Sensitivity warning: I wrote this book as a high school child who grew up in a predominantly white, upper middle class, socioeconomic situation with little awareness or sensitivity to my topic. I was uncomfortable with the idea that my family, had we arrived in the 1800s instead of the 1970s, would have been enslaved. As such, I glossed over Nell’s enslavement, promoting her to Veronica’s friend and confidante, giving her a strong, beautiful presence while never truly engaging the enslavement topic. The opening chapter is perhaps particularly triggering in my childish attempts at motif. I can no longer recommend my book but have been unable to pull it from digital bookshelves. I leave it here for historical purposes and to embrace my journey toward a more sensitive, nuanced understanding of the past.
Sixteen-year-old Veronica is a southern belle desperate to break free of an arranged marriage to her childhood bully. After cannons are fired over Charleston, Veronica accepts an invitation to Washington, D.C. from her new friend Amy, not revealing her secret mission: To find her childhood friend Jack and convince him to marry her instead.
When Brad, Amy’s handsome cousin, saves Veronica from being trampled at Bull Run, Veronica questions her southern assumptions and childish plans. Shaken by the battle, Veronica and Amy return to Richmond. Following them is a masked man who claims to be Jack…
Catching the Rose is a historical drama for teen readers who enjoy living history through quirky characters, entertaining dialogue, and rich description.
Reader praise for Catching the Rose (2nd ed.)
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. 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.
- Jackie T. Shirley
I felt as if I had been transported back in time and the author was telling her own personal story. I also appreciate Belinda Kroll’s writing style. There are so many books on the market today that don’t say anything, but the scene descriptions and the phrasing of the paragraphs are so poetic that the reader is left with nothing but sophisticated jargon. If you want a story that brings its characters to life, you won’t be disappointed with “Catching the Rose.”
Catching the Rose
Written by: Belinda Kroll
Published by: Bright Bird Press
Date published: 07/11/2010
Edition: 2nd ISBN: 978-1-453745083-8-3
1st Edition December 2002. 2nd Edition July 2010.