Catching the Rose
Accustomed to getting her way as a privileged southern belle, Veronica Vernon is outraged when her step-father arranges a marriage to her childhood bully. Desperate for a way out, Veronica runs north in search of her childhood love, Jonathan, to convince him to marry her.
Refusing to let others run her life for her, Veronica embarks on a headstrong quest to find her Prince Charming before war takes him from her forever.
Belinda Kroll crafts a tale of lost love and determination during the exciting first year of the American Civil War.
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This is an American Civil War novel about Miss Veronica Vernon, a southern belle who departs for a visiting spree once her family decrees she must marry. The man her uncle has chosen is Bentley Stratford, the last man she could ever want. Before she knows it, Veronica has been gone for two years, and with the help of her new friend, Amy Williams, lands in a Yankee household.
Brad Williams, a man born in the south and raised in the north, felt fairly ambivalent to the war until Miss Vernon stepped into his life, the epitome of everything he suddenly realized he disliked. Determined to enlighten Veronica, sparks — both flirtatious and contentious — fly. For she is determined to find a man who will pretend to be her fiancé and get Bentley off her back, and he is determined to be as uncooperative as possible!
Will Veronica evade marriage to Bentley? Will Brad see more than Veronica’s southern dramatics at work?
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Reader praise for Catching the Rose: Second Edition
I couldn’t stop reading this book once I began, I stayed up till 3 am yesterday morning until I had read the last word.
When I was first introduced to Veronica’s character, I thought of her as spoiled, however as I began to become more acquainted with her, I felt a strong need for her to find her beloved Jack. Without Jack, she was destined to live an unhappy life with a man who would isolate her from her friends, and even the intriguing Brad Williams.
The story is set in the early days of the Civil War. Belinda creates a story full of suspense, humor, and romance. She is definitely the author to go with if you are looking for what she considers “quirky historical fiction.” This book has a few citations here and there, but you don’t even notice them as you read. I recommend this novel to anyone who wants to dive into the life of a young woman on the search for her childhood love.
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1st Edition December 2002. 2nd Edition July 2010.