One Perfect Rose (Fallen Angels Series #7)

One Perfect Rose (Fallen Angels Series #7)

by Mary Jo Putney


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A New York Times bestselling novel

Can a woman with a past and a man with no future find lasting love?

Stephen Kenyon, Duke of Ashburton, has always taken the duties of his rank seriously—until a doctor's grim diagnosis sends him running from his world of privilege. Traveling incognito, he yearns to experience life to the fullest in what time he has left.

When Stephen rescues a drowning child, he is drawn into the warm embrace of the Fitzgeralds, a family theatrical troupe brimming with laughter and affection. And their enchanting, compassionate daughter, Rosalind Jordan, stirs emotions he's never known before.

Widowed young, Rosalind is happy organizing her exuberant, close-knit family. She doesn't expect to fall in love with a quiet stranger whose wit and kindness speak to her heart. When Stephen tells Rosalind the truth of his condition and proposes marriage, she accepts despite the shadow of inevitable loss.

Together they find profound passion and companionship. Yet neither dares speak of love for only a miracle will give them the future they desperately desire...

The Fallen Angels series:

Book 1: Thunder & Roses

Book 2: Dancing on the Wind

Book 3: Petals in the Storm

Book 4: Angel Rogue

Book 5: Shattered Rainbows

Book 6: River of Fire

Book 7: One Perfect Rose

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781948880015
Publisher: Mary Jo Putney, Inc.
Publication date: 07/23/2018
Series: Mary Jo Putney's Fallen Angels Series , #7
Pages: 458
Sales rank: 327,966
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.02(d)

About the Author

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USAToday bestselling author, Mary Jo Putney's novels are known for psychological depth and intensity and include historical and contemporary romance, fantasy, and young adult fantasy. Winner of numerous writing awards, including two RITAs, three Romantic Times Career Achievement awards, and the Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award from Romance Writers of America, she has had numerous books listed among Library Journal's and Booklist's top romances of the year.

