Dinner at Rose's by Danielle Hawkins

Dinner at Rose's

After Jo Donnelly finds her best friend having sex with her boyfriend in a chair, she flees city life to take up a temporary job at the physiotherapy clinic in her small home town. Honorary Aunty Rose takes it upon herself to act as cupid.


Details Dinner at Rose's

TitleDinner at Rose's
ISBN9781742379395
Author
Release DateMay 1st, 2012
PublisherAllen & Unwin
LanguageEnglish
GenreRomance, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary, Fiction, Contemporary Romance
Rating

Reviews Dinner at Rose's

  • Carol ꧁꧂
    1970-01-01
    I loved the author's warm approachable style and that she respected readers enough to think they could figure out Kiwi terms for themselves (with the exception of a mildly sexist one which really should be allowed to fade into obscurity!) I liked the casual mentions of the Cossie Club, potato top pies & Shrewsbury biscuits.The story was a good one, the characters (in particular Aunt Rose) were very well drawn. The transition from chick lit to a s...
  • Nomes
    1970-01-01
    So, so good! I love Hawkins's effortless style that makes me feel like I am a part of the (fictional) family. Hawkin's dialogue is so superb, and her comedic timing lifts the book in places where there is sorrow and loss. The relationships and interactions are genuine and nuanced and the romance is all the more swoony for it's understated slow build and reveal. Love the New Zealand setting and so happy to have a new fave contemporary adult author...
  • Paula Phillips
    1970-01-01
    One of the best joys that I love about reading is not only getting the ability to discover brand new authors and their wonderful arrays of books but also the ability to discover new authors from my very own country of New Zealand.With a break in writing from Michelle Holman as she is taking a sabbatical and its been a while since Sarah Kate-Lynch has released a novel as well as Kate Langdon, my New Zealand themed books were falling a bit short th...
  • Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
    1970-01-01
    With warmth and humour, Danielle Hawkins explores family, friendship and love in rural New Zealand in this delightful debut novel. Dinner At Rose's fits right in with Allen & Unwin's current crop of rural lit in the Australian market, despite being set in New Zealand. The author herself was raised on a cattle and sheep farm and now works alongside her husband in their dairy farm while also working as a large animal vet. In Dinner at Rose's, the p...
  • Jessica
    1970-01-01
    It was page 4 when I saw this and knew it was going to be a good book : "You really should consider becoming an eccentric yourself. It makes life so much more interesting".When I grow up I want to be like Aunt Rose.This is such a beautiful story; it has laughs, tears and frustration of how life can be so unfair.Keep this for a rainy weekend or a holiday because you won't be able to put it down.
  • Megan Readinginthesunshine
    1970-01-01
    This book grabbed me straight away, from the moment I opened the first page right up until the second I closed the book after finishing.After discovering her long-term boyfriend having sex with her best friend, Jo leaves her life and returns to her little home town in New Zealand. Luckily, her aunt Rose loves nearby, who is eccentric and loves nothing more than a gossip. Rose’s nephew Matt is a frequent visitor, and as well as being Jo’s chil...
  • KateFromAllGoodBookStore
    1970-01-01
    laugh out loud funny, a little bit romanitic, and slightly teary in places! the perfect good quality easy read and one I can think of half a dozen friends i want to give this to! fantastic!
  • Irina Villacis
    1970-01-01
    Un libro con una trama sencilla pero muy inspiradora acerca de rose que fue la piedra de esa familia incluso de sus vecinos. Personajes creíbles, creativos y maravilloso. Defectos y virtudes bien desarrolladas y expuestas . No le pongo 5 estrellas porque hubiera querido que ahondara mas en la vida de rose y me parecio que un montom de capis perdidos en la pareja principal.
  • Joy
    1970-01-01
    Loved it. Beautifully written with wit, humour, sensitivity and compassion. I reminisced, I chuckled, I laughed out loud and I shed a few tears. I even felt sorry for the dastardly ex who got what he thought he wanted. And Aunty Rose, her very nature refused to let the novel get too dark so it was a much lighter read than it might have otherwise been given the sensitivity of the subject. And her food concoctions I had difficulty reading about the...
  • Ella
    1970-01-01
    I was SO happy while reading this book. I adored CHOCOLATE CAKE FOR BREAKFAST when I read it eons ago and reading DINNER AT ROSE'S was like being wrapped in your favourite blanket and revisiting all the memories that make you inexplicably happy. I can't WAIT to gobble up Danielle's next book!
  • Prestoni
    1970-01-01
    So nice to read a lovely story set in your own country, filled with characters and a setting you can identify with, and be able to laugh at the NZ sense of humour with which this was written. Not blow your mind life changing material, but an enjoyable way to loose yourself for a few hours.
  • anolinde
    1970-01-01
    It was one of those romances where everyone kept telling the two main characters that they were in love with each other and meant to be together, etc., but I could never quite figure out why (other than the obvious cliche of childhood friendship).Oh, and of course someone has cancer.
  • Sally
    1970-01-01
