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The vast multi-generational epic that began with The Tea Rose and continued with The Winter Rose now reaches its dramatic conclusion in The Wild Rose. London, 1914. World War I is looming on the horizon, women are fighting for the right to vote, and global explorers are pushing the limits of endurance at the Poles and in the deserts. Into this volatile time, Jennifer Donnel The vast multi-generational epic that began with The Tea Rose and continued with The Winter Rose now reaches its dramatic conclusion in The Wild Rose. London, 1914. World War I is looming on the horizon, women are fighting for the right to vote, and global explorers are pushing the limits of endurance at the Poles and in the deserts. Into this volatile time, Jennifer Donnelly places her vivid and memorable characters: - Willa Alden, a passionate mountain climber who lost her leg while climbing 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 woman back home in England. - Max von Brandt, a handsome sophisticate who courts high society women, but who has a secret agenda as a German spy; - and many others.


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The vast multi-generational epic that began with The Tea Rose and continued with The Winter Rose now reaches its dramatic conclusion in The Wild Rose. London, 1914. World War I is looming on the horizon, women are fighting for the right to vote, and global explorers are pushing the limits of endurance at the Poles and in the deserts. Into this volatile time, Jennifer Donnel The vast multi-generational epic that began with The Tea Rose and continued with The Winter Rose now reaches its dramatic conclusion in The Wild Rose. London, 1914. World War I is looming on the horizon, women are fighting for the right to vote, and global explorers are pushing the limits of endurance at the Poles and in the deserts. Into this volatile time, Jennifer Donnelly places her vivid and memorable characters: - Willa Alden, a passionate mountain climber who lost her leg while climbing 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 woman back home in England. - Max von Brandt, a handsome sophisticate who courts high society women, but who has a secret agenda as a German spy; - and many others.

30 review for The Wild Rose

  1. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Loved the story. Although it was my least favorite of the three. Don't really know why... But fabulous story-telling by Ms Donnelly once again. :) Loved the story. Although it was my least favorite of the three. Don't really know why... But fabulous story-telling by Ms Donnelly once again. :)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Afton Nelson

    I hated just about every character in this book. But I especially disliked Willa; selfish, reactionary, overly dramatic, self-destructive, stupid Willa. When she and Seamie started their adulterous affair, I hated him too. In fact, I kind of hoped that one of the other or both would just die and let me finish the book in peace, maybe with the focus on Sid and India's military rehabilitation hospital, or on Katie's overly ambitious personal goals. But no. Spoiler Alert: they didn't die. They kept I hated just about every character in this book. But I especially disliked Willa; selfish, reactionary, overly dramatic, self-destructive, stupid Willa. When she and Seamie started their adulterous affair, I hated him too. In fact, I kind of hoped that one of the other or both would just die and let me finish the book in peace, maybe with the focus on Sid and India's military rehabilitation hospital, or on Katie's overly ambitious personal goals. But no. Spoiler Alert: they didn't die. They kept living. And annoying me with their insistence that there is only one person in the whole world who you could possibly love and if you can't have that person, then, you will never, ever, not in a million years, be happy. I love characters with fantastic weaknesses, but they also have to have some strengths. And I'm not talking about being great explorers or mountain climbers or photographers. There has to be something I can hold onto and identify with. But there was nothing. It was the drug use that put me over the top. I know it's a disease, but if I had any shred of respect left for Willa, it was shattered with her stupid, selfish, whiny addiction. When I finished reading, I realized that with all its over-the-top dramatics and fabulously unrealistic scenarios, I'd just read a soap opera. That's what this book was. Not that the other books in the series weren't soap operas. It's just that with this particular one, I loathed the main characters. By the way Willa, none of this would have happened if you wouldn't have freaked out in Nairobi.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    I kind of knew that I wasn't going to like this book after I finished reading the second book in the series, The Winter Rose. You, the Rose Trilogy follows the lives of the Finnegan Siblings, Fiona, Sid and Seamie. I loved Fiona and Sid. Seamie not as much and Willa, his love interest, really not at all. That's the major problem with this book. Seamie and Willa are just not as likable as Fiona and Joe and Sid and India. Unlike the first two couples, Seamie and Willa are priviledge. They were edu I kind of knew that I wasn't going to like this book after I finished reading the second book in the series, The Winter Rose. You, the Rose Trilogy follows the lives of the Finnegan Siblings, Fiona, Sid and Seamie. I loved Fiona and Sid. Seamie not as much and Willa, his love interest, really not at all. That's the major problem with this book. Seamie and Willa are just not as likable as Fiona and Joe and Sid and India. Unlike the first two couples, Seamie and Willa are priviledge. They were educated in the best schools in the US and England. They pretty much did what they wanted, so sorry if I don't feel sorry for them. They both spend the entire feeling sorry for themselves because they can't be with each other for whatever reason. We get it. You love each other but you are also not with each other because of the poor decisions they have both made. It's their own fault and no one else's. It was just frustrating to read. The only saving grace of this book is the appearances of Fiona, Joe, Sid and India. They are the bright shiny stars of this novel but as much as it's the strength it's also the weakness. It just points out how weak Seamie and Willa are. I would often find myself wanting to hurry over Seamie's and Willa's chapters to get back to Fiona and Joe or Sid and India. So I was disappointed. This was the final book and the series and I wish it wasn't. It left me unsatified that it had to end on such a weak note after the first two were so strong. The book is really a 2 star book but I'm giving it 3 stars for Fiona, Joe, Sid and India because I love them and I loved their stories.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was a trial to get through. It was very similar to the previous two books, but unfortunately it didn't contain many of the things I liked about the earlier ones and only contained the annoying bits. (Just for the record, my favorite was The Winter Rose and even that one I found frustrating for the second half.) The Wild Rose retreads a lot of the same (frustrating) plot points. Seamie and Willa are in love. They can't ever fall in love with anyone else (of course not, it's true love, af This book was a trial to get through. It was very similar to the previous two books, but unfortunately it didn't contain many of the things I liked about the earlier ones and only contained the annoying bits. (Just for the record, my favorite was The Winter Rose and even that one I found frustrating for the second half.) The Wild Rose retreads a lot of the same (frustrating) plot points. Seamie and Willa are in love. They can't ever fall in love with anyone else (of course not, it's true love, after all) but that doesn't stop them from involving a lot of other people in their nonsense. They cheat on and hurt everyone around them, but, hey, it's okay, they're in love. The obstacles to their love conveniently die or disappear, and the twists and turns in the plot taxed my patience and required me to suspend a lot of disbelief. I found Seamus and Willa to be insufferable characters. I couldn't muster any sympathy for them which is fine because, with the amount of self-pitying they do, there's no need for me to pity them any further. Because I couldn't root for the characters the book fell flat and, at times, made me want to throw it across the room. Still, Donnelly obviously does her research and I'll always love how she intertwines such huge historical events with small people's lives. I just wish I liked her dramatic stories and characters more.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Maritina Mela

