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Official Review: Blooming Rose by Rob Wyatt

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Official Review: Blooming Rose by Rob Wyatt

Post Number:#1 by NadineTimes10
» 15 Aug 2017, 15:08

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Blooming Rose" by Rob Wyatt.]

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3 out of 4 stars
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Father Francis Gold, who goes by Father Frank (and plain old “Frank”), has had his substantial share of accidents, but he’s settled into life at his parish in Florida. After spending his first Christmas in the United States, he makes a visit back to England and returns to the States with his widowed mother, Rose. However, the mother of one of Frank’s parishioners has gone missing, and the case soon pulls Frank into the role of an unofficial private investigator. While he’s busy hunting down clues, he’s also baffled by the sparkling changes he sees in his own mother as she’s discovering America—and herself—in Blooming Rose, a novel by author Rob Wyatt.

This second book in the Father Frank series brings back the memorable and quirky core characters who were introduced in the first book, Can I Be Frank? The sequel has enough small details from the preceding novel to catch new readers up, but not so many repeated details as to bore returning readers. It’s certainly a bonus to read both novels together, and I’d recommend that readers of the sequel also read the first book, whether before or after this one.

While Blooming Rose doesn’t have as much blatant comedy as its predecessor does, it’s still a light and humorous read with a thread of mystery. It also handles serious issues, including different social mores and family dynamics between older parents and their adult children. It’s interesting to see how Frank works to not only add to his congregation but to make the church a vital part of the greater community. Even so, the way he jumps headlong into precarious situations without a plan shows that he still has more to learn. Frank’s mix of strengths and weaknesses, his interactions with friends and family, and his conversational prayers contribute to making him a well-rounded and down-to-earth protagonist.

The pacing of the story is easygoing and perhaps fairly slow, particularly during the first half of the book. More than a hundred pages through, it almost felt to me like the story was still in its beginning stages, just getting warmed up. The end of the book leaves room for a following novel; while it doesn’t finish on a total cliffhanger (since the reader can likely tell what’s coming next), the ending is rather abrupt.

There are some minor language and mechanical issues throughout the book. Because Frank and Rose are natives of England, now in the U.S., the differences between British and American English are a natural part of the characters’ conversations. However, there are brief instances when American characters use expressions that sound British, and it doesn’t appear to be an intentional aspect of the story. There’s also some confusion with homonyms, and although the book’s typos and punctuation errors aren’t excessive, the text could have used an additional proofread to give it more polish.

Nevertheless, even with its flaws, this is an entertaining novel that balances comedy with important matters of community and human relationships. Therefore, I give Blooming Rose a rating of 3 out of 4 stars. I’d recommend it to fans of light and humorous fiction that has substance blended in.

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Re: Official Review: Blooming Rose by Rob Wyatt

Post Number:#2 by kandscreeley
» 17 Aug 2017, 08:28

Thanks for a nice review. I don't know if I've said this in the previous reviews, but it reminds me of that series by Jan Karon about the priest.
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Re: Official Review: Blooming Rose by Rob Wyatt

Post Number:#3 by Amagine
» 17 Aug 2017, 10:18

I love books that promotes interesting matters in humorous ways. It's a great way to captivate an audience.

Great Review! 💝
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Re: Official Review: Blooming Rose by Rob Wyatt

Post Number:#4 by NadineTimes10
» 17 Aug 2017, 11:20

kandscreeley wrote:Thanks for a nice review. I don't know if I've said this in the previous reviews, but it reminds me of that series by Jan Karon about the priest.

Oh--the Mitford and Father Tim novels. I hadn't thought of that! :) I wouldn't put them in the same group, since the Father Frank novels aren't categorized as Christian or inspirational fiction; they have some profanity and are more irreverent overall, but I could see Frank being more Father Tim-like when he's older (but without a wife, though, since Frank is Catholic!) :-D

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Amagine wrote:I love books that promotes interesting matters in humorous ways. It's a great way to captivate an audience.

Great Review! 💝

Thanks! I was fortunate to pick up the sequel after reading the first novel. :)
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Re: Official Review: Blooming Rose by Rob Wyatt

Post Number:#5 by IsabelMay
» 18 Aug 2017, 14:31

I wasn't aware it was a sequel. It's nice that you mentioned the differences between British and American English the author at least tried to point out . I appreciate when authors take some time to do a research even if they don't always succeed completely. It adds to the story. Thanks for the review!
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Re: Official Review: Blooming Rose by Rob Wyatt

Post Number:#6 by NadineTimes10
» 18 Aug 2017, 16:35

IsabelMay wrote:I wasn't aware it was a sequel. It's nice that you mentioned the differences between British and American English the author at least tried to point out . I appreciate when authors take some time to do a research even if they don't always succeed completely. It adds to the story. Thanks for the review!

You're welcome! I understand the author is from England and moved to the United States, so I suspect any unintentional slips into British English by American characters in the book were only natural for the author. :D
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Re: Official Review: Blooming Rose by Rob Wyatt

Post Number:#7 by The Researcher
» 19 Aug 2017, 04:20

Nice review! I am thinking of reading this book but the slow pace thing you mentioned made me rethink my decision. Thanks for sharing your views.
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Re: Official Review: Blooming Rose by Rob Wyatt

Post Number:#8 by NadineTimes10
» 19 Aug 2017, 23:55

The Researcher wrote:Nice review! I am thinking of reading this book but the slow pace thing you mentioned made me rethink my decision. Thanks for sharing your views.

Thank you and you're welcome! The preceding book wasn't particularly fast paced either, but the first third or so was packed with so much hilarity, I probably couldn't have handled the story moving any faster anyway--since I needed time to stop and laugh my head off. :D Still, although it may not pack quite as many laughs, I do think the second novel is well worth the read. :)
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Re: Official Review: Blooming Rose by Rob Wyatt

Post Number:#9 by Reuben 92
» 06 Sep 2017, 11:18

I really liked the first Frank novel and this one sounds well worth the time, even if, as you suggest, it isn't as blatantly funny. I'm interested to see more of Frank's mum who only appeared in phone conversations in the first book! Thanks for a great review!
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Re: Official Review: Blooming Rose by Rob Wyatt

Post Number:#10 by NadineTimes10
» 06 Sep 2017, 12:41

Reuben 92 wrote:I really liked the first Frank novel and this one sounds well worth the time, even if, as you suggest, it isn't as blatantly funny. I'm interested to see more of Frank's mum who only appeared in phone conversations in the first book! Thanks for a great review!

You're welcome! And, yes, it's fun when sequels bring previous characters from the background into the foreground, so to speak. :)
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Post Number:#11 by geoffrey ngoima
» 07 Sep 2017, 14:46

Wow, great review, NadineTimes10, a light and funny fiction is just perfect.
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Re: Official Review: Blooming Rose by Rob Wyatt

Post Number:#12 by NadineTimes10
» 07 Sep 2017, 15:03

geoffrey ngoima wrote:Wow, great review, NadineTimes10, a light and funny fiction is just perfect.

Thank you! I actually need to start adding more humorous books to my reading. :)
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Post Number:#13 by geoffrey ngoima
» 08 Sep 2017, 02:36

NadineTimes10 wrote:
geoffrey ngoima wrote:Wow, great review, NadineTimes10, a light and funny fiction is just perfect.

Thank you! I actually need to start adding more humorous books to my reading. :)

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Re: Official Review: Blooming Rose by Rob Wyatt

Post Number:#14 by CatInTheHat
» 09 Sep 2017, 20:34

I loved "Can I be Frank?" and will have to read this one too. Wyatt is a comedic writer who keeps me laughing.
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