Deep in the rolling hills of North Carolina lay the idyllic town of Rose Creek. Home to the Walker clan for generations, the family farmhouse was the ideal place to grow up. And for Kate, orphaned at age six, the home her mother grew up in was a haven of healing and love. But as the future beckoned, Kate slowly pulled away from her family and her home, never to return. Until now.
Beautiful career woman Kate Sinclair has built a successful life for herself, even as she’s haunted by the decisions that led to her estrangement from those once so dear to her. When tragedy strikes her family, Kate realizes the time has come to return home. Awaiting her is an animosity she expected, as well as a shock she never could have anticipated: her family’s home is in danger of being destroyed.
Despite her reservations, Kate makes the decision to stay in Rose Creek for a time to help her family. As she slowly begins to reestablish her roots in the close-knit community, she finds herself increasingly attached to Andrew, a man with charm, charisma—and a secret.
And when Kate discovers the diary of an early family member who has immigrated to the United States, she finds strength in his belief in God as she explores her new relationship with Andrew and works to rebuild ties within her family. But when the pressures of the house problems and the disdain from family members gets too tough, the lure of the city calls, and Kate is forced to make an impossible decision: will she return to the life she worked so hard to build in the city or risk everything for an unknown future in Rose Creek?
|Published||Covenant Communications (July 1, 2013)|
Kate Sinclair has to go back to Rose Creek for her aunt’s funeral. She hasn’t been back to see her family there in years, knowing she disappointed them when they really needed her. When the will is read and Kate learns that the old house that has been in her family for over a century has been given to her instead of her estranged cousin, she decides to stay for a few weeks before heading back to Atlanta. When she discovers an old journal and letters in the attic, her desires start changing. And when she meets a handsome local, Andrew, the changes escalate even more. I didn’t know if I would like this book at first, but once Kate found the old journal and connected with her 5th great-grandfather, I was hooked and couldn't stop reading.
This was a great book! I really liked Kate from the very beginning of the book. I liked that she was willing to try to fix mistakes that she had made, even though she knew that it was going to be very hard. I liked that she had the courage to go and try, and that even when life tried to knock her down, she was able to get back up and keep going. I liked the bit of romance that this book held, it was just enough. Kate's journey should serve to remind us all of what's important in life and what we should be striving for.
Immediate family and extended family.
Saying words that hurt and that are forgiven.
Restoration of a house and of a faith.
Putting behind personal pasts and looking to the future.
Learning about family history and keeping it alive.
Finding love and never letting go.
All the wonderful things that make a book stay with you long after you have turned that last page!
Kate was happy with where she was and with what she was doing. She had been away from home and family for a very long time telling them that she was just too busy to come home.
That is until she heard that her aunt passed away. The aunt that raised her from a child after her own mother and father were taken in an accident.
When the will is read, Kate finds herself the owner of the old family home. But the house is in jeopardy...the state wants to bulldoze it to make room for the new highway.
Family feelings are hurt, journals are found, and history is questioned.
Can Kate remain in Rose Creek?
Can she save the house?
Can she keep up the changes that have taken place in her heart?
Can family accept her back?
And what about Andrew?
Can they find a future together even with all the troubles looming around them?
Together they will learn that "there (is) value in reaching out and reaching back, remembering those who lived before."
What an amazingly wonderful, tender story!
I. REALLY. REALLY. REALLY. LIKED. IT!
After driving throughout the United States the past two weeks visiting family and some historic places, I arrived home to find my copy of "The House on Rose Creek" waiting for me. I picked it up for a glance, and simply couldn't put it down. The unpacking waited while I became absorbed in this wonderful story. It touched me on many levels and areas such as family, love, relationships, and faith. Thanks Jenny for a wonderful experience with such depth and feeling.
The House at Rose Creek is a well-written debut novel with a deeper, more layered story than I expected. While it was definitely a love story, the romance was not always front and center. There was a rediscovering of love of home and family as well as a developing love and respect for those who came before. In a way, there was also a retelling of romance past as the main character reads about Ian and Jennie in his journal.
I didn’t really care for Kate at first but she quickly grew on me. I could feel the connection between her and Andrew right away. Andrew was really great, but I’m glad he had a bit of a history to keep things real. The secondary characters had dimension and personality, even if I didn’t like how they reacted some of the time, but that’s what made them more realistic. The situation with Kate’s family was relatable, tense at times and not quickly or easily resolved, but efforts and progress were still made even if everything wasn’t tied up in a pretty bow at the end. There was only one part, the sudden appearance of a former love interest, that felt a bit contrived to me.
I liked how the journal of her ancestor tied into Kate’s story and inspired her, not just in her investigation into the Church but in learning more about her family history. I, too, felt inspired to delve back into my family history. I enjoyed learning about Ian and looked forward to reading each of his journal entries throughout the story.
Readers who like a story with history and a nice romance will enjoy The House at Rose Creek. The writing is clean and easy to read, effectively evoking the emotion of the scene. I hope Jenny is hard at work on her next book because I look forward to reading more from her.
Review originally published on LDS Women's Book Review - www.ldswbr.com
The House at Rose Creek is as heart-warming as both the title and cover art imply. It doesn't have the artifice that many debut novels do, and at its core is a sincerity that will speak to a broad range of readers.
Woven into Kate's story is a beautiful focus on family history, and how the stories of our ancestors can touch our own lives. Normally, I find such topics a little stodgy and boring, but Proctor brings them to life in a way that feels genuine and relatable. I even got a bit misty more than once, and of the hundreds (okay, possibly thousands) of books I've read over the course of my life, only a couple dozen have managed that very difficult feat.
Although there are elements of LDS culture in this novel, I didn't find them to be exclusionary, and I believe the faith aspect of Kate's journey will appeal to people of all faiths. If readers take the time to really get to know Kate the way I did, I believe they will be touched by her authenticity, and inspired by her perseverance. Like all the best characters from all the best stories, she is deeply flawed and thoroughly human. I loved watching how she translated her struggles into personal growth.
Perhaps my favorite part of this story, though it isn't strictly speaking a "romance", is how real the love story felt to me. It wasn't a fairytale, it was gritty and believable without being overly dramatic. For me, it was the perfect balance in so many ways, and I'm already looking forward to reading it again. I highly recommend this book, and can't wait to see more from this author. I get the sense that she has many more stories for us.