Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Blog Tour: What Rosie Found Next by Helen J Rolfe

Hey! I am thrilled to be a part of the blog tour for What Rosie Found Next by Helen J Rolfe, hosted by Brook Cottage Books. Scroll down to read the review and enter the Giveaway for a chance to win a $15/£10 Amazon Gift Card.

Magnolia Creek Series #1
Author: Helen J Rolfe
Genre: Women's Fiction, Romantic Fiction
Page Length: 248 Pages
Publication Date: 3rd November 2015
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A shaky upbringing has left Rosie Stevens craving safety and security. She thinks she knows exactly what she needs to make her life complete – the stable job and perfect house-sit she’s just found in Magnolia Creek. The only thing she wants now is for her long-term boyfriend, Adam, to leave his overseas job and come home for good.

Owen Harrison is notoriously nomadic, and he roars into town on his Ducati for one reason and one reason only – to search his parents’ house while they’re away to find out what they’ve been hiding from him his entire life. When he meets Rosie, who refuses to quit the house-sit in his parents’ home, sparks fly.

Secrets are unearthed, promises are broken, friendships are put to the test and the real risk of bush fires under the hot Australian sun threatens to undo Rosie once and for all.

Will Rosie and Owen find what they want or what they really need?


Helen J Rolfe's latest book, What Rosie Found Next is set in Australia, a place I have always wished to visit. I didn't need to think twice before requesting it since I knew that I was gonna like it, the description promised me a good romance with a touch of mystery and the fact that it is set Australia made me too eager to read it.

The novel tells the story of Rosie and Owen. Rosie Stevens has started her house-sitting at Magnolia Creek, as the owners have gone to London for a short time. She is longing to settle down somewhere like Magnolia Creek with her boyfriend, Adam, who is currently working in Singapore. Owen Harrison, the eldest son of the owners, shows up in the middle of the night, not knowing about the 'house-sitter' his parents had arranged. He has come home in search of a secret his parents had been hiding from him all these years. Rosie is adamant about leaving the house-sitting and Owen is confused about how to tackle the situations. The rest of the story revolves around their friendship which slowly grows into a more beautiful relationship, the mysteries and more!

I liked the novel and loved the characters. Owen, a nomadic with a heart of Gold and Rosie, an altruist and good at keeping secrets and Bella- Owen's sweetheart. The spark between Rosie and Owen was crystal clear. Owen realizes it at the beginning itself, whereas Rosie seemed rather flustered about it. She couldn't hear the inner voices, as she always put Adam's choices at first. Still, I liked every banter and chat-ups and occasional flirting they had ;) and the gradual development of their relationship too.

Even though, I wasn't really grabbed by the story then. It's fast-paced and sounded very relaxing; everything was happening so fast with no hints of mystery. But it really got into me by the half. I didn't want Adam in the picture just like Rosie did, but only her, Owen, and their friends. The plot thickened when Owen found 'the box' and I became impatient to know it all and kept reading on. His mother's secrets moved me to tears, it was heartbreaking! The life of the firefighters was an another element I liked. Helen has captured the emotions well in each passage that I had to blink back the tears; very emotional, heart touching scenarios. The story doesn't end there, it kept surprising with more twists and turns and I was forced to change my opinion; from a relaxing book to an engrossing one!

I wished to read more about Owen's Dad and Mom, once the secrets were revealed. I think, I have to wait until the next book is published. I will definitely be reading more Magnolia Creek stories. This book made me blush, smile, laugh and cry. The novel has romance and mystery as well. You can also experience the unpredictable Australian climate with the rainy evenings and scoring hot sun at daytime, the irresistible charm of Magnolia Creek and a Harrison's Christmas too. Perfect to read at anytime. Why don't you grab a copy today?

My Rating: 4/5(Liked it!)
Happy Reading!

Helen J Rolfe writes contemporary women's fiction. She enjoys weaving stories about family, relationships, friendships, love, and characters who face challenges and fight to overcome them. 

Born and raised in the UK, Helen spent fourteen years living in Australia before returning home. She now lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and children.