Friday, March 20, 2020

Darling Rose Gold
by Stephanie Wrobel

Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  For the first eighteen years of her life, Rose Gold Watts believed she was seriously ill. She was allergic to everything, used a wheelchair and practically lived at the hospital. Neighbors did all they could, holding fundraisers and offering shoulders to cry on, but no matter how many doctors, tests, or surgeries, no one could figure out what was wrong with Rose Gold.

Turns out her mom, Patty Watts, was just a really good liar.

After serving five years in prison, Patty gets out with nowhere to go and begs her daughter to take her in. The entire community is shocked when Rose Gold says yes.

Patty insists all she wants is to reconcile their differences. She says she's forgiven Rose Gold for turning her in and testifying against her. But Rose Gold knows her mother. Patty Watts always settles a score.

Unfortunately for Patty, Rose Gold is no longer her weak little darling...

And she's waited such a long time for her mother to come home.



Kritters Thoughts:  This is going to be a hard review to write because I think it is best going into this book without much knowledge - like I did.  I hadn't really read even the synopsis before picking it up, just saw the cover all over the place and was intrigued.  

A book that has a focus on a mother daughter duo who don't have the best relationship due to their rocky past.  Patty is the mother and at the beginning of this story she is getting released from prison where she was guilty of endangering her own child as she made her sick her whole life.  Rose Gold is there to greet her mother as she leaves prison and is ready to start this new chapter with her life . . . 

This is one of those books where you just can't trust any of the characters and for me that isn't something I completely love.  I don't mind when you can't trust one, but when you can't trust any that makes for a hard story to read as you just can't believe anything that anyone as saying as complete fact.  

I am intrigued with how a parent could want to have a sick child to get attention partly due to the tv show, The Politician.  The look at Munchausen by proxy disease made me keep reading this book because I am so fascinated by a parent who could find comfort or joy or something from the attention that a sick child could get, I am not a parent, but this really fascinates me.

This book was interesting, but I wouldn't be quick to recommend it to just any reader.     


Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Berkley  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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