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Which Comes First: Romance or Roses? Amy Alessio’s Reader Roundup

Amy AlessioI vividly remember the peach roses in my wedding bouquet and many times my romantic husband got them for me. What is it about roses and romance or special occasions? As we try to banish winter from our thoughts, let’s think about roses with these romantic stories.




inn at rose harborThe Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber was the first in her new series loosely connected to her popular Cedar Cove titles. Recently widowed Jo Marie opens a bed and breakfast on Cedar Cove, called Rose Harbor, hoping to fulfill another life dream. The story is as much about her guests, though, who find answers to issues such as family disagreements and long lost loves.
roses in moonlightHighlander Derrick Cameron drags textile historian Samantha back in time to Elizabethan England to track a precious piece of lace but the two also become embroiled in modern day suspense in Lynn Kurland’s Roses in Moonlight.
rose in the stormBrenda Joyce will delight more readers with another Highlander hero, Alexander “the Wolf” MacDonald, in A Rose in the Storm. Margaret Comyn needs to ensure her clan’s safety during wartime with an arranged marriage. When she becomes Alexander’s prisoner, however, they soon find themselves drawn to each other.
wild texas roseTwenty-five year old independent Rose has sparked gossip after shying away from the altar three times.  Her foster brother and lifelong protector Duncan is now a Texas Ranger and unwittingly draws Rose into danger. The new situation sparks a new attraction between them in Jodi Thomas’ Wild Texas Rose, a Whispering Mountain novel.
for the roses garwoodBefore she wrote her FBI series, Julie Garwood was known for her historical romance Roses series. Readers first met the Clayborne brothers in For the Roses when they adopted abandoned baby girl Mary Rose and took her from New York to Montana to be raised a lady.
thorn lewisBeverly Lewis begins her sweet Amish Rose trilogy with The Thorn. Rose is being courted by an Amish man and doesn’t worry about her friendship with the Bishops foster son, Nick, whose mischievous streak gets him into trouble. Her older sister Hen is separated from her modern husband, but tries to insist her young daughter follow Amish rules at all times in this powerful story of the pull between two cultures.
chalice of rosesJo Beverly, Mary Jo Putney, Barbara Samuel and Karen Harbaugh each wrote a novella featuring a Holy Grail quest in the anthology Chalice of Roses, each set in different time periods. Plenty of romance fills these evocative fantasy adventures from the bestselling authors.


Bio:Amy Alessio has enjoyed the advice of teens for over seventeen years in her work as a librarian at the Schaumburg Twp. Library in Illinois. Her first young adult mystery, Taking the High Ground, was published by 4RV Publishing. She wrote Mind Bending Mysterious Services for Teens (ALA Editions, 2013) and co-authored A Year of Programs for Teens 2 with Kim Patton. She is the 2013 Illinois Library Association Young Adult Librarian Award Winner and the Northern Illinois RWA 2013 Librarian of the Year. Information on her blog and presentations on vintage crafts and cookbooks as well as readers advisory topics can be found at

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3 Responses to “Which Comes First: Romance or Roses? Amy Alessio’s Reader Roundup”

  1. Morning Amy!

    Well, how about that, I haven’t read a single one of these! =( I will add in one though, A Rose in Winter by Kathleen Woodiwiss – an oldie but goodie!

    Thanks for another superb list!

    (who is up to book #8 so far this year!)

    Posted by Carrie Spencer | March 22, 2014, 10:02 am
  2. Hi Amy, I love your list. And I love roses — so much so that I named one or my heroines — my first romance heroine Rose in my sweet paranormal TOUCHSTONE OF LOVE. (I have another heroine named Dahlia in A CHRISTMAS FLING. I have a thing for flower names!)

    I haven’t read any of these books and was especially drawn to the collection of stories about the Holy Grail. Yum, that one’s going on my TBR list! Thanks for sweet survey of roses and romance.

    Posted by Beth Barany | March 22, 2014, 2:35 pm
  3. I admit it, I’m a sucker for roses. They are fussy plants, but I love the fragrance of old roses. Now I’m wracking my brain to think of more romances with roses as a motif. I know there are many more!

    It’s probably classified as a mystery, but a favorite of mine is Barbara Michaels’ VANISH WITH THE ROSE.

    Posted by Becke Martin Davis | March 22, 2014, 2:56 pm

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