In Yorkshire England, a young woman is about to fulfill her childhood dream of becoming a nurse, when at the age of nineteen she is diagnosed with heart disease. This will change her life forever . . .
Two years later she will suffer an even greater loss, when she finds herself paralyzed while she is pregnant. Ultimately she will have to give the newborn up for adoption.
In a turn of events she will meet an American, marry, and together they will have a son. The family will move to the United States settling in the State of Maryland.
Hers is a gripping story; she will need strength and courage in order to survive such issues as heart disease, Multiple Sclerosis and finally a brain tumor. Her situation becomes even worse, when her mother is diagnosed with Alzheimer's.
Joan is an inquisitive person, while trying to discover the mystery of her own past she will open "Pandora's box," the result will become a revelation to all concerned! At the end of her journey she will be rewarded for her courage, a life now filled with happiness, after finding the greatest treasure of all . . .
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This book is about my family. Johan was my great- great grandfather. While most of this book is true some of it is not. Johan three wives their names were Katherina Wagner, Anna Veronica Hamm and Mary Wollensock. Johan had 14 children in all (he and Mary had no children). I come from his second family. My great grand father was Antonius Theodore Rospert, Johan’s 10th child (we just called him Ted). Theodore married Amelia Frish. They had 7 children and my grandfather is Thomas.
I love doing family genealogy so one day I got on the web and typed in “Rospert” and found "Yellow Roses". I told my grandparents and they sent the book to me for my birthday. After my dad and I had read the book my grandpa and great aunt Marge (another of Ted's children) took my mom, my dad, my cousin (who is 11 weeks older than myself) and I to see Johan’s home and where Anna Katherine, George, Johann, his three wives and many other family members are buried. I also got to see the church that Johann had helped to start.
On our little day trip the adults shared memories about Ted’s brothers and sisters and their plethora of cousins. My dad remembers his great aunt Rose (Clara Rose in the book) baby sitting him and his brother and sister some times. It was a wonderful trip and so much fun to think about how the people in the book could have stood where I was.
I recommend this book to any Rospert or anyone else. Thank you Mary for writing this wonderful book.