One Perfect Rose Few romance novels have touched readers as deeply or as lastingly as this classic by New York Times bestselling author Mary Jo Putney Poignant passionate and tender One Perfect Rose is the story of

  • Title: One Perfect Rose
  • Author: Mary Jo Putney
  • ISBN: 9781420118124
  • Page: 333
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  • Few romance novels have touched readers as deeply or as lastingly as this classic by New York Times bestselling author Mary Jo Putney Poignant, passionate, and tender, One Perfect Rose is the story of two mismatched lovers drawn into a fragile, unforgettable union One Perfect Rose Stephen Kenyon, the new Duke of Ashburton, has always known exactly what society expectedFew romance novels have touched readers as deeply or as lastingly as this classic by New York Times bestselling author Mary Jo Putney Poignant, passionate, and tender, One Perfect Rose is the story of two mismatched lovers drawn into a fragile, unforgettable unionOne Perfect RoseStephen Kenyon, the new Duke of Ashburton, has always known exactly what society expected of him But a doctor s grim diagnosis leaves him longing to experience life as never before Traveling incognito, he becomes entangled with a wandering theater family and their spirited adopted daughter, Rosalind Jordan With no time to waste in courtship, Stephen convinces Rosalind to marry him an arrangement that has advantages for both The warm companionship and profound passion they share is than Stephen expected, and far than his family and his own guarded nature ever allowed But each passing, perfect day together is a bittersweet reminder that love is the one thing he is not at liberty to offer, and the one thing she can never admit In her superb, inimitable style, Putney takes a pair of magnetic, beautifully matched protagonists, places them in a dark, impossible situation, and makes it work Library Journal One Perfect Rose is Mary Jo Putney in top form Romantic Times

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    About "Mary Jo Putney"

    1. Mary Jo Putney

      She writes young adult fiction as M.J Putney.Mary Jo Putney was born in Upstate New York with a reading addiction, a condition for which there is no known cure After earning degrees in English Literature and Industrial Design at Syracuse University, she did various forms of design work in California and England before inertia took over in Balti, Maryland, where she has lived very comfortably ever since.While becoming a novelist was her ultimate fantasy, it never occurred to her that writing was an achievable goal until she acquired a computer for other purposes When the realization hit that a computer was the ultimate writing tool, she charged merrily into her first book with an ignorance that illustrates the adage that fools rush in where angels fear to tread Fortune sometimes favors the foolish and her first book sold quickly, thereby changing her life forever, in most ways for the better But why didn t anyone tell me that writing would change the way one reads Like a lemming over a cliff, she gave up her freelance graphic design business to become a full time writer as soon as possible.Since 1987, Ms Putney has published twenty nine books and counting Her stories are noted for psychological depth and unusual subject matter such as alcoholism, death and dying, and domestic abuse She has made all of the national bestseller lists including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USAToday, and Publishers Weekly Five of her books have been named among the year s top five romances by The Library Journal The Spiral Path and Stolen Magic were chosen as one of Top Ten romances of their years by Booklist, published by the American Library Association.A nine time finalist for the Romance Writers of America RITA, she has won RITAs for Dancing on the Wind and The Rake and the Reformer and is on the RWA Honor Roll for bestselling authors She has been awarded two Romantic Times Career Achievement Awards, four NJRW Golden Leaf awards, plus the NJRW career achievement award for historical romance Though most of her books have been historical, she has also published three contemporary romances The Marriage Spell will be out in June 2006 in hardcover, and Stolen Magic written as M J Putney will be released in July 2006 Ms Putney says that not least among the blessings of a full time writing career is that one almost never has to wear pantyhose.

    434 thoughts on “One Perfect Rose”

    1. This is what a romance novel should be, two people falling in love, facing hardship and adversity together (instead of bickering and arguing and hating each other into love) - with a multi-dimensional (human not inhuman) antagonist. Spoliers follow!The proloue covers the heroines childhood trama. Read it. Don't skip over it like some readers do.Chapter one opens with the hero (an unmarried duke) receiving a diagnosis of death from his physician, only three to six months to live. To cope with the [...]

    2. MJP definitely saved the best for last in the Fallen Angels series. Had I known that this one could most likely be read as a standalone (maybe reading Shattered Rainbows first, but not necessarily), I probably would have read it first, but at least I got to know a lot about the secondary characters on my journey.Stephen Kenyon, Duke of Ashburton, is dying. His doctor warns him that he has 3-6 months to live, but probably will not make it all the way to 6. So Stephen - desparate to live what litt [...]

    3. I have found a romance novel that made me bawl for half the book. Seriously. Ugly, gross crying that requires a box of kleenex and hiding from your family. I think it might end up displacing Laura Kinsale's Flowers from the Storm as my favorite romance novel.Set in the later 1810s, the hero of the book is Stephen Kenyon, Duke of Ashburton (the older brother of Michael Kenyon from Shattered Rainbows, glimpses of whom I loved in SR though reading SR is unnecessary to get the brunt of this book). S [...]

