So. Many. Feels. You guys!! I was so impressed with “Darling Rose Gold” by Stephanie Wrobel. This book was a serious page turner from the beginning and worth the exhaustion from very little sleep the past two days 😅 It had a pleasantly surprising twist to it that I was not anticipating, giving me some serious “Gone Girl” vibes that I absolutely loved!
Throughout the first 18 years of her life, Rose Gold was convinced that she was terminally ill. Among many other things, she was dehydrated, allergic to everything, couldn’t keep any food down, suffered from various gastrointestinal issues, had trouble breathing, and used a wheelchair. Despite spending most of her life in and out of hospitals and doctors offices, nobody could figure out what was wrong with her. That is until we figure out that Rose Gold’s mom, Patty, is just an incredible liar who suffers from Münchausen Syndrome by Proxy and has been poisoning Rose Gold this entire time. Patty is ultimately arrested for child abuse and after Rose Gold testifies against her in court, she is sentenced to 5 years in prison. When Patty is finally released from prison, the community is stunned to discover that after everything she’s been through, Rose Gold has allowed her mom to move in with her. However, what her mom and the community don’t realize is that Rose Gold is no longer the same weak and naive child that she used to be. She knows better than to trust her moms alleged forgiveness and sees right through her act of wanting to amend their relationship and move on from the past. She has been planning for this day a long time…
“When Ursula was about to destroy Ariel, Prince Eric didn’t make a peace offering. He didn’t divvy up sides of the ocean, settle for living amicably with a sea witch. He drove a ship’s mast straight into her gut and killed her. I’m my own Prince Eric. I saved myself.”– Rose Gold, Darling Rose Gold
Stephanie Wrobel is a fantastic storyteller. She captivates your attention from the very beginning but still manages to take her time building up the story, alternating between past and present and the perspectives of both Rose Gold and Patty, before the story takes an abrupt change of course. The character development in this story was excellent as well. I loved being able to see how much Rose Gold’s character grew into herself through out the book as well as the opportunity to witness the relationship dynamics between Rose Gold and various characters. I was also very intrigued by the startling glimpse into the mind of someone like Patty, who thrived off of the attention she received from her community and medical professionals by intentionally destroying her daughters health.
I can’t recommend this book enough. If you enjoy psychological thrillers and are a fan of Gone Girl, I think it’s safe to say that you will enjoy this book too.
BEER RECOMMENDATION: Darling Rose Gold is best paired with Christmas Bomb by Prairie Artisan Ales. Christmas Bomb is an imperial stout that is brewed with cinnamon, using their original Bomb! stout as it’s base. This delicious beer has notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, ginger and ancho chili peppers, giving it the perfect amount of heat. If you’ve already read Darling Rose Gold, you will understand why Christmas Bomb is the perfect pairing 😉🍻