The Wild Rose

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Hachette Books, Aug 2, 2011 - Fiction - 512 pages
17 Reviews
Includes a Reading Group Guide and Author Q&A

The Wild Rose is a part of the sweeping, multi-generational 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 ofendurance 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 who will never forgive him for saving her life;
-Seamus 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.

Praise for The Winter Rose:

“If Jennifer Donnelly doesn’t watch out, she’s going to get a reputation. With the publication of The Winter Rose, she proves that her first fast, fat and fun historical novel—The Tea Rose—wasn’t a fluke. She’s a master of pacing and plot, with enough high points scattered throughout to keep your pulse racing . . . I read the last third at near-choking speed . . . I imagine you will, too.” —Washington Post Book World

“I loved this book. It is truly seductive, hard to put down, filled with mystery, secret passions, unique locations, and a most engaging heroine . . . She captivates from the first page to the last.”
—Barbara Taylor Bradford, author of A Woman of Substance and Playing the Game

“Mix Gangs of New York, Romeo and Juliet, and Oliver Twist, and get a passionate tale propelled by sophisticated plotting, cleverly disguised motives, and intriguingly entangled characters.”
—Booklist

“A lush story of epic proportions . . . Donnelly peoples her book with larger-than-life characters whose tragedies and triumphs lift your heart and soul.”
Romantic Times Book Review

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User Review  - anissaannalise - LibraryThing

The melodrama of the Finnegan siblings comes to a close in this third installment of the trilogy. I have to admit that while I'm satisfied with the ending, this did not rank as highly for me as the ... Read full review

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User Review  - ShouldIReadIt - LibraryThing

In this last book of the Rose trilogy, Donnelly doesn't disappoint. Along with sharing more news on the characters we grew to love in books 1 and 2, she embellishes on the lives of Willa and Seamus ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Jennifer Donnelly is the author of The Tea Rose, The Winter Rose, the children's book A Northern Light, and a young adult novel, Revolution. She lives in Tivoli, New York, with her husband and daughter.

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