The Wild Rose

The Wild Rose

by Jennifer Donnelly

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ISBN-13: 9781401307479
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 05/22/2012
Pages: 640
Sales rank: 110,998
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.68(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

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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Wild Rose 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 105 reviews.
ErinAre More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
andreaOK More than 1 year ago
Love this author! Why isn't a Nook version available for pre-order on this book??
AngieJG More than 1 year ago
Wow, I am exhausted. The Wild Rose took me on a wild ride. I read the two other books that are part of the trilogy. I liked them. I like all of the characters and history in each book. This book, however, got a little too "Indiana Jones" for me. Donnelly did not need so many different threads throughout the story. My goodness, the reader is all over the place. So many MAJOR things happen to a handful of people over a short period of time. I would have preferred if some of the threads were taken out, and others more focused. The book is entirely readable, the way a soap opera is to watch. You want to know what is going to happen, you can't put the darn thing down. But I prefer when the historical novels stick a little closer to the history, and make more realistic scenes. The woman with one leg tramping through the desert with Lawrence of Arabia! Willa seemed to get special treatment all the way around. There were also so many near death experiences that it made the story that much harder to believe. Some historical novels, you can lose yourself in. You really feel these things are happening, and that you are there. But so many scenes from this book are so unreal, you find yourself giggling throughout the book. All of this said, I did enjoy the trilogy. #3 was just a bit much for me. There is no need to overwhelm readers with such massive plot. Some of the simplest stories, make the best stories. 3.5 stars
TinaMarina More than 1 year ago
Not quite as good as the first two, but still an excellant read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely wonderful end to this trilogy. I stumbled on the Tea Rose in November and immediately read Wild Rose and Winter Rose. There are enough twists and turns throughout to keep you staying up late into the night. At times I was upset with the direction but just when I thought it was going one way she turned the corner and it righted itself... Cannot wait for another book by this author. There should be more books like this out there...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this series! Make sure youstart with book one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written, with well-drawn characters and plot lines. It is definitely not necessary to read the first two novels in the trilogy, but it will make the experience even more enthralling if you do. Donnelly is a gifted writer. Don't miss this wonderful read.
readzalot2 More than 1 year ago
After reading The Tea Rose and The Winter Rose I had waited patiently for The Wild Rose...it was worth the wait! Jennifer Donnelly has a unique talent for creating characters you either root for or despise...all the while you just can't wait to see what happens next. Reading this book was a true delight and I was so sad when the book ended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down, it was so good just like Tea Rose, and Winter Rose. I think Ms. Donnelly is brilliant author. I hope to read more books by her. She is another one of my favourite writer.
Becky Templin More than 1 year ago
I loved these 3 books.Ifelt like i was there in London. Vvery well written.
LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
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. Read the Full Review at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews
Jenners26 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
NOTE: This review is a review of all three books in the Rose Trilogy.Don¿t take this the wrong way, but the books in the Rose Trilogy reminded me of the Danielle Steel books I used to devour when I was 14-years old ¿ and I mean that in the very best way!!I used to love Danielle Steel¿s books (though I¿ve ¿outgrown¿ them after being exposed to a ¿better¿ class of books) because they featured heroines who experienced all these ups and downs but who eventually triumphed over difficulties to have amazing lives. Plus they also had complicated and often tragic love lives. The Rose Trilogy has all these same elements ¿ except with better writing and historical detail!!The Rose Trilogy focuses on the Finnegan family¿a close-knit family from the hardscrabble section of London known as Whitechapel. Family members include: family patriarch Paddy, whose leadership in the nascent union movement leads to tragedy; his wife Kate, who struggles to keep the family together despite multiple difficulties; Fiona, the oldest daughter, who is in love with the boy down the street; Charlie, the oldest son, who contributes what he can to family finances, even when that means walking on the edge of what is legal; and Seamus, the youngest son, who is just 5 years old in the first book but is featured front and center in the final book of the series.We first meet the Finnegans in The Tea Rose. It is the 1880s in East London, and a murderer named Jack the Ripper is terrorizing