Veni, Vidi, Vero

Fiction - Drama
282 Pages
Reviewed on 03/23/2021
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Author Biography

Gretchen Rose is the award-winning author of the gripping memoir, Dancing with the Devil and the children’s book, Dune Dragons. A member of Romance Writers of America, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and the National Association of Memoir Writers, Gretchen has also written musical comedies, screenplays, short stories, and essays. She spent most of her adult life operating a high-end interior design firm on Florida’s Treasure Coast, her clients: millionaires, rogues, and celebrities. Thus, the inspiration for her Very Vero series! Gretchen now resides in San Antonio but she spends her summers in the charming town of Empire, which is nested in the heart of the Sleeping Bear Dunes. The beauty and grandeur of that area—with its majestic forests, towering sand dunes, and Caribbean-blue Great Lake, prompted her to write her middle-grade Dune Dragons series.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite

A vibrant cast of characters and different engaging sub-plots create a unique, absorbing story in Veni, Vidi, Vero by Gretchen Rose. Tara never imagined that she would have to start over after she married Jack. After she discovers that he is having an affair, she leaves him and decides to move to Vero Beach, Florida. Her story is linked to that of a dangerous criminal who is after a winning lottery ticket and a suspicious neighbor involved in a risky drug-related deal. In Vero Beach, Tara finds a loving community. As her house is being renovated, her network of friends continues to grow and new opportunities to explore her passion for music start to surface. Her life continues to thrive as new chances of finding love again arise.

Veni, Vidi, Vero by Gretchen Rose is a hopeful story with a main character whose experiences are compelling. From a painful situation, Tara’s life grows after she relocates. She becomes happier, with an expanding community of friends, and gets opportunities to follow her dreams. The novel includes other supporting characters’ stories including that of Tara’s son. These sub-plots enrich the novel, making every page entertaining and immersive. Tara’s growing attraction to one of the characters also adds an interesting twist to the main plot. Veni, Vidi, Vero by Gretchen Rose is a thrilling novel with distinct and fascinating plots that converge into an exciting storyline. It explores both fun and important themes including taking steps forward, hope, happiness, pursuing dreams, and love.

Velma Lang

Are you ready for a great summer beach read? Veni, Vidi, Vero by Gretchen Rose is ready to give you a year-long adventure on Florida’s sunny coast. After her divorce, Tara Cahill moves to Vero Beach to be near her father and friends. Being solo, she is open to adventures and new beginnings which include house renovations, becoming a surrogate mother to motherless kids, restarting a musical career, surviving a hurricane, and kindling a new romance. Along the way, she encounters a disparate group of characters, some menacing, some entertaining, all of them interesting. She befriends and is befriended by a housekeeper whose family needs financial and medical help, a teenager with growing pains, the organizers of an elegant fundraising ball, and ultimately, a desirable but elusive man. And what about that mysterious lottery ticket in her car?

This very enjoyable read by Gretchen Rose includes a wide range of characters, keeping me on my toes while trying to connect them to the plot. Although these connections seemed tenuous at times, she skillfully portrays a criminal, a drug addict, a pregnant teen, a working grandmother, and the hoi polloi of Vero Beach society. Their lives are well defined and relevant to the main character’s life. As Tara discovers her new home, the author’s colorful, vivid description of the Florida landscape and scenery provides a magical background to Tara finding new relationships and new adventures. Despite mishaps and disasters, Rose lovingly describes an attractive lifestyle of family and community in Veni, Vidi, Vero. Relax and enjoy!

Pikasho Deka

Veni, Vidi, Vero follows the lives of a group of people living in Vero Beach, Florida. Written by Gretchen Rose, the book starts off with the murder of Eric Brady by a US Army Special Forces vet over a lottery ticket worth 2 million dollars. Forty-year-old Tara Cahill, who recently separated from her adulterous husband, moves to Vero Beach in search of a better life with her teenage son Josh. She incorporates herself into the household of a handsome man named Nathan, where she teaches his son Harry the piano and acts as a parental figure to his rebellious teen daughter Jennifer. Tara also helps the housekeeper Willie deal with the cancer diagnosis of her daughter Cerita. Meanwhile, a burgeoning romance develops between Tara and Nathan.

Veni, Vidi, Vero is a heartwarming and humorous tale of people whose lives loosely intersect with each other, changing the trajectories of their respective paths. Author Gretchen Rose masterfully utilizes multiple POV characters to capture the hopes, dreams, and struggles of people that differ in age, gender, and socio-economic class but find common ground through their humanity. The pacing is suitable to its intricate plot, and the narrative follows different storylines that converge towards the final third of the book. The characters are vivid and distinct yet feel relatable due to their realistic depiction. The story revolves around Tara, but Gretchen Rose still manages to provide ample page time to the rest of her characters. I thoroughly enjoyed Veni, Vidi, Vero. I would highly recommend it.