A Good Year for the Roses by Gil McNeil

A Good Year for the Roses: A Novel by Gil McNeil

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This is one of those novels were when you beginning reading it, you will be hard pressed to stop. The wit and clever nature of the author are quite apparent even early on in this book and it makes for a delightful read.

I enjoyed the plot, the characters and the overall story very much, but what made me want to keep turning pages the most, was the relationship between the main character and her children. There were so many times during this novel that I laughed out loud and nodded my head in agreement. My boys do so much of the same thing and I felt I could easily identify with her position.

Very much a woman’s novel, this is perfect for those who have loved and lost, and those who seek a new path in life. Gil McNeil is a master at getting inside the mind and heart of the reader and displaying human qualities in her characters that make it easy for the reader to connect with them.

There is a lot of humour in this book, which I liked very much. Even during serious situations the author managed to lighten the mood with her ability to toss out random phrases and thoughts that make you laugh.

For a book that is heavily dialogue driven, you definitely want to see good dialogue. That happens here and it felt very natural and not forced.

This is an excellent book, and I would recommend it to anyone who likes stories of courage and family.

This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher and provided through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.


2 thoughts on “A Good Year for the Roses by Gil McNeil

  1. Loved this one as much as the knitting triplogy, but I’m greedy and I WANT MORE!!! Where can we contact Ms. McNeil and grovel and beg for a sequel? I can’t find any method of contact for her!!!

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