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One Perfect Rose 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 148 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a prolific reader of literally thousands of books, I have VERY few books that I would wish to absolutely have if stranded on a desert island. (About 25) I had read the previous series this book was spun off from but this one truly touches the heart and just so you don't get the wrong idea about this description, there IS a happy ending. The basic premise of this book is that Stephen (a Duke) discovers he has very little time left to live and after having lived life thus far by following all the rules and strictures of his class, he decides to discover if there is anything MORE to life than what he has seen and experienced. He falls into traveling with a theatre troop and meets their adopted daughter, Rosalind and the two characters find themselves questioning their lives, their choices and eventually their relationship. The mental picture of Rosalind and Stephen is so clear and rich with details about not only their lives in terms of where they see their place in the world and how differently they see their lives and everyone in it at the beginning of the book, but also the journey to the appreciation of all the small gifts of life they normally took for granted. Leading up to their final understanding of who and what is truly important and that life is a journey that they can never take for granted, because when that journey ends, the only thing they can take with them is the love, kindness and joy that they leave behind. Mary Jo Putney takes you on their journey and their feelings of joy, happiness, despair, regret and then acceptance. Despite their personal experiences with their families and the determination not to care too deeply about each other, they realize that in the end, it is better to have loved and been loved in return for a span of time counted in days and weeks than to not have loved or been loved in return in an entire lifetime and the importance of showing and sharing that love. I have NEVER written a review before (and probably never will again) but this is one of my most favorite books that still keeps me laughing and crying EVERY time I read it and I absolutely HATED the 'professional' reviewer's opinion about a book I so thoroughly enjoyed and keep on enjoying every time I read it. Take a chance on this book and read it! This is definitely a stand alone book but a couple of the minor characters were in Putney's Fallen Angel series. I have read them and though I thought they were a good read, they didn't touch me like this book. There is only one other book by Mary Jo Putney that is also on my desert isle shelf and that is The Rake, which, unfortunately seems to be out of print. It too, is worth the search to find a used copy or maybe it will be reissued. I'd love to find it in eBook format!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While it was pretty predictable, the story itself wasn't bad... However, the Nook edition leaves a LOT to be desired. Typos, misspellings, wrong words used, lines repeating themselves, missing italics, and missing punctuation everywhere! It really damaged the enjoyability of the story, as the mistakes were quite glaring and often detrimental to the enjoyment of reading. If you're going to read it, I suggest getting the original paperback edition from 1997 instead.
Danielle Parrott More than 1 year ago
I rather liked this book
Jennifer Chan More than 1 year ago
Simply wonderful. Very unique story, endearing characters, wonderfully written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This title joins the small list of my favorite books.It's a very simple story about a man and a woman who are brought together after he learns that he's about to die.And that is a good thing because otherwise he'd never have met her.There are no great mysteries or misunderstandings here.Just a very simple story of two people who find each other,share each other's joys and sorrows and in turn make each whole.I felt that I understood what both these characters were going through and found myself rooting for them.There is tremendous chemistry between them and I totally understood why they were falling in love with each other.MJP even manages to surprise us at the very end.How rare is that in a romance novel?Give it a try - you won't regret it.
lvsgund 2 days ago
If you believe in the possibility of life after death, you must read One Perfect Rose, the 7th book in the Fallen Angels series. I don’t know if the story rang such a chord with me due to my own near death experience when I was 15-years old, or due to Mary Jo Putney’s magnificent prose. What I do know is that this story had me weeping in my car on my way to work this morning. If a story can move me so emotionally - which is extremely rare - it solidly deserves five stars. The premise of the story is quite simple: it’s about life, death, love, and forgiveness. What would you do if you were given at most 90 days left to live? Would you live your few remaining days with a passion for life, throwing caution to the wind, and without regrets? Or would you just lay in a bed and let the worst befall you wallowing in “what could have been”? In One Perfect Rose, after a young Duke is told he has less than three months to live, he escapes his responsibilities for a short while to experience life to the fullest - without all the expectations befalling a man of his station. During one of his meanderings, he saves a young boy from drowning in a river and renders himself unconscious in the process after being hit in the head with a tree. He then becomes part of the boy’s family, a traveling theatre troupe who perform throughout the midlands. After the Duke experiences a profound attraction to the troupe’s eldest daughter, he impulsively asks her to marry him so he doesn’t have to die alone. Without knowing his true identify, but knowing about his impending death, she agrees to marry him for all of the right reasons: not for money or wealth, but rather for mutual affection and undeniable attraction to each other. [I just love more mature heroes and heroines and in this story both main characters are widowed.] One particularly moving scene was when Rose’s grandmother recalls her near death experience after giving birth to Rose’s mother. I could easily imagine the scene and felt like I was watching a movie, rather than merely listening to book. That is excellent story telling. Brava!
regencyera on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I like Mary Jo Putney, and this book is very, very good ¿ but only because of the strength of her main characters. Many of the staples of One Perfect Rose could be classified as cliché, and in a lesser writer¿s hand would have been detrimental. And, for some reason, in the last chapters of this beautiful, touching romance, she decides that melodrama(!) is the name of game. I¿m not sure why and I think that the last couple of chapters weaken an overall strong story. Many subplots could have eliminated and the story would not have suffered. That being said, there are very few authors who could get away with the overabundance of subplots. There was no reason for them. The hero and heroine are wonderful and their love story is very touching. This was a story about love and death and coming to grips with mortality. It stood on its own, with no need for melodrama.