    Some parts may be deserving of a 3.8/5. Make of that what you will. The conclusion to the thrilling Tea Rose trilogy - the first trilogy I read in its entirety ever! - follows the youngest Finnigan sibling, Seamus, and his lover, Willa, whom we met in the previous two as well. We also meet again the older Finnigans and their families as well. I won't be elaborating on the main plot to be honest, because how can I sum up almost 800 pages in few paragraphs? So I will move quickly to what I liked and Some parts may be deserving of a 3.8/5. Make of that what you will. The conclusion to the thrilling Tea Rose trilogy - the first trilogy I read in its entirety ever! - follows the youngest Finnigan sibling, Seamus, and his lover, Willa, whom we met in the previous two as well. We also meet again the older Finnigans and their families as well. I won't be elaborating on the main plot to be honest, because how can I sum up almost 800 pages in few paragraphs? So I will move quickly to what I liked and what I didn't. To be honest, I didn't love this as much as the first two. Don't get me wrong, it's still good, but not as good. Gotta love how the majority of the fandom dislikes Willa, despite the author's best efforts to make her likeable. And despite not being able to put my finger on it, I have to agree. She pales in comparisson to the other female leads. Seamus isn't in his best in this one as well. He was such a loveable kid in The Tea Rose and a likeable young man in The Winter Rose but I wasn't a fan of him being a distant husband and a cheater. Also, in my opinion, this could have been shorter. I know the other two are huge as well, but I feel like this one could have been trimmed down a bit. Especially near the end, I was getting the feeling that the author was trying to squish in as much action as possible. Another thing I didn't like, was that there were multiple characters that came back from the dead. It was a pleasant surprise when Charlie faked his death in the first one. It was a pleasant surprise in the second one as well, but come on, in this one, all major characters at some point, are left for dead, only to be discovered alive later on! I think enough is enough. In addition to that, I didn't really like the side plot with the Arab Revolt and the First World War. I'm not saying they should not be included, this is a historical fiction/romance series after all, but I enjoyed the Jack the Ripper and mafia related side plots in the first two so much more. This is a matter of personal taste. I also wasn't a fan of Max's sudden redemption arc. Because it took place literally in the last page and made Maud's and Glady's blackmail and deaths meaningless. When [J.K. Rowling] did it with Snape, it was cool, because that added an extra layer to his character and gave a different meaning to his actions, plus we could see how his actions helped the cause amd brought Voldemort's defeat. Here, it was lame... And finally, say it with me Jenny deserved better! Despite my complains with this, I still don't view it as a disappointement. It was very easy to read, especially the first half and I'm so happy I got to meet all those amazing characters again! If you made it this far, congratulations! 'Til next time, take care :) :) :)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Naomi

    Wow...how depressing...I can't believe I am giving this only two stars. I have been waiting for this book to come out and was INCREDIBLY excited to see it on NetGalley and even more priveledged that I was allowed to read an ARC. On that note, this isn't Jennifer Donnelly's finest work. Her other books, including her YA books have received nothing less than 4 stars from me. I found this one disappointing, forced and predictable though..and def. not up to her "standard" of writing. Second, there w Wow...how depressing...I can't believe I am giving this only two stars. I have been waiting for this book to come out and was INCREDIBLY excited to see it on NetGalley and even more priveledged that I was allowed to read an ARC. On that note, this isn't Jennifer Donnelly's finest work. Her other books, including her YA books have received nothing less than 4 stars from me. I found this one disappointing, forced and predictable though..and def. not up to her "standard" of writing. Second, there were numerous errors regarding dates, ages and such that I confirmed with multiple individuals who were sucked into this trilogy as much as I was. I don't think it was sloppiness, but I do feel it was artistic liberties and that it was felt the fans either wouldn't pick up on or would be accepting of. Bottom line though: I will still read every piece of literature that this woman puts out because she is an INCREDIBLE author who has a talent to weave a wonderful story.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    Got my hands on an advance copy and 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 steal ever Got my hands on an advance copy and 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 steal everyone’s pleasure of reading it for themselves. 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.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nasne

