Mothers never forget. Daughters never forgive.
Nothing is more complicated than the relationship between a mother and daughter. Bring in a little attempted murder and you have Stephanie Wrobel’s DARLING ROSE GOLD (Berkley).
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.
I really enjoyed this book, read it in one sitting. The juxtaposition of the cover art versus what is between the pages is very clever.I love the whole “mommy dearest” angle. I look forward to reading more of Stephanie’s work.
After getting my bachelor’s degree in strategic communication, I worked as a copywriter, then associate creative director, for advertising agencies in Chicago. During this time, I wrote and helped produce television and radio spots, print ads, billboards, and digital campaigns for brands like Coors, McDonald’s, and Capital One.
In 2014 I moved to London, so my then-boyfriend/now-husband could attend business school. A year later, while I was between freelance copywriting jobs and in a major rut, I applied to graduate schools for creative writing. I decided to give writing my all for a couple years and see what happened. It was the best decision I’ve ever made.
I moved to Boston to attend Emerson College in 2016. Before grad school, I would come up with a book idea, write a chapter or two, then give up. The MFA program made me take writing seriously for the first time. I had my first short story published in the Bellevue Literary Review and accrued 221 rejections for all the other stories I wrote and submitted. (It pains me to report that number is not an exaggeration.) By the end of the program, I’d finished my first novel, which was also my graduate thesis, about a mother and daughter named Patty and Rose Gold Watts.
In May 2018 I moved back to London with my husband and Cockapoo, Moose Barkwinkle. Much to my parents’ dismay, we have no plans to move stateside in the near future. When I’m not writing, I love to travel—44 countries so far!—and eat. But my favorite way to spend my free time always has been, and always will be, reading.
Thanks to Berkley we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us the best novel you’ve read about a mother and daughter relationship. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.
DARLING ROSE GOLD will be published Tuesday.
GIVEAWAY: USA only please
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