Lost Roses (The Barnes & Noble Book Club Edition)

Lost Roses (The Barnes & Noble Book Club Edition)

by Martha Hall Kelly

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ISBN-13: 9781984800862
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/09/2019
Edition description: B&N Exclusive Edition
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 37
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Martha Hall Kelly is the New York Times bestselling author of Lilac Girls. She lives in Connecticut, where she spends her days filling legal pads with stories and reading World War II books. Lost Roses is her second novel.

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Lost Roses 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Anonymous 6 days ago
Its like 400 pages but it wasnt outstanding. Kind of predictable and long winded but an enjoyable read ovetall.
Rhonda-Runner1 15 days ago
This book started off slow at first but then all of a sudden it grabbed me and I did not want to put it down. The story begins in 1912 when Sofya and her sister Luba are spending time with Eliza Ferriday, Sofya's longtime friend and cousin while their father is honeymooning with their new stepmother, Agnessa. The story then moves to 1914 when the Russian Revolution begins. Each chapter features either Eliza, Sofya, or Varinka, a peasant girl who becomes nanny to Sofya's son Max, while the story travels between the United States, Russia and Paris. Numerous characters and subplots make this a fascinating read with the story ending in 1920. If you loved the Lilac Girls as I did, you will certainly love this book. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC of this wonderful book.
Rachel_Denise01 15 days ago
Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly is honestly the best novel I have read so far this year. It is the prequel to Lilac Girls focussing on Caroline’s mother Eliza. The narrative switches between Eliza, Sofya a friend and relative of the last Tsar Nicholas II, and Varinka - a younger peasant female. Their lives are interwoven in the most delightfully fullfilling and harrowing ways. This book kept me engaged, brought tears to my eyes, and kept me on the edge of my seat. I will not give out any more, as the plot is too amazing to risk giving away. Ms. Kelly is an amazing author. Lilac Girls is a winner, and so is this piece of art. You have to read this, please! I give this 5/5.
Anonymous 10 hours ago
A real page-turner, "Winds of War" type of saga. Good story and characters and fascinating about the era. Could have done with it being a bit less graphic in places but apart from that I appreciated this book. Excellent writer for the heartwarming and heartbreaking aspects of people's relationships and life stories. Makes you think about what people went through in wars and how much previous generations struggled compared to this one.
FrancescaFB 14 hours ago
Just as amazing as LILAC GIRLS!! A must read for any historical fiction fan!!
Anonymous 1 days ago
a+good+book+
booklover6460 1 days ago
The prequel to Lilac Girls was an interesting read. It was a little slow start for me, but I finally was sucked into the story and could not put it down. I love Martha Hall Kelly’s historical fiction and am looking forward to her next book. I’m already anxiously waiting for the opportunity to devour the next Woolsey tale. What a captivating story of life during the Bolshevik revolution. You will travel from the US to Russia to Paris…entrenched in the horrors of the Great War and the lives affected by war, atrocities, and many dangers. There are moments of holding your breath as you wait to discover what will happen next. There are many threads woven throughout the pages…love, loss, loyalty, faith, hope, altruism, danger, selfishness. I am not as familiar with the First World War but the author does a great job of making you experience the emotions from the various corners of the world. The chapters of this book are presented from the viewpoint of three main characters. And the stories flow smoothly as you discover the richly drawn aspects of their lives and how they end up colliding in an astonishing way. You will be cheering on some of the characters while wishing others would meet with an unfortunate ending. Either way, you will be deeply invested in the story. Thank you to NetGalley, Martha Hall Kelly, and Random House for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous 3 days ago
Thank you NetGalley and Ballantine Books for an ARC of Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly. I so looked forward to reading this book because The Lilac Girls was a 5 star read for me. Absolutely loved it. If I am to be completely honest I just can’t get into a rhythm in Lost Roses. I am not connecting with the characters and am 35 percent through the book. I am definitely in the minority on this one so I hope if you are reading this you will give it a try. Maybe it is just my state of mind and I will come back to it at another time.
