Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel


“Nobody wants to hear the truth from a liar.”

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.


Thank you Simon & Schuster Canada for my advanced copy of Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel, in exchange for my honest review.  This title releases March 17, 2020.

I will cut right to the chase: this book was INCREDIBLE.  A debut masterpiece if you ask me.  Stephanie Wrobel, I’m not sure where you have been hiding your writing talent but now that we have found you, please don’t stop writing EVER.

Darling Rose Gold has been one of my most highly anticipated reads for 2020 so when it arrived in the mail – thanks Rita 🙂 – I squealed with pure joy!  After finishing it last night I now have a complete understanding for all the buzz it has been creating – this book was DYNAMITE.

This was a clever spin on Muchausen Syndrome by proxy and was well-crafted.  The writing was flawless, the premise and execution was brilliant; there wasn’t anything about this book that I didn’t like.

Told in alternating POVs between mother and daughter, Wrobel has created two female lead protagonists that blur the lines between good and evil and that will have you flip flopping between on your feelings for each until the last page.  Patty and Rose Gold will lure you into their web of darkness and lies, you won’t know which way to turn – or which one of them you can trust.

A true game of cat and mouse, this book will have you flipping pages and staying up late to finish because it’s THAT good.  I highly recommend you mark your calendar with this book’s release date, it’s definitely going to be a TOP READ this Spring in the psychological thriller genre.

My Rating: 5/5

Happy Reading,
The Reading Beauty

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