Today I have a review of Rosie Colored Glasses by Brianna Wolfson, now available in a beautiful new paperback from Harlequin Mira! Thank you to Harlequin Books for the invitation to review and for the free copy.
Rosie Colored Glasses is Willow Thorpe’s story. She’s been untethered since her parents split up because there are two worlds to navigate now, one with each parent.
We are also told her parents, Rosie and Rex’s, story from when they first meet. They are opposites; Rosie, the risk-taker, while Rex plays it safe. It’s a good balance. They are in love.
After the divorce, Willow wants desperately to be with Rosie. She thinks she’ll be happiest with her. She feels most loved with her mom. She doesn’t sense her father’s love because he is so rigid and firm. Rex has a hard time showing affection.
Rosie is actually the one who is untethered. She struggles with her mental health and drugs, and she isn’t available to be the parent she could or should be.
The story is loosely based on the author’s mother, which I think makes the emotions that much more authentic. It’s a sometimes sad read with important topics like opioid addiction, mental health and parenting, and divorce. It’s also emotional, beautifully and powerfully so.
Overall, Rosie Colored Glasses is a story of love and pain with some hope and redemption sprinkled in. Brianna Wolfson has shared a piece of her heart with us in the words of this book. It took her years to write, and I hope she has many more heartfelt stories to tell us.
I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.
About the Book:
Sometimes even all the love in the world is not enough to save someone.
Willow Thorpe knows friction… The friction between her parents, Rosie and Rex. The friction inside herself as she tries to navigate two worlds since their divorce.
But life has not always been like this.
When Rosie and Rex first met, theirs was an attraction of opposites. Rosie lived life for those heightened moments when love reveals its true secrets. Rex lived life safely, by the rules. Common sense would say theirs was a union not meant to last, but it was genuine love.
Now Willow just wants to be with Rosie, to bask in her mother’s outsize glow and, she thinks, protection. Because Rosie is the only person who can make Willow feel totally alive and completely loved.
But as Willow and Rosie and Rex try harder and harder to stay connected as a family, Rosie’s manic tornado of love continues to sweep up everyone in sight, ultimately to heartbreaking results.
Have you read Rosie Colored Glasses, or is it on your TBR? Happy Reading! ~ Jennifer THR