Book review “Red Roses” by Katie Ward

Young Adult fiction

Red Roses

Autumn is stuck in a rut and desperate to escape the fears that bind her to the life she’s grown to hate. Back home and living with her parents after university with a degree that seems to count for nothing, she knows something has to change. After a chance meeting with a stranger at the beach, she makes the spontaneous decision to move to Dublin and chase her dreams. However, what Autumn doesn’t realise is that she has just made the decision that will lead to her death. But does a short life have to mean an unsuccessful life? Will she be able to make it count? 

Red Roses is a compelling and uplifting story that shows the true beauty of life, love and friendship.


Red Roses intended target market is YA (Young Adult) however I am far older than that and found it an enjoyable read about a young girl who wants to change her life. I felt it had some great life lessons including dream big and go after what you want but with a underlying warning of, if you feel that something, someone is wrong or toxic then trust your gut instinct, it is usually right. These are great life lessons and they are put across in a fabulous way for young adult readers and us older bods alike.

I loved the main character, Autumn. She is confident and strikes out on a new life journey with out any idea of how she is going to achieve this. She does reach her dream, a bit too easily but this does fit with the style of the book. Although she is strong she is also very cautious in all things related to her heart. She doesn’t give her heart easily but when she does is it the right thing to do? Will it all lead to disaster?

The friendships in Red Roses are beautifully created and Autumn relies heavily on her friends through her rollercoaster life, loves, laughs and grief.

An uplifting story with a great message contained throughout. The end is both sad and joyous and really makes you bond with Autumn and her lovely soul. A great light read that is uplifting, emotional and full of wonderful relationships.

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Author Bio

Katie Ward always knew she wanted to write for a living. However, she was told by her careers advisor that “it might be more appropriate for you to work in a shop”. When Katie didn’t get the grades she needed to get into college, she negotiated a three month trial. After successfully completing the course she secured a place at her first choice university to study Journalism.

After realising she wanted to be an author, Katie moved to Dublin where she worked her way up from receptionist to Executive Assistant at Merrill Lynch. Katie continued to write in her spare time, submitting her short story into the “Do the Write Thing” competition being run by Irish TV show ‘Seoige and O’Shea’. This story was originally written when Katie was 14 after she was inspired by an article in her favourite teen magazine. Katie was the only non-Irish author selected to have her story published in an anthology of the same name which reached 19 in the Irish Best sellers List. Katie was also shortlisted for a competition judged by MAN Booker Prize winning author Roddy Doyle which was run by Metro Eireann newspaper.

Katie currently lives in Devon with her cat (aka ‘Her Royal Fluffiness’) where she sings in a community choir and has recently taken up Archery. Katie’s favourite author has been Roald Dahl since she was a child as she loves the dark edge he brings to his books. On the flip side though, Katie loves Disney, magic, unicorns and a good rom com film at the cinema with her friends.

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