A Shower of Roses

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Category: Contemporary
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Date Published: December 1, 2010
Number of Pages: 200
Print Price: $11.01
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A Shower of Roses is the story of Eva, a Polish Catholic nurse who falls in love with Marek, an activist who works for the CIA. The story goes back and forth between 1981 and previous years in flashbacks.

Let me start by saying that I have enjoyed Tom Milton’s previous books. He has a solid easy-to-read writing style with good stories. What drew me to this one was the title. The book begins with a quote from St. Thérèse, “I will spend my heaven doing good on earth; I will let fall a shower of roses.” I also was intrigued by the main character, Eva’s, desire to follow St. Thérèse's Little Way and I wondered how the author would implement this in the novel.

However, Eva is about as naive as they come. It’s her desire to be a saint. Yet she marries Marek, a self-proclaimed atheist, who does not hide that he’s an atheist, although he keeps plenty of other things secret. Eva promises Marek that she will love him unconditionally. Time and again, he purposefully tests this unconditional love. Without giving away the ending, I found that, on the one hand, it was perverse, and on the other, predictable.

Eva is a kind soul who tries to follow St. Thérèse’s Little Way. However, this plot line was not developed enough, especially in light of the fact that the title of the book is “Shower of Roses.” Milton’s books tend to be heavy on dialogue, which I generally don’t mind. However, some of the dialogue seemed forced, especially Marek’s words, which, for the most part, came off as robotic and unemotional.

Warning: there are adult themes and there is one scene that is R rated. As well, this book contains swearing so I would not recommend it for young teens.

Milton’s overall writing style is good, but some of the characters in this novel could have been better developed.

All that being said, if you have read Milton’s other novels and have enjoyed them, you may like this one. For me personally, though, it wasn’t as compelling or believable as his other novels.

 

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ISBN-13: 978-0982990414
Original Language: English
Book Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches


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Ellen Gable Hrkach is an award-winning, bestselling author of five books. Her recently released novel, A Subtle Grace, is currently in the top ten of Religious Drama on Kindle. Her third novel, Stealing Jenny, was #1 on Amazon Kindle in Religious Drama for two months and has been in the top ten of that category since November 2011 with nearly 240,000 downloads.  Her second novel, In Name Only ,was awarded the Gold Medal in Religious Fiction at the 2010 IPPY Awards and has also been an Amazon Kindle #1 Bestseller in Religious Drama. She is currently the President of the Catholic Writers Guild, a columnist for Amazing CatechistsCatholicMom.com and various magazines and websites. She and her husband own a small Catholic publishing company which publishes “edgy Catholic fiction.” She blogs at Plot Line and Sinker. When she’s not writing or reading on her Kindle, Ellen enjoys watching classic movies and playing board games with her family. Originally from New Jersey, she now lives in the country outside of Pakenham, Ontario, Canada with her husband and sons. Contact her at: fullquiverpublishing(at)gmail.com.


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