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I hated this book. I am sorry. I wanted to like it, since I loved The Tea rose, and liked the second book. I never liked Willa and in this book it turned into hatred. First off all: writing this that mention eating less to stop your mentrual cycle is, I have no words for this. I don't care why she would do it. Willa is in my opinion one of the weakest characters I have ever seen. No matter how Jennifer Donnely tries to write her as this selfminded, strong women, she is in my opinion weak, and ru I hated this book. I am sorry. I wanted to like it, since I loved The Tea rose, and liked the second book. I never liked Willa and in this book it turned into hatred. First off all: writing this that mention eating less to stop your mentrual cycle is, I have no words for this. I don't care why she would do it. Willa is in my opinion one of the weakest characters I have ever seen. No matter how Jennifer Donnely tries to write her as this selfminded, strong women, she is in my opinion weak, and runs away from everything. Now for the worst part. No matter how hard you try, you can't make me hate Jenny. It felt like this. Well, I need a reason for my reader to hate this normal, sweet person, let's make her keep all this secrets, and turn her into a puppet for a spy, that'll work.... No it doesn't. It just made me hate Seamie. Jenny was desperate and why? because the *sshole is having an affair. AN AFFAIR! Why on earth would you think that I want to read about a man, who is married for a month, hopping into bed with an annoying, uncaring person. oh but I love you, barf. Honestly, I don't even want to write about this book anymore. I'll just pretend I've never read this trainwreck and move on.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Melissa (ladybug)

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The Wild Rose Was a good read, but I just could not get into it like I did The Tea Rose. As I was reading it, all I could think is: "I wish this book and series would just end". Willa's problems with her leg did not seem believable with the time period. Her drug addiction, opiates are highly addictive, never affecting her was extremely questionable. I disliked her and Seamus' illicit affair where because "They were in love" it was ok to cheat on Jennie and hurt friends and family. They could jus The Wild Rose Was a good read, but I just could not get into it like I did The Tea Rose. As I was reading it, all I could think is: "I wish this book and series would just end". Willa's problems with her leg did not seem believable with the time period. Her drug addiction, opiates are highly addictive, never affecting her was extremely questionable. I disliked her and Seamus' illicit affair where because "They were in love" it was ok to cheat on Jennie and hurt friends and family. They could just not help themselves. (can you see my sarcasm). I did enjoy the historical accuracy however and I really learned a lot reading the series. For example this book included Lawrence of Arabia and the Spanish Flu. These are what kept me reading and even enjoying the books somewhat.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Misfit

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 3.5 stars. SPOILER WARNING. Those who have not yet read to the end of book #2, The Winter Rose, might find this review slightly spoilerish. The Wild Rose begins about eight years after the close of The Winter Rose. Seamie Finnegan is now a famous explorer and the pride all of England. Willa Alden, on the other hand, still carries a lot of emotional baggage from her climbing accident on Mount Kilimanjaro, and when not drowning her sorrow and misery in alcohol and drugs, she lives by and climbs th 3.5 stars. SPOILER WARNING. Those who have not yet read to the end of book #2, The Winter Rose, might find this review slightly spoilerish. The Wild Rose begins about eight years after the close of The Winter Rose. Seamie Finnegan is now a famous explorer and the pride all of England. Willa Alden, on the other hand, still carries a lot of emotional baggage from her climbing accident on Mount Kilimanjaro, and when not drowning her sorrow and misery in alcohol and drugs, she lives by and climbs the *foothills* surrounding Mt. Everest. Just when Seamie thinks he can put Willa behind him and move on with life, Willa's father passes away and she returns to England for the funeral... So as not to spoil, I'm not going to reveal anything else that happens in the book. This is another big ole’ fat soap opera in the same style as the first two, cliff hanging chapters and all. I really liked the way Donnelly brings back characters from the earlier novels, plus she gives them an actual story instead of a quick nod and fade to black like you see in other series (although I would have like more of Fiona and Charlie after...). I also appreciate the way Donnelly brings social issues and prejudices into her stories and involves her characters in them, you can see that these are issues she cares a great deal about. That said, I do have a few quibbles. One of the greatest aspects of the first two books were the strong female characters. No matter what adversities and crappy things life dealt them, Fiona and India always picked themselves back up, dusted themselves off and got on with life. Not so with Willa. She's self-destructive, pouty and some times just gawd-awful miserable, and she spreads that sunshine to everyone around her. Yes, I know it sucks she lost a limb, but Joe's in a wheelchair and gets on with life quite nicely thankyouverymuch. Willa would have been more sympathetic (and interesting), if the woe-is-me attitude was dropped and we see her carving out a new life dealing positively with her handicap. As for the handicap itself? Willa has a prosthetic leg in lieu of the one she lost after her climbing injury at the end of book two. Unfortunately, there are times when that limb virtually disappears from the storyline for lengthy periods of time. While I don't want to be clubbed over the head with constant reminders of her artificial limb, I'd have preferred seeing more of the day-to-day impact it has on her. Does she take it off when she showers? Goes to sleep? What about when making love, and why is it when we do get *the big love scene*, is there no discussion/mention of it between the pair? Seriously, it wouldn't be far-fetched to imagine Willa being a bit sensitive about her partner's first look at it in the *flesh*, nor that her partner could reassure she's beautiful to him as she is. Why doesn't she worry about damage to it whilst hiking those dangerous slopes around Mt. Everest? After arresting a dangerous fall, all that's mentioned are a couple of broken fingernails??!! I did enjoy this a lot, but just not as much as the first two books (which I loved to bits) and I'm knocking off a half star for the quibbles listed above. Fans will definitely lap this up like kittens with cream and I do recommend it, but I just wanted a little bit more. 3.5/5 stars. FTC disclosure, I obtained a copy of this book from Net Galley.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Moon Love

