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Cooley & Rose

One morning in May 1948, prudish Rose Godwin wakes believing mistakenly that someone is trying to kill her.  She quickly realizes it is her husband up to his dirty tricks.


Cooley has not meant to scare her.  His wife of nineteen years had looked so beautiful lying in bed, gently snoring, her lovely lips parted, that he couldn't help himself.


Fed up with her husband, Rose once again leaves her home in South Norfolk, Virginia, and Cooley is glad.  Now, he can spend more hours with his girl, LaBelle, an aspiring singer.


This time, however, Rose surprises him and herself as she heads west by way of Route 66 to Hollywood, home to movie stars and the killer of the Black Dahlia, and farther.  That is when the real trouble begins as Cooley and Rose, both keepers of secrets, reluctantly confront their own shortcomings and foolish expectations of love.


A gem of comic literature, Cooley & Rose is an imaginative work that explores the vagaries of the human heart.  Beautifully crafted and peopled by unforgettable characters, it is a story that readers will long remember.



Cooley & Rose is a wonderful life-affirming first novel with heart and humor.  Unforgettable quirky characters that will make you laugh outloud.



Cooley & Rose is a breath of fresh air . . . Ms. Perrel's blend of humor with tragedy creates a story profound in its simplicity, while the issues the characters face remain complicated and real.  The novel's conclusion left me feeling hopeful for all of us as we try to understand ourselves and those we love. Perhaps most profound,  Cooley & Rose gave me a sense of compassion for our own human shortcomings and our personal failings sprung from the best intentions.  I cannot recommend this book highly enough!



Amazon Reader Rating:  4.75 stars     IBookstore Reader Rating  5.0 stars Rating  5.0 stars

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