Saturday, February 19, 2011

White Roses by Shannon Taylor Vannatter

The White Rose trilogy is set in the Arkansas towns of Romance and Rose Bud. Romance is known for the re-mailing program and weddings. Romantics send stamped/addressed Valentine’s cards and wedding invitations
in manila envelopes to get them mailed with the hand-stamped Romance, AR postmark. Couples come
to get married in Romance at the post office, local churches or the Romance Waterfalls.
Book Cover: White Roses by Shannon Taylor Vannatter
Pastor Grayson Sterling loves his wife. The problem is, Sara was killed by a hit-and-run driver two years ago. Grayson knows he needs to move on, that the continuing depth of his grief is not healthy for him or his young son. Desperate, he convinces his church to hire Mark Welch as associate pastor to relieve him of some of his load. When Adrea Welch arrives at his church with her brother, Grayson cannot deny his attraction to her.
For years, florist Adrea Welch has been artfully arranging white roses for Sara Sterling. Now those flowers are carried to the cemetery by a faithful, grieving husband. How can Adrea be so attracted to a man still devoted to his dead wife? When secrets from Adrea’s past collide with their budding relationship, both she and Grayson must learn to lean on God’s abiding wisdom.

My Review

I picked up this book knowing it was a romance - a heartsong presents book, a girl meets boy, and so on. What i didn't know, as this is my first Shannon Taylor Vannatter book, was that it was more than just a romance story. The roses are beautiful - you can almost smell the arrangements Adrea makes, and see the flowers as she prepares the church for a wedding. The characters are realistic, though the story is by definition short. The plot has enough twists and turns to keep the reader engrossed, and i came away from this with a deeper appreciation that 'things are not always what they may seem'. Life happens, and i will try not to take on the guilt of others actions, either.
Thanks to Shannon Taylor Vannatter herself for giving me the trilogy in exchange for an honest review. I loved it.

This book is available at, and your local bookstore.

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