    This book is a whopper coming in at over 600 pages and set in locales across the world from 1914-1918. But let me tell you, do not be discouraged by its size. This is an amazing book. It's the third book in the Rose series by Jennifer Donnelly and its release has been very much waited for. I don't even know where to begin. Ms.Donnelly has done such an amazing job with her research. She was very thorough and included some very important and relevant historical facts. And she did justice to them. W This book is a whopper coming in at over 600 pages and set in locales across the world from 1914-1918. But let me tell you, do not be discouraged by its size. This is an amazing book. It's the third book in the Rose series by Jennifer Donnelly and its release has been very much waited for. I don't even know where to begin. Ms.Donnelly has done such an amazing job with her research. She was very thorough and included some very important and relevant historical facts. And she did justice to them. We thought this book was just going to be about Seamus and Willa, but this book continues where The Winter Rose left off, and includes ALL of the characters from the previous books. That means there are multiple story arcs going on at the same time. You might not see how they are all related, but they come together cohesively at the end and make for a stunning book. Never once was I lost. I was gripped and eager to find out what happened next. I'm not a fan of sagas, but there is just something about the way Jennifer Donnelly writes that just sucks you into the story, the time, and all that's going on in the book. You can not help but root for your favorite characters and hope will be well for them. I can't recall if this was the last book in the series, but I can only hope that it isn't. And if it is, I can hardly wait to read whatever new material Ms.Donnelly has prepared for us.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This was an infuriating book that I cannot recommend to any of my GR friends. #3 in the Tea Rose Trilogy is not just more of the same; it's pure, pumping drama - totally unbelievable drama in a concentrated overdose. Example: (view spoiler)[ One of the characters of Tea Rose #2, Willa, lost a leg in a Kilimanjaro climbing accident. In #3 during World War I she manages to live through a desert biplane accident, work for Lawrence of Arabia, recover from typhoid, fight with a German masterspy, amazi This was an infuriating book that I cannot recommend to any of my GR friends. #3 in the Tea Rose Trilogy is not just more of the same; it's pure, pumping drama - totally unbelievable drama in a concentrated overdose. Example: (view spoiler)[ One of the characters of Tea Rose #2, Willa, lost a leg in a Kilimanjaro climbing accident. In #3 during World War I she manages to live through a desert biplane accident, work for Lawrence of Arabia, recover from typhoid, fight with a German masterspy, amazingly meet up with her one big love in the middle of the desert between Cairo and Damascus and then survive cholera! She is an infuriating and grossly unlikable character to boot! (hide spoiler)] I don't know how many times I said to myself "Let there be an end to this book!" It was a laborious and exhausting experience and went on far, far too long, but I had to finish it, however frustrating it was. Be warned!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kate Lynn

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Jennie deserved better. The whole plot was hard to believe, especially the fake pregnancy and Max's whole plot line. Jennie deserved better. The whole plot was hard to believe, especially the fake pregnancy and Max's whole plot line.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    Even though I had a hard time getting into this third story in the series I kept reading. I'm so glad I did because I really enjoyed the story of Seamie and Willa. I can't say that it was my favorite of the three books but like the other two books the writing was incredible. I love how Donnelly weaves her stories and intertwines her characters. I'm sad that this is the last book in this series, I'll miss these character. I'm looking forward to reading Donnelly's Revolution and Northern Light. Even though I had a hard time getting into this third story in the series I kept reading. I'm so glad I did because I really enjoyed the story of Seamie and Willa. I can't say that it was my favorite of the three books but like the other two books the writing was incredible. I love how Donnelly weaves her stories and intertwines her characters. I'm sad that this is the last book in this series, I'll miss these character. I'm looking forward to reading Donnelly's Revolution and Northern Light.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Alycia