rendezvous_with_reading 6 days ago
Thank you Ballantine / Random House for this free copy to review! The chapters alternate in narration between Eliza, Sofya and Varinka offering three unique perspectives. Eliza sees the war from the safe distance of American shores, only able to grasp the horror of it from the White Russians she helps. Sofya's comfortable life is turned upside down by revolutionaries who want to do away with anyone of privilege connected to the Tsar. Varinka and her mother live under the control of a cruel revolutionary, who wants to use Varinka's position to get to the Streshnayva family. I flew through this novel because I found the narration and the history covered so interesting and relevant. Though its not necessary, I am glad I read Lilac Girls first and recently, as many characters cross over. Caroline Ferriday from LG, is a young, impressionable girl in this novel and its easy to see she gets her indomitable spirit from her mother Eliza. And in this novel, we meet Eliza's mother, Carry Woolsey, which sets the stage for the author's next prequel. I would judge this novel to not be as graphic in description as LG, but its clear the author has done her research and gives a fair view of the Bolsheviks' campaign of terror. I find this family of Ferriday women to be very inspiring and motivating and I'm so glad their heroic acts are being told.
iggyebab 7 days ago
**I received an ARC in exchange for an unbiased review.** I read The Lilac Girls a few years ago and was completely enthralled with these women who had lived through so much and survived. Knowing that the characters were based on real people made the story that much more moving. When I learned that the author was writing a prequel about Caroline Ferriday’s mother, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. This author’s research shows in every aspect of this story. I am not as familiar with WWI in Russia, but feel like I have a different understanding after finishing this book. The Ferriday women are compelling women and seeing how Caroline experienced WWI through her mother’s friends explains how she is so passionate about helping the Jewish women in WW II. The Women who escape Russia during the revolution are very well written. The stories are are heartbreaking and yet highlight a strong desire to survive. They all find themselves in horrific circumstances and yet they keep moving forward determined to live. Although I didn’t find this book as compelling as her prior book, it is well written and researched and has given me the bug to look into WWI further.
Anonymous 7 days ago
Without hesitation, this title is one of my most anticipated reads of 2019! I had been late to the Lilac Girls party, only reading it last year, so when I heard that this prequel of sorts was coming out, I had been thrilled to have been late so that I didn't have as long to wait as everyone else! Unfortunately, I think maybe I had set my hopes too high, because I have to admit... I struggled to finish this one. Set mainly during WWI, Caroline's mother, Eliza, is one of the central characters, along with her friend, Sofya, a relation to the tsar, and then Varinka, a young woman from the other end of the social spectrum who ends up working as a nanny for Sofya's young son, Max. The plot relies more on its characters than action - which wouldn't have been as much of a hardship were any of these young woman sympathetic or even likable. I couldn't connect with any of them. And the slow pacing, with each character more often than not one step away from the more interesting action made this a book that was frankly easy to put down. I felt totally disconnected from them, and thus incredible disappointed with this one. None of the characters ever feel developed enough for their motivations to even feel reasonable, let alone understandable. Not to mention more than a few things happen that are frankly implausible... Without that emotional connection, it's hard to really ever feel absorbed in this story. Though it is obvious that Kelly did her research here, too, and there are many horrific and doubtless true stories relayed, they are all kept at arm's length for the most part, and though I finished the book, I have to admit that there were several moments when.I seriously considered making this my second book of 2019 to completely bail on unfinished... My thanks to NetGalley who fulfilled my sincere desire to read this one - I only wish that I had enjoyed it more!
deniseadelek 9 days ago
Lost Roses, similarly to Lilac Girls before it, had me desperate to travel to every location described in the book. In the height of the Russian Revolution, the story unfolds in New York, Russia and Paris. Told through three narrators, the story unfolds beautifully, leaving your emotions and your heart on the line. A world on the cusp of war brings Eliza Ferriday together with a cousin of the Russian tsar, Sofya Streshnayva. The two are fast friends, but lose touch with each other when Sofya has to flee back to a crumbling Russia. Introduced into the mix is a local Russian girl, Varinka, who is brought into the Streshnayva household to care for Sofya’s young son. The three women’s lives unfold separately but delicately intertwined over the course of the revolution. What I liked the most about Lost Roses was the strong and fierce female characters throughout. In all three stories, the women persevered through their own wherewithal and courage. The Ferriday-Woolsey women, in particular, deserve a much bigger mention in American history! Like any good reader, I was attached to these characters from page one of Lilac Girls, and was happy to read in the Author’s Note that we’ll be going back to the Civil War in a third story.
