Wild Rose by Betsy Talbot Online

Wild Rose
Title : Wild Rose
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ISBN : null
Language : English
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 367

New Series! Fall in love with The LateBloomers, a series about five 40-something women who each choose adventure, travel, and love when they reach a crossroads in life. These seasoned women are ready to take on the world, starting with Book 1: Wild Rose. About the Book: Rose Quinn is having a very bad summer. First her 19-year-old daughter left home to packpack across EuroNew Series! Fall in love with The LateBloomers, a series about five 40-something women who each choose adventure, travel, and love when they reach a crossroads in life. These seasoned women are ready to take on the world, starting with Book 1: Wild Rose. About the Book: Rose Quinn is having a very bad summer. First her 19-year-old daughter left home to packpack across Europe instead of going to college. Then a woman she loved like a mother died of a heart attack, making her feel like an orphan all over again. And in just a few weeks her best friend will be moving to New York City. For a single mother who’s always had someone else to take care of, Rose is finally wondering how to take care of herself. Handsome Mateo Romero is a transplanted Spaniard running a restaurant on Lake Como in Italy. A broken heart got him there, but he’s made a success of it just like he did his architecture business back in Madrid. One thing he hasn’t been successful with is love. When Mateo hires Rose’s daughter for a summer job and gives her a free place to stay, Rose immediately suspects the worst. She won’t let her daughter make the same mistake she did at that age, so Rose flies to Italy to confront Mateo. What Rose finds instead is a secret she didn’t suspect and a challenge to everything she’s ever thought about love and the illusion of control. Rose’s daughter doesn’t need saving, but can Rose save herself?


Wild Rose Reviews

  • Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover

    3.5 StarsI love romance stories with characters over the age of 40. I've always said there's just something about that age and beyond because the characters have done a lot of living. This was a nice story about Rose. She's one of 5 friends with flower names and this group of friends call themselves The Late Bloomers. Rose is over 40 and when her daughter moves to Italy she finds herself traveling there. While in Italy she meets her daughters boss, Mateo, and sparks start to fly. I do wish I got [...]

  • Kim

    This is the first in a series of five books about a group of friends in their forties- the late Bloomers. They all have flower names.Rose flies out to Italy because she thinks her 19 year old daughter may be falling for a man old enough to be her father. When she gets to Lake Como she realises that Mateo is a very charming man and far from pursuing her daughter, he is more interested in getting to know her.The book explores many relationships- friendships between friends, love for her daughter a [...]

  • Talk Supe

    DNF at 60%It started well enough, a single parent in her 40's with a grown daughter currently living in Italy and whose independence scares the mom. Not to mention a second chance in love with a sexy Spaniard in one of the most beautiful country in Europe. I love the promised adventure as well as the parenting angle. I felt connected to Rose's situation right away, and with a haggle of friends to support her, WILD ROSE sounds like its going to be a fantastic women's literature. I can't put my fi [...]

  • Inderpreet Uppal

    This book, Wild Rose is a romance set in Italy, charming the reader with its quaint appeal, delightful food and beautiful locales. The scenic charm and the equally charming chef who whips up sinfully decadent food made me want to pack up and head to Lake Como.Rose conjures up images of a confident, sweet, sensuous woman who has a lovely daughter and she thinks that she has to save her from an older man. The truth is far from it and makes for a delightful twist.Mateo, the handsome, smart, caring [...]

  • Sophia

    I saw this book reviewed and recommended by Pat @ TBQ's Book Palace blog. The combination of an over 40 romance, Italy, food, and a chance for change and adventure sounded intriguing and I had to read it.This book was the start of a series called Late Bloomers about mature women who are closer than sisters finding love during their travel ventures around the world.Rose helps her friend Violet do a celebration of life for Violet's mother and it starts her to accessing her own life, but it is the [...]

  • Pat

    This is the first book in what looks to be an amazing series. Five women, friends since infancy have a bond no one can break. Their mothers were close friends and named all their first born girls flower names ; Rose, Violet, Lilly, Daisy and Ivy. They became known as The Bloomers. Their friendship is the one stable thing in all their lives. Now, all these women are in their forties and need each other more than ever, now known as The Late Bloomers. Rose is a single mom with a successful landscap [...]

  • Cinta

    I got a free ARC of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.If you love romance books, especially if they are set in lovely European places, look no more. What says romance better than Italy? Or Spain? What about a hot Spaniard living in Italy? Oh, I got you hooked right there, huh? You should get a copy of this book and enjoy it over the weekend while enjoying a nice glass of wine. Rose, who is a successful landscape designer in Arizona, gets horrified when her daughter decid [...]

