"I know I could be happy with someone else . . . But it was decided a long time ago. It was always going to be you."
From Morocco to Paris, Sera has traveled the world over but she never forgot Rosethorn, the beautiful, abandoned mansion where she and Andrew used to meet for trysts. Until the day Sera found her mother's diary. Sera's obsession with the shocking secrets it contained tore them apart and sent Sera fleeing to New York with a devastated heart.
10 years later, Sera revisits Rosethorn, only to run into Andrew, all grown up and handsomer than ever. Politeness gives way to a heated confrontation over their painful past. Yet unable to resist each other's lure, both surrender to the undying power of first love.
Fate has brought them together once again, but will an old tragedy destroy Sera and Andrew's second chance - forever?
Rosethorn looked like a different read with an unattainable romance in it that is why I decided to go for it. It certainly was a different read but I failed to be completely mesmerized by it. It basically is the story of Sera and her first love Andrew which revolves around the house which is named Rosethorn.
The book starts off with Sera being with her current love Chase who proposes to her to move in to Paris with him. Eager to leave New York and her past behind Sera accepts the invitation but she wants to go back to Rosethorn one last time before leaving without looking back. And so she goes back to the town where her grandmother still resides to say goodbye. This is where she gets flooded with a ton of memories from the past.
I didn't really like Sera. She was a bit too flighty and immature for me. The way she handled certain situations in her past and present made her unrelatable to me. The one thing I found really unique in Rosethorn is that Sera's family is from Phillippines. I enjoyed getting to know more about them and their food and culture seemed really unique and well portrayed.
Then we have Andrew. I really liked seeing how the 17 year old Andrew was smitten with Sera. He was curious yet hesitant with her. Their relationship was a wonderful journey though some of the tantrums they threw at each other put me off. There is a slight mystery going on in Rosethorn with Sera's birth. I didn't really get the whole point of Sera finding her mother's diary and making all those journal entries significant to her current life.
Rosethorn moves rapidly from past to the present and then from the past to the past before that with Sera's mother's journal. I found it hard to keep up with the current location in the book. The end surprised me a bit because I thought Sera's indecision would lead her away from everything she cared about. The writing in Rosethorn was really descriptive and I got a really good picture of the surroundings. All in all Rosethorn was an okay read for me.