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The Wild Rose Paperback – Bargain Price, May 22, 2012
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"...enjoy the ride: 600-plus pages of romance, harrowing exploits, cinematic backdrops, cliffhangers, and plot twists."―Publishers Weekly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Jennifer Donnelly's first novel, The Tea Rose, was a Book Sense pick and a Romantic Times Book Club top pick. Donnelly is also the author of the critically acclaimed novel The Winter Rose, and of the award-winning young adult novels A Northern Light and Revolution. She lives with her family in upstate New York. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Things went downhill drastically for the Finnegan family when their father was murdered for trying to organize a dock workers union and their mother was killed by Jack the ripper. Three children survived, Fiona, Charlie, and Seamus. Fiona, in "The Tea Rose" battles star crossed love and immense poverty to become the head of a tea company in America. In "the Winter Rose" Charlie, who turned into a London crime boss after his mother's death, falls in love with a lady doctor but can't seem to shake his past. And Seamus is raised by Fiona and her gay husband/ best friend in America, running wild and exploring everything he can.
"The Wild Rose" is Seamus (Seamie as he is called) turn to narrate and picks up several years after the mountain climbing disaster at the end of "The Winter Rose" that cost Seamie's love Willa her leg, and Seamie her trust and his chance to be with her. To try to keep the pain away Seamie becomes a world class explorer. But many years apart, and with World War 1 looming on the horizon there's a chance these two heavily damaged lovers will never see each other again before it's too late.
There's no disputing the fact that this trilogy is essentially one really long, fantastically written soap opera. This is not a criticism, just an observation that more bad, amazing and historically important things happen to this family than any other. It's just how these books work- heartbreak after heartbreak, danger followed by more danger. But it all keeps for dissolving into a clichéd mush because of how good the characters are- how much personality they have. The level of description in this novel is also just astounding- every little smell, leaf and emotion is noted. And the epic romance's flowing through these books makes them impossible to put down- even if you aren't a fan of romance traditionally.
This wrap up to the series is an amazing book, every bit as good as the two that came before it. Jennifer Donnelly is an incredibly skilled writer who obviously has the imagination to not only picture every scene in the novel as though it were part of a movie, but also pass that on to her reading audience.
Five stars for "the Wild Rose", Five stars for the series as a whole. And I'll be whishing, hoping and praying until Donnelly's next adult novel comes out.
As with the other books, there is a love story. But this one is clouded with adultery, lies, and deception. No wonder Willa muses that love is both wonderful and terrible.....for her, it was. And since I found neither her nor Seamus to be particularly admirable characters, I could not relate to their sordid romance. But that's me. Others may find it exciting and passionate.
It was nice to meet new characters such as Jennie and Josie, nice to revisit old favorites like Fiona, Syd, and India. But, on the whole, this final part of the story did not measure up to the earlier ones, in my opinion.
Confusing parts of who died then suddenly appeared, who appeared--then suddenly died--and how on earth did they survive certain situations? (of course--leaving the good guys alive and the bad ones gone!)
But Donnelly's writing and knowledge of history still makes me a huge fan, and I look forward to her future books.
Just that this didn't capture me as much as the first two books, but will still remain on my bookshelf as ones to pass on and have returned to me!