'Rose: The Missing Years' covers the period in 'Finding Rose' after she disappears from John's life to take up with Sean, and to have her daughter, Mathilda (Tilly).
This novel can be read first, after which you may wish to read 'Finding Rose' to discover how Rose's life unfolds.
Alternatively, if you have already read 'Finding Rose', then these missing years will provide a wonderful insight into how all three main characters – Rose, John, and Sean – cope with the complexities of emotions and circumstances that beset them, leading up to further events that occur in 'Finding Rose'.
Set predominantly in Leicestershire and specifically the village of Blaby, you will find references to its rich heritage and history, much of which is either forgotten or has never been recorded elsewhere.
Nevertheless, like 'Finding Rose', it remains a work of romantic fiction with a thread of mysticism woven throughout, embedded within an imagined Romany culture.
Later in this novel, as the story takes us to the West Country and Plymouth, we are presented with a world where social, cultural and economic change is an everyday occurrence.
As such it is played out against a 1960's background of optimism and progress, where the main characters are presented with unexpected opportunities and situations that shape their futures.
Hope is the key guiding principle upon which Rose, John and Sean shape their individual dreams, sharing them with you.