    The Wild Rose takes place a few years after The Winter Rose. Seamus Finnegan is is a famous explorer. After an accident on Kilimanjaro that leaves his friend and love, Willa Alden hurt physically and emotionally, he must try to pick up the pieces of his life and try and move on. This is after he is left while Willa races away from her problems to Tibet. True to the other books (The Tea Rose and The Winter Rose) we see what is going on with other members of the Finnegan and Bristow family. Fiona The Wild Rose takes place a few years after The Winter Rose. Seamus Finnegan is is a famous explorer. After an accident on Kilimanjaro that leaves his friend and love, Willa Alden hurt physically and emotionally, he must try to pick up the pieces of his life and try and move on. This is after he is left while Willa races away from her problems to Tibet. True to the other books (The Tea Rose and The Winter Rose) we see what is going on with other members of the Finnegan and Bristow family. Fiona still has her tea empire, supports local charities, fights for women's rights (such as the right to vote) and takes care of her children and family. Joe is still trying to change the world through politics to help the poor on the east end. Their eldest, Katie shows a political and journalistic bent to fight for the sufferage movement and sets the way to becoming the first female MP. As a reader one can tell that political and social issues of the times are important to Donnelly. It lends to a richer story to really know all aspects of the time. Seamus is home from exploring and trying to decide if he should follow his wandering heart or have a "normal" life at home in London. England is on the brink of war with Germany (WW1). There are fears of a German invasion and take over. The war is put into a realistic light with fighting, dying, espionage, and treason. But true to Donnelly's form, things are not always what they seem and there will be many plot twists and turns. Seamus (Seamie) meets a sweet girl and knows she would make the perfect wife, he forces himself to try and fall in love. The two marry out of necessity and try to make a go at life together. I couldn't help but feel sorry for Jenny. She is stuck married to a man who left his heart to a girl on Kilimanjaro. Willa does come back to London due to somber reason. What was hard to read was her and Seamie's lack of regard for others and who they were hurting when they decided to have an affair. The affair quickly ends because Seamie is married with a baby on the way and decided what is transpiring is only hurting everyone around them. Willa runs to Arabia to work as a map maker and photographer for the military. Seamus becomes a naval captain and even America is now involved in the war. Even though I didn't like the fact that Willa and Seamie acted like immature children and indulge themselves in each other without thought to others, after they separate and life takes over again through many circumstances the two are thrust back together and finally are able to proclaim their love and be together. It was a beautiful start at a new life after so much death and misery. India, Sid, and East London are part of this story too. Donnelly really creates a through tale, and I love updates on previous characters from the other books. I recommend reading this trilogy in order and I definitely recommend this book to those who loved the previous books. I will definitely read future work of Donnelly and I give this book a three out of five star rating. *This ARC was provided to me through NetGalley

  16. 4 out of 5

    Piper

    This third in the series was just as fabulous as the first two were. I hated for it to end. While each are indeed long books- I would still recommend them to anyone who enjoys HR. I will miss most of the characters as if they were somehow part of my life and have now left me. LOL!! Thank you Jennifer Donnelly for these splendid stories of love, loss, and triumph through hardship.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mariam

    Wow...that ending is just....wow. I am still mind boggled. I need a few hours, or days, to gather my thoughts. Update: Although the information on the issue in the Middle East during the early 20th century was a bit bias, I still found the immense detail included to be extremely entertaining and intriguing. This historical fiction centers around the events prior, during, and after World War 1, and all the while the author was able to captivate readers with the characters and their struggles, and t Wow...that ending is just....wow. I am still mind boggled. I need a few hours, or days, to gather my thoughts. Update: Although the information on the issue in the Middle East during the early 20th century was a bit bias, I still found the immense detail included to be extremely entertaining and intriguing. This historical fiction centers around the events prior, during, and after World War 1, and all the while the author was able to captivate readers with the characters and their struggles, and the way they were so beautifully created made them that much more realistic. A reader knows that they're holding a great book when they find themselves feeling raw and utter pain for a fictional character, when sometimes they themselves fail to feel that pain for an actual living being....now that is genuine writing. The one character who caught my eye from the very first page was Max von Brandt, and he is one of the very reasons I couldnt put the book down. He also happens to be the reason why I gave this book a five star rating instead of four. I cant remember the last time I was introduced to a character that tangled me up so tightly in my own web of assumptions and opinions of him. He is the epitome of complexity, and he left me in awe. The way the author chose the end the book was a rather refreshing slap in the face, and that is an oxymoron I would have never imagined myself using before I read this book. On a different note, I have to comment on the entire idea of the British capturing Damascus with the sole intent to "free" Arabia. That is one reoccuring phrase that aggravated me, and I realize that the author wrote this in regards to the way the British viewed the matter at the time, but I just wanted to clear air for anyone who read, or is intending to read this novel: Donnelly mentioned in the book that the British dont want to control Arabia, they just want to have an influence in it. I found this statement extremely contradicting, due to the fact that after the first Warld War ended, the British Mandate was created, giving the British control over all of Palestine, all the way to 1948, when they handed Palestine over to the Zionists, an action which can only be done by a country that is, indeed, CONTROLLING, (not influencing), the Middle East. The Middle East was not saved in the results of World War 1, rather it has been set up for destruction.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Gina *loves sunshine*

    The Rose series by Jennifer Donnelly is a favorite!! It's right up there with the sweeping romantic sagas like Outlander and Bronze Horseman. The kind that has you wrapped up for hundreds of pages, traveling from continent to continent. I don't read them often, but the right ones really come through!! I was so caught up in the story! Donnelly does such a fabulous job of putting you in the moment, you can practically see and feel every setting you are in!!! Years ago I finished book 1 and 2 and Bo The Rose series by Jennifer Donnelly is a favorite!! It's right up there with the sweeping romantic sagas like Outlander and Bronze Horseman. The kind that has you wrapped up for hundreds of pages, traveling from continent to continent. I don't read them often, but the right ones really come through!! I was so caught up in the story! Donnelly does such a fabulous job of putting you in the moment, you can practically see and feel every setting you are in!!! Years ago I finished book 1 and 2 and Book 3 hadn't come out yet - somehow I let like 5 years go by without picking up the 3rd and final book. It was great to dive back into the world and I loved how it concluded. 4 stars simply because I loved Book 1 and 2 more!!

