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Book Review

Publisher's Note:

The Winter Rose by Melanie Dobson tugs at the heartstrings from the first page to the last. The story flips between World War II and present day, but each story needs to be told.  If becoming emotionally involved with the characters in a story is something you consider a pleasure, this book is one for you.  It is not lighthearted or humorous, but it is compelling.  Both the story fr…

The Winter Rose

by Melanie Dobson

Overall Book Review:

The Winter Rose by Melanie Dobson tugs at the heartstrings from the first page to the last. The story flips between World War II and present day, but each story needs to be told.  If becoming emotionally involved with the characters in a story is something you consider a pleasure, this book is one for you.  It is not lighthearted or humorous, but it is compelling.  Both the story from the past and the one from the present are compelling and interesting.

Melanie Dobson is quite talented.  She has a way of saying things without providing the reader with all of the gruesome details.  She takes a story in which characters are exposed to horrific circumstances and writes about it in a way that conveys the horrors without the graphic detail.  The book carries readers along with the characters.

The message of hope and never giving up are prominent in this story.  The way it is crafted, shows the reader these themes and doesn’t just state them.  This book with live on in the thoughts of those who read it for a long time; depending on one’s mood, it might be because of the sad and scary parts or because of the uplifting and inspiring parts.  This is another great book by skilled wordsmith.


Content Analysis

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  Many references to concentration camps and what happens in them, but no graphic details provided; Several references to incidents in which a young teen was required to kill a person, but most provide no details only inference; a character threatens to kill another person; a young man attacks a young woman and another person stabs the assailant; multiple fires are set intentionally destroying personal property and causing a fatality; a woman dies from consuming a poisonous thing, but it is unclear if it was intentional; a character reported having suicidal thoughts.

Sex/Nudity:  Report that a man was having an affair and had been for many months; report that a character saw a male in an unmarried female adult’s bedroom, presumably involved in sexual things; non-married characters kiss and embrace.

Mature Subject Matter

Holocaust, marital infidelity, substance abuse and addiction, emotional abuse of child by adult, terminal illness.

Drug/Alcohol Use

Several mentions of characters with bottles of whiskey and vodka; several scenes in which characters are drunk; an adult provides minors with pills and alcohol and they develop addictions; multiple characters have addictions to alcohol and drugs, including narcotic mushrooms.

Overall Book Rating
Profanity/Language
Rating:
0
10
Violence/Gore
Rating:
4
10
Sex/Nudity
Rating:
3
10

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About the Reviewer

I primarily read fiction from all genres. I have six children and many happy hours have been spent reading together. I also love quilting, hiking, and camping.