Darling Rose Gold – Review


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.

So many thanks to Jessica @jessica.map for sending me her extra ARC of Darling Rose Gold!

Whew, this book was definitely as insane as everyone said. I joined a buddy read for Darling Rose Gold on Instagram and am greatly looking forward to discussing this book with new friends and the author in the coming days. It gave me the push I needed to read this book sooner rather than later and will no doubt inspire some fantastic conversation.

As this story started, I had a difficult time being in the minds of Patty and Rose Gold. I find it a challenge to read from the perspectives of manipulative characters because their thinking is horribly disturbing and selfish. I would find myself becoming depressed the more I read and would have to take frequent breaks to get my mood right. Isn’t it amazing how the tone of a book can set the mood for your whole day?

Finally, as the story picked up and Rose Gold developed some spunk, I was able to sink in the story for longer periods of time without feeling such a sense of hopelessness or unease. I don’t want to give too much away because the conclusion of this story is truly crazy, but suffice it to say, I am a fan of a good revenge story. This reminded me of my favorite author, Tarryn Fisher‘s work, as she’s great at crafting similar female characters and storylines. There was only one issue I had with the ending that was quite difficult to read, but I can’t share the details without spoilers. Nonetheless, I found this one to be mostly worth the hype and can’t wait to see what Stephanie Wrobel comes up with next. She’s definitely an author I will be keeping an eye out for.

Rating: 4 stars

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15 Comments Add yours

  1. Can’t say I was as crazy about this book as I wanted to be, but I am glad you did enjoy it.

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    1. I was unsure if I would be able to finish it when I started, but I’m glad I stuck with it.


  2. Good review. 🙂 Gorgeous cover. I, too, can’t handle manipulative characters as I get depressed soon. Glad you enjoyed the book.

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    1. Thank you!! It does have a beautiful cover!!

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  3. thebrowneyedbookworm says:

    I needed a HUG after reading this book. But I thought the book and story was brilliant in the way it was something different, and unique.

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    1. Gosh, I know! I felt the same way!! It was intense!!


  4. Great review! I wanted to read this but after knowing about that real case where something similar happened (except the fate of the mother is rather different …), I just can’t … it freaks me out too much. Maybe one day I’ll give it a try!

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    1. Thank you!! I don’t blame you. I didn’t know about the real case until I started reading this. It was definitely easier to think of it as fiction.

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      1. I think that’s why i can’t read it … not yet, anyways. If it felt more fiction, I’d totally be down! ha-ha!

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  5. This has such a great cover and I have it on my wish list. I cannot wait to read it, I’m super excited to watch the documentary on Gypsy Rose. 😍 I’m glad you enjoyed it, makes me even more excited.

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    1. I need to check out the real story now. It was definitely easier to think of this as fiction. It’s disturbing it’s based on the real thing. 😦


  6. Cris says:

    Great review… I’ve considered this one, and it sounds deliciously twisty. I think I’ll add it to my list for the summer!

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    1. Thank you!! It’s definitely twisty. I hope you enjoy it!

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