  19. 5 out of 5

    A. S.

    DNF'd at 60%. Wasn't feeling this one, which is really too bad, because I LOVED the other two. :( DNF'd at 60%. Wasn't feeling this one, which is really too bad, because I LOVED the other two. :(

  20. 5 out of 5

    Magdalena Llamandra

    3.5 stars. I did find it very much entertaining in most parts...so why the low score? First of all it was rather hard to make myself sit down and get into the book, a problem I never had with the first two books in the series. Once you do start reading it, however, it does have its "just one more chapter before I finish...and another one" moments, I will not deny it. Second, from book one Seamie`s character has seemed flat, non-compelling and egocentric to me.. a character about whom I just could n 3.5 stars. I did find it very much entertaining in most parts...so why the low score? First of all it was rather hard to make myself sit down and get into the book, a problem I never had with the first two books in the series. Once you do start reading it, however, it does have its "just one more chapter before I finish...and another one" moments, I will not deny it. Second, from book one Seamie`s character has seemed flat, non-compelling and egocentric to me.. a character about whom I just could not care about at all... and now you get a full book centred around Seamie! I must say that even by the end of the book, I was still only just tolerating his overplayed accomplishments that were probably meant to hide the fact that he had zero personality besides being "wild, adventurous and sulky". Third, although I will admit that Willa had her enjoyable moments, her over-the-top obsessiveness about self pity (kind of like Seamie`s) really is not something I care to read about for countless pages, truly, especially since there were so many other interesting things going on in other side-characters` lives that I would rather be reading about. Bottom line is that it did in the end add a nice addition to the trilogy and I loved to read about the return of my well loved characters from the previous books (besides the fact that their personalities were now slightly toned down to shine the spot light on Mr & Mrs Oh-Poor-Me), the storyline was well paced and mostly interesting (even if rather obvious at times) and I appreciate that the ending was finally not so pointlessly dragged out as in the first books, but was actually action packed without needless cliff-hangers. Would I recommend this book? Probably not. Would I recommend the Tea Rose and the Winter Rose? HECK YES! Those were fantastic, and, really, once you have read those, this one does add a little bit of joy on top, just sadly not as much as the first two books.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Casey

    I just finished this book last night and I am still reeling. I just can't believe that this series is over! I loved it so much. Jennifer is an amazing writer, she has a serious talent for weaving such emotional, vivid,and interesting stories. I just love the way she describes the settings in the book and has facts to add that don't take away from the plot or character development. When I started the Wild Rose, I was slightly concerned that it may not be the conclusion to the series that I was ho I just finished this book last night and I am still reeling. I just can't believe that this series is over! I loved it so much. Jennifer is an amazing writer, she has a serious talent for weaving such emotional, vivid,and interesting stories. I just love the way she describes the settings in the book and has facts to add that don't take away from the plot or character development. When I started the Wild Rose, I was slightly concerned that it may not be the conclusion to the series that I was hoping for. The first few chapters contained a lot of dialogue that I thought was just going to be useless filler. I was happy to find out that I was wrong, though, and all the dialogue served it's purpose to the development of the story. I really did love this story and all of its dramatic twists and turns, which held me until the very last page. I think the best thing about this series is that each book, although similar in structure, is so vastly different from the other. I think I will have to read them again, because I might actually miss the characters!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Suze

    I'm kind of sad that it's the last of this wonderful trilogy. I've really gotten to know the characters intimately during the course of this storyline. It's been sad, joyous, interesting, astonishing, and a really great ride. The first of the trilogy really held me enthralled throughout the entire story of these amazing, yet real, characters. By the time I got around to reading this I had forgotten a lot, but somehow it all meshed together and the characters drew me into their lives once again. Al I'm kind of sad that it's the last of this wonderful trilogy. I've really gotten to know the characters intimately during the course of this storyline. It's been sad, joyous, interesting, astonishing, and a really great ride. The first of the trilogy really held me enthralled throughout the entire story of these amazing, yet real, characters. By the time I got around to reading this I had forgotten a lot, but somehow it all meshed together and the characters drew me into their lives once again. All three books are very long, but worth the time. Very well researched, too, so I learned a few things about WW I in this last of the trilogy. I always enjoy that in a book. I highly recommend this trilogy!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ulm

    The only thing I like about this book is that I could read more about the Fiona and Joe. They have a happy ending with lots of children. I also liked reading about India and Malone and how their life turned out. Seamie is a weak hopeless character and I hated him. He was such a sweet little boy in Tea Rose, I don't how he turned out to be so selfish in this book. I hated Willa's character too. She is weak and pathetic and as selfish as Seamie. There are a lot of discrepancies in this story a lot The only thing I like about this book is that I could read more about the Fiona and Joe. They have a happy ending with lots of children. I also liked reading about India and Malone and how their life turned out. Seamie is a weak hopeless character and I hated him. He was such a sweet little boy in Tea Rose, I don't how he turned out to be so selfish in this book. I hated Willa's character too. She is weak and pathetic and as selfish as Seamie. There are a lot of discrepancies in this story a lot of things just don't make sense. Jennie would have made such a prefect 'Rose' just like Fiona and India. I don't understand why Jennifer Donnelly did not make her the main character in this story.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Miller

