"I love him more than poetry... I love him more than song."
Ever since he rescued her from Certain Death, Rose Brier has had a crush on Ben Denniston, otherwise known as Fish. But Fish, struggling with problems of his own, thinks that Rose should go looking elsewhere for a knight in shining armor. Trying to forget him, Rose goes to college, takes up with a sword-wielding band of brothers, and starts an investigation into her family's past that proves increasingly mysterious. Then a tragic accident occurs, and Fish, assisted by Rose's new friends, finds himself drawn into a search through a tangle of revenge and corruption that might be threatening Rose's very life. The climax is a crucible of fear, fight, and fire that Fish must pass through to reach Rose and conquer his dragons.
The long-awaited third volume in the Snow White and Rose Red
trilogy by Regina Doman, based on another well-loved Grimm's fairy tale.
"Regina Doman has done it again!" Therese Heckenkamp Unlike many book and movie sequels, which often fall short of expectations, Ms. Doman’s third novel in her modern fairy tale series soars above expectations, and the only disappointment is that the book can’t last forever. At 371 pages, "Waking Rose" is not a short novel, yet I read it in less than two days. From the first page, I was drawn into the cares and concerns of the two irresistible main characters, Rose and Fish. Their stories alternate and merge in this suspenseful and mysterious tale of danger and unrequited love. Rose begins college and struggles to forget Fish, the man she has loved for so long. Meanwhile, he attends a different college and battles his own demons. A terrible incident brings them together, yet you fear they may be separated forever. The novel’s intense climax is all-consuming. In Ms. Doman’s rich signature style, the writing and dialogue is handled with an elegant flair, never... More > dull and plodding. Be prepared to laugh and cry. Full of unique charm and humor, it does not shirk the weighty issues, yet remains pure, realistic enchantment. It’s not necessary to have read Ms. Doman’s first two outstanding books (although you’ll want to) to enjoy "Waking Rose." My two sisters also bought and read this book, as we each wanted our own copy to treasure. When we finished reading, we couldn’t stop talking about the novel and the characters. "Waking Rose" is unforgettable. We are loyal fans forever. As an author myself, I will never cease to esteem Ms. Doman’s work as the best of the best. Years ago, when reviewing Ms. Doman’s first book, "The Shadow of the Bear," I wrote, “Grant me three wishes, and I would wish for three more books as outstanding . . .” Thank you, Ms. Doman, for granting wishes! Reviewed by Therese Heckenkamp, author of "Past Suspicion" www.pastsuspicion.com< Less
"Enchantment" The very talented Regina Doman, in her "fairy-tale novels," has taken some popular stories and re-imagined them for our time. I would hesitate to classify them as books for teenagers alone, since I at forty-five years old could have easily read "Waking Rose" at one sitting, and would have, had not other duties called. Indeed, my only problem with the book is that I could not turn the pages quickly enough or read as fast as the suspense compelled me to do. I am truly impressed with Regina's ability to tackle difficult issues and ugly situations in a tasteful manner. She can create a poignant, heartrending scene without doing violence to people's sensibilities, as too many contemporary writers do. Especially in a book for teenagers, this is a good thing, since they will be inspired, intrigued, but not horrified out of their minds. And yet she addresses contemporary issues and situations which our youth today must face, from the point of view... More > of a contemporary man and woman. In a way, Regina has returned the story of "Sleeping Beauty" to it's original form. "Waking Rose" is not a tale for little children to be read at bed time, but a story for young adults about other young adults who conquer insurmountable odds with faith and courage. The hero in "Waking Rose" is a deeply wounded young man who must learn to let go of his past and "waken" to love. Like many modern people, he flees from commitment, having experienced too much suffering to want to risk the self-donation that love demands. It is interesting that he is nicknamed "Fish" since the fish is a symbol for Christ. The young man must ultimately sacrifice everything for his beloved, enduring great pain to save her. The novel shows young men being chivalrous for the sake of young ladies, who are, indeed, ladies. Very refreshing to read! "Waking Rose" induces laughter as well as tears. At one point "Fish," who is a convert, becomes exasperated with all of his Catholic friends, and says: "I feel as though I am surrounded by crazy people. Prophetic nuns, wild activists, recovering psychopaths, pseudo-anarchists, and a Catholic boys' club with a medieval obsession. And the problem is, these are all the people who are supposed to be on the side of God." ("Waking Rose," p.281) I think anyone who has been Catholic longer than five minutes has sometimes felt exactly the same way. In Regina's skillfully woven tale, the old "conte de fée" of the "Sleepng Beauty" merges into the horrors and struggles of our century, with all its potential for heroism and triumph. Highly recommended, I would especially suggest "Waking Rose" as a wonderful Christmas gift for teenagers and young adults.< Less
"I love this book!" For anyone who hasn't heard of this series yet, you have to check it out! I am hopelessly obsessed with these books! Based on the fairytale Sleeping Beauty, Regina Doman resets it in modern-day PA. I won't give any spoilers but that it satisfies every expectation we readers have been waiting for! I'd (personally) recommend it for 15 and up, as it does deal with some very heavy subjects, heavier at times than its preceding novel "Black as Night." Oh yeah- I love Sacra Cor! :)
This book is SO cool!!!! I absolutely loved it, especially since Sleeping Beauty has always been my favorite fairy tale! I have enjoyed all three of Regina's books - she is such a talented writer. It is so refreshing to find good books that are so full of suspense, funny moments (i loved the cor guys!), sad moments, and romance and are so wonderful to read. I also loved how Regina brought the pro-life message into the book and the youth taking a strong stand! Thanks so much! I highly recommend all three books - The Shadow of the Bear, Black as Night and Waking Rose! The best age is probably 14 or 15 and up...Enjoy!
"Waking Rose" I'll add my voice to those already here: if you love fairy tales, love stories, danger, action, mystery or suspense, then this book is for you. This book is sweeping our college campus, and many people are staying up late to read their copies. This book is riveting, to the last. It lends an even deeper note of danger than the previous two books did, not a danger of one person, but of the challenges in the world to adults. It's a great final volume for the series, and stands as a singe cohesive story in its own right.
"AWESOME!" Wow! And I thought the first two were good! This one just blew me away! Rose and Fish are the coolest characters ever... It arrived yesterday and I finished it at 12:30 this morning. As soon as I announced that I was done, my sister pounced on it and swept it away. She had been waiting up for me to finish it so she could read it! Thanks, Mrs. Doman for another great book! I'm so glad to finally know the end of the saga. I wish there were some way that the "fairy tale retold" books could continue!
"Fabulous" I know everyone else is saying it is an amazing book, but I just have to say it again. I loved Waking Rose! It was very dark in some parts but I thought that the author did a wonderful job on talking about certain sensitive issues in the book. I wish their story wasn't over! (at least in the publishing sense, since of course they live on)
"A must-read for all teens and adults!" This is an incredible book! The long-awaited sequel to Shadow of the Bear and Black as Night was well worth the wait. Although there couldn't be a more satisfying conclusion to the Snow White and Rose Red trilogy, you'll be sorry to see this story come to an end. Filled with the suspense, mystery, and excitement we've come to expect from talented writer Regina Doman, this book immediately becomes a thrilling masterpiece, as well as a beautiful tale of true love. You won't be able to put this one down -I sure wasn't! ~Mae 9/4/07
what a truly beautiful story! This story is what true love is all about. The dialogue was amazing and the poetry used in the book was fantastic. Regina Doman is an amazing writer.This book instantly became my favorite book.
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