My Name Is Rose
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: March 15th 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Rose is unsettled, curious, and bored. Life in a hippie commune is her parent’s dream come true, not hers. She doesn’t share their passion for living off the land, nor does she enjoy the isolation that is thrust upon her. When she convinces them to send her to public school in the nearby town, a new world opens up to her.
As she pursues her education, Rose chooses a different path, leaving her parents heartbroken at her insistence they are hiding something from her. She’s convinced her father isn’t the man her mother married.
Although she finds love far away from her roots and upbringing, her wounds only deepen as she keeps her family at arm’s length. What she loses during those years can only be retrieved with her understanding that “a Rose by any other name is still a Rose.”
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
MY NAME IS ROSE is a standalone women’s fiction and is my very first read from author Alexa Kingaard.
Rose grew up in a non traditional little commune that consisted mostly of free spirited “hippies.” Even as a young child, she knew she wanted more than what was offered at the commune. This is Rose’s story.
I’ll admit this isn’t my normal genre. I usually prefer more romance in my books and although there IS a relationship in Rose’s story, it’s not what the plot revolves around. Having said that, the cover caught my eye and when I read the blurb, I knew I had to give this one a shot. Fundamentally, the story is written in a way that’s easy to read and it’s paced really well. But what I enjoyed more was being in Rose’s mind and following her thinking. Not necessarily agreeing with her, mind you, but absolutely understanding her point of view. The story spans a huge portion of her life, maybe thirty years or so but no worries…it skips and jumps so it didn’t drag at all for me. Rose was a strong minded woman. She knew what she wanted and grabbed onto it with both hands. She was an introvert but also curious, close to her parents but also kept them at a distance.
I won’t give more of the plot away because although there’s a few small surprises, the blurb is pretty straightforward. Again, this is ROSE’S STORY! I will say that I wavered between 4 and 5 stars because it was very hard to feel even a small connection to any other character besides Rose. I’m not sure if that was the author’s intention or not? Either way, in the end I gave it 5 stars because it was simply an enjoyable experience from beginning to end! Told entirely from Rose’s POV with a hopeful ending. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book.
Alexa Kingaard was born in San Diego, CA and has lived most of her life in the area. She currently resides in Carlsbad and is the mother of an adult son and daughter who continue to be her biggest fans and cheerleaders. A realtor for fifteen years, she remains involved with her profession and praises her brokers and clients for giving her the nod to be creative.
She gives all the credit for completing her debut novel, KEEP FOREVER, to her inspiration and late ex-husband, Jeff, who battled the residual effects of the Vietnam War for decades after his return.
Her second novel, MY NAME IS ROSE, will be released through Acorn Publishing March 15, 2019.