Book review: The Scent of Roses by Charlene Raddon


Rosalyn Delaney’s husband, Josiah, had vanished six years ago. Following a private detective’s lead, Rosalyn leaves Salt Lake City and boards a train heading to the mining town of Whiskey Ridge, Arizona. She arrives at Rose House, an old mansion reputed to be haunted, only to discover her missing husband has been killed, and his business partner, Whip Kincade, is wanted for his murder. Determined to uncover the secrets surrounding Josiah and his death, Rosalyn decides to stay-even when she begins to receive nightly visits from a charming “ghost”…


Escaping a troubled past, Whip Kincade had hoped he could make a fresh start by coming to Whiskey Ridge and opening a saloon with his friend, Josiah. Now as a murder suspect hiding in his own house, Whip’s future looks bleak indeed…unless he can find the real culprit. But the unexpected intrusion of Rosalyn ruins his plans of sneaking out at night to investigate. Scaring her away is the first step in clearing his name, but Rosalyn doesn’t rattle easily. And Whip isn’t sure he wants the lovely widow to walk out of his life—especially when she would take his heart with her…

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About the Author

Charlene began her writing life at an early age, often penning stories where she cast herself as the heroine. It was after college when she dug out her old college typewriter and started her first novel, which came from a spirited dream she’d had the pervious night.

While that book never sold, her second novel did. Tender Touch became a Golden Heart finalist and earned her an agent who signed the book, and two others, in a three book contract with Kensington Publishing. Kensington went onto publish five of Charlene’s western historical romances: Taming Jenna (1994); Tender Touch (1994 Golden Heart Finalist); Forever Mine (1996 Romantic Times Magazine Reviewer’s Choice Award Nominee and Affaire de Coeur Reader/Writer Poll finalist); To Have and To Hold (1997); and as Rachel Summers, The Scent of Roses (1999).

Charlene took a break from publishing, but not from writing. A Kiss and A Dare is Charlene’s first paranormal romance.

Divine Gamble is Charlene’s latest work and won first place in the western historical category of the 2010 Romance Through The Ages contest.

When Charlene isn’t writing, she loves to travel, do genealogy, digital scrapbooking and dyes eggs in the Ukrainian style. And she enjoys camping and fishing with her husband in the Utah wilderness.

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Reader review . . . 

After the collapse of his mine, Whip Kincaid returns home to find that his business partner, Josiah Bullock, has been murdered.  When Whip is discovered holding the murder weapon, he is forced to go into hiding to escape the hangman’s noose.

Further complicating matters, Rosalyn Delaney arrived in town the same day claiming to be Josiah’s wife.  Unfortunately, Josiah’s widow, Lucinda, believes herself to be his legal wife, and therefore his heir.

This sequel to To Have and To Hold works well as a stand-alone novel.   The Western setting and Rosalyn’s background combine to create a rich, exciting historical romance.

3.5 stars

I received this book from Beck Valley Books book bloggers program to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The  opinions  I  have  expressed  are  my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the  Federal  Trade  Commission’s  16  CFR, Part 55.

5 thoughts on “Book review: The Scent of Roses by Charlene Raddon

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