  • Joan

    Wild Rose is the first in an upcoming series of books about five life-long friends who continue to find romance and adventure in their 40's. As an "older woman," I enjoyed reading a romance novel about an adult with a grown daughter and real problems who finds new love when she least expects it. As in any romance novel, there are misunderstandings and complications, but the characters are likable and easy to relate to. The sex scenes are handled well. They are detailed enough to be erotic withou [...]

  • Michelle Goerdel

    I was pleasantly surprised to find that Betsy has developed a great style as a romance writer. I have known her from her non-fiction, which has always been open, honest, well-researched, and fun. In Wild Rose, she has taken all her experience from the non-fiction world and used it to write a book that is all of the above but with excellent character development, great scenery, and some food to die for. As full disclosure I was a beta reader for her novel but that made reading the end product eve [...]

  • Rachel Gilbey

    Thanks to Netgalley for a review copy of this book. This is my honest review.Rose has a close circle of friends called the Late Bloomers. They are like family to her, and all have names of flowers. They have an incredible friendship, and will do anything for each other. This is the first in a series of books, with each one, featuring a different member of the group.Rose, lives in Arizona, is in her 40s and everything is changing. Her friend Violet, is moving to New York for work. Another of the [...]

  • Connie N.

    Thanks to NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.#1 in The Late Bloomers series.This book had such potential: a vacation romance in Italy, a 40-something woman stepping out of her comfort zone, a sexy Spanish hero. But sadly it fell short because the heroine, Rose, was so unpleasant. Now I don't have to love all the characters to enjoy a book. Usually the relationships, dialog, plot, problems will all work together to create something interesting. But in a ro [...]

  • Laurie

    I really enjoyed this fun romance. Rose has always been a devoted mother and hard working landscape designer who created her own successful business, but with encouragement form her closest friends, Rose finally decides to visit her daughter, who is in Italy for the summer and she quickly finds out that not only is her daughter not returning to college, she is planning to move to Australia for a job. After adjusting to the news, Rose takes the opportunity to stay in Italy for a little longer and [...]

  • Sue Jochens

    My goodness - what a delightful book, so rich with the sights, smells, and tastes of Italy, that I could close my eyes and imagine myself as Rose. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Rose, her daughter, her friends, as well the crew at Tre Amici. By the time I was into chapter 12-15, it was taking me forever to read the book because I kept highlighting, making notes, and re-reading the glorious prose extolling the the virtues of the landscape, the food, and even the thoughts of Rose. As one of [...]

  • Bianca

    I've received this book through NetGalley from ES Scott Publishing for an honest review.It was refreshing to read about characters that were not in their 20s. Rose is a 40 year old single mum, living in Arizona. Her 19 year old daughter is spending some time travelling Europe before heading back to college. Or so Rose thinks. Rachel is working as a waitress in a little town in Northern Italy. She's invited Rose to come visit. So Rose goes to Italy. There she meets the charming Spanish Mateo, the [...]

  • Mickey

    HERE IS THE PERFECT BOOK FOR A WEEKEND BEACH GETAWAY! I really enjoyed this book! Betsy writes in a style that is easy to read and I can relate with. She makes me feel like I am clearly there and am thinking the same thoughtsI could also relate to the single older woman status, who has a daughter that she loves and who runs her own business so the story line was very comfortable to me. Its sassy, romantic with just the right amount of sizzle along with being set in Italy with a latin handsome ma [...]

  • Erin McNeaney

    I don't usually read romance novels so I was pleased by how down to earth Wild Rose is—no heaving bosoms or quivering members here (although there is one very steamy sex scene). It was an easy and entertaining read with engaging characters and a fantastic setting in Italy. I loved all the food descriptions and before I even finished the book I was looking up Airbnb apartments in Lake Como. This is the first book in a series about a group of friends in their 40s. I recommend reading the free sh [...]

  • Julia Tracey

    This was refreshing as a romance read because not all readers are 22 and not all romance is dead after 30. I appreciate the travelogue aspect of the tale -- felt like I was in Italy (the food!) and now I have an urge to go! Rose has thorns, but she also has hope, and without giving any spoilers, I'll just say that this is a sensuous, thoughtful romance for women on taking a second chance at love. More to come from this series, I hear. Fingers crossed!

  • One Pushy Fox

    Read this book for my book club. The overall story is nice and I appreciate the older characters. It's hard not to take the series plot, a garden of women, as a little twee. And the fact that the hero in this book is repeatedly referred to as resembling Antonio Banderas bothered me. Antonio Banderas is not sexy, people. Antonio Banderas is creepy. Still, they get their HEA, which was nice.

  • Theresa

    Great contemporary romance with an older heroine. I'm very excited for the rest of this series as well!

  • MsB

    Loved that this book dealt with lovers who were in the 40s. I would definitely recommend it .

  • Trena Johnson

    I loved it. A wonderfully inspiring story based on a character, a set of characters over age 40. Well written, kept me engaged throughout the story to the very "happy" ending.