I have been SO excited by this one- Huge thank you to Michael Joseph Penguin for my advance copy!
Recovery of Rose Gold (US title: Darling Rose Gold) by Stehanie Wrobel
Genre: Mystery/Domestic Suspense
BUG Rating: 4/5
Overall: I LOVED this! I received my copy before Christmas but was hesitant to actually read it. I thought it was going to be very similar to The Act, TV show, based on Gypsy Rose (this book is unrelated), and wasn’t sure I’d be able to handle reading all the details of the abuse inflicted on Rose Gold by her mother with munchhausen by proxy. I was pleasantly surprised! The book focuses mainly on the time AFTER Rose Gold’s mother, Patty, is arrested for child abuse. The chapters alternate between Rose Gold’s and Patty’s POVs, which I really enjoyed. Flipping between past (Patty’s time in prison, and Rose Gold adjusting to life without her mother – and LOADS of other stuff 🤐) to present (Patty’s release and relationship with Rose Gold). I don’t really feel like this fits into the thriller category 🤔 It’s more of a domestic drama with some real tension and twists 😬 I think if you enjoyed My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing you will like this!
🥐 Also, I just want to acknowledge Alice Liveing AMAZING recipe for White chocolate + cinnamon croissant bake – it was SOO GOOD (pictured)
For the first eighteen years of her life, Rose Gold Watts believed she was seriously ill. She was allergic to everything, used a wheelchair and practically lived at the hospital. Neighbors did all they could, holding fundraisers and offering shoulders to cry on, but no matter how many doctors, tests, or surgeries, no one could figure out what was wrong with Rose Gold.
Turns out her mom, Patty Watts, was just a really good liar.
After serving five years in prison, Patty gets out with nowhere to go and begs her daughter to take her in. The entire community is shocked when Rose Gold says yes.
Patty insists all she wants is to reconcile their differences. She says she’s forgiven Rose Gold for turning her in and testifying against her. But Rose Gold knows her mother. Patty Watts always settles a score.
Unfortunately for Patty, Rose Gold is no longer her weak little darling…
And she’s waited such a long time for her mother to come home.