Friday, 14 June 2013

Book Review
Alison Chaffin Higson
About The Book

Mackenzie (Mack) Harper is a twenty-seven year old school teacher who moves to Rose Cottage in Cape Elizabeth for the summer. She arrives with her six year old nephew, Lucas, who’s staying with her for a few weeks ­while his parents are in Europe.

Placing storage boxes on top of the kitchen cabinets, Mack finds a diary, opening it to the first page it reads, ‘This is the diary of a Rose, dated March 4th, 1947’. Settling down to read this diary, Mack discovers a love story between Rose and a man named Jacob Evans.

Realizing that Jacob is still alive and around eighty-eight years old, Mack tries to contact him to tell him Rose’s story. She leaves a message with Jacob’s housekeeper and hopes that he returns her call.

While talking to her sister on the phone, she watches a denim and leather clad guy dismount his Harley and move in next door. Unbeknown to Mack, he’s Jacob’s thirty-two year old grandson, Dean, who has come to Cape Elizabeth to find out why she wants to talk to his grandfather about a diary and to make sure she isn’t after his grandfather’s money.

Within an hour of actually meeting Dean has his hands on her legs, although due to spilled coffee, he discovers he can’t stop touching her. Dean was only too glad to escape to Cape Elizabeth, away from his mother, who wants him to be married to Cynthia, her friend’s daughter, who he has no interest in.

Together Mack and Dean try to unravel the mystery of what actually happened to Rose in 1947.

Thomas Degan the owner of Rose Cottage is a loveable eighty year old man who befriends Lucas, taking him fishing and spends time with him reading ‘Our Gang’ Comics.

All these characters come together in a story of loss, love and friendship. 

Natalie's Review

Let me start by saying, What a lovely book.  It was such a pleasant read,  not to hard core, i felt happy reading it, the characters were so well developed especially little Lucas he is addorable.  The story is so well written every page i found myself loving the characters more and more and i loved the story being told from the past and present it was like two stories rolled into one that somehow finds its way together in the middle.

Dean is georgous i want one or two or even maybe three.  you can tell that the author has put everything she can into developing the characters.  nothing was missed and i felt like i was a fly on the wall in this fantastic family.

I give this book a massive 5***** because it is so well written.  you would never believe that this is the authors first book. it is so worth a read.

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