When Vivian asks one of her aunts (Agnes) why her mother had never mentioned them, she says: "Your mother never mentioned us because she was desperate to break free. Mentioning us would have made her escape futile… As it is, you are back with us, so she never managed to truly escape."
Upon her first encounter with her twin sister Rose, Vivian is told "You shouldn't have let her come back. Her father didn’t want her. And neither do we," which set the loathing, jealousy and anger between the two sister from the beginning of the novel. There are other previous examples, but I felt this was one of the strongest.
Later when Rose says "I've been okay for the past fifteen years without you, I don't need you now," we understand that Rose has been hating and holding a grudge against her sister for fifteen years. "Her eyes shone with unconcealed hatred. Her voice dripped with deadly venom."
I like how Ms. Nader includes comic relief in her novel. Vivian is sometimes sarcastic but the clash between her and her sister Rose often leads to humourous situations, or black comedy.
"I was horrified that she would describe Rose as "cheerful," and it must have showed, Mrs. Sherwood laughed."
Bit by bit, we learn about the history of Misty Hills and the curse that haunts each family. What I liked about the story of how the curse came to be, is that the original story of two sisters contrasts with the bad relationship between Vivian and Rose.
Vivian is doubtful of everything when she arrives in Misty Hills and remains so till the end of the novel; I like how that part in her character didn't change, making the reader that all that is going on is a dream. I also liked Vivian's character development as well as Rose's.
I didn't feel that the book title "The Enchanted Rose" was the appropriate one as we don't see that reflected in the novel. It might be a good name for the whole series but not the first instalment. It also misleads the reader into thinking it will be a bit of a Beauty and the Beast story.
The novel is filled with vivid but enjoyable description and imagery.
It also has the mysterious Hunter, who does not appear often but has a huge secret (and I expect a major role in the coming book(s)).