Darling Rose Gold
Author: Stephanie Wrobel
Published: March 17, 2020
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: April 4-9, 2020
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars
For the first eighteen years of her life, Rose Gold Watts believed she was seriously ill. She was allergic to everything, used a wheelchair and practically lived at the hospital. Neighbors did all they could, holding fundraisers and offering shoulders to cry on, but no matter how many doctors, tests, or surgeries, no one could figure out what was wrong with Rose Gold.
Turns out her mom, Patty Watts, was just a really good liar.
After serving five years in prison, Patty gets out with nowhere to go and begs her daughter to take her in. The entire community is shocked when Rose Gold says yes.
Patty insists all she wants is to reconcile their differences. She says she’s forgiven Rose Gold for turning her in and testifying against her. But Rose Gold knows her mother. Patty Watts always settles a score.
Unfortunately for Patty, Rose Gold is no longer her weak little darling…
And she’s waited such a long time for her mother to come home.
Whoa, whoa, whoa! I really enjoyed everything about Darling Rose Gold. It features the complicated relationships between mothers and daughters up to the extreme with Munchausen by Proxy. Darling Rose Gold features the aftermath of Rose Gold and Patty’s situation as Patty is ending her five year prison sentence for aggravated child abuse. Patty has nowhere to go and surprisingly the now adult (at 23 years old) Rose Gold says yes to bring Patsy into her home.
What follows is dual POV’s between Patty and Rose Gold in alternating chapters. We learn what happened to Rose Gold during Patty’s prison sentence. As they possibly attempt to repair their relationship, it becomes a game of cat and mouse and I never knew who to believe as both are very much unreliable narrators.
For the most part, novels that feature unreliable narrators do not work for me, but in Darling Rose Gold’s case, it worked for me 100%! I guess it is because we have a case of crazy and crazier in this novel: Who is crazy and who is crazier? You will have to read to find out!
Neither Rose Gold nor Patty are very likeable, as the two of them together cause pure chaos! And it all leads up to the final part of the novel and I could NOT put it down! I just HAD to know how it was going to end, and the end just left me shocked! I did not see certain events coming.
While you may not have the perfect relationship with your mom, you end up being thankful for it after reading Darling Rose Gold, because at least you are not Patty and Rose Gold!
Darling Rose Gold is very highly recommended! Many thanks to Berkley Publishing Group for granting me a copy to read and review!