THE KEEPER / and / Roses in December by R. L. Mosz

thekeeperThe Keeper is a thought-provoking contemporary drama that explores the mysterious power of friendship and love. The atypical romance within this PG-rated novel weaves its way through a psychological story of human relationships and social satire.
The protagonist, Dr. Christopher Seacrest, is chief of staff in a renowned medical facility and is one of the world’s shining stars. Immersed in his self-sufficiency and false ideals of perfection, he lives immune to the fact that he has somehow disavowed life itself. A brief patient-doctor meeting in an exam room between the arrogant Chris and the unpretentious Caitlin Rosenberry soon changes all of that.
Initially the powerhouse surgeon finds little of interest to him in the young, post-stroke patient, but their meeting results in the physician’s perfect façade developing a hairline crack. Fate brings the unlikely pair together again and again, and sets a series of cataclysmic events into motion from which there is no turning back. When Dr. Seacrest finds himself in love with Caitlin and she vows never to see him again, he can no longer deny life’s invitation to his own healing.

Review: This is an engaging story about our misconceptions about social position, medicine, and love, and the choices we must make. There’s a colorful cast of characters, from the elite to the scruffy. Caitlin is an unusual young woman, quiet and humble, yet strong and determined when she encounters the world of modern medicine and the privileged class. Her simple life becomes complicated after she meets wealthy, successful surgeon Dr. Seacrest, who lives in the fast lane but must slow down to confront his past. I enjoyed this straightforward book about contemporary and age-old problems.Purchase

Roses in December, told in a simple narrative style, is a sentimental, PG-rated romance set in the early 1970s. After having suffered a tragic loss, Annie Aldridge attempts to begin her life again with her fretful uncle and precocious young niece. Her newfound love for poetic, whimsical boyfriend, Ethan Jackson, imbues her with hope. But Ethan is a man in search of himself and is unable to decide with whom he wants to be. Just across the street, police detective Al Tortino admires Annie from a careful distance. But for Annie, the handsome neighbor and family friend is little more than an increasing annoyance in her troubled life.
The harder Annie struggles to win over the elusive Ethan, the more hopelessly entangled her life becomes with the caring, classically handsome detective. Soon, despite the lamentations of her family, she loathes the very sight of her neighbor and refuses to speak to him at all.
Yet as Annie pines for Ethan, Al has the case of his career to solve: A maniac is attacking people on the streets of North Park. Al’s deepening love for Annie wears away at his pragmatic nature; but when the detective’s judgment finally slips, a terrible price may come for all to pay.

Review: I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The writer has an easygoing style that’s fun to read, a sense of humor, and a refreshing approach to the ever persistent question of personal growth and ethics. To me what makes a good writer is their vision and message. I found myself reading it rather quickly toward the end, caught up in the story, anxious to know how it ended for both Annie and Al! Good amount of suspense. I could relate to the main character Annie quite well, recalling my own foolish youth, and Al as well, reminded me of those missed opportunities in my own life. A genuinely worthwhile read. PURCHASE

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