The Wild Rose is a part of the sweeping, multigenerational saga that began with The Tea Rose and continued with The Winter Rose.
It is London, 1914. World War I looms on the horizon, women are fighting for the right to vote, and explorers are pushing the limits of endurance in the most forbidding corners of the earth. Into this volatile time, Jennifer Donnelly places her vivid and memorable characters: Willa Alden, a passionate mountain climber who lost her leg while summiting Kilimanjaro with Seamus Finnegan and will never forgive him for saving her life; Finnegan, a polar explorer who tries to forget Willa as he marries a beautiful young schoolteacher back home in England; Max von Brandt, a handsome German sophisticate who courts high society women, but has a secret agenda in wartime London. Many other beloved characters from The Winter Rose continue their adventures in The Wild Rose as well.
With myriad twists and turns, thrilling cliffhangers, and fabulous period detail and atmosphere, The Wild Rose provides a highly satisfying conclusion to an unforgettable trilogy.
©2011 Jennifer Donnelly (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC
I really was primed to enjoy this book. I loved loved loved Revolution by this author and hoped this was similar. But it is not at all. I was hoping for an intriguing story with lots of texture and character and minimal "bodice ripping" but I was for the most part disappointed. I never became involved in any of the characters, never felt invested in what happened to them. Add to that all the bedroom detail and it wasn't an enjoyable ride. The narrator was very good and I would definitely listen to another of her performances, I just wasn't taken in by the story or the characters. By about half way through the book I couldn't justify plowing through the bedroom scenes to find out what happened. I really didn't care any more. It takes a lot for me to stop reading something as I tend to be somewhat OCD about books. And I know a lot of people don't care or even enjoy hearing the details of other peoples' physical encounters but I'd just as soon leave things up to the imagination. If the story is well done and the characters intriguing, I can overcome that obsticle but that wasn't the case in this book. So far, I'm 2 for 3 on trying female authors writing historical fiction. Maybe I'm too picky, I think I'll go back and read some Dickens again...
I think people need to know that this book is the third book in a series of three. Each of the three books The Tea Rose, The Winter Rose, and the Wild Rose focus on different characters from the same family so each can stand alone but I think I was more invested in the characters because I had red the two books before this one. The Wild Rose was by far my least favourite of the three but Audible doesn't have the first two books in Audible form. After saying that I really enjoy Jennifer Donnelly's writing style. I found all three books to be unpredictable and character driven which is what I personally look for in a book.
This was the perfect way to end the entire series, though I'm sad it's done. The twists and turns in the plot kept me guessing through the whole book. A previous reviewer said they could not like Willa because she was so selfish. I don't get that. She was my favorite character. She ended up saving many people through her bravery and selflessness. Jenny, on the other hand was the one I ended up not liking. She was a weak woman in all that she did. Even her last act (don't want to give too much away) was done out of fear of losing someone dear to her.
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Book 2 was my favorite of the trilogy, so any part that was pertaining to Sid and India and their continued story was enjoyable.
The first time I read this trilogy I was on a weeks vacation and it took all week to read them. They are big sink your teeth into books. When I went back to work and people asked if I went anywhere I said, "Yeah, 1900s London". Best vacation I've had in a long time. Listening to it being read to me was extremely enjoyable.
PLEASE DON'T READ THIS BOOK UNLESS YOU'VE READ THE TEA ROSE AND THE WINTER ROSE.
One review commented that Willa was selfish and self-centered. Her character was introduced and developed in The Winter Rose. In The Wild Rose she is selfish and self-centered, but if you know her history she's better understood which makes the ending so much sweeter.
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It had a good storyline although I thought that
certain aspects were repetitious. All in all it definitely had some surprises. I will definitely be reading more books by Jennifer Donnelly. The narrator was great. I absolutely love Jill.
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The heroine in this story was not a character you can even like. She is a selfish, self-centered person who used anyone around her and was a whiner needing lots of pills to handle any pain. The other characters in the book were interesting and the story could have been much better if centered on one of them.
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