    Loved, loved, loved this entire trilogy!!! And this 3rd and final book surely did not disappoint. All 3 books were equally as good, but I would probably have to say that my favorite was The Tea Rose. All in all an amazing saga with strong characters ( Fiona Finnegan my absolute favorite), skillful writing, and many twists and turns along the way! Long and detailed but worth the time invested. These books became a real "guilty pleasure". Sigh Loved, loved, loved this entire trilogy!!! And this 3rd and final book surely did not disappoint. All 3 books were equally as good, but I would probably have to say that my favorite was The Tea Rose. All in all an amazing saga with strong characters ( Fiona Finnegan my absolute favorite), skillful writing, and many twists and turns along the way! Long and detailed but worth the time invested. These books became a real "guilty pleasure". Sigh

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tazza

    I cannot wait to read this one!!! OMG!!!!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Theresa

    I certainly liked this book, I'm afraid I can't say I loved it though. I found a few of the characters to be rather annoying and struggled through the sections devoted to Willa and Seamus. Unfortunately, Willa was "The Wild Rose" so I couldn't avoid her enough. I'm not sure why Jennifer Donnelly chose to have such a immoral, unkind, and inconsiderate heroine but alas she did. I can only surmise she chose to do so because Willa had already been established as a "worldly" character and devising an I certainly liked this book, I'm afraid I can't say I loved it though. I found a few of the characters to be rather annoying and struggled through the sections devoted to Willa and Seamus. Unfortunately, Willa was "The Wild Rose" so I couldn't avoid her enough. I'm not sure why Jennifer Donnelly chose to have such a immoral, unkind, and inconsiderate heroine but alas she did. I can only surmise she chose to do so because Willa had already been established as a "worldly" character and devising and constructing the far fleeting tales that surround her an easier task than to create a brand new character. I'm afraid also that since I read this, the third and final book, in the "Tea Rose" series probably 10 years after I finished book #2 it only hurt my enjoyment. I wasn't invested in any of the characters. In fact, I found myself wondering why I had loved the other books so much. Characters I remember loving did not appeal so much to me this go around. I'm still unsure why I must have loved the original book so much. Again, I suppose that only hurt my enjoyment of this installment. But even with all of that.... I'm still going to give this book 4 stars in the Goodreads rating system. If possible, I'd be more comfortable with 3.5 stars.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dinjolina

    I have to warn you: You will be offended by my rew. Especially people that are firmly in the 'Jenny rocks/Willa is selfish' camp. (view spoiler)[First let me tell you a secret: I jumped in to reading this fully believing I will hate it. I did at times. Mostly when I hurt and even when I...ehm...well,cried. But the author made me feel so strongly..I just... I do not usually read war books. I read this one because from our first character/reader introduciton I had a special space in my hear for Willa. I have to warn you: You will be offended by my rew. Especially people that are firmly in the 'Jenny rocks/Willa is selfish' camp. (view spoiler)[First let me tell you a secret: I jumped in to reading this fully believing I will hate it. I did at times. Mostly when I hurt and even when I...ehm...well,cried. But the author made me feel so strongly..I just... I do not usually read war books. I read this one because from our first character/reader introduciton I had a special space in my hear for Willa. Willa is a tortured soul. She lost a leg. She lost it because of the time she lived in. A time that was too backward when it came to her dreams. And she lost her love, because she had to find herself again. I loved the characters I loved before. Fiona, Joe...Sid and India...I love Willa with all my heart, and I loved...(tadadada-duuum) Max. Yes,Max. He was such a poignant character! Till the very end I thought him evil...and mourned him even if he was. He and Willa are the only reall tortured people in this book in my eyes. I wish they could have made a dash for it but I understand that in order for Willa to have a shot of happiness she had to grab her first dreams, and they were all about Seaumus. I understand this and I compliment the author for her vision. Still....my hart ached something fierce when it came to Willa and Maxe's scenes. The desert scene where he hopes she is making love with him...strong! But the one that made me smile trough my tears is the one in the end. The last stargazing they have before he drives away. The last 'look' in to the specs of happiness they had. Heart-braking. I hope the author will NOT write a book about Max. I think he would loose some of his glam if he found love. Right now he has the perfect balance between being on top of the world and being utterly heartbroken. Ilove you Max! I wish to print this on a t-shirt! Before I get to my rage, I will tell you about the follow ups on the characters that were the center of the previous two books. They were alive, realistic and I am honored to know more about their lives.Joe really grew trough these books and he just blinds me with his shine! Also before the rage is a bit of critique to the readers that disliked Willa. She fell and fell. But she always got up, and put somebody else first. It is not that she fell in to self loathing. It is just her nature to care. Willa loves even if it hurts her. And she is the ultimate fenix, broken down but never defeated. She is now my number one heroine from a historical. And now... Seamus. I do not even want to talk about him. He loved Willa? Yeah, well, aside from the desert rescue he indulgent Jenny more during their courtship then Willa trough their whole lives! I spit on his love. He wines so much, even thou he is the one that goes around hurting people the most. Wish I could club him. People went on and on about how horrible it was for him to cheat on his wife. Well, to me he cheated on Willa with Jenny, not the other way around. We see when he finds out that James is not his son that Jenny did not give him leave to touch her while she was pregnant. Which means he wanted to touch her. Even thou he was getting it on with Willa. How utterly lame. I thought Joe broke my heart when he got that other girl pregnant in book one but Seamus....he tops it all. I could almost say that he and Jenny deserved each other. And I would wish for them to make each other miserable...but I do not think they would. Jenny was to much of a wuss to make anybody miserable. Her sweetness made me want to beat her. Her deception marked her as a hypocrite of the first order. And her love for Seamus was kind of twisted even thou it was so pure and everlasting. This all results in me saying that the author is a majestic writer. She made the nicest character utterly unlikable. She made her pay. And I loved her for it. Jenny died thinking she has betrayed England. And THAT was my sweet revenge to her for even existing. :) And yes, I am evil that way. Nice pure characters make me brake out in hives. (hide spoiler)] So, we have come to the end of my rant. What say I? This whole book was fabulous. It was worth reading even thou it had almost 700 pages. I even finished it in one day, never stopping, not even to eat. Yes I wish the ending was more detailed. And I wish to know will Willa and Seamus ever have kids of their own.....but still, this journey was a emotional one and I would go on it again in a heart beat. This arc was provided to me by NetGalley, which makes me utterly gratefull.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jen Reardon