LisaMaria_C on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This romance set in Regency England involves an actress, Rosalind, and a Duke, Stephen, both widowed--and both appealing characters. Since in the beginning of the novel he's told by his doctor he's dying, I found his unconventional choice believable. I also love books that give a convincing look at an unfamiliar world, and in that regard enjoyed the first half of the book where the Duke, incognito, falls among a traveling troupe of actors. I didn't care for a twist three-quarters through, but by then I liked the characters enough I kept reading. I had other issues with some developments in that last quarter of the book, but I still found the book an enjoyable read overall, thankfully not one with a florid romance novel style.
hobbitprincess on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The reviews on this book were so stellar that I just had to read it. It wasn't that great - just your basic romance, predictable, slightly better than the norm. It takes place in the late 1700s in England and involves Rosalind, who was adopted as a child and raised by a traveling theater family. There are just too many coincidences in here. There is a medical issue with the lead male character, and I figured out the solution to his problem long before the characters did, which frustrated me. This book will pass the time, however, and if you're into historical romances, it's not bad.
halo776 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When Stephen Kenyon, Duke of Ashburton, is diagnosed with a fatal stomach illness and given between 3-6 months to live, he decides to take a break from his stoic aristocratic life. Along the way, he heroically saves a drowning boy and is plunged into an adventure with the Fitzgerald family, a warm, funny theatre troupe. He decides to live each day to the fullest and in so doing, becomes an actor himself, finds himself intrigued by their adopted daughter Rosalind, and learns a lot about himself and love in the process. This emotional story explores the relationship between a wealthy duke and an actress of unknown breeding. (She was orphaned at a young age and adopted into the Fitzgerald family.) As Stephen counts down his remaining days, he realizes he does not want to die alone. He proposes to Rosalind, telling her that if she will be his devoted wife for the next few months, he will provide for her and her family financially. She accepts (out of love, not greed) and the pair experience a wonderfully romantic and passionate relationship before his condition begins to deteriorate.I will not post any plot spoilers, but you will not be disappointed with this historical romance. It is an emotional roller coaster ride not to be missed. The pacing is good, and it is beautifully written. The characters are well-developed. In fact, the minor characters really shine in this novel. I found myself just as interested in the Fitzgerald family as I was in the story of Stephen and Rosalind. As wonderful as the beginning and middle is, the ending feels a bit rushed. I was thankful for the author's twist at the end, but I would have appreciated a bit more development at the conclusion. All in all, it is a very satisfying read, and an absolute must-read for fans of Regency romance.
tipsister on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One Perfect Rose, by Mary Jo Putney, was a completely enjoyable read. As I mentioned on my teaser post from yesterday, I've had this book on my shelf for at least ten years. I went through a romance novel phase in my twenties and just stopped reading them at one point. I still hoped to get back to read a few so I kept a shelf of them. I was in need of an "O" book since both of my previous attempts turned out to be books that I didn't like from the start. I picked this off my shelf and was quickly absorbed into the story.The story revolves around Stephen, a duke who receives life changing news and Rosalind, the daughter of traveling actors, who works as their stage manager. It is a romance with a lot of heart, a lot of humor, and a lot of wonderful characters.One of my biggest problems with standard issue historical romance novels is the formula plot. Boy and girl meet. They immediately despise each other, despite their obvious chemistry. They finally fall in love and some misunderstanding/kidnapping/war tears them apart. The end of course is happy with the promise of lots of babies and long years of love. It's not bad overall but it does get boring.One Perfect Rose didn't fit that formula at all. Stephen and Rosalind were smitten from the start. Both felt that they couldn't pursue a relationship because of separate issues, but they couldn't deny their attraction and while they wouldn't admit they were in love, they admitted their affection quite easily. There were moments when something would be revealed and I figured that the big break up scene would occur, but it wouldn't. That was nice. Yes, they had obstacles to overcome, but they did it together.I highly recommend this book to fans of romance and to people who want to read a sweet story. It was great, one of my favorite books this year.
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Out of literallly tens of thousands of books, this is best regenc y romance I have ever read. With a unique perspective and a couple who share such an encompassing, self sacrificing love it is at times funny and erotic but always poignant and a true tear jerker.
TomCorc More than 1 year ago
My wife and I have read this book together several times and think it is among our favorite books, certainly our favorite of the MJ Putney books. As always, we discuss whether the female and male characters are admirable, asking each other "Would you fall in love with a man/woman like that?" In this case the answer is Yes!
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I actually read this book not realizing it is the 7th in the Fallen Angels Series. It was a wonderful stand alone book - but once I read the other 6 books in this series {all incredible and worth the read!} the characters were much much more alive to me since I had been reading about them for 6 previous books and came to know them better. Either way you will enjoy this story!
lunaprecipita More than 1 year ago
Part of the "rogues" series, ONE PERFECT ROSE involves Steven, the older brother of SHATTERED RAINBOWS hero, Michael Kenyon. It is exciting, romantic, and historically accurate. Ms Putney;s historical notes at the end of most books are delightful and informative.
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A great book!
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