This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The Rose of Winslow Street
Bethany House (January 1, 2012)


A research librarian and associate professor, Elizabeth Camden has a master’s in history from the University of Virginia and a master’s in library science from Indiana University. She has published several articles for academic publications and is the author of four nonfiction history books. Her ongoing fascination with history and love of literature have led her to write inspirational fiction. Elizabeth lives with her husband in central Florida.






The last thing Libby Sawyer and her father expected upon their return from their summer home was to find strangers inhabiting a house that had been in their family for decades. Widower Michael Dobrescu brought his family from Romania to the town of Colden, Massachusetts with a singular purpose: to claim the house willed to him long ago. Since neither party has any intention of giving up their claim, a fierce legal battle ensues between the two families.

When important documents go missing from the house, Libby suspects Michael is the culprit. Determined to discover the truth behind the stolen papers, Libby investigates, only to find more layers of mystery surrounding Michael and his family. Despite their rivalry, Libby finds herself developing feelings for this man with the mysterious past.

As a decision about the house looms in the courts, Libby must weigh the risks of choosing to remain loyal to her family or give her heart to a man whose intentions and affections are less than certain.

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Rose of Winslow Street, go HERE.

Learn more about Elizabeth and her books on her Website.


The Rose of Winslow Street was a refreshing change of pace for a historical novel. Normally I expect to find a young woman who falls in love with the dashing and rich and possibly aristocratic young man who is also usually above her station. Then occasionally the reverse will be the case. The Rose of Winslow Street seems to break all those precedents.

Without divulging too many facts that would result in a spoiler, I will say that many of the characters in this story are not who they seem to be at first. Libby is a beautiful young woman who feels inferior because of her learning disability and lack of affection from her father. Although Libby and her father could lose everything they have to Michael and his family, Libby’s compassion will not allow her to treat them as enemies.

I really liked how Libby’s feelings for Michael were based on the way she saw him treat his children and others and that he was attracted to her for very similar reasons. This is a story with plenty of action, mystery, and romance. It is very early in the year but this just could be the best book I will read this year. Only time will tell. By all means, run to your favorite bookstore or online vendor and pick up a copy of The Rose of Winslow Street. You won’t be sorry.