the area. (Donnelly even goes so far as to unmask Jack¿s ¿true¿ identity in the book.) The Tea Rose of the title refers to Fiona Finnegan, the feisty daughter who is in love with a coster (veggie salesman) named Joe Bristow. They are saving every bit of their meager wages to open up a shop of their own. However, tragedy hits the family and Joe betrays Fiona in the worst way possible¿leaving Fiona and Seamus in desperate straits. Fleeing to America, Fiona struggles to survive in New York City, where she vows revenge on the man who ruined her family.The opening book sets the tone for the entire trilogy: star-crossed lovers; continual setbacks and obstacles; rich historical detail (Donnelly isn¿t afraid to incorporate real-life historical figures such as George Mallory, Jack the Ripper and Lawrence of Arabia into her books), and a plot that keeps you wondering what will befall her beleaguered characters next. (Some pretty hot and heavy sex scenes are sprinkled throughout too!) Although there is a fair amount of coincidence that strains the limits of believability, just forget all that and enjoy the ride.The second book, The Winter Rose, has a new ¿rose¿ as its center¿Dr. India Selwyn-Jones, an idealistic young doctor who dreams of opening a clinic for women and children in poverty-stricken Whitechapel. Just like Fiona in the first book, India must deal with an evil man set on ruining her life while struggling with her attraction to a criminal named Sid Malone. The book moves from London to Africa and also introduces readers to Seamus as a young man. Fiona makes periodic appearances but isn¿t the primary focus of the book. Although it sounds like the book doesn¿t focus as much on the Finnegan family, I¿ll leave you to discover why that isn¿t true!The third and final book, The Wild Rose, features Willa Alden, the great love of Seamus Finnegan¿s life, as its rose. ¿Wild¿ is the right word to describe Willa, who readers first meet in The Winter Rose. She is a fearless mountaineer who defies expectations of what women can and should do, despite a significant handicap after an accident on Mt. Kilimanjaro (which takes place in the second book). Like the other two books, this book starts in London before moving the action to Arabia during World War I.Each book is a chunkster (all of them are 500+ pages) and requires a fairly decent time commitment, but they are the type of chunksters that move along at a steady clip. My biggest criticism is the amount of coincidence that propels the plots, but
WKinsey on LibraryThing 5 months ago
While I didn't read the first two book in the series I was able to pick up the plot line. The Wild Rose is full of romance and historical detail. There were some interesting subplots too. The author used short chapters and a lot of characters to move the 600 page book along. I will now have to go back and read The Tea Rose and The Winter Rose.
wagner.sarah35 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
*I received this book through LibraryThing Early Reviewers.*I loved Donnelly's previous two novels in the "Rose" trilogy and was not disappointed by its conclusion in The Wild Rose. Seamus and Willa, along with their family and friends, are engaging characters whose dramatic journeys - both physical and emotional - shape the core of this novel. I enjoyed the variety in locations, moving from the mountains of Tibet, to the sands of Arabia, to London mansions. Seamus and Willa live in a rich, well-developed historical world and Donnelly does an excellent job of bring the era of the First World War to life in vivid detail. Highly recommended.
avernon1 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
It's 1914. England is about to declare war on Germany. The world is going to change forever, yet no one can dream of the devastation about to engulf the human race. Women are fighting for the right to vote. Explorers have landed on the South Pole and many are fighting to reach the peaks of the Himalayas. Set within this tumultuous time are Seamus Finnegan and Willa Alden, two people so meant to be together, yet so devastatingly torn apart.Having successfully reached the South Pole, Seamus has become a famed explorer. He has all he needs....a family that loves him, peers seeking his company on future explorations, a passion that he has fulfilled. But yet....the fire in his eyes is missing.....his soul is void without its other half. He can never feel complete without Willa. But Willa made it clear...she walked away from him. She left him. She blamed him for the loss of her leg. She blamed him for the loss of her dreams.Willa is living in Tibet, forever bound to the marvelous mountains that stole her leg. She lives with constant pain and overwhelming regret, both of which she tries to drown with pills, drugs and reckless risk-taking. She shouldn't have left Seamus. He is the other half of herself. She realizes this too late. She wants to go to him, to travel back to London and tell him she loves him, but too many years have passed and he would never forgive her. So, she continues on her isolated journey. Until.....word comes to Willa that her father is dying. She must get to him. She must travel back to London. It is at her father's funeral that Willa sees Seamus, and the pull between them is undeniable. And so is the fact that Seamus is now married to another woman, someone he thought would make him happy, someone he thought would make him forget Willa.Opening this book was like visiting with old friends....no matter how long you've been apart, you settle right back