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Summary

In spite of heartache, the Rose sisters have learned there is no expiration date on love.

Lily Rae Rose has been headstrong since she was a child. She was the oldest, after all. Maybe that's why she fell for the bad boy next door. But Lily learned that not all bad boys can be reformed. After suffering the pain of a broken heart, Lily dedicated herself to finding the perfect matches for her friends. This let her enjoy the benefits of love without the pain - until town gossip John Wolfe forced her to confront the pain of the past.

Daisy Mae Rose may be only minutes apart from her two sisters, but she always felt invisible as the middle sister. When a man makes her the center of attention, Daisy blooms under his loving care. That is until he joins the war effort and leaves her behind forever. But there was someone else who had loved Daisy in high school, and now he has returned. At their 70th high school reunion, he decides to see if there's a reason to move back to Keeneston.

Violet Fae Rose was always the wild one. After high school, she did the unthinkable for a single woman in the early 1960s...she left the small town of Keeneston and went to culinary school in France. While in the city of love, Violet fell madly in love with the one person she shouldn't. Violet quickly found out the downside of a forbidden romance and ran away to the French countryside to lose herself in her cooking. But sometimes it takes returning home to fully put things back together. Violet found peace in playing matchmaker with her sisters for many years. And then one day, Violet found herself on the receiving end of someone else's matchmaking.

Time can heal many wounds, but the Rose sisters' wounds run very deep. Will the three sisters finally find true love during their golden years? And better yet, can Keeneston even handle three Rose sisters in love?

©2015 Kathleen Brooks (P)2015 Kathleen Brooks

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So I cheated

This is the second of the Bluegrass Singles that I have listened to out of order, but I needed a pick-me-up! Oh boy! Was this a surprise! I cried so many tears for Miles and buckets full for Gemma but the Rose sisters? I cannot decide if I laughed or cried more this time round. What a fabulous tribute to these three legendary ladies!

If you've learned to love these meddlesome old biddies through all of the Keeneston stories, then you MUST listen to this.

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  • monica vande velden
  • 24-02-16

the keeneston roses

the keeneston characters u have written about in all of the books have come to life for me
I read about their lives and I have such a depth of feeling for them all
I was actually sad when the books were done
all the characters have such individual personalities I can hardly wait for your next books
you are an awesome writer and you make your characters come to life for me

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  • Peni A
  • 06-03-18

Recommended

Not what I was expecting, to say the least, actually better. I wasn't sure how Ms. Brooks was going to go about telling this story that spans so many decades. She did an abmorable job. As it is so closely tied into the entire Bluegrass series' I would not recommend reading this without reading the rest. There are a lot of characters and without the background, I would have been lost. There was a lot packed into this relatively short story.

I would like to have had a bit more background and information on Daisy and Anton's relationship as it progressed through the series and Violet and Charles from high school. These were pretty abrupt all in all. The story gave some good information setting up for the kid's stories yet to come.

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  • Linda P. Johnson
  • 13-12-17

loved it!

One of my favorites so far. Love this author. can't wait for the next in the series.

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  • SummerRses
  • 18-03-17

5 Stars Three Times for the Rose Sisters!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Keeneston Roses to be better than the print version?

Eric G. Dove does a fantastic job of bringing each character to life! Having this wonderful story performed by him gives the story a new level of life. He made me laugh, cry, and a smile with his performance.

Who was your favorite character and why?

All of the characters are my favorite. Each has a special place in my heart.

Which character – as performed by Eric G. Dove – was your favorite?

It is so hard to pick a favorite, but the Rose sisters and Ahmed are at the top of the list ...and of course, Will, Mo, Cole, Cade, Marshall, Miles, Pierce, Cy and all the gals!

Any additional comments?

After reading and listening to several of the Bluegrass books by Kathleen Brooks, I would have to encourage anyone who enjoys a good story, with lots of fun, adventure, excitement, and love to give these a try. I think each one has been well worth my credits!

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  • MsKate
  • 10-06-16

I love Kathleen Brooks' Bluegrass Series, except..

I have a couple of problems with the series and this book is an example of most of them.

1) When an author doesn't use contractions, especially in dialog. It just doesn't flow for me to hear "he did not tell me..." instead of "he didn't tell me".

2) The men all make really flowery speeches, especially when they're proposing. They don't sound like real people and they all sound alike. This is the 14th book in the overall series and no matter what the man is like in the rest of the story or in the past stories when they get to proposing they're all alike.

And just for this book the attempt to create a back story that explains why three really dynamic women are all unmarried just didn't work for me. Surely one of them could have picked a winner but you start off knowing that all of the men involved will be jerks one way or another. Then (possible SPOILER although it seemed inevitable to me) to wrap them all up with their one true love as we end the saga... I feel like I'm repeating myself, it didn't work for me.

The difficulty in setting dates for the earlier part of the sisters' lives is illustrated when theAm I sorry I read the book? No, not really, but I doubt that I'll ever read it again and I do read books again (for read substitute hear but the phrase re-hear isn't as comfortable as re-read). My favorite books, including several from this series, are re-read several times a year. I recommend getting this from the library or borrowing it from a friend.