The final of the Rose trilogy. Out of all three The Winter Rose is my favourite and this would be the second best. I was most impressed by Donnelly's research in representing pre-WWI London. However, I felt the build up at the very end of the books was rushed and a last minute attempt to create some drama. I would still recommend it to others.
I absolutely loved the first two books in this series, but found this one to be a major letdown. I kept hoping I would grow to like Willa and Seamie, but found myself wanting to skip their chapters altogether. It was a decent end to the series, but I would have been happier if I stopped after the second book.
I started with The Wild Rose and am now looking forward to reading the other two books in the trilogy . This is a great example of historical fiction with the perfect blend of action, intrigue and soupçon of romance.
This is the third book in the Rose series, with the first being The Tea Rose (read before I started blogging), and the second The Winter Rose. Here the story focuses around Seamie, Fiona's younger brother, an adventurer, and the woman he loves, Willa Alden (the Wild Rose). Their story started in the Winter Rose, and continues here. It is an ill-fated love affair, with the two separated time again through either their own actions, or through other circumstances. With locations from London to Nepal to Egypt, the action takes place in interesting locales, and with the backdrop of the First World War the action and intrigue come naturally. There are spies, adventurers, suffragettes, and hard working men and women. From the charms of Arabia to the excitements of Paris, the novel takes us on a wide range of experiences during the second decade of the twentieth century.
As always the characters are varied and the main ones show complexity. Willa feels frustrated by her injury, and yet determined to make a name for herself in surveying Everest and, later, parts of Egypt. While the women based in England are driven by getting the women a voice through the vote, Willa is independent, oftel playing a man's role, and yet also self-destructive. Seamie is torn between his love for Willa even while she drives him away, his love of adventure, and his responsibilities. Even the "good" people sometimes do things they aren't proud of and this is no fairytale romance.
We see the damaged men that return from the war, and the various methods employed in an attempt to rehabilitate them. Enjoyable and entertaining.
Jennifer Donnelly never disappoints! I've stayed up till 3am several times with this trilogy, and can't wait for the day some producer decides it needs to be a miniseries or something.
Historically detailed, intriguing, edge-of-your seat suspense, and romantic - the Rose series has everything a quick read needs. Plus they're FAT, so the book depression that comes after (that feeling of "I'll never read something this good again") is delayed an extra 200 pages compared to a typical novel.
It was a good end to the Tea Rose trilogy that started with The Tea Rose. The overall plot of the story was really good and was quite fascinating and intriguing and was a really good read, but it seemed that the ending really didn't really have any sort of thought to it. It almost seems as though there were too many loose ends that were left and too many things that I was left wondering about as the book ended. Would have loved to see more of the relationship between Willa and Seamus develop more in the later half of the book or even some sort of epilogue as to what happened to the characters that I have grown to love over the past few months, unless she is planning something else with these characters. It was amazing to see the amount of research that she did in order to write these amazing books; the research really paid off with an amazing trilogy.
If you have read the previous two books in the series, I would recommend the read as it brings some closure to the Finnegan clan that readers have come to love. Hope to see something from her in the near future.
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