into each other...familiar and true. It was exactly a year ago that I began this journey with these amazing characters. I met Fiona and Joe in the "Tea Rose" and instantly I was hooked. Right away I reached for the second book and not only found myself reunited with familiar characters, but I was rooting for Fiona's long lost brother and notorious crime boss, Sid, in "The Winter Rose". The adventure continues in this third and final installment, "The Wild Rose", where the story centers upon Seamus and Willa. But this book is not just a love story. It is so much more. Through these unforgettable characters, the author realistically and historically explores a time period filled with spies, villains, political struggles, and war heroes, including the legendary Lawrence of Arabia. The plot is complex, with twists and turns that had me at the edge of my seat, my finger hovering to turn the page and continue the exciting pace of the book. How Jennifer Donnelly manages to connect all threads of this vast story is unbelievable and yet, very believable. She is a true talent. She gives her readers an emotional ride. She strips her characters bare, all flaws there for the viewing, and yet the reader urges them on, willing them to get up and move on...to fight....to live.....to love. So often I wanted to reach out and slap Willa, knock some sense into her, make her stop her self-destruction. There is no fluffy happily ever after. The love story is hard-fought, with fate pushing the lovers together, only to be lost to one another again.Jennifer Donnelly has written an epic tale filled with strife, love, war and destruction, both physical and emotional. Yet she manages to end her story with a sense of hope...a light at the end of the tunnel, not only for Seamus and Willa, but for the world itself: "They had torn themselves apart, she and Seamie. Years ago. Here in Africa. And then in 1914, the world had torn itself apart. Now they, and the world, would put themselves back together. Slowly, with pain, regret, and with hope, they would find the way forward. She didn't know how,
hollysing on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Review originally published on blogcritics.org Called by The Washington Post Book World as ¿a master of pacing and plot,¿ Donnelly paints with a vivid palette of espionage, blackmail, steamy romance, exotic places, women¿s suffrage and politics. She is a born storyteller. The Wild Rose, her final installment of a trilogy is jam-packed with historical fiction, romance and adventure.Drink mint tea in a Bedouin tent after desert wanderings sustained only by water, dates and courage. Ride an omnibus as it belches and careens over London¿s cobblestone streets. Watch a photo shoot of an avant-garde composer in Paris as the sun sets. Vivid description flows through this narrative as it travels from 1914 London to the mountains of Nepal and the Arabian Desert.We are reunited with old friends Fiona and Joe Bristow, Sid Malone and his wife, Dr. India Selwyn Jones. Highlighted are Seamie Finnegan, famous polar explorer and Willa Alden, the ¿wild rose¿ and apparent heroine. Willa photographs and maps the Himalayas with a prosthetic leg. Seamie can¿t decide what woman he loves and winds up a captain in the British navy. Handsome Max von Brandt, a German mountaineer who toys with women for his own advantage, is a colorful, man-you-love-to-hate character. Maud Selwyn Jones, a scandalous lady novelist, is married to one man and mistress to another.Extensive period detail entrenches us in the historical setting. After seventy pages of the main characters¿ back stories from The Tea Rose (2002) and The Winter Rose, (2008), the book takes off at a fast clip. Women seek equal rights in England. Climbers scale mountains in Nepal. Anxious people wait for news of their loved ones at war. Love, lust, jealousy, deception and action-packed adventure intertwine. World War I looms before us. The Dali Lama, Ernest Shackleton, Lawrence of Arabia and Winston Churchill make appearances.Reading the other books in the trilogy will enhance your enjoyment of The Wild Rose, but in case you haven¿t, Donnelly fills us in on sufficient background. That attempt proves a bit mind-boggling due to the myriad of characters and sub-plots it produces. Sadly, minor roles are given to some of the characters I came to love in the first two books.The novel does yield a refreshing dose of adventure not found in the first part of the trilogy. Their appeal lies in Donnelly¿s strong, never-give-up female characters, Fiona and India. That element is curiously lacking in The Wild Rose. Here, the author chooses a different tack.A third book in any trilogy is tricky. Donnelly turns the tables on us by giving her main characters a surprising twist. In The Wild Rose, main characters Willa and Seamie are unlikable, self-absorbed people. Driven Willa uses any quest (mountain, man or fame) as a coping mechanism for her inability to accept her lost limb. When Seamie marries Jenny we are hopeful, but he soon becomes devoid of backbone or honor until the end of the book. Not villains, Willa and Seamie are simply flawed humans clawing their way out of their misery. Some readers may balk at this abrupt change in writing technique. This reviewer found it refreshing. Irritating characters can be more interesting than protagonists. Changing things up a bit is a bold author¿s prerogative.Some of the book¿s themes converge on our current world state, elevating the book¿s relevance. Political intricacies, horrors of war, drug abuse, and economic crisis mirror many issues facing us today.Despite the fact that I longed for more character development and fewer characters, I couldn¿t put the book down. The plot twists seemed outrageous at times, but the novel is engrossing and seductive. Donnelly has a vivid imagination and it gushes through her writing.Hyperion graciously supplied the review copy. Opinions expressed are unbiased and wholly that of the reviewer.Reviewed by Holly Weiss, author of Crestmont