    4. I'm really fond of this book. I like ones where the main character thinks he's dieing and goes about closing out his affairs and doing the things he feels he should do before he dies. Of course since I like happy endings, I only like these books if the character doesn't really die. Here the hero sets off to travel and discovers love. I really enjoyed Stephen and loved the travelling players he meets. Well drawn main characters and secondary characters.

    5. I followed this up from The Bargain. It's not quite the same trope but has resonances -- the dying hero --I picked it out from its fellows in its series from the descriptions on , so it must be what I was (still) in the mood for. A staid duke (why must it always be dukes, these days? Isn't the lesser aristocracy sufficient? Rank inflation?) gets bad medical news (happily for the rest of the tale, not the pox), and rides out alone to deal with it; he encounters a group of traveling players, and a [...]

    6. This book is amazing! The struggle to come to term with deathe haunting uncertainties of whether there is a life after heree need for love and fulfillmentl universal things that humans have grappled with and tried to understand since the beginning of time! MJP is a master of human emotions and potraying the dichotomies of human strength and frailties in the face of catastrophe of personal or larger proportion.So why not 5 stars? Ohhh because I am a very very very impatient readerd right from the [...]

    7. Rosalind and Stephen worked well together. They were nicely developed and likable. It was very refreshing how the two actually LIKED each other through out the whole book, and never got mad at each other. Yay!I loved Stephen! He was such a different romantic hero. He was kind and nice and not overbearing or bossy. He was genuinely a really good person. I felt SO protective of him. And I loved his brother, Michael. Their relationship was sweet. Rosalind's sob story was a little silly and pointles [...]

    8. Wonderful story and wonderful ending to a great series. I loved how MJP kept us apprised of the other couples throughout the entire series without being intrusive about it. I would love to see a reunion book done, but that is just me never getting enough ending.

    9. Intense. But in a good way. This was an amazingly romantic story, honest and heartbreaking, and it kept me riveted from page one. Stephen, the Duke of Ashburton, has three months to live, six on the outside. After receiving the news, he fills two saddle bags with supplies and takes off alone to come to terms with his mortality. He might only have been gone a week, but when he saves the life of a boy who might have drowned into the river, he becomes a part of the boy's family -- a traveling theat [...]

    10. I really enjoyed this book. The overall writing is rather better than most of recently written books and that really makes it pleasant to read.The plot with some secrets, some fool play, some adventure, came along very nicely, without ever dragging for too long. It supported the characters' development and change over time, especially regards their relationship which came unexpected but felt nonetheless true and strong enough to last a lifetime whatever came to them. I liked that the secrets are [...]

    11. This really hit the spot. I *liked* Rosalind and Stephen immediately, and I enjoyed watching them get to know each other and fall in love. They're good people. Both have experienced pain but neither is defined by their traumas. (It's a relief to read about some likable characters who like each other rather than another tragic hero rescued by a saintly heroine.)My only quibble, and it's a small one, is that the ending is a little too neat and a little too sweet.One Perfect Rose isn't the first in [...]

    12. Those of you who know me, know I rarely give out 5 star ratings. So take that as a sign of a great novel, I laughed, cried and smiled until my cheeks hurt. Touching is to soft a word but I can't seem to select another. Unfortunately this is not on audio, definitely an oversight I would have gladly purchased it and listened to it immediately if that was the case. A great voice would have had me bawl I know. Definitely a HEA ending so have no fear and that's the only spoiler you'll get from meW - [...]

    13. I don't care much for Regency books unless they are really good. This one is. Stephen Kenyon, Duke of Ashburdon, has always faithfully fulfilled his obligations. He even married a woman because that was his obligation. She died, and sometime later Stephen is given a death sentence of his own.He decides it is time for him to do the things he would like to do for a change. One of the things he does, is to set off on an adventure across country where he runs into a family of stage actors. As he bec [...]

    14. 4.25My absolute favorite one in the series. I am a sucker for terminal illness romance but this one was so much more. It can be read as a stand alone. I don't think there was a character that I didn't care for in this book except the old already dead Duke but I already hated him from previous books.

    15. This was a sweetly romantic book. The MCs were amazing and I loved their relationship. They were loving, honest, supportive, and patient with each other. It was a refreshing change.Most of the conflict revolves around the fact that Stephen has been given a diagnosis that means he only has a few months to live. This changes the way he views everything in his past, present and future. I give this 3 stars because it all was so predictable to me. I immediately guessed that (view spoiler)[the pills w [...]

    16. A book I liked despite itself. Here, in a flourish of spoilers, is why this is a real grain of salt book: 1. a 3 year old child sees and not only remembers awful events but understands the implications, and 25 years later is able to tell all. 2. NO ONE asks for a second opinion- even the guy who is told he has 3 months to live, until the midnight hour when he's going down for the count. 3. The guy who is deliberately responsible for attempted murder is forgiven by almost everyone for pretty flim [...]

