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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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That is why I had to put the book down, I read it years ago, but now I cannot stomach the knowledge that one Hungarian can do t
hat to another..out sheer revenge..
Well. The traditons, of family gathering and eating together... the csikos, the horse cowboys... that is all there . still. they are the best.. it all brings back my past. Hungarians are talented, smart, and hard to kill... but many suceed..
Not many left, I am one of them.
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.
Yes, we you see familiar characters, meet some new people, but the focus of this story is on Fiona's younger brother Seamus Finnegan and the impossible great love of his life, Willa Alden. The question running throughout the story,across continents and years is, are these two ever destined to be together.
The story takes the reader across contienents, from England to Tibet to Arabia to Africa. It covers the discord between the fight for better living conditions of England's poor, lead by Joe Bristow and the drums of war, lead by Winston Churchill. The reader gets the romance, grit and determination of Lawrence of Arabia, and England's desire for the freedom of these people during the Great War.
India and Sid return to England, following the untimely death of India's sister Maud Selwyn Jones. When India is trapped in England, trying to dispose of Maud's property, Sid rushes to join her as the War begins. Together they found a hospital for the war wounded.
People in this story are not always what they seem. Are the allegedly evil, truly evil? While some maybe, others are not always as they appear and will keep you guessing until the very end.
This was probably the best story in the series. Jennifer Donnelly saved the best and most thrilling for the last.