Friday, August 24, 2012

Spotlight on the Memory of Roses by Blair McDowell


The Memory of Roses
By Blair McDowell

Genre: Romantic Mystery
Publisher: Rebel Ink Press      

ISBN:  1937265382 – ebook             
Paperback: 978-1937265380
ASIN: BOO5RTP7VQ

Number of pages: 227
Word Count: 92,226

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THE MEMORY OF ROSES

From the author of ‘Delighting In Your Company’ comes the enduring love story of two generations of the McQuaid family on the beautiful Greek Island of Corfu. It is a tale complete with ravishing women, ruggedly handsome men, and an intriguing mystery. The picturesque settings of San Francisco, Venice and the magnificent island of Corfu add the crowning touch to this captivating story.

Brit McQuaid has had a very bad year.  First, her heart is broken when her relationship with her professor ends because of his lies and infidelity. Then her father dies and leaves her a villa on the Greek Island of Corfu, and a deep mystery to solve; in his last letter to her, he asks Brit to find the woman he profoundly loved on Corfu many years ago, shocking Brit with the realization that her adored father  had cheated on her mother.

How could her father have owned a house that Brit knew nothing about? Why was he unfaithful to her mother? Who is this woman named Maria? And what is in the mysterious package?

To find answers, Brit must travel to Corfu, open a villa that has been closed for many years, and locate Maria Calbrese, the great love of her father’s life.

 In the course of her voyage of discovery, Brit meets the man she could lose her heart to and begins to understand that, while passion can rule one’s actions, real love can neither be dictated by propriety nor measured by moments of passion. Real love may involve sacrifice, or at least the willingness to give up one’s own hope of happiness for the good of another’s.  Her father knew this truth.

Then in her search for Maria she stumbles upon a dark secret. A secret of sacrifice that lies at the heart of her father’s decisions all those many years ago.

Brit faces a dilemma.   She has it in her power to destroy the life of the woman her father so cherished. What should she do with the information she has unearthed? And how will this new knowledge affect her relationship with the man she has come to love?



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"Blair McDowell is the next popular woman's novelist. Memory of Roses is a spellbinding, well written story from the first page to the surprise ending. I couldn't put it down”
Review from 'HLMJH' on Amazon.com
5 Stars

“Highly recommended for those who like a touch of history and growth in their stories. A strong 4 of 5 for Memory of Roses."
Review from Poison Rose on ‘PickedbyPoison.com’
4 Stars

"This was a thoroughly enjoyable read, well written with interesting and engaging characters. Enjoyed reading/learning about Corfu and Venice which were accurately portrayed. Loved the surprise ending."
Review from 'Book lover' on Amazon.com
5 Stars




About the Author:

I travel a lot. I usually spend the month of October in Europe, Greece or Italy, and the winter in a little house I built many years ago on a small non-touristy Caribbean Island. I have worked and studied in many places -- Hungary, Australia the US and Canada, and have lectured in most of the States and Provinces as well as Taiwan and various cities in Europe. I enjoy being surrounded by cultures other than my own. I enjoy my own as well -- but variety is indeed the spice of my life.

I keep busy -- and I love my life.  I love meeting the people who come here to the west coast of Canada and stay in my B&B. I love traveling after the tourist season is over. And I love writing.  My interests?  Music, especially opera, reading everything in print, and Writing. And walking on the beach and swimming.  At one point I had hoped to swim in every major sea and ocean.  I've realized that may not be possible in one lifetime -- but trying has been fun!

Blair is a member of the Romance Writers of America, Romance Writers of America (Greater Vancouver Chapter), and the Romance Writers of America (Women's Fiction) and the Pacific Northwest Writer's Association.

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1 comments:

DMS said...

Sounds like an interesting book! I hadn't heard of it before. I love that the author wants to swim in every major sea and ocean.
~Jess

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