Review: One White Rose by Julie Garwood (e-book reissue)

E-book: 128 pages
Publisher: Pocket Star
Release Date: June 13, 2016 (reissued)
Source of my copy: publisher
Series: Rose Hill #3
First introduced in Julie Garwood's magnificent New York Times bestseller For the Roses, the Clayborne brothers of Blue Belle, Montana, have been embraced by millions more through this trio of #1 bestselling novels. Now collected in one volume for the first time, these stories tell of three spirited brothers -- once a mismatched gang of street urchins -- who learn that love flourishes in the most unexpected places.... 

One White Rose
Steady, quiet Douglas will do anything to protect a creature in need -- and that includes the strong-willed Isabel Grant.

One White Rose was my favorite of the three Clayborne Brides novellas. This one is about Douglas Clayborne and Isabel Grant. Douglas bought a horse from Isabel's husband, and he went to Isabel's ranch to collect the animal when he realized that Isabel was having pregnancy contractions. Douglas ended up playing midwife to Isabel, because Isabel was alone (her husband had passed away) and was being terrorized by Boyle, the richest man in town. Boyle wanted Isabel to marry him, but she refused so he's kept her a prisoner of her own home and threatened everyone who tried to help her. But, Douglas was able to somehow get past Boyle's men and get to Isabel just in time. Douglas knew that Isabel was in deep shit, and decided to stay on to help her and her baby son. 

Unlike One Pink Rose, which took place in about three days, One White Rose transpired through about eight week. And, despite this being a novella, Douglas and Isabel's relationship grew gradually over the weeks they spent together and got to know each other. I love that sort of slow burn feel to their romance. It was funny seeing the two of them get sexually frustrated because they're very attracted to each other but Isabel recently lost her husband and she just had a baby and Douglas didn't see himself getting attached to any woman even though he's getting attached to Isabel and her baby. They also acted like the adults they were, living in a dangerous Western territory, which was nice to see after Emily's naiveté (as well as Genevieve's in One Red Rose) in One Pink Rose.

One White Rose was a gem of a novella and very much worth picking up.

Get ready for wedding season Clayborne style!

Pocket Star E-books will be releasing Julie Garwood's three stories of the Clayborne brothers a la carte as separate e-books. One Pink Rose will be out on May 9th and will cost $1.99. It will be followed by One White Rose on June 13th ($2.99) and One Red Rose on July 11th ($2.99).

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