Review: Dinner at Rose’s by Danielle Hawkins

Dinner at Rose’s

by Danielle Hawkins

This is an utterly charming, funny, insightful novel of friendship and love.

In the wake of an unfortunate best-friend-and-boyfriend-caught-having-sex-in-a-chair incident, Jo Donnelly flees her civilised city life to take up a temporary job at the physiotherapy clinic in her small home town.

Jo is ineptly assisted at work by a receptionist who divides her time between nail care and surfing the internet. Meanwhile, her new flatmate is a joyless couch potato who hogs the TV and is vigilant in her quest to prevent excessive electricity consumption. Life would seem a bit grim if not for Jo’s eccentric honorary Aunty Rose, who lives up in the vally with her pet piglet, four dogs and two sheep.

Rose was a wise and infinitely patient friend to both Jo and her bona fide nephew, Matthew, while they were growing up. And when Rose is hit by illness Jo moves in to look after her, while Matt helps out as much as his farming duties allow. But illness aside, it’s not long before the mischievious Rose is playing cupid.

The blurb on this book did have me thinking that this book was just another run of the mill romance story, where after a lengthy separation boy and girl re-unite and fall in love. Even though it follows along that line, the humor and elegant writing make it much much more.

Jo is the main eyes of the book (as it is her story), but the central character is definitely Aunt Rose, even though there is lots of sadness in the story, relating to Aunt Rose’s illness, there is so much humor and depth. I was so incredibly surprised by how much I loved and enjoyed this story. The author has managed to round off all of the characters and their quirks beautifully, Jo is an incredibly grounded and very competent young lady but has a lot of self-esteem and confidence issues, Matt’s girl-friend is portrayed as an amazing farmer barbie, and even the stalker physio patient has been given a great believable personality.

I really enjoyed this book, and would definitely recommend it to women in their 20’s-40’s.

Published by: Allen and Unwin

Recommended Retail Price $27.99

Recommended Age:18+

My Rating: 4.5/5

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