Anonymous 10 days ago
I received a free ARC of this book from netgalley.com. This book started a little slow, but then the horror of WWI in Russia set in and I missed the calm beauty of the beginning of the book. I read a lot of WWII historical fiction, but I haven't read as much from WWI so this was a fast introduction to me. It was tough to side with the peasants or the royalty in this war because both had been degraded so much over the years. The book showcases the atrocities committed against the Russian royals, but it also hints at the decades of impoverishment on the common people in Russia. Another great read from this author! 2 likes
Fredreeca2001 10 days ago
Eliza is visiting Sophya’s family in Russia. Then the imperial dyansty starts to crumble. Eliza makes it home but Sophya and her family are trapped. They make it to their country estate. This does not offer the safety they expect. Sofya’s life during the revolution was almost too dreadful to take. I don’t want to give anything away…so you must read this to find out. Then there is Varinka. She has her own calamity. And you don’t realize how deep her trauma is until the end of the book. She is a tragedy walking. And Eliza. She is the savior in this story. She and Sofya are friends and Eliza is determined to find her. Give me a book about the Russian revolution and I am riveted. This one did not disappoint. However, I did feel it is a little too long. It also has a good many characters to keep up with. However, each character has their own story. I just couldn’t help my heart breaking over what these people went through. No author can take you to the depths of your feelings like Martha Hall Kelly.
LibMom 11 days ago
Martha Hall Kelly writes a riveting story which not only has a marvelous story line but is written in a way that draws in the reader. Each chapter of Lost Roses is told from the point of view of one of the three main characters--a wealthy American woman, her friend a Russian princess, and a Russian peasant. This rotating viewpoint allows Kelly to both further the story but also to provide information that helps to paint a fuller picture of what is happening. Many times information shared by one character would provide insight into something that happened to another character or would foreshadow a future event. As the characters had diverse backgrounds, Kelly was able to realistically portray both sides of the Russian revolution and how it was perceived by outsiders. This book is highly recommended to anyone who enjoys historical fiction and particularly anyone who enjoys reading about Russian history. I may just need to add a non-fiction book about the Russian revolution to my reading list to explore this topic further. Individuals familiar with Kelly's previous work Lilac Girls will enjoy this prequel. If like me, you hadn't read it yet you will wish to add it to your list as well. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the book Lost Roses via NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
JulieMT 12 days ago
“Lost Roses” is an ambitious book that will not disappoint! It is historical fiction at its finest-well researched and thoroughly engaging. “Lost Roses,” tells the story of three different women, Eliza a wealthy American, Sophya, a relative of the Tzar of Russia and Varinka, a Russian peasant. Through their interwoven lives the book tells the story of their challenges and survival during World War I and the Bolshevik Revolution. It is a gripping story and one that I read well into the night! I understand this book is the prequel to the author’s first book, “Lilac Girls”, which I haven’t read. As such I can say it is not necessary to have read “Lilac Girls” to enjoy “Lost Roses”. I can also say after having read this novel and enjoyed it so much I am looking forward to going back and reading Martha Hall Kelly's first novel! I was honored to have received a free advanced copy of this book from NetGalley and the Publisher, Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine in exchange for an honest review.
RosemaryJ 13 days ago
The authenticity and realism of the story are its biggest strengths even though I personally have difficulty with alternating chapters told from 3 different POVs because I struggle remembering where each story left off. Note: graphic violence Author’s note was very interesting and most appreciated. This prequel to Lilac Girls will be followed by another prequel, with an ancestor during Civil War. Thanks to #NetGalley and #RandomHouse for an advanced digital copy.
TJReads 14 days ago
I have The Lilac Girls on my shelf and when I found out this was the prequel, I choose to read this one first, I was certainly not disappointed. I’m thinking I will enjoy the Lilac Girls all the more now. This is a historical fiction based upon true events and it kept my interest from the beginning to the end. It was easy to become fond of Sonya and Eliza, but Varinka’s story was a little hard to take. This story covers a part of WWI that I hadn’t read about before, Russia’s imperial dynasty falling and family to the Romanovs. I found the descriptions of the fighting and the hardships very well researched. I did feel a few coincidences a little hard to believe, but otherwise the story was very well told. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that loves historical fiction and I look extremely forward to The Lilac Girls. Highly recommend!!! I was given an advanced copy from Random House Publishing through Net Galley for my honest review, this one gets 5*****’s.
