The Recovery of Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel


Rose Gold Watts believed she was sick for eighteen years.

She thought she needed the feeding tube, the surgeries, the wheelchair . . .

Turns out her mum, Patty, is a really good liar.

After five years in prison Patty Watts is finally free. All she wants is to put old grievances behind her, reconcile with her daughter – and care for her new infant grandson. When Rose Gold agrees to have Patty move in, it seems their relationship is truly on the mend.

But Rose Gold knows her mother. Patty won’t rest until she has her daughter back under her thumb. Which is inconvenient because Rose Gold wants to be free of Patty. Forever.

Only one Watts will get what she wants.

Will it be Patty or Rose Gold?

Mother, or daughter?

My Review

This is a story about revenge and retribution, one that is so dark and shockingly twisty it will make your head spin!

Rose Golds childhood was nothing but illness and hospitals, everyone believed Rose was a seriously poorly child. That is until Rose speaks up and tells the world what was really wrong with her.


Rose’s mother, Patty Watts is convicted and sentenced to five years in prison for child abuse in the form of Munchausen by Proxy for the poisoning her daughter Rose Gold for the majority of her life. And now those five years are up.

After a reconciliation between mother and daughter Rose decideds to let her mother move in and live with her and her own son once Patty is released from prison. But after years of torture by her own mother is Rose really able to forgive her mother? Can Patty be trusted around her grandson? Is Rose Gold as innocent as people think, does she have a hidden agenda?

Rose Gold is no longer her weak little darling…And she’s waited such a long time for her mother to come home.

Flipping flawlessly between past and present and told between alternating POVs, Patty and her daughter this is a fast paced read with a unique plot that throws up as many questions as it does answers and has you questioning the reliability of both narrators.

This is one seriously complicated mother-daughter relationship, both of which are completely unlikeable at times, complex, twisted and deeply flawed characters that will have you shifting sympathy from one to the other as details are revealed.

The use of the flashbacks was effective because it unravelled another layer of the plot to an already emotional roller coaster of a read. Nothing is ever black and white and things may not always be what they seem.

This would make a great book for a book club as there are so many layers to this story it will certainly give you a lot to talk about.

Dark, disturbing, compelling and utterly brilliant.

The Recovery of Rose Gold was published today on 05 March 2020 and is available for order now.

Order it now for Amazon UK or Waterstones or your local book shop!

A big thank you to the author Stephanie Wrobel, publishers Penguin UK – Michael Joseph and NetGalley for my advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest and independent review.


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