Gloria Larsen knows only three things about her birth mother: she was over forty, she lived in Rosewood, Nebraska, and she was accused of murder in 1974.
When Gloria is offered a job as newspaper editor in the small town, she jumps at the opportunity to discover the identity of her birth mother. Digging into the past, she finds a story of the disappearance of a judge’s wife and four friends accused of murder. Gloria tracks the now-elderly women to an assisted-living facility. This is Gloria’s chance to write the story of a lifetime and finally know her heritage. Even if she can’t learn the truth of her origins, she must find out what really happened to Naomi Waterman Talbot.
As a journalist, this book struck a cord with me IMMEDIATELY! What journalist wouldn’t love a chance to hear a story that no one has ever heard and have a chance to write that story for the world to hear?
This is a wonderful small town murder mystery that has been haunting the town for decades. Instead of ever getting down to the bottom of it, the story was sealed up and the community is left with rumors to spread and pass on through the ages.
The story is told through the past and the present – when the main characters were just girls, to now, when they are Golden Girls….literally. One thing I don’t know about Gloria is how she could ever break her sessions into multiple ones. Once I would have gotten them going, I’m not sure I would have been able to stop and put it on hold for another time. Their story is riveting and very hard to put down and to be honest, hard to figure out. I have a love/hate relationship for books I can’t get
I give The Thorns of Rosewood 5 out of 5 bookmarks and I’m seeing that a second book in the series in the works. Woo woo!