    This is a wonderful book, with a delightful, quirky heroine, a handsome and witty hero and Aunty Rose who is everything you could want as your eccentric aunt. She reminded me, with her weird cooking and warm personality, of Django in the Freya North books. Set in New Zealand, and unashamedly New Zealand in its style, this book is a treasure. I wish it hadn't finished.
  • Kathleen Dixon
    1970-01-01
    I just can't use the term "chick-lit", though undoubtedly that's how this book is classed. This book, however, is much more, and has to be the most satisfying in this genre that I've ever read. Not that I'm a great consumer of romance - I read a boyfriend's mother's library of Barbara Cartland and Georgette Heyer over a number of weekends some many, many years ago (the boyfriend was busy fixing up cars endlessly, so what else could I do?), and I'...
  • Vicky
    1970-01-01
    If you are looking for a romance with a true New Zealand voice, then Danielle Hawkins, Dinner at Rose’s is a must. The one thing that struck me in the first few pages of this novel was the recognisable New Zealand landscape and manner of speaking. I’m a city girl, who lived in the country because that is where my husband’s role took us, so the pictures that Danielle painted of small rural New Zealand resonated. Dear Aunt Rose is a real char...
  • Sharon
    1970-01-01
    A fun quick read despite Rose's sad story line. Jo has returned home to New Zealand from Melbourne after discovering her best friend and the man she's been living with for the past five years. She substitutes for her pregnant childhood friend at her physiotherapy practice. There is a cast of quirky characters from Amber the lazy receptionist to the King family of Matt, Kim and their histrionic mother Hazel to the grand dame of Rose. The dynamic b...
  • Ej
    1970-01-01
    I was hovering over 3 or 4 stars. It's a well written book. I enjoyed the snappy, witty dialogue between the main players, and parts of the story were moving. Coming from NZ I found much of the novel heart-warmingly familiar. There were some minor downpoints but nothing that would stop me recommending this harmless, wry love story.
  • LaVerne Clark
    1970-01-01
    *4 1/2 Stars* I really enjoyed this story. At times it got a little rambling, but even then, it was still addictively sweet. The chemistry between Jo and Matt was beautifully done and honest and I enjoyed the humour throughout with many laugh out loud moments.A wonderful read by a rising Kiwi talent. I can't wait to see what Ms. Hawkins dishes up next.
  • Georgia
    1970-01-01
    I LOVED this book and devoured it quickly. It's beautifully written and engaged me from the opening page. I'll be reading it again in time.
  • Isabel Mansfield
    1970-01-01
    I really enjoyed this book
  • Amanda
    1970-01-01
    I really enjoyed the book. It was a great comfort read. Even though it dealt with sickness, Hawkins handled it wonderfully. Also the romance was perfect. The best part however were the women characters. They were complex, and for the mos part, empowering-they had bad situations yet they made the most out of life. I wanna be like them. My only complaint is the ending, (view spoiler)[when Matt got in accident right after Rose died was completely ex...
  • Deidre(Dee) ~ Official Bookworm ~
    1970-01-01
    I loved this book:) Firstly, because it was set in a part of New Zealand, that I was familiar with, and secondly, it was a story of a family coping with one of its members, fighting the big ‘C’. It not only describes the stress, and effects of treatment for this horrific disease, but the every day struggles that a close knit family has to go through, during this very difficult time.
  • Peri Schacknow
    1970-01-01
    A sweet, simple, yet eminently readable and heartwarming story of family, love, and loyalty. Sometimes, that's really all you need!
  • Karen Carson
    1970-01-01
    I really enjoyed the story - it was well written. Loved reading a book about kiwi culture.
  • Rei
    1970-01-01
    Rating: 3.5Simple and charming, but predictable and not exciting.
  • Maria
    1970-01-01
    I found this book to be just okay, nothing to write home about. I found it sad to read about Rose, and what she was going through as the book progressed. However, I felt that the whole book was just the characters interacting with one another by telling one pun after another. I felt as though the storyline itself was lacking in depth, and that the relationships between one another didn't leave a lot to the imagination. I would have loved to read ...
  • Igna
    1970-01-01
    2 and a half stars. An easy read because the author writes dialogue fluently. A totally Kiwi book with colloquialisms which might be hard for non-NZ readers to understand. Good for a quick read.
  • Themistokeles
    1970-01-01
    Ich weiß gar nicht mehr so richtig, was ich von diesem Buch wirklich erwartet hatte. Auf jeden Fall nicht das, was mir am Ende damit begegnet ist, denn ich war ehrlich extrem überrascht, was für ein tiefsinniges, schönes, aber auch einfach irre trauriges Buch ich vor mir hatte.Denn »Dinner mit Rose« ist etwas ganz Besonderes. Es ist einfach ein Buch, dass man emotional an sich heranlassen muss, denn es ist einfach zum einen so schön zu seh...
  • Deborah
    1970-01-01
    Charming, very funny, authentic bunch of characters :)
  • Imogen
    1970-01-01
    This is one of my all-time favourite books.I enjoy reading light fiction that is both well-written but not too light and stupid. Basically, I enjoy a nice setting (London, Paris, rural/country towns etc.), nice characters and a nice story with a little bit of drama thrown in.This book ticked all of those boxes.Set in a small town in New Zealand, (one of my favourite countries), this was pretty much guaranteed to be an Imogen book based on setting...