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Most Helpful Favorable Review

7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Lives up to the first two!

All I can say is . WOW!! If Tea Rose and Winter Rose were turned up to 11 in terms of drama, emotion, plot twists and unforgettable characters, Wild Rose is turned up to - I don't know - 12? 20?? This absolutely lives up to its predecessors, and then some. It's tied wit...
All I can say is . WOW!! If Tea Rose and Winter Rose were turned up to 11 in terms of drama, emotion, plot twists and unforgettable characters, Wild Rose is turned up to - I don't know - 12? 20?? This absolutely lives up to its predecessors, and then some. It's tied with Winter Rose for my favorite of the three . but everyone has a different favorite for different reasons! I could gush for pages, as this is very fresh on my mind - but I don't want to spoil it. So I'll just cover some of the big, general questions I had while waiting (and waiting . and waiting) for this book. First, everyone is back! Joe and Fiona, Charlie and India, and of course Seamie and Willa (whom the story is centered on). It's like a family reunion! There's a very lovely scene on a happy occasion where Fiona is looking out at (almost all of) her extended family and I must say I had tears in my eyes taking it all in through her perspective. I felt like it was my family, I know them all so well. These characters don't just make an appearance, either - they all have real roles in the plot . which, as you can imagine, is a huge, sprawling story. (I think it's the most complex plot of the three - and that's saying something!) Real history - and real historical figures - are present in a big way. Biggest yet, I think. See if you don't fall in love with Tom Lawrence (THE Tom Lawrence . of Arabia)! The villain is creepy and great. It's hard to top Jack the Ripper for badness, but we get closer to the bad guy in The Wild Rose - and he's a really compelling character. Which makes him even more scary somehow ... There are big plot twists, of course -- as you'd expect (and I won't spoil). Some I saw coming a mile away, some took me completely by surprise. It's an emotional rollercoaster. The love story is very hard won (as usual) - but this one is grittier and maybe a little bittersweet (but no less powerful - their love is deep and intense). There's more emotional weight to their relationship and less of the protagonists just missing each other. They're not perfect; everyone is scarred and flawed. This all occurs amidst the horrors and heartbreak of World War I, and the suffering of that conflict is laid bare. The ending is as lyrical as the others, and knowing I was at the conclusion of such a long and engrossing three-volume story left me feeling like I was saying farewell to a dear old friend. This is the most sequelly of the three - you can read this one first, or even by itself, but I think it's best read after the others in the series. There are so many characters coming back into this one that you'll miss out if you don't know their history. Finally, maybe this is just wishful thinking and I know there are only supposed to be three books in this series. But, see, Joe and Fiona have this beautiful, feisty and ambitious daughter -- and she, it turns out, is a chip off the old block . I have read so many thirds/lasts in a series that were disappointing. I'm very happy to say this isn't one of them. I think Donnelly took the time to do this one right. I guess that's why it took so long! Enjoy this - if you enjoyed the other Rose books, I'm sure you will. And thank you Jennifer Donnelly for this unforgettable, epic tale.

posted by ErinAre on July 10, 2011

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Ugh!

I haven't finished reading this last book, and I'm not sure I will as it has become increasingly hard to read. I find Seamie and Willa's character hard to like (nevermind love) and even harder to forgive.

The first two books were definitely better. My recommendation...
I haven't finished reading this last book, and I'm not sure I will as it has become increasingly hard to read. I find Seamie and Willa's character hard to like (nevermind love) and even harder to forgive.

The first two books were definitely better. My recommendation at this point would be to forget about this book altogether, and just read "The Tea Rose" and "The Winter Rose".

posted by iiAMnina on June 3, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2012

    Some glitches on Nook...

