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The US Review of Books praises Jolynn Rose for her “wonderful imagination”

Jolynn Rose has been praised by the US Review of Books for her book Agatha and Frank’s Story: Stranded on Rosland Island.

The book follows the story of Agatha and Frank, a married couple in their 50s. One day they decided to travel the world by sea for two years. Frank has just retired from the military and Agatha from being a history teacher. They started their journey with St. John Island. Then a violent storm kicks up, and soon they are in their dinghy clinging for dear life. The couple begins a five-year adventure in the style of Robinson Crusoe on Rosland Island. The book is based on a diary Agatha kept during their adventures and which was published posthumously with the aid of a friend at the senior home.

The USRB’s book critic Priscilla Estes comments:

“In a sweet, direct style, Rose displays wonderful imagination and paints a loving portrayal of the couple’s marriage. Frank’s direct humor, as well as his resourcefulness, imbues realism to Agatha’s “diary.” Fantasy elements, such as when a merboy (male mermaid) washes up on the shore, add to the charm of the narrative. The couple’s discoveries appeal to the wondrous child that always resides deep within.”

The book critic finally remarks that the book is “a delightful imagination and a charming delivery make this illustrated book an entertaining read and one that tickles the imagination.” Read the full review here.

Jay Hogarth

Jay Hogarth is ARPress' resident content manager, responsible for all public-facing information posted on this blog and on the main site.

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