“What a terrific book this was! Susan Parker Rosen had me from the first page with Bessie to the last chapter with Sara. I couldn’t put it down. Not only was it suspenseful through out the book but it was also historical. I was shocked by the conditions that the girls lived and worked at the Magdalene’s Laundry/Asylum. Sara is a wonderful character who comes to life as we share her journey for the truth. This is definitely a good read!”
A little mystery and a little romance- that’s just up my alley!
I found the blurb for this book to be quite intriguing and although I was a bit wary due to some of the reviews I am glad I sat down to read it. The characters are enjoyable and I found myself cheering for them as the plot line progressed. I’m not going to lie- there were some parts that seemed to drag on but the more exciting parts of the book certainly made up for it. I suppose I enjoyed the book because I was able to relate to Sara so much- she is quite the character!
I spend a lot of my time doing ancestry research (about ten hours a week) and the detail that went into that part of the story is most enjoyable. With my background in ancestry I can attest that the more I learn about the deceased the more I grow to love them. Honestly, I would jump for the opportunity to be a character in this book, because I can totally relate.
All in all, this was money well-spent for me.
“just finished this Indie book and I am Here to say how much I’ve enjoyed the exciting plot. I usually read best sellers and work by well known authors and I must say that we should find this book in those categories. The story takes place in modern times and reverts back to the victorian age too; how clever. Sara the main character is very likable that we find ourselves rooting for her as she tries to solve a mystery of a missing family member from the past. Sara is deceived from the beginning and then falls in love, to find out what happens you will need to read the book. Susan Parker Rosen, for her first work, did an excellent job and I hope to see another released by this author.”
A lovely review from Amazon UK:
From what turns out to be a fairly ordinary encounter online on a social networking site about tracing family trees, lurks a mysterious persona who is in fact related to our main character’s ancestral history who is trying to uncover a mystery, one that entangles her with her so called on line friend, of whom hides a devastating secret. A secret so big, that it affects his family name, wealth and fortune.
In this fast-paced mystery story filled with lures of romantic encounters, to which is used to deceive our main character Sara, of whom is a hopeless romantic, we learn that there is no stopping of the human greed in an attempt to attain wealth, and despite what other reviewers say about the disjointed storyline, personally I found the story flowed freely and the chapters of Sara’s ancestor Bessie provided another depth to the story, similar to a flashback of memory.
Overall, a unique and entertaining read, and surprisingly, there are some hidden messages within that many could learn from, like choosing what status updates to post online and being aware of those who seem too charmingly good to be true.
This an excellent tale of two women living over a century apart. Gorgeously written, I was hooked from the very first chapter. Sara was an intriguing character—believable, likable, and most of all, relatable—from her relationships to the failing health of her father. The story itself if engrossing—you cannot help but becoming invested as you go along with Sara to uncover the mysteries of the past. I appreciated the authenticity Ms. Rosen presented. This era and location was obviously well-researched.
This was one of those books that’s difficult to put down—it kept me up for a couple of nights well past my bedtime. Nice job. This is definitely an author to watch.
This story was full of memorable moments, this fast paced mystery drew me in and kept me engaged from the first chapter to the last. Once I started the story, I could not stop listening to it, and completed it over the weekend! This was an intriguing, suspenseful read with a great plot. The story begins slowly and gradually gains pace until it becomes an electrifying page-turner.
I just finished the novel, and I’ve to stay that this was truly well-written! It’s reminds me a bit like Dr. Who yet there is no ScFi and it’s much more mysteries and down-to-earth problems. I love how the novel opens up in 1887 in England and the author excels in being quite detailed. This allowed me, as a reader, to vividly imagine the world as it travels through a span of 120 years. Overall, I found the ” The Bastard Child,” to be quite entertaining and I highly recommend this to readers who are fans of mystery and romance.
“Susan Parker Rosen has spun a yarn that was alarming, spooky, mysterious, and action packed!”
“Sue Parker Rosen nailed it for a first time writer.”
An Amazon UK reader wrote:
“Overall, a unique and entertaining read, and surprisingly, there are some hidden messages within that many could learn from, like choosing what status updates to post online and being aware of those who seem too charmingly good to be true.”