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Her Name Is Rose: A Novel Hardcover – Deckle Edge, April 14, 2015
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“A poignant tale of love and loss between an adoptive mother and daughter....Breen's characters immediately invite the reader to go on a heartwrenching journey that's enhanced by her skillful plotting and authentic, lyrical descriptions of the Emerald Isle. A moving first novel.” ―Publishers Weekly - starred review
“Breen's emotional tale is perfect for fans of complex novels....There are more than several surprises, which keep the engaging plot moving freely, and our admirable heroine, Rose, teaches us exactly what the scent of a woman is all about.” ―RT Book Reviews
“A warmhearted and poignant story. Fans of Maeve Binchy will appreciate this witty story of family, acceptance, and the power of belonging.” ―Booklist
“In this lyrical debut novel, Christine Breen weaves a tale about the ties that bind -- biological, legal, emotional -- and the many varieties of devotion. The story moves fluidly from the west coast of Ireland to London to Boston and back, stopping in gardens and museums and concert halls along the way, accumulating characters who live and breathe and teach each other how to love.” ―Christina Baker Kline
“Christine Breen creates an emotional story that tenderly explores the depth of a mother's love. You will root for her characters as they lift you up with their compassion and goodness.” ―Diane Chamberlain
“This is a novel that will appeal to Anne Tyler fans. Christine Breen has a lovely feel for language and great affection for her characters. There's something humane and kind about the way she writes, which is a great quality. It's hard to do 'nice' and Breen does it very well.” ―Jane Harris
About the Author
CHRISTINE BREEN was born in New York and educated in Boston and Dublin, where she received an MA in Irish Literature. She is an artist, homeopath, gardener, and mother of two children. She lives in Kiltumper, Ireland with her husband, the novelist Niall Williams, in the cottage where her grandfather was born. Her Name is Rose is her first novel.
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Iris goes to the Irish adoption board and steals an envelope after the Board refuses to grant her request for the name of Rose's birth mother. Rather than conduct any internet research whatsoever, Iris makes the hasty decision to fly across the Atlantic to Boston to find Rose's birth mother. This plot development is quite implausible, as it is uncertain why she would not have at least googled Rose's mother's name before flying to America and it is also unclear how a gardening blogger could possibly afford such a trip (although money doens't seem to be a problem fro Iris and her family). Predictably, Iris promptly hits a dead end in her quest.
In any event, the book ends up getting more interesting in the second half rather than predictable. The book alternates between Iris, Rose and a man who turns out to be Rose's biological father. The story becomes poignant and the end of the book was perfect - all characters behaved as they should and I got all teary-eyed.
All in all, the novel was enjoyable, if slow and implausible at times. I don't want to spoil major plot elements, but let's just say that this book is rife with "coincidences."
This book reminded me very much of works by authors like Cecilia Ahearn and Maeve Binchy- it's certainly part of the "cozy Irish women's fiction" genre. As such, it requires certain understanding going in. You have to be willing to go in with the knowledge that you'll always feel like everything will turn out fine, and that the plot is not always plausible or realistic. That said, Breen tells a good story that is easy to read and easy to become involved in. I'd call this a relaxing read.
Both woman are so odd that it is distracting. Comparing this to the works of Maeve Binchy was a bad idea. The story could have been Binchy-esque. There was that potential. But what makes Binchy the great Maeve Binchy is her insight. This story line was a great set up for insight. But it just never comes. So it ends up being needless complication and drama.
The story is quite simple. Adopted father Luke dies. Two years later, adopted daughter Rose, a gifted violinist, is attending the Royal Academy in London. In the meanwhile, adopted mother Iris is given a cancer diagnosis. Iris, making good on the promise she made to Luke, seeks Rose's biological mother, journeying from the west coast of Ireland across the Atlantic to Boston.
At the heart of the story, Ms. Breen examines the family ties that bind us and define us whereby she creates realistic characters, emotionally and intrinsically connected. Her character development, fine-tuned like a violin, dovetail the coincidental moments in the book, making these twists of fate believable and enjoyable. Ms. Breen's exquisite descriptions of flowers and scenery are the fragrance that gives her book a lasting impression.
Ms. Breen manages to present the main characters well with their distinct voices. However, here is where she falls short. As the novel plays out, a connection between mother and daughter would have been much more realistic and certainly more climactic. When a child leaves home for the first time, regardless of distance, communications--even just a hello/goodbye interaction is a natural state. By shutting Iris and Rose in two different worlds, their mother-daughter connection suffers and I, as the reader, do not have as much empathy for the two of them. Otherwise, "Her Name Is Rose: A Novel," has "ME time" written all over it.
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