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Renee Rosen Books In Order

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Every Crooked Pot (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dollface (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
What the Lady Wants (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
White Collar Girl (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Windy City Blues (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Park Avenue Summer (2019) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Renee Rosen is American author of young adult and historical fiction books best known for her novels White Collar Girl, Windy City Blues, Dollface among others. Rosen was born and raised in Akron, Ohio and graduated from The American University. As platitude as it sounds, Renee Rosen worked as an advertising copywriter before switching to full-time book writing.

In this world, the majority of us discover the love of reading first before deciding to write a novel. But for Miss Rosen, it was the exact opposite. Since her childhood, she always wanted to write novels, and by the age of 17, she had already written her first book which the author admits was the worst debut novel of all time. Her hope of becoming the youngest published novelist was shattered when many publishing houses rejected her work. After years of learning the art of writing from prolific authors as Susan Minot, Michael Cunningham and Carol Anshaw she finally published her bestselling novel Every Crooked Pot.

What The Lady Wants

What The Lady Wants is told from the perspective of a young woman named Delia from a rich family. But despite coming from a wealthy family, she is not spared of living a hard life. Delia marries at a young age to Arthur, a man from a wealthy family but also finds herself falling madly in love with another married woman. She becomes a victim of awful society gossip, loses most of her friends and she is still able to pick up herself and move on despite all these.

Delia and Marshall survive the Great Chicago Fire which destroys property worth millions and takes countless lives. Marshall soon reopens his store which helps the locals to settle down after the destruction. But with each meeting Delia finds herself falling in love with Marshall, but he’s a married man. Soon the two find their fates intertwined, and Marshall endeavors to give Delia what she wants. But the big question is, will their forbidden love prosper?
Renee Rosen succeeds in crafting a captivating and fascinating historical novel that gives the readers a glimpse of Marshall Fields story and his affair with Delia Spencer. Mr. Fields was an American businessman and the man behind Marshall Field and Company. It’s through what the lady wants that we get to see how Marshall Fields helped in the creation of the modern-day department after the great Chicago Fire.

The author has excelled in crafting truly engaging characters. At the core of this book are three characters who peeled the boundaries of the societies to create lifelong friendships. Delia transforms from a young socialite into a strong and capable woman. She can deal with gossip behind her back and finds her way. On the other hand is Marshall Fields, a man with great ambition, a man who’s never scared of hard work. The there’s Arthur, Delia’s husband, a tortured soul who had everything in his disposal but still unhappy. The three characters evoke the reader’s emotion.

The author’s writing style is adept and vibrant. She provides a sufficient description without becoming overly overbearing. Every word in her novel serves a purpose; the prose is captivating causing the reader to dive in each chapter at full speed.

Renee Rosen possesses a knack of writing about the era, how people interacted and social properties. Reading the novel connects you to the essence of Chicago, it’s strength and determination. All the historical details knit well with the story. There are tidbits of romance characterized by tribulations. The characters and period make the romance aspect of the book rather calamitous and plausible. The author blends different themes of the story allowing the reader to pick out one or two most fitting.

White Collar Girl

In White Collar Girl, Ms. Rosen presents the readers with a captivating, well-researched story infused with scandals, glam, corruption, human emotions, real-life people and events, and historical significance. Journalism and historical fiction fans will devour.

We meet Jordan Walsh, a journalism major in her early twenties ready to prove herself to the world. Using her background as the daughter of a poet and journalist, she is prepared to take over the world as a journalist for the Chicago Tribune. It’s time for her to succeed in the family tradition. Her father was a second world war correspondent and before that a correspondent for the Spanish Civil War working with the likes of Ernest Hemingway. Her mother worked as a reporter for the CityNews Bureau, and her parents are regarded as an intellectual, literary couple.

Jordan wants to honor her death brother Eliot who served at the Sun-Times. Her motive of becoming a journalist is not only to succeed in the family tradition but also to uncover her brother’s mysterious death. Eliot was a rising star, he believed in her but killed in a hit and run or an accident as the authority claim. It’s up to her to live their dreams. A promise she made at his funeral to find the person responsible for his death and make sure the person is arrested and prosecuted.

But Jordan soon finds out that men who rule the Chicago Tribune have no space for a female reporter and she soon finds herself send to weddings and society news. She also finds herself dealing with sexist comments, office politics in a male-dominated workplace. But she won’t let anything stand in her way and uses every opportunity, her strong drive and intelligence. She soon rises above ranks and finds herself in the city desk covering breaking news stories.
In White Collar Girl, from both the primary and supporting cast, we get to see the two sides of the coin from the strong, driven and aggressive, to the M, a woman of the mid 20th century supporting herself while taking care of her family. Spanning ten years, a female reporter must struggle to find entry into a male-dominated career of the 1950s. One major theme covered in Renee Rosen’s novel White Collar Girl is the challenges women face in the workplace daily in the ’50s and the modern world as well.

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