    Great book but beware Nook users...some pages are missing in the electronic version. It's frequent enough to be very irritating. Buy the hard copy.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2011

    I wouldn't have missed the third in the Rose series

    I had planned to just read the first in the series, but enjoyed it so much I bought the second and loved it even more. As soon as The Wild Rose was available, I bought it. Great writing by Jennifer Donnelly. Her historical research was amazing. I actually "liked" the main characters in the first two books better than the main characters in The Wild Rose. However, the rest of the family are still around in this book which made this also an excellent "read". Jennifer Donnelly really brought all these characters to life. I hope she is writing additional books!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2011

    Sweeping Read

    Willa Alden and Seamus Finnegan, soul mates who cannot seem to find their way back to each other, are strong forces that propel the reader into a maelstrom that threatens to overwhelm at times. The Wild Rose is poignant, compelling and often heartbreaking. It takes the reader into the World War I era when social structures and ways of waging war changed forever. It is an amazing love story bit it also encompasses a world of social woes and inexplicable human emotions.

    The battle scars of living in hard times and in war time marks the lives of every character in this novel. Each character seems avidly committed to a cause that rules his or her life, a commitment that excludes happiness except in small increments, like brief glimpses of the sunshine on a dreary, cloudy day. Whether it is a quest, a duty, a strong sense of social justice, or a "calling", something demands the best and continual efforts of the characters at great personal expense.

    The Wild Rose is like a huge tapestry that records a significant time in history and in the lives of Willa, Seamus, their families, friends, and associates--some good and some not-so-good.

    Sophisticated espionage, political struggles, deplorable living condition in parts of London, and dedicated "do-gooders" (in the very best sense of the word) are background, an ever-present design, in the tapestry while Willa and her quest at wild, pristine Mount Everest stands out in bold. stark, detail showing all the beauty and danger.

    The part of the tapestry that shows life in London is crammed full of characters, a few add a touch of humor here and there, but most are serious and many have clandestine agendas that force them to lead doubt lives that create stress and sometimes irreparable hurt.

    After Mt. Kilimanjaro where Willa seemed to lose her dreams and her way after she left Seamus, she drives herself mercilessly using opiates to fight the pain of her amputated leg (and wounded soul) she photographs and writes about Mount Everest as battles the cold and makes her way in a unique culture of the people she lives among. Her heart still reaches out to Seamus but she denies herself not only him but also her family that worries about her. She is alone.

    Seamus, haunted by what happened at Kilimanjaro, longs for Willa down-deep in his soul. His is a bold design in The Wild Rose tapestry-a design that shows him beautifully male, desired by women, a rover, and polar explorer who slips into a marriage, then into the thick of navel operation in the Mediterranean that finally lands him in a prisoner of war camp in the African desert. After the war, Seamus' design in the tapestry changes to less bold as the bonds with his little son.

    As the Willa design and the Seamus design weave in close to each other then out again during both their near-death war experiences, the reader's breath is taken away by the barbarism and the covert operations that are carried out in such unfeeling ways.

    Finally the tenuous balance of winner and loser of the war finding a way back to some sort of normalcy for the good of humanity proves to be a fragile thread in the tapestry that could so easily break with just the wrong twist or pull.

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    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted September 21, 2014

    To marie

    Do you have .n.u.ds on your nook if so can i friend you and you d borrow a book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2013

    Can't measure up to the first 2.

    Though The Wild Rose could not quite pull off the relationship between Seamie and Willa (Readers will definitely sympathize and hurt for Jennie), it still was a novel I couldn't put down. Donnelly effectively wove mystery, intrigue, and suspense throughout the novel, ensuring that the reader will experience excitement. I was disappointed that the romance couldn't compete with that of Joe and Fiona's, and Sid and India's. Delightedly though, we get to see a lot of the Bristows and Malones. I especially loved meeting Katie, who is Joe and Fiona's spirited and passionate teenage daughter. She is a perfect blend of her parents, and it would be fun to see more pf her in the future. Overall, read this novel if you began the series, but prepare yourself to be a bit disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2012

    If you have read the other 2 this 3rd book is a must

    I have not finished The Wild Rose yet but I am enjoying it.

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