nbmars on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Note: No spoilers are contained in this reviewThis is the third book in The Tea Rose Series, which is a historical fiction saga of the Finnegan family beginning in the late 1800s with The Tea Rose, continuing with The Winter Rose, and ending, with this book, just after World War I. To punctuate the story's grandeur, many of the chapters end with highly suspenseful cliffhangers. It is written as a stand alone, so the background from the first two books is filled in throughout the story. Nevertheless, one wouldn¿t want to skip the first two, because, although this book is very good and I couldn¿t put it down, the first two are superb, with The Winter Rose being my favorite. Perhaps the main drawback with this one is that two of the main characters, Willa and Max, are not very likable. Max, in fact, is downright abhorrent (though he is meant to be), but I think Willa (¿the wild rose¿) is intended to be every bit the heroine that Fiona and India were in the previous books. Instead, she comes off as too immature and self-absorbed, while Katie, the daughter of Joe and Fiona (whose story is the focus of the first book), steals the show in the background. Sid, the hero of book two, brightens up the book by megawatts in his too infrequent appearances in book three; there is no one in this book to match his character and charisma. Seamie, the brother of Fiona and Sid, could have been that character, but Donnelly unfortunately gave him a back seat to Willa and Max. The historical landscape is given contours by Donnelly's meticulous research and evocative prose as she takes us on a journey from London to Tibet and Africa and the Middle East. She puts us in the desert with Lawrence of Arabia in a cinematic way that comes as close to David Lean¿s 1962 epic as I have seen done in print. The burning heat, gritty sand, unrelenting thirst, and myriad dangers are all there in vivid color, and yet it is rendered only in black and white. In the mountains of Tibet, we shudder at the astounding cold and frostbite; in Africa, we feel the awe of magnificent vistas of sun and sky and herds of wild animals; in the excitement at the Royal Geographical Society in London, we catch the fever of explorers, including Ernest Shackleton and George Mallory, as they prepare to conquer the last remaining frontiers on the earth. And we come to understand the horror of shell shock that destroyed so many lives in World War I. Running through it all are the ties of family and romance, love and betrayal, and a ¿terrible, wonderful love¿ between two of the characters that affects so many others who come into their lives.Evaluation: This is a symphonic narrative, bringing together a stunning mix of characters both real and imagined, at a historical time of incredible progress and creativity, as well as war, disease, and the depths of despair that accompany them. The characters struggle against passionate unfulfilled longing, cupidity, madness, and despair. They remind us that even in the worst of times, there are people who, inspired by love, can summon reserves of decency, courage, and dedication to fight against boundless grief and endless evil, and to pull out triumphs, no matter how small, from the wreckage.These characters, and their stories, are unforgettable.
-Cee- on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The story of the Finnegan family begins in the slums of London and follows its strong characters who are involved in and escape (literally) the rampant crime and poverty. Three generations of this family fight for their lives and ultimately British civil rights throughout the early twentieth century, a turbulent time in history. Having read the previous books of the Rose Trilogy, the reader will find this finale flows evenly to a fitting ending of this family saga, but is not quite as good. Is it worth all the reading? I'd say only if you like a war romance that skims over brutality then cleans itself up and wraps itself in a somewhat happily-ever-after bow."The Wild Rose" focuses on the WWI timeframe. Several story lines compete in this novel; some interesting, some not. I was unable to really like most of the characters - especially the important ones. Many of the plots came across too contrived. The book was mostly predictable with a few quick twists that bolstered the overall tiresome aspects. I wanted to like this book because I really liked Donnelly's writing in her book "Revolution". It seems she did a lot of research to write these three novels and I don't question her historical facts. London came across real and strong, but other locations were weak and the sense of time and place are elusive.Unfortunately, I found The Wild Rose was not satisfying and not worth the time it takes to read ... for me anyway. I got tired of the same characters incredibly cheating death over and over. I found it somewhat annoying. It was like watching a tv series where you know the good guys are bound to win.... just not sure who the good guys really were in this one... or if they won?
