This is a large book and looks, in my opinion, professionally produced. It is a very readable book but what lets it down is the grammar and punctuation (especially the possessive and plural apostrophes, which are mixed up). I think if the book were to be edited professionally, it would raise the story up a number of notches.

Rosie is a likeable character and has a very exciting life even from early on in the novel. The reader can warm to her and her family so it’s easy to read in that respect.

Rosie’s rise from her humble beginnings was enjoyable to read and the writer weaves a tale of a number of interesting events that the character could well have attended. The famous people of the era were all in context and the meetings with Rosie were plausible.

In some places I do feel that the writer has gone a little too far with facts and details, for example, Rosie’s potential father-in-law is proud of his family history and goes to great lengths to tell Rosie all about it, but it feels as though the writer has taken true historical facts and written them all straight into the story. I feel that it would have been better had he told of Rosie’s utter boredom at the enforced history lesson rather than put it all out for the reader to be bored with, too.

The writer has obviously researched his subject at great length; the reader certainly feels as though he or she is in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but I did spot some of the plot twists from quite a way off.

Having said all of that, I enjoyed reading Rosie.

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