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The rose arch
Sole, Linda.
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Sutton : Severn House, 2001.
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219 pages ; 23 cm
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Jenny Heron is left alone in the world when her mother dies. Taken to live in a beautiful chateau in the Loire Valley, she falls in love with her guardian's son, Gerard, but mysteriously, everyone seems opposed to the match.

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Booklist Review

Jenny Heron is snatched from her idyllic life in France's wine country when her mother finds out about her first kiss and sends her off to a convent boarding school. School life is rocky, with her best friend, Kate, running away with a man, but she makes the best of it. Then, just as her school days draw to a close, her beloved mother dies. Jenny becomes the ward of Laurent de Arnay and falls in love with his son, Gerard. This "had I but known" romance set in the late nineteenth century has the feel of romances popular in the 1960s before the advent of Kathleen Woodiwiss and Rosemary Rogers, in which the consequences of sex outside of marriage are pregnancy and death. Lacking the requisite "happily ever after" ending, this first book in a series leaves Jenny in a precarious situation with many unanswered mysteries that will hopefully be solved in the next book. --Diana Tixier Herald

Publisher's Weekly Review

Set in the French countryside, Linda Sole's romantic adventure novel The Rose Arch is the first installment in a new series. The novel follows the journey of young Jenny Heron from her idyllic country childhood in France to a surprise friendship in Paris, and finally through her overwhelming first love affair in the Loire Valley. Coming of age also figures as an important theme in Rosemary Aitken's Stormy Waters, another first novel in a series. Wilhelmina Nicholls and Denzil Vargo grow up in a small Cornish village, each plagued with family troubles. When they fall in love, it's only a matter of time until a fateful secret is revealed. Both novels include beautiful descriptions of the respective landscapes and cultures, as well as convincing depictions of standard characters. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved