Set in Massachusetts in the late 1800s, The Soul of the Rose is a Victorian era novel of love and choices. When Celia goes to work at a bookstore owned by friends of her family, she's looking for a change after the traumatic death of her close friend. Celia soon finds herself receiving affections from two very different men. She has to rely on her faith to look beyond appearances and make the right choice.
I really enjoyed the setting of this novel. As a voracious reader myself, I could relate to Celia's character right away. And I found myself very quickly liking the odd and sometimes gruff Edward Lyons. The characters were interesting, it was easy to relate to them.
The story was compelling and made me want to keep reading. From the beginning, Celia's faith is evident, and it influences her thoughts and opinions about the books she reads.
This one was a good read, and I can definitely recommend it. I give it four strong stars and a G for content.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.