• The Desert Flowers - Rose

  • The Desert Sage Inn Series, Book 1
  • By: Judith Keim
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Three talented women brought together by a man’s love...

When Rose Macklin is asked to help Alec Thurston, the one man she’s ever truly loved, by coming to Palm Desert, California, she doesn’t hesitate. He’s dying of cancer and needs her help overseeing the sale of his hotel, the Desert Sage Inn, to another hotel group. With her marketing skill and as the owner of a very successful blog, she’s his perfect choice to make the sale a smooth transition while ensuring the new owners will maintain the reputation and image of the upscale property after the sale.

She arrives to find Alec has summoned two other women to help with the project. Lily Weaver was once Alec’s assistant, and Willow Sanchez was like a daughter to him. They join forces to help him, lovingly accepting his nickname for them - the Desert Flowers, similar to the well-known Charlie’s Angels of TV fame.

When Rose is assigned to work alongside Hank Bowers, an independent consultant to the hotel company’s team, she shudders at his reputation as an outgoing guy who always uses sports analogies and is certain they won’t get along. But Alec counsels her to give Hank a chance and, later, as they work together as a team, Rose is left to wonder if falling for one another is part of Alec’s secret plan even if one of Hank’s grown daughters fights the idea.

A series for those who love stories about strong women facing challenges and finding love and happiness along the way. Be sure to listen to the other upcoming books in the Desert Sage Inn series: Lily, Willow, and Mistletoe and Holly.

Other series written by Judith Keim are receiving a lot of love: the Hartwell Women Series, The Beach House Hotel series, the Fat Fridays series, the Salty Key Inn series, the Chandler Hill Inn series, and the books in the Seashell Cottage Collection.

©2020 Judith Keim (P)2021 Judith Keim

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love this author

great series. enjoy reading this genre. can't wait to start another book! love audible as well

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Love this series

Really enjoyed Rose's story, along with Willow and Lily, these three women are helping a friend who is dying. Rose has more emotional ties with Alec but finds herself able to move on and find another love interest as well as coming up with plans for Alecs legacy. I really like that each woman has their own story interwoven within each other's (three-part series). I really like that Rose is a older woman who has a vulnerable and strong side

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Absolutely grand start, Characters are well loved

This is absolutely a wonderfully written creative writing novel that makes you wish for more to continue. Absolutely captivating. Characters are well established.

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Like the excerpt when I previewed it but could not even finish it the story line jumped around a bit to much for my liking

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Talented women working toward a common vision

This is the first of a three part series. It's about 3 women who were called back to a resort by a man who they all loved in one fashion or another. He is now dying and he has asked them to define the future of the inn and resort that he developed. Each woman has special skills that Alec wants them to use, stretch and develop, as he knows they can. The inn is being sold to a large hotel chain and the new company has different ideas for the resort than Alec and the women do.

This is a story of friendship and love. A story of women bonding together for a common purpose, and to preserve Alec's vision. It's very well written and an enjoyable story.

Although she's been unloved or under-loved her entire life, Rose is lovable and capable of loving. Who knows if the person she's assigned to work with can be the person she falls for?

I enjoyed the story. It's got no language issues and covers some mature topics, but there is no explicit sex. It can be read by most readers.

I received a copy of the audio version of this book from the author. The narrator was excellent and she was enjoyable to listen to. This is my honest review.