A Woman's Voice

BOOK REVIEW ~ Roses Are Red ~ June 20, 2011 by Dolores Ayotte

AUTHOR: Rose Anne Daniels ~ A True Story

TITLE: Roses Are Red ~ Survival & Recovery By God’s Grace ~ 117 pages

PUBLISHER : Tate Publishing & Enterprises

It’s hard to describe how I felt when I received this book in the mail. It was definitely with eager anticipation. I met Rose Anne Daniels on-line through a Christian Authors Group. We are both Tate Authors and we agreed to swap and review each other’s books. I didn’t even realize that she was a Tate Author until I received her book. It’s irrelevant. What is relevant is why I was drawn to Rose and her book in the first place. Rose’s book is about dealing with mental illness and overcoming the odds in order to have a full and rewarding life despite this debilitating condition.  I very much wanted to know Rose’s story and now that I do, I can only feel utter respect and admiration for her.

Rose is a survivor. In Roses Are Red, she shares her “journey through mental illness, divorce, depression, and unemployment caused by bipolar disorder as she sinks to the lowest of lows and seeks to rebuild her life”. Rose is honest and open with her experiences as she starts off sharing her life as a young girl still living at home. She marries her one and only boyfriend whom she has been dating since she was fourteen years old. When she was a young girl, her mother suffered from mental illness and was treated with “shock therapy”. Now after the birth of her children, Rose, a registered nurse, becomes a patient in a hospital for the mentally ill herself. Her story is heart wrenching and true.

She shares her trials and tribulations as accurately as she can remember although she admits that some of her memories are foggy. Rose fought the odds and with the help of  some very kind people, she eventually got back on track and turned her life around. Rose is now in her fifties and is still working as a registered nurse in a rehabilitation unit for brain injuries.  She is the proud mother of two children and three grandchildren.

The last chapter of Rose’s book is titled WholenessIn it she states, “My definition of wholeness would have to come from the mission statement at my current workplace: to see life beyond disability. This is not the same as seeing life without disability. To see without the disability would imply denial of the illness.” I find this analysis to be forthright and refreshing. To me and obviously to Rose as well, to deny the illness would be to deny a basic part of our being. Wholeness is embracing the illness and the challenges it has to offer. Effectively dealing with those challenges results in the feeling of wholeness. This is exactly what Rose has managed to do. Yes indeed…Rose is a true survivor!

If you would like to learn more about Rose by reading Roses Are Red,  her book is available on Amazon. I provided the link below.



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  1. chosenwoman said,

    thanks for sharing this book and your friend with us I will check her book out on Amazon

    • Thanks Desiray…I’m sure Rose Ann will appreciate it! 🙂

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