jenreidreads on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I love the Rose trilogy. I know they are books I will re-read many times over the years. The Wild Rose, the third installment, is not my favorite. ***Some spoilers for those of you who haven't read the first two books.*** This novel follows Seamie, the youngest Finnegan child, and is set during (and before and after) World War I. In the Winter Rose, we meet Seamie's romantic interest, Willa. They are mountain climbers, and at the end of The Winter Rose, Willa is badly injured and leaves Seamie. Like Fiona and Joe, and Sid and India, we know Seamie and Willa are meant to be together. However, I don't believe in their chemistry as well as the other Rose couples. Their major relationship snag (because of course there has to be at least one) is that Seamie marries someone else - Jennie. Willa is off mountaineering and avoiding Seamie, so what else was he to do? Jennie is infinitely more likeable than Willa, in my opinion, even though she definitely has her faults. Willa whines about her missing leg, her missing Seamie, and yet doesn't do anything about them. But of course she comes home, and she and Seamie begin an affair. This is why I don't love this novel - having recently gotten married, I don't like reading about infidelity, even under the guise of True Love. The romance storyline aside, however, the rest of the book is what I would expect from Jennifer Donnelly. In-depth characters (whether they're likeable or not), and rich historical details. The war plot was very interesting (complete with spies on both sides), and the ending was satisfactory - Donnelly is not one for tying things up super neatly, but I think it ended as best as could be expected. So, as a complete trilogy, highly recommended. But The Winter Rose is my favorite.
lettoreardente on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I am a big fan of Jennifer Donnelly and have loved all of her other books but this one fell short for me. I wasn't as invested in Seamie's and Willa's story as I was with Fiona/Joe and India/Sid. The one thing that I did love though was the vivid imagery that Donnelly always uses in all of her books. Not saying i didn't like it, but, to me, it didn't live up to its predecessors.
BrokenTeepee on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I did not read the first two books in this series and while each book can stand on its own one does feel a touch lost when characters show up from previous books. I just didn't feel as connected as I might have if I had started at the beginning. The ancillary characters and their actions weren't as meaningful. That being said I found that I did enjoy the tale of Willa and Seamus for all of its histrionics. It's a classic they love each other/they hate each other/they love each other again sweeping type of romance set against the backdrop of the South Pole and the Himalayas. With scenery like that and the addition of the onset of WWI drama is a big part of this tale.Willa and Seamus are soulmates and we all know that but it takes tragedy and time for them to figure it out for themselves. Fortunately there is enough meat in the telling that I was kept interested to the end. I now find myself wanting to pick up the first two books in the series so I can complete my rose garden.
fyrefly98 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Summary: Seamie Finnegan, famous polar explorer, lost the woman he loves in a mountaineering accident on Kilimanjaro. Willa Alden isn't dead, but when her leg had to be amputated, her spirit went with it, and, blaming Seamie, she fled to the far East. Seamie's never been able to move on, but when he meets a charming young teacher, he's willing to try. Jennie gets pregnant, and she and Seamie get married, but soon Seamie runs into Willa - home for her father's funereal - and it becomes clear that the passion between them never really died. But World War I is looming large on the horizon, and both Seamie and Willa want to do the right thing... but is the damage they've done - to others and to their own hearts - too much to repair?Review: I thoroughly enjoyed The Tea Rose, and absolutely loved The Winter Rose, so I was bummed out that I wound up not enjoying The Wild Rose as much as I expected to. I can't tell if it's a fault with the book, or a fault with my mood, or a combination of both, but for some reason, it just didn't work for me. The Roses books are in a lot of ways pretty formulaic, but I often don't mind predictable books, as long as they're engaging. In the case of The Wild Rose, though, either it was way more predictable than its predecessors, or else my tolerance for such things was lower than normal. Similarly, I don't remember the first two Roses books being models of subtle prose, but in this case, I kept noticing (and being annoyed by) Donnelly over-explaining her characters' thoughts and feelings that could easily have been left implicit. Not to mention the lengthy recaps of events from earlier books that plagued the first section of this one...Another part of the problem, certainly, is that I didn't connect with Seamie and Willa nearly as much as I did with India and Sid, or even Fiona and Joe. I've got limited patience with tortured long-suffering romances of the "I know I'm behaving badly and I want to do the right thing but I just can't stop" variety: Yes you can! Your behavior is entirely under your control! Seamie was personable enough, but not very sympathetic; Willa was just prickly and distant. Donnelly does do a wonderful job of bringing her time period and her settings to life. I've read comparably little World War I fiction, and this is the first I've read that looks at the course of the war in the Middle East (and stars Lawrence of Arabia!), so I appreciated how vividly Donnelly was able to depict that section of the book. And, really, there is something to be said for books that are comfortable and familiar in their pacing and plotting. Overall, it was an enjoyable read, but I just wanted something more out of this one, and sadly, it failed to recapture the magic of The Winter Rose for me. 3.5 out of 5 stars.Recommendation: It's a pretty easy read despite its length, so if you like WWI-era romances, dive right in. If you're looking for historical romance more generally, though, I think either of this book's predecessors were more compelling reads.