that you enjoy your weekend.

  • Hi, Yvonne,

    Sounds good. Wish I had one of those e book readers right now. I would download it and find out what is going on with Caleb. I do love that name.
    Have a great weekend!

    • Hi Elspeth,

      Nice to talk with you again,

      When I first saw the name Caleb mentioned, I had thought it to be a story set in a much more distant time zone, as it always strikes me as a somewhat old fashioned name.

      He is however, very much a man of the present, although a very troubled man with many concerns and problems to be fixed before he can ever hope to get on with his life freely.

      It is a shame that you don’t have an ereader, as the book is being sold as a download at a ridiculously reasonable price right now. Because it is quite a modest length book, it can also be read quite quickly, although this is the first ‘Novella’ I have tried, so I am still getting used to the format.

      Thanks for leaving comment, I always love to receive them.

  • That beginning certainly does raise questions. I like beginnings like this, that set you in the midst of events rather than giving you a long-winded introduction. 🙂 Thanks for participating in Book Beginnings!

    • Hi Katy,

      As this book is a ‘novella’ of less than 100 pages, then I guess it is quite important to be able to get right into the story.

      I must admit that usually I like a first few lines that set the scene, before I get thrust straight into the action ….

      On the other hand, I find that many synopses give away far too much information, before I even open the cover!!!

      Thanks for hosting this great meme

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