I submitted "The Rose Ring" to Reader's Favorite a while ago for review. They offer quick turnaround on reviews if you pay for them, but I chose to utilize the free service. I had used it with "Through the Open Window" and was pleased with the service, and I was just as pleased this time around. As a writer it is wonderful to know that someone has read and appreciated something one has written. And seeing that I designed the cover as well, I was gratified that she found it attractive. Truly, this review made my day.
Reviewer Brenda Casto had this to say.
The Rose Ring by Anne Faye is certainly a book with a
pretty cover, but the story that unfolds is emotionally charged,
keeping me riveted until the end. Julia Manning has carried the hurt of
being left at the altar ten years ago by her then fiancee Zach Richards.
To get through her days she works as an assistant manager at a
bookstore and also volunteers to read at a local nursing home. Julia's
mother pushes her to find a man and settle down and even fixes her up
with Steve, a man who had a crush on Julia years ago. As the
relationship between Julia and Steve starts to develop, Zach comes back
into the picture, and Julia realizes she still has feelings for him.
Meanwhile Elizabeth Phelps, a dementia patient at the nursing home sees
Julia wearing a rose ring that she is convinced was her engagement ring
given to her by the love of her life Joseph Wynn. As Julia befriends
Elizabeth she can't help but wonder about the story of Joseph, and
whether the ring might in fact be Elizabeth's and if so why she and
Joseph never married. As Julia solves the mystery of Elizabeth and
Joseph's story she will also figure out what path she should take for
Anne Faye writes a contemporary story, that also has a firm foot in the
past. While I enjoyed Julia's story it was the story of Elizabeth and
Joe that was so emotionally charged I couldn't put it down. Journal
entries and the letters that Joe wrote to Elizabeth transported me back
to the mid-forties. The longing and hope that Elizabeth had as she gets
each letter from Joe,and the excruciating news that she finally got took
my breath away. Then the author provides a twist that totally
blindsided me, but also allowed me to understand the need that Elizabeth
had for granting forgiveness!
I honestly felt the emotions flow off the pages. The author does a
wonderful job of transitioning between the past and present, providing
two stories that ultimately tie together in the end providing a few
life lessons along the way! The Rose Ring was far from predictable,
providing a very satisfying story. I became so consumed by it I actually
read it in one sitting. A heart touching story with characters that I