Wednesday, February 20, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: FOREVER ROSE by CARMEN MONICA OPREA @opreacarmen75 #TimeTravelRomance




Title : Forever Rose
Author: Carmen Monica Oprea
Publisher: Indie 
Published : December 9, 2016
Genre: Time Travel Romance
Pages: 302
Format: ebook
Source: Author in exchange for a honest review
Reading Challenges: Blogger Shame, COYER Winter
Purchase: Amazon





Forever Rose is a time travelling romance. Although I love time travel stories, I have not read a lot of books with this theme. Agreeing to read Forever Rose made me see how much I have been missing.


Alessandro Santini is a 21st century Italian surgeon. He inadvertently stepped into a portal created by the super moon, a phenomenon that occurs every fourteen months. A portal, which took him from 2037 to 1737.

Upon his teleportation to 1737, he met Rose who bore an uncanny resemblance to his dead wife. He found himself drawn to her and when he discovered her life was in imminent danger, he determined to do all in his power to protect her.


Prior to reading this title, I was not familiar with the author’s work, but she proved herself. I enjoyed the story and the characters.  There is not much time travel and the majority of the story took place in 18th century Italy.  

I enjoyed the romance. For those who love their romance steamy, I am sorry to disappoint you, for there is no steam between the pages of this book. I loved how their feelings for each other developed. Alessandro had issues with the loss of his wife, so surrendering his heart to another woman did not come easy. 

I found the mystery element enjoyable despite the ease m I with figuring who wanted Rose dead and why.  What had me flipping the pages in this regard is my curiosity as to the villain’s next move, and how Alex and Rose would counteract it.

I enjoyed spending time with the characters. I thought they did well in their roles.   Rose Estes dreamed of becoming a historical painter, but is being forced into the institution of marriage.  She is determined to choose her own path. She is selfless, determined, outspoken and not afraid to stand up for her beliefs.

Alessandro does not know how to keep a low profile. I would have expected that being from the future he would try to be inconspicuous as possible. Instead, he made himself known. His actions involved him revealing gadgets from the future leading to suspicions and questions.  His motives, however, came from the heart.

Conclusion/Recommendation
Forever Rose was an entertaining read.  I would definitely read more from this author.




Forever RoseAlessandro Santini, an Italian doctor from the twenty-first century, lives an ordinary life in modern day Florence. But one evening, he passes through a swirling vortex caused by a supermoon and discovers he has stepped three hundred years into the past.

Countess Rose Estes is torn between following her dream of becoming a historical painter and her duty toward her family. After Rose's father is wounded during her birthday ball, Alex and Rose burn with questions: Who attacked him with a flying dagger? Why?

Forced to go to Siena and spend fourteen months together, Rose and Alex find themselves drawn to each other as they search for answers and discover secrets that go deeper than they ever imagined. As the portal's opening approaches, Alex finds out that Rose has been poisoned through the roses she's been receiving.

He has two choices to save her life-take Rose to his time or go by himself and bring the medication she needs.

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