Book Review: The Soul of the Rose

book by Ruth Trippy
The Soul of the Rose
By Ruth Trippy

When her deep faith is challenged by new and unexpected love what path will Celia choose? After the unexpected and hurtful death of her closest friend, Celia Thatcher is sent to work in the bookstore of family friends. Hoping the new surroundings in Massachusetts will help her regain a happy outlook on life, Celia catches the eye of not one but two men: the elite, but unkempt Bostonian-turned-hermit, Edward Lyons who is clearly trying to run from his past and from God and Harrod, a charming Harvard law student who promotes a religious belief Celia had never before considered.

With both men vying for her attention, Celia's world is again turned upside down when one of her beaus is accused of murder. Suddenly realizing where her heart lies, Celia is now challenged with a choice bigger than man: should she follow her heart or her God.

Ruth Trippy was born in western Michigan into a Dutch family with a mind-set and mores similar to the Victorian era she loves. She left home to teach high school language arts in Florida where she explored her love of apologetics. She also worked as a Public Service Director for a radio station in Ft. Lauderdale. 

Reading through The Soul of the Rose, I can feel quite well what Celia is going through. It seems like all her pain and worry, along with her excitement, is also so easy to feel. I feel like I'm right there while she's trying to decide who to be with. This is a great read for those of you who like to read books of past eras. If you liked The Governess of Highland Hall or the Rules of Murder this is a book to check out.
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