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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 alternate Paperback edition.
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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.
clan: Joe, Fiona, Charlie, India, Seami, Willa and the whole extended family plus many more interesting personalities.
Not only will you suffer through a heart breaking love story, you will go on cliff-hanging adventures with Willa Alden, a passionate
mountain climber, Seamus Finnegan a Polar Explorer, and a hair- raising ride through the desert with Lawrence of Arabia. I was
especially intrigued with the scary, handsome and compelling character of Max von Brandt.
THE WILD ROSE -- as well as THE TEA ROSE and THE WINTER ROSE - has great emotional depth as well as thoroughly researched historical
details and is an exciting epic of a book -- I loved every page of it.
Because it is the third book there will be spoilers in the review, so if you haven't read the other two books be wary.
The first two books focused on the story of Fiona and Joe, star crossed lovers who are separated by misunderstandings and timing. The second book was the equally intriguing story of India Selwyn-Jones and her love affair with the notorious gangster Sid Malone.
Book three focuses on Seamus Finnegan and Willa Alden, and opens about eight years after the catastrophic accident that severely injured Willa. The difference in the books is that Fiona and India were strong female protagonists, always ready to stand up for their principles, their rights and their families. Willa Alden on the other hand spends most of this book feeling sorry for herself and dealing with life by drowning her sorrows with drugs and alcohol. Every time the book focused on her I cringed. Her poor me attitude, abrasiveness and melancholy was so tiresome I literally couldn't wait for her story to come to an end, unfortunately that took the entire book.
The best parts of the book were those that focused on the original main characters of Fiona and Joe and their children, now adults, and the parts where Sid and India were the focus. In addition even though this is historical fiction it doesn't mean that every famous historical personage from this time had to cross paths with the Bristow's and the Finnegan's. I mean really, Willa Alden, a severely handicapped woman is allowed to travel with T.E. Lawrence as he crosses the deserts of Arabia? Eye rolling did occur. In addition that handicap seemed to come and go quite often, there were things that happened where no mention is made of it at all, which just seemed preposterous. Also there was an over the top spy story that came to an unbelievable conclusion.
So three stars for the memory of a good series and I'm sad to see it end, but if I never read about Seamie and Willa again it will be just fine with me.