Five Roses by Alice Zorn

An infant is stolen from her mother in a Montreal commune. More than two decades later, that infant, Rose, is now back in Montreal, having grown up in a small cabin in the woods north of the city. Rose has many questions about her father and her parentage.

Maddy was part of that commune and has never forgotten the infant daughter who vanished one fateful day. She lives in the same area where her daughter was taken from her. Fara and her husband buy a home where a suicide occurred. While that suicide has driven many potential buyers away, Fara's past compels her to purchase the home that's next to Maddy's.

All three of these women make their homes in a rundown neighborhood near Montreal. As they come to terms with their pasts and their futures, revelations come to light. Through it all, Pointe St. Charles shines as the setting for their slow-moving stories.

I live about two hours south of Montreal. The city has its charm and that comes through in Five Roses. The characters are equally well developed, but the stumbling block for me was the pacing. This story moves so very slowly. It became far too easy to put the story down and walk away from it. I lost interest and had to force myself to keep reading. For that reason, it simply didn't become a novel I would put on my keeper shelf. It's good but nothing I'm going to remember weeks from now I fear.


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