    17. This is one of my favourite Fallen Angels books, the last in the series and doesn't really concern the group of friends at Eton, but Michael Kenyon's older brother who reached out to him in his own book and finally finds happiness here.It's also a great introduction to the world of the strolling players, the wandering theatre troupes touring England at the time and the plays of Shakespeare.Because of a misdiagnosis (with a sinister background, as is later on revealed), Stephen Kenyon believes he [...]

    18. This is probably the saddest book of the entire series. The story is about Michael Kenyon's brother, Stephan Kenyon the Duke of Ashburton. Stephan is such a contrast to Michael and their father. He is kind, caring, compassionate and so very lonely. He has always tried to be what was expected of him and when he is told he is dying he realizes that he has never really lived the way he wanted. His adventures after finding out he is going to die lead him to a woman that makes him feel things that he [...]

    19. Reading my way through a box of old books. This was good as far as a love story goes. Man thinks he's dying, runs away from his title for a while, meets and falls in love. The problem I had is it just seemed like too many plot lines. He is dying, confronted with his mortality he behaves in a way that leads to his meeting his soulmate, but not to worry he isn't dying. Great. Oh and by the way she is an orphaned child found wandering the streets and adopted by actors, and she's really a countess. [...]

    20. I'm still trying to make up my mind about Mary Jo Putney. She was recommended to me as being similar to Brenda Joyce, which, after 2 books, I really can't agree with. Still, this book was enjoyable, exciting, romantic and held my attention. That's worth three stars, in any case.The plot was unusual as well as highly dramatic: a terminally ill duke runs away from all responsibility, and joins an acting troupe, where he falls in love with a actress who is really [spoiler alert] a lost French duche [...]

    21. This book was what originally drew me to Mary Jo Putney. A remarkable book with depth, this book is truly a wonderful culmination of one of my favorite series of all time. Stephen is such a complex man facing his own mortality and finally casting off the bonds of a "privileged" lifestyle that afforded him so much heartbreak. Truly the backbone of his family, I wish so desperately for him to survive and yet love the way he embraces his life on the brink of death. Rosalind, with such a tragic past [...]

    22. I have had my little rack-size hardcover edition of this book for probably 15 years and it's the one book I bring out and re-read every few months without fail. You can't help but fall in love with the dying Duke who would jump in a river to save a stranger's child, or to want to be a part of Rosalind's wonderfully quirky adopted family. This book stole my heart away the very first time I read it and continues to do so today! Some historical romances waste so much story on the characters' propri [...]

    23. The first part of the book, up to the marriage, is excellent, other than the somewhat silly subplot about the brother running all over the country looking for the hero. After that it becomes rather laboured and the cliches come fast and thick. The bits about the near-death experiences are almost unreadable. This is only the second book by Mary Jo Putney I've read and *both* of them have lost heiresses! What's up with that, especially when the heiress aspect doesn't add anything to either book?

    24. Mary Jo Putney creates characters that you would like to know. Her heroes and heroines are human but evoke empathy and a desire for a good ending in this reader. After avidly returning to romances in my retirement, I have discovered my taste runs more toward character development and growth stories rather than a lot of sexual tension and a dance between two people who are only chronologically adults. Mary Jo Putney has definitely met the criteria for being classified in the need to read her book [...]

    25. One Perfect Rose is the seventh book in Mary Jo Putney's Fallen Angels series. Ms Putney has quite a few fans so curiosity had me pick this up when I saw it at my local library. I enjoyed reading the synopsis and thought it sounded interesting. I did like it. I'm not sure what it was about the book that didn't grab me. The story was good and the characters were likable but the writing itself didn't pull me in.

    26. Beautiful story , the plot is unique . The only thing I hate that the writer kept saying that Rosalind was not pretty ! I hate this in historical romances !!! They always said the the hero is the most handsome man and the heroine is not pretty enough ! Arrrgh that became a boring and No necessary thing in this case !

    27. Enjoyed this final book in the 'Fallen Angel' series, largely because of the tenderhearted hero, Stephen Kenyon, the Duke of Ashburton. Loved his incognito road trip with a troupe of actors, the depiction of the fun and chaotic backstage life of the itinerant actors, and the theatrical history of the provinces and London during this period.

    28. I enjoyed this story. Ash is a marvellous hero, especially as he flees his life of responsibility to discover what it means to live as his days are numbered.The passion he finds with his heroine is beautfully described, and their love felt totally genuine and natural. No rushing and contriving here.

    29. Historic Romance What an enjoyable read! Both heroine and hero are immensely likeable and mature, no silly bickering or foolish deeds here. This story has more depth than the typical romance novel as well. This was my first Mary Jo Putney book, but it definitely won't be my last!

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