Troubador The Rose Girl

Released: 28/05/2017

ISBN: 9781788037068

Format: Paperback

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The Rose Girl is Fay Howison’s debut children’s book. Set in the pre-industrial past, the book follows the story of two families living at opposite ends of an idyllic valley. At one end of the valley is the forbidding Duke of Ashbury, stricken with grief after the death of his wife. He keeps his daughter, Rosalba, a virtual prisoner in their magnificent home, lest harm should come to her too. At the other end of the valley live the cheerful and unconventional Paget family. When the three Paget brothers learn of Rosalba’s plight, they each hatch a secret plan to rescue her from her father’s clutches. The Paget brothers’ efforts to save the young woman lead them into various misadventures, including an encounter with the dark menacing figure of Lord Jasper Culpepper. Then the discovery of a terrible secret from the past means that the brothers must forget their rivalry for Rosalba’s heart, and work together to defeat the formidable problems they now face.Will the brothers be able to overcome their differences and save Rosalba? The Rose Girl is the first book in a trilogy that follows the Paget brothers and their friends on their adventures in an imaginary country, not unlike England. Fay’s debut book takes inspiration from traditional fairytales, but modernises the genre to make it more accessible and relatable to young girls. Fay’s book will be enjoyed by young readers generally, and will appeal specially to girls aged 10-14 who like the romantic-comedy genre.

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I really like this book, aspeshaly the character description. I think we should look into getting some copies at school. I realy like the detail from the front cover. It's an amazing book.
Daisy-age 10

I think Garth is the funniest character. Rosalba's mum dies when she is little and her father becomes over protective. When Rosalba gets older, the three boys try and meet her in a funny [way] and try to make her fall in love with them. But her father has a different plan and tries to marry her off to Lord Jasper. But the story has a happy ending.
I liked that the book had lots of description. I liked the part where the brothers were trying to get Rosalba to love them, because it was funny.
Emily, age 10

The Rose Girl is written by Fay Howison; it is called that because one of the main characters is a girl called Rosalba and she loved growing roses with her mother. Another of the main characters are three boys (Garth, Gabriel and Guy) and they live across the valley to Rosalba.
In a country a bit like England, this story is set in earlier times about a warm-hearted family who live next door to the grim mysterious neighbours. At a garden party the three boys see Rosalba and her father, Duke Frederick -they are their neibours. Separately, knowing nothing about her, Garth, Gabriel and Guy decide to try and rescue her. Will their attempts succeed?
I think this book is very creative and imaginative: if you just read the prologue, it is very suspenseful and makes you want to read on. The descripsion makes the characters come alive in your head. I would defantly recommend this book.
Katie, age 11


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The Rose Girl is written by Fay Howison; it is called that because one of the main characters is a girl called Rosalba and she loved growing roses with her mother. Another of the main characters are three boys (Garth, Gabriel and Guy) and they live across the valley to Rosalba.
In a country a bit like England, this story is set in earlier times about a warm-hearted family who live next door to the grim mysterious neighbours. At a garden party the three boys see Rosalba and her father, Duke Frederick – they are their neibours. Separately, knowing nothing about her, Garth, Gabriel and Guy decide to try and rescue her. Will their attempts succeed?
I think this book is very creative and imaginative: if you just read the prologue, it is very suspenseful and makes you want to read on. The descripsion makes the characters come alive in your head. I would defantly recommend this book
Katie-Age 11

by Katie


I realy like this book, aspeshaly the character description. I think we should look into getting some copies at school. I realy like the detail from the front cover. It’s an amazing book.
Daisy-age 10

by Daisy


Fay Howison

Fay Howison grew up in Warwickshire, went to art school in Birmingham, worked as a potter in Oxford and now lives at Exton, in Rutland. After her three children grew up and left home, Fay turned to painting and is now well known for her miniature landscapes. In 2012 she suffered a stroke which disabled her right hand. As a result she had to give up painting so turned to her lifelong interest in writing.

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