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.
I read "Winter Rose" prior to buying this book. Then I discovered there was another book, "Tea Rose" before "Winter Rose", but of course by then I knew some of what had happened in the first book. I don't like to go backwards.
I'm not much for "family saga" books, but since it was set during the early 20th century and in England, I read "Winter Rose", then this book. Both were really good. But this book kept me riveted. I am ashamed to say, I did not get as much work done as I should have because I found every excuse possible to stop and listen "for just 15 min..."!
I like steam, and this book does not have any, but the characterization and story line more than made up for that. There were many twists and turns, and it was nice to catch up on the characters from "Winter Rose".
I highly recommend this book, even if, like me, you don't care much for family sagas! I'm getting ready to see what else this author has written.
This is a great listen, as are the two previous books in the series, with all it's machinations.
The characters are well developed so that you can not help but root for them at every turn and misfortune. The ending of this one is somewhat unrealistic, but certainly does nothing to distract the listener from enjoying all 3 books.
Jill Tanner's narration is simply wonderful. She brings the characters & the story to life.
I could listen to her forever!!!! I will now search for more books in which she is does the narration.
Don't hesitate to buy the series if you like entertaining and imaginative, historical novels, but you must read it in the order it was written.
This book was ok. A little far fetched as far as the plot goes. I wasn't as connected to the characters in this book like I was in the previous books. All in all it was a good book & if you read the 1st & 2nd then you might as well read this one too. It starts out slow but gets better towards the middle & end.
... by far. Extremely tedious for those of us who read the first two books and are required to repeatedly revisit those characters' histories through awkward snippets of information. What's really dissapointing is to see how self righteous and indignant the main characters from The Tea Rose became. And I never want to hear the word "Ant-TART-TickAH" again. Ever. Willa is not a sympathetic character. Or maybe I have no sumpathy for fictional drug addicts who selfishly wallow in their self pity to the detriment of all who love her.
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.
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