Book Review: The Scent of Roses by Charlene Raddon

Rosalyn Delaney’s husband, Josiah, had vanished six years ago. Following a private detective’s lead, Rosalyn leaves Salt Lake City and boards a train heading to the mining town of Whiskey Ridge, Arizona. She arrives at Rose House, an old mansion reputed to be haunted, only to discover her missing husband has been killed, and his business partner, Whip Kincade, is wanted for his murder. Determined to uncover the secrets surrounding Josiah and his death, Rosalyn decides to stay-even when she begins to receive nightly visits from a charming “ghost”…
Escaping a troubled past, Whip Kincade had hoped he could make a fresh start by coming to Whiskey Ridge and opening a saloon with his friend, Josiah. Now as a murder suspect hiding in his own house, Whip’s future looks bleak indeed…unless he can find the real culprit. But the unexpected intrusion of Rosalyn ruins his plans of sneaking out at night to investigate. Scaring her away is the first step in clearing his name, but Rosalyn doesn’t rattle easily. And Whip isn’t sure he wants the lovely widow to walk out of his life—especially when she would take his heart with her…

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Charlene began her writing life at an early age, often penning stories where she cast herself as the heroine. It was after college when she dug out her old college typewriter and started her first novel, which came from a spirited dream she’d had the pervious night.

While that book never sold, her second novel did. Tender Touch became a Golden Heart finalist and earned her an agent who signed the book, and two others, in a three book contract with Kensington Publishing. Kensington went onto publish five of Charlene’s western historical romances: Taming Jenna (1994); Tender Touch (1994 Golden Heart Finalist); Forever Mine (1996 Romantic Times Magazine Reviewer’s Choice Award Nominee and Affaire de Coeur Reader/Writer Poll finalist); To Have and To Hold (1997); and as Rachel Summers, The Scent of Roses (1999).

Charlene took a break from publishing, but not from writing. A Kiss and A Dare is Charlene’s first paranormal romance.

Divine Gamble is Charlene’s latest work and won first place in the western historical category of the 2010 Romance Through The Ages

When Charlene isn’t writing, she loves to travel, do genealogy, digital scrapbooking and dyes eggs in the Ukrainian style. And she enjoys camping and fishing with her husband in the Utah wilderness. 

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I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.

My Review:


I received this book for a fair and honest review.

This story is a good example of why we should not judge people and assume things about others. You have no idea what their past is like and why they behave the way they do.

While I loved the character of Roselyn, I also found her frustrating. She was so set in her way of thinking she was not letting anyone in. I understand her past but still found it frustrating.

I loved how all of the characters matured by the end of the book. By the end everyone was getting along and working together to solve the murder of Josiah.

There was a twist at the end I did not see coming at all. It left me speechless. At the end of the book you can almost see the lightbulb moment for Roselyn.

I highly enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it to others.

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  1. I would also highly recommend this book – fabulous.

  2. I love it when authors have you thinking you know how the story is going and then all of a sudden hit you with a unforeseen twist !!

  3. Thank you, Gina. I’m glad you didn’t let Rosalyn’s obstinacy keep you from finishing the book. And I’m delighted that you liked my little surprise at the end. You might want to read To Have and To Hold, as The Scent of Roses is its sequel. In To Have and To Hold you experience the lives of Tempest and Buck Maddux.

  4. Gina, I hope you post this review on Amazon. That would be fabulous. Thanks.

  5. Thank you for the honest review. I can’t wait to see what the twist at the end is.

  6. Quilt Lady says:

    I also loved this book and recommend it to everyone! It has a little of everything wrapped up in one book. Its a must read.

  7. This book sounds interesting! Ill have to check it out!

  8. Another review and synopsis that has me hooked! I seem to be missing out on all of these great books. I’ll add it to my list of ‘winter reading’ material.

  9. Sounds like a great book to snuggle up with a blanket and get lost!!!

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