Books and Benches is pleased to welcome author Pat Wahler to the blog and to showcase her beautiful book, The Rose of Washington Square. Scroll down for a look and enter the limited-time giveaway while you're here.
“From start to finish, this story honors the talent, devotion to family, and the success that was such a huge part of Rose O’Neill’s life.” —Readers’ Favorite
The Rose of Washington Square: A Novel of Rose O'Neill, Creator of the Kewpie Doll by Pat Wahler
Publication Date: January 20, 2023
Genre: Historical Fiction
She set out to make her way in a man's world, rising from obscurity into one of the most famous women of her era.
Self-taught artist Rose O'Neill leaves the Midwest for New York in 1893, determined to become an illustrator in a field dominated by males. Mindful of her duty to the impoverished family she left behind, Rose’s obligations require her to yield to the men who hold the reins of her career; as well as the men she grows to love.
Yet despite every obstacle facing her, she excels at her craft, eventually designing a new character, the Kewpie. Her creation explodes into a phenomenon, but Rose’s disenchantment with the status quo fosters new ambitions. She must decide whether to remain within the boundaries dictated for her, or risk everything she’s gained to pursue the creative and personal passions that ignite her soul.
With grit and tenacity, Rose O'Neill blazed an unforgettable path during the tumultuous times of the early 20th century.
“Rose O'Neill was a trailblazer of her time, and her life is a testament to the power of perseverance in the face of impossible odds.” —Kathleen Grissom, New York Times bestselling author of The Kitchen House
"A classic reinvention of the life of Rose O'Neill, the woman who created the iconic Kewpie doll." —Nina Romano, award-winning author of The Secret Language of Women
Meet Author Pat Wahler
Pat Wahler is a Missouri native and avid reader. She is winner of Western Fictioneers' Best First Novel of 2018, a Walter Williams Award winner, and the winner of Author Circle Awards 2019 Novel of Excellence in Historical Fiction for I am Mrs. Jesse James.
Pat has also authored a three-book contemporary romance series-the Becker Family Novels, and two holiday-themed books; all named Five-Star Readers’ Favorites. A frequent contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies, Pat is an avid reader with a special passion for historical fiction, women’s fiction, and stories with heart. She makes her home in Missouri with her husband and two rescue critters—one feisty Peek-a-poo pup and a tabby cat with plenty of attitude.
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Interview at Passages to the Past
Friday, February 24
Feature at The Caffeinated Bibliophile
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Tuesday, February 28
Review at Girl Who Reads
Review at Reading is My Remedy
Wednesday, March 1
Review at Novels Alive
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