What can I say? With so many promotions for new title, ‘Rosebrook Chronicles The Hidden Stories,’ it has been an intense week but added to the promotional posts, there were some amazing reviews.
I dedicate this post to all the hard working book bloggers who gave up their time to spread the word and for the reviewers for their honest appraisals. Last of all a big shout goes out to Rachel’s Rare Resources for organising it.
I was always interested to know how others would perceive my newest work of fiction but one of the most inspiring reviews appeared Ami-May’s Blog, Reading Through The Pain.
“This book contains abuse in all forms from mental, emotional, sexual and physical abuse and everything in between. How three young people living back then was trying to survive there childhood and fought it well into there adulthood.”
Rosebrook Chronicles: The Hidden Stories is a very emotional, shocking, thought-provoking, moving, absorbing, and awe-inspiring book. Which covers a vast amount of topics adoptions, religion, politics, childhood abuse and lots more.
It sums the book up really well; a work of fiction that covers the lives of three abused teenagers, three stories interwoven into one.
More of the dark subject matter behind the book was exposed in Cheryl M-M’s Book Blog, who’s insightful review highlighted the topic perfectly.
In essence these stories are about the children and young people who fall into the black holes of an inadequate system. Inadequate due to the job stopping at the door, children being counted as statistics rather than human beings, and all of them having no real voice. That’s what their representatives are for, to give them a voice, and yet sadly that doesn’t seem to be case in the majority of cases.
She finished by saying “it’s an emotional and heart-wrenching contemporary read.”
Much as I would like to include every review, every single one of them touched my heart. Thank you so much and I dedicate the rest of this post to the bloggers by including all their links (interwoven with a few review snippets of course.)
So if you a looking for a Dark Domestic Noir, that has a touch of Suspense, gripping storylines, is Emotive, yet Engrossing then you will love Rosebrook Chronicles The Hidden Stories.
I was moved by the way the author told a touching and sometimes hard story. From the first sentence she creates lively personalities with an intriguing past and a complex character.
All in all, this is a sensitively written, engrossing tale of survival, chock o block of technique and style. Fans of ‘true’ stories will love this, as will anyone interested in checking out unusually written books.
This was such a powerful read – Helen Christmas has managed to navigate the complicated worlds of abuse, politics and religion expertly, weaving the stories of her three main characters seamlessly together.
When I finished the book I was left wondering how on earth our society is able to screw over some of its citizens in the amount this book portrays, and I realized that it is quite possible because there will always be some slimeballs out there who knows how and when to take advantage of the system and people within and outside the system. Credit to Christmas for portraying this in an excellent way!
One of my pet hates is people who complain things were better in the old days.
Because they weren’t.
This story was well researched, with the historical facts running through the book, you really feel as you are following these characters throughout their lives.
Gripping, dark, and emotional, Rosebrook Chronicles is an incredible novel. The sensitive material is handled well, and the stories merge beautifully together. I highly recommend reading this.
This book is one of those that I couldn’t put down, at times it was shocking to read and utterly heartbreaking but I just had to keep reading.
A very well written story with some excellent characterisation and a gripping plot – very highly recommended!