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by Patricia Jones

In a captivating voice that wafts around you like a rose's rich fragrance, Patricia ]ones peels back the petals of emotion that blanket a woman's soul and, in this poignant and wise novel, tells a powerful story of love and redemption.

Lila Giles Calloway has come a long way since she stepped out from under her stepmother's controlling thumb. Happily married to cardiac surgeon Jack Calloway and living in her beloved hometown of Baltimore, Lila splits her time among visiting with Jack's elderly patients, directing her own on-line reading program for children, and contemplating the possibility of motherhood. But all this comes to a screeching halt when, one typical Saturday afternoon, Lila is confronted with a situation that challenges the very core of her moral fiber. In a split second, the idyllic life lack and Lila have built together is threatened, and suddenly she must reconcile the truth that there's a bit of evil in all of us with her love for her husband and her faith in her life's purpose.

Download Red on a Rose: A Novel epub
ISBN: 0380817306
ISBN13: 978-0380817306
Category: Literature
Subcategory: United States
Author: Patricia Jones
Language: English
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; 1st edition (November 6, 2001)
Pages: 352 pages
ePUB size: 1577 kb
FB2 size: 1880 kb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 858
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I struggled through this novel because I loved PASSING and looked forward to reading Ms. Jones' latest work. I have to say that I was very disappointed. The story line was very interesting but it took so long to get to the climax that the build up was hardly worth it.
The premise of a black doctor's struggle between his obligation as a healer and with being faced with saving a horrible bigot is not a new one but I was hoping that the story would have done more to satisfy the appetite. Jones brought you in, held you and then finished in a very uninspired way. The relationships between the women characters were strong and I liked that, but overall the book was a letdown.
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I have to be honest and say I have not finished this book, and quite frankly, I have no motiviation to. The story is slow moving, and the story just drags. It's repetative, and I'm finding the main character Lila Calloway more than annoying, she is getting impossible to bare. I'm more than half way through, and it took me almost 3 months to get this far. I ususally finish a book in no more than 2 weeks, depending on how much time I have. I almost want the husband to leave her now. She throws temper tantrums like a child, and has too much time on her hands. I hope the meetings with the woman at the baseball games leads to something because those interactions are dull and pointless at this point. I feel like if Lila's not going to accept what her husband did, then leave him, if you are, then stay and move on with your life. I only bought this book because I enjoyed "Passing" so much. It had great story lines, and the pace was perfect. In this book, with so much focus being on one person, she's coming off as being self-centered and spoiled. I'm not sympathetic to her character at all. I'm going to hang in there with this book no matter how boring, and hope there's so sort of pay-off no matter how long it takes me.
I have got to say that this has been the most boring book I have ever read. I am an avid reader, it is not unlike me to finish a novel in a single day but this book, I could not get into. I found it extremely boring. I had to give up, it was an effort to read it. I never even made it to the halfway mark. The characters are dry and uninteresting. The author spends way too much time describing everything, what the building looks like, what Lila is thinking, why Lila's husband (can't remember his name) became a doctor, blah, blah, blah. The characters don't have conversations, they just think all the time. I'm glad I found this book on the clearance rack for $$$ otherwise I would of returned it but alas, all is not lost, I have a wobbly table that could use some balance.
Red on a rose is the sequel to Passing. Lila is now married to Dr. Jack Calloway, and has her own on-line reading program. When Jack makes, a decision that Lila don't agree with, the marriage starts to suffer. This book give us a look at other problems that might come up in marriage beside cheating, or money problems.
Lila Giles Calloway has it all, a job that she loves and a husband who is a handsome and successful doctor. She feels that she has finally found her freedom from her controlling, colorstruck, and class conscious step mother.
Lila often accompanies her husband on his Saturday rounds as he cares for some of Baltimore's poorest patients. This is Jack's way of remembering his past and giving back to the community. One Saturday, after making rounds, Jack stops at a convenience store and has a confrontation that makes Lila witness how ugly human beings can treat one another. This event profoundly affects the very foundation of their marriage, and it makes them question who they really are.
Red On A Rose by Patricia Jones is definitely a story that needed to be told and it also poses great ethical questions. This was essentially a very good book. Patricia Jones has a great lyrical style and I enjoy her writing. However, I did have one major issue with the book, and that is Lila's overreaction to everything. Lila seemed to fly into histrionics at the drop of a hat and after a while I just felt like things were being overexaggerated, and at times this caused the story to drag.
Reviewed by Simone A. Hawks
This book focused entirely too much on two characters. After a while, I got bored with both characters, especially, Lila Calloway. Unlike her first book, Passing, I never learned more about what the characters were all about. Their thought processes, feelings, and reasoning behind their actions lacked depth. Unlike her other book, there was not really a plateau, just a regular story line without many peaks. A decent book for book club discussion, but not necessarily an interesting book for reading "entertainment".
Don't waste your precious reading time on this book. This book was not the least bit interesting or profound in any way. I had to skip whole paragraphs, then finally whole chapters, just to survive to the end.
This book was hard to put down. The plot is so well done and so thought provoking. It causes one to look within oneself as the author takes you through the moral dilemma. Every character is so well developed, the plot is so intriguing and it has a feel good ending. Everyone I have spoken to who has read this book has so totally enjoyed it. They too have found it hard to put down. Ms. Jones is so descriptive that one can easily picture each scene. I so thoroughly enjoyed this book and I look forward to Ms. Jones's next book. I highly recommend this to anyone.