on April 23, 2016 :
Just as much as I love a good romance, I love reading about people and places I've not yet visited. Wild Rose gave me all that, plus a dose of comedy and suspense. While this book involves a vicar living in the Scottish countryside, a shady character, some set-in-their-ways church ladies, and a woman desperate to protect her reputation after being caught in a compromising situation on the church security tape, it also gently delivers some life lessons without being preachy. The characters are like all humans--far from perfect. Sherrie Hansen is a masterful and entertaining storyteller, and I look forward to reading the next book in the series where I am sure I will meet some interesting, new characters and have another enjoyable peek at life in Scotland.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
Brenda B. Taylor
on June 2, 2014 :
Wild Rose is an incredibly humorous love story. Sherrie Hansen writes with wit and delicious detail. Her descriptions and research of Scotland are impeccable. The plot line takes twist and turns that are easily followed, but lend mystery and intrigue to the story. Ian and Rose are complete opposites, but opposites do attract, and Hansen brings out this attraction with excellence. The characters are well-developed and realistic. I laughed, cried, and screamed along with them, and all the time rooting for Ian and Rose.
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)
on May 27, 2014 :
Wild sweet humor, occasional thorns, the odd pricked conscience, and enjoyably thought-provoking musings on faith, forgiveness, tolerance and love characterize this delightful Scottish romance by Sherrie Hansen. And if the pastor’s seen the woman naked before falling for her, well, so has half the local police force, and she really shouldn’t have cavorted so close to the hidden cameras... And so it goes.
The dear gentle-ladies of Pastor Ian’s small church have their own ideas about who would qualify as a pastor’s wife. The cops would have Rose hung drawn and quartered if only such things were still done. The board of her company would love to throw her out, and her brother-in-law wants to disown her. But Pastor Ian is falling sweetly in love, and Rose is falling not only for the pastor, but also for his faith. Because, after all, she never really stopped believing in God—she just wasn’t sure she believed God cared for her.
The combination of faith and humor, suspense and romance, and wholly believable, delightfully flawed characters is genuinely enticing in this novel. Pastor Ian’s probably never blushed so much. The dear gentle-ladies would probably blush all the colors of their multi-season quilts, but this wild romp through Scottish countryside, with occasional stops in the police-station and several in church, is just pure, wonderful, zany, faith-filled fun and I love it so much, even an occasional creeping Americanism can’t distract me.
Disclosure: I was given a free ecopy and I offer my honest review.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)