Lost Roses

Lost Roses

Large Print - 2019
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Based on true events, this tale set a generation before Lilac Girls traces the stories of three women, including Caroline Ferriday's mother, a Romanov cousin and a fortune-teller's daughter, against a backdrop of the Russian revolution and World War I.
Publisher: [New York] : Random House Large Print, [2019]
Edition: First large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781984886217
Branch Call Number: F KELLY
Characteristics: 629 pages (large print) ; 24 cm.


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In this Lilac Girls prequel, Martha Hall Kelly introduces us to Caroline Ferriday's mother Eliza. The narrative includes the alternating viewpoints of Eliza, her friend Sofya (a cousin to the Romanovs) and Varinka a local fortuneteller's daughter. Chapter-ending cliffhangers will keep you reading... Read More »

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Jun 28, 2019

Although this is a prequel to the Lilac Girls, it can stand alone. Like the Lilac Girls, it is engrossing and a page turner. This gives the backstory on the Ferriday family and is set during WWI.

Jun 21, 2019

I looked forward to reading this after "Lilac Girls" and it did not disappoint in the characters of strong women during the time of WW1 and especially what was happening in Russia. I really do not like reading chapters about one character and then the next but that seems to be popular now. I felt like I learned a lot about a different part of the war and the characters were very interesting, am anxiously awaiting the next book. I also am wondering why the Spanish flu was not mentioned since it caused such a dramatic loss of life and there was quite a bit of illness and nursing in the book. Each of the three main characters were so enigmatic I was sad to say good bye.

May 26, 2019

I didn't feel as connected to 'Lost Roses' as I did to 'Lilac Girls' but that may be because I've read so much historical fiction about the Nazi death camps and World War II, whereas I knew little of the Russian Revolution.

I can't say 'Lost Roses' was a quick read for me. It did take a bit for me to get engaged with the story, however I think the title is brilliant and made more so by the way the author wove several references of the 'old' rose (flower) culture to the royal women lost in circumstances for which they are unprepared, and don't understand, and for the loss of the Russia they knew and loved before the revolution.

The one character whose story was the most baffling was the peasant girl, Varinka. While we easily know what the drive was behind the other women, Sofya, and Eliza, Varinka's story was muddled and very elusive until the very end, and frankly, even though her behavior was a mess of contradictions throughout the book, the explanation was even more unsatisfying.

As with 'Lilac Girls', Martha Hall Kelly does a magnificent job of drawing us into the horrors of the time, the lives of those affected, of those who perpetrated the horrors (to some extent) and the outside world which had a difficult time understanding it all, not seeing how it would change their world view as well.

I found it fascinating that in the 'Author's Note" Martha Hall Kelly mentions her next step backward in history with the strong, determined Woolsey women is to the Civil War, which loosely reminds me of Jeffrey Archer's Clifton Chronicles, only in reverse.

May 13, 2019

Best seller du NYT. Prequel de ''Lilac Girls''

Apr 29, 2019

The Lilac Girls was a fabulous read and so was this new novel by Martha Kelly. The main characters are from very different backgrounds. It takes the reader through the lives of women trying to survive WW1 and the Russian Revolution. I found it hard to put down. Excellent read.

Apr 27, 2019

Prequel to The Lilac Girls - also on my for later shelf

DCLadults Apr 24, 2019

A New & Noteworthy pick. This prequel to the bestselling "Lilac Girls" takes you from New York City to St. Petersburg to Paris at the brink of WWI.

Apr 22, 2019

Although this is a prequel to The Lilac Girls, it is a standalone book. It tells the story of the Russian Revolution from 1914-1919 through the eyes of three women. Sofia Streshnayva, a cousin of the Romanovs, is a friend with Eliza Ferriday in New York City. Varinka is a peasant girl who lives near Sofia's family estate. When Sofia and Eliza become separated by World War I and the fall of the tsars, the novel follows the fate of the three women through a tumultuous era. Kelly does an excellent job of detailing the experiences of three very different individuals during a catastrophic event. She was particularly skilled at condensing time so that the novel isn't bogged down in the not so interesting times and places.

Apr 17, 2019

I loved Lilac Girls and looked forward to the prequel. I appreciate the fact that the author conducts painstaking research for her books. I knew little about WWI and found it horrifying. The characters who are the featured in this book are well developed. However, the book would have been just as good in far fewer pages. Way too much unnecessary detail. In my mind it does not come close to the excellence of Lilac Girls. But it is well worth the read.

Apr 04, 2019

I must confess, I have not yet read "Lilac Girls." After finishing this book I am determined to move Lilac up on my TBR list. Martha Hall Kelly has a gift for writing about history. In her narrative she uses alternating viewpoints (Eliza, Sonya and Varinka) as well as inserting cliffhangers at the end of the chapters. You are compelled to keep reading to see what happens to that character, of course. I do believe Sonya was my favorite character. Loved the roses and flower references strewn throughout. As I could tell from the end notes there was extensive research done and this book was based on a real Eliza while Sonya and Varinka were composites. I am wondering why there was no reference to the Spanish Flu by any of our three characters? This will be popular with the book groups!


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