A review by branwhat
The Ghosts of Rose Hill by R.M. Romero

emotional hopeful mysterious reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


As though I had been gifted Wassermann's violin myself, I devoured this book in under 6 hours. 

It was a very unique read for me, as it is the first book I have dove into that's written entirely in prose which I hadn't realised so was initially put off by but within a few chapters I had acclimatised and was thoroughly enjoying it as a creative tool to elevate the story. By the end I couldn't begin to imagine how the story would have flowed so beautifully in a traditional novel format. 

This story is one where it needed the personal and emotional stakes the author has in the history and the narrative and R.M Romero weaves a saddening but beautiful tale out of it, putting a magnifying glass on Jewish and European histories alike and how they interwine within the characters.

Truly cannot give this book enough praise, if you're looking for a magical realism novel bubbling with Jewish history (and ghosts), folklore, a dash of romance, and smiling as the prose heightens the laments of a sixteen year old's girlhood, this is one I'd recommend 

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