Instead of the new life she and her family expected to forge out west, seventeen-year-old Angela is thrust into the role of caring for her three younger siblings after the death of their parents. With the help of her older brother, and trust in God, Angela is determined to raise the children as her mother would have wanted.
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"Roses for Mama" is a historical romance set in western Canada during it's pioneer period. It's a part of a series, but each book stands alone and is about a totally new group of people.
This novel was a fun, short read. There was enough setting and historical detail to create a somewhat vague background for the events. The story was mainly about Angela struggling to deal with the pressures and doubts of raising her siblings while fearing her older brother will leave her to handle this alone...yet wanting him to have a chance at his dreams. Angela was a sweet, caring girl with complex feelings about her situation.
I liked how Angela remembered the lessons her mother taught her and tried to remind her younger siblings of those lessons. The mother was a very real force in the story even though she's dead when the story started. Angela and her family were Christians and trusted God to see them through this. The Christian element was woven in as a natural part of the story--the outworking of the godly influence of her parents.
There was no sex. There was no bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this enjoyable novel.