BTPlante 15 days ago
Thanks to NetGalley and Random House/Ballentine Books for the opportunity to read an uncorrected proof of this book. Martha Hall Kelly has done it again with this prequel to Lilac Girls. This story goes back one generation and introduces us to the mother (Eliza)of Caroline Ferriday. The story follows Eliza, her friend Sofya Streshnayva and a host of strong women as they navigate the beginnings of WWI. The story unfolds in New York, Russia and Paris. This book is definitely well placed in the historical fiction genre, however it is so much more than that. This book is the story of women - their strength, their loyalty, their devotion, their fortitude and their friendship with one another. It is a story of mothers and daughters, of sisters and of friends, both old and new. The characters are deep and well defined. The stories within the pages are taken from actual events. The reader is transported to another time and place and becomes part of the story. One feels every heart break and and every victory as if they were actually there. Kelly has once again created a masterpiece of epic proportions.
trutexan 15 days ago
I was so pleased to read some historical fiction that had me learning more about WWI and the hardships of the Russian people. It seems the first World War is often overshadowed by the second World War, so it was interesting to read some history that I am not that enlightened about. The story begins just prior to the start of the war and the fall of Russia’s Imperial dynasty. Readers follow the lives of three women and their unique experiences throughout the war. Eliza Ferriday, a New Yorker who has become close friends with Sofya Streshnayva, becomes alarmed when she no receives any letters from her. Sofya, being a cousin to the Romanov family is in danger because of the political fallout. Through Eliza’s search to find Sofya, she begins to help other Russian women who have managed to escape to the United States. In the meantime, Sofya has hired a young peasant girl to help watch after her child. Varinka, who worked in the family household, had some dangerous connections and also stood to benefit from the fall of the Imperial dynasty. From New York, to St. Petersburg, to France, readers will follow the lives of these women as they struggle to survive the fallout of the war. This is a very interesting story and I just may have enjoyed it more than Martha Hall Kelly’s first novel. I was pleased to learn that she is at work on a third novel that will cover the Civil War era. I’ll look forward to the opportunity to read that one as well. Many thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group-Ballantine for allowing me to read an advance copy and give my honest review.
marongm8 15 days ago
Our community is very familiar with Martha Hall Kelly after the release of Lilac Girls and now here is a new historical fiction novel based on Caroline from Lilac Girls' mother Eliza. Eliza travels with Sofya who is a cousin of the infamous Romanov family. The adventures Eliza and Sofya get themselves into including meeting Varinka who later becomes their friend regardless of her dangerous past and the value she brings to seeing their future. Fans of Lilac Girls are sure to enjoy this novel and get the same satisfaction. This will definitely be considered for our historical fiction section at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.
Lynne Ernst 15 days ago
A more complete view of the Romanovs and the Russian revolution. Story is told in 3 views.....1 cousin to the Tsar, Villager, and American friend of the Tsar. The different voices really worked for me. I was pulled into this crazy time in history. The Reds, The Whites, USA........really makes one stop and think and learn. What amazing writing by Martha Hall Kelly
PanglossMystic 15 days ago
Excellent novel about three young women: a White Russian struggling to survive the Communist Revolution, a Russian peasant struggling to find her way in a new world order, and an American socialite in New York City. The differences in the circumstances of these three women is vast, and it's amazing that they lived at the same time and that their lives intersect. I really enjoyed this novel. It moves quickly and keeps your attention until the end. I actually liked this novel much, much better than its sequel, Lilac Girls. Although a zillion books have been written about the Holocaust and World War II (the subject of Lilac Girls), stories of the Russian Revolution are just now being told here in the West. Well written, great characters, great plot!
MatteaLC 15 days ago
I thought Lilac Girls was one of my favorite books of 2018. Now, it seems that Lost Roses has taken the lead in 2019. A prequel of Lilac Girls, the story focus on three courageous women, one being Eliza Ferriday, the mother of Caroline, in Lilac Girls. It takes place at the start of WWI and the Bolshevik revolution and overthrow of the Tsar. We follow Eliza in NY, Sofya, a relative of the royal family and Varinka, apeasant, in Russia, as they all deal with the troubling times in their own stories. This is a story of tragic loss, struggle, violence and deep love. It will draw you in from the first words, spoken by Eliza. Martha Hall Kelly had a gem with her debut novel and has continued so with her second. She is a superb storyteller, bringing the lives of real women to us, in her unique way. My thanks to the author, #NetGalley and #Ballentine Book for the ARC for my honest review.
Anonymous 15 days ago
I adored Lilac girls which gave me high hopes for this novel. All I can say is Martha Hall Kelly did not disappoint! There are tons of amazing WWII novels, but less about WWI. I was drawn into this story and the characters from page one. I loved that I got to learn more about that time in history, while also following a great story that kept me wanting more. I loved Eliza and Sofya's friendship but my heart broke reading their stories and what they and their families went through. I went back and forth on Varinka. Part of me broke for what she had to go through, but the other part despised her for what she had done. Highly recommend this to anyone that loved Lilac Girls, and really just anyone! I received an advanced copy in exchange of an honest review.