The Wild Rose by Jennifer Donnelly

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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.
 

About Jennifer Donnelly

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Jennifer Donnelly is the author of two adult novels, The Tea Rose and The Winter Rose, as well as the young adult novel A Northern Light, winner of Britain's prestigious Carnegie Medal, the L.A. Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature, and a Michael L. Printz Honor Award. She lives and writes full-time in upstate New York. You can visit her at www.jenniferdonnelly.com.
 
Published August 2, 2011 by Hachette Books. 640 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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By the end of this endless exercise in historical fiction, one that gets all the details right except the way people spoke to each other a century ago, Max, Seamie and Willa have been replaying the Perils of Pauline in the company of Lawrence of Arabia, a perplexing and improbable turn of events ...

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Donnelly re-casts "Lawrence of Arabia" as modern romance, placing her derring-do heroine at the center of iconic images of the era: Willa lectures the Bloomsbury group about Everest and photographs the Arab uprising before the Turks take her prisoner.

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BC Books

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Jennifer Donnelly concludes her multi-generational epic with The Wild Rose, sequel to The Tea Rose and The Winter Rose.

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BC Books

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The stories from The Tea Rose (2002) and The Winter Rose (2008) are intertwined to reacquaint us with characters from the previous novels.

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BC Books

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Her recently published Revolution won the American Booksellers Young Adult Book of the Year and the Kirkus Reviews Best Young Adult Books.

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Book Reporter

Or perhaps THE WILD ROSE is an outstanding example of the kind of reading pleasure that can ensue when readers set aside disbelief and put themselves in the hands of a gifted storyteller like Jennifer Donnelly.

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Historical Novel Society

Deliberately distancing herself from Seamie after a tragic accident, Willa is called home to England after the death of her father and finds that her love for the now-married Seamie cannot be denied.

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Seattle PI

After seventy pages of the main characters' back stories from The Tea Rose and The Winter Rose, the book takes off at a fast clip.

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Long and Short Reviews

The Wild Rose is a part of the sweeping, multi- generational saga that began with The Tea Rose and continued with The Winter Rose.

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Lancaster Online

Donnelly continues the stories of characters Fiona Finnegan, Joe Bristow, India Selwyn Jones and Sid Baxter (previously a Finnegan), and focuses the final story around Seamie Finnegan and Willa Alden, who are first introduced in "The Winter Rose."

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