    I would give this book 4.5 stars if I was able! I didn't realize its the third book in a trilogy. Now I'm going to back and read the first two. Great characters and plots keep you reading right til the end. I would give this book 4.5 stars if I was able! I didn't realize its the third book in a trilogy. Now I'm going to back and read the first two. Great characters and plots keep you reading right til the end.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lisarenee

    Notes: I read the ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of this book. The book will be published on August 2nd. Eight years ago Willa Alden had it all. She was on a climbing expedition (climbing being her passion) with the man she loved beside her. In a moment, everything changed. Tragedy struck, and an accident claimed her leg and almost her life. Sometimes in the heat of the moment, in the rage of passion, or in the midst of an uncontrollable sadness or anger a person may say something they would otherwis Notes: I read the ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of this book. The book will be published on August 2nd. Eight years ago Willa Alden had it all. She was on a climbing expedition (climbing being her passion) with the man she loved beside her. In a moment, everything changed. Tragedy struck, and an accident claimed her leg and almost her life. Sometimes in the heat of the moment, in the rage of passion, or in the midst of an uncontrollable sadness or anger a person may say something they would otherwise never have thought or said. The latter was Willa's case. Devastated by the realization she would never be able to climb the peaks she so loved, she lashed out at her soul mate, Seamus Finnegan - Seamie, for saving her. Feeling he should have let her die, rather than let her live a life in which she could not pursue her passion, she left him. Almost immediately upon stepping on a train, she realized what she'd done. Sometimes a person may wish they could take back the cruel words they utter, but facing the one they said them to and the possibility of not being forgiven, well, it seems like an utterly impossible thing to do. Flash forward to present day. The year is 1914. England is on the cusp of WWI, the South Pole has recently been discovered, and women still do not have the right to vote. Willa's father is dying, and she will finally need to deal with the man she left over eight years ago. The world is about to change and no one will be left unscathed by it. This book will engage all your emotions. You'll find yourself laughing, crying, smiling, and sighing. Given from different vantage points so you can know what is happening to the main characters, there are twists and turns. While the story does include a romance, it does not define the book, hence, I listed it as both Historical Fiction and Historical Romance. Donnelly explored the era and paints an informative view of what was going on at the time. There are spies, political struggles, and glimpses of a world in the midst of change. Willa was my favorite character. Able to make it in a man's world when women were not highly regarded, I kept waiting to hear what would happen to her next. Forcing myself not to jump ahead to the next chapter or chapters that would bring me back to her portion of the story was difficult. The book is wonderfully written. I was impressed by the seven pages worth of bibliography the author listed at the end. I did not read the previous two books, but did not feel lost because of it. This is a book I HIGHLY recommend. I gave it 5 out of 5 stars. I now have the first two books on hold at my local library and will hopefully find time in the next couple of busy months to read them. While you could read this one without the benefit of the previous two books, I feel I need to go back and read the stories of the other characters who were in this book, but not the focus of it. I would like to know their histories as well. This is another book I'll need to buy the hard copy of to add to my keeper shelf. Thank you Hyperion for allowing me to be one of the first people to read this ARC. If you would like to read more of my reviews please check out my blog at www.seducedbyabook.com

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    This started a little slow for me. Though not due to lack of plot(s). Don’t worry out there. Donnelly has outdone herself with plots. So many intertwined threads it wasn’t until about page 250 that I realized how they were beginning to be combined. Thus, it’s actually the multitude of plots…some left over from The Winter Rose…that clog up the reading speed. There just isn’t that “I can’t put this down” feeling in the beginning of this one. I think it’s because that spark of love between the main This started a little slow for me. Though not due to lack of plot(s). Don’t worry out there. Donnelly has outdone herself with plots. So many intertwined threads it wasn’t until about page 250 that I realized how they were beginning to be combined. Thus, it’s actually the multitude of plots…some left over from The Winter Rose…that clog up the reading speed. There just isn’t that “I can’t put this down” feeling in the beginning of this one. I think it’s because that spark of love between the main characters, Seamie and Willa, happened in the last book. I was hoping that Donnelly would shake up her plotting a bit because she seemingly began her third book in her second. But alas it seems as though The Wild Rose simply picks up Donnelly’s general plot pattern from book 2. You begin the book in the mires of separation and you stay there…locked in that desperation for a love that can’t connect. Where the book begins to sing is during Part 2. I beg you…hold out for it. Part 1 is all set up and Part 2 shows Donnelly’s gift for connecting people and events. It’s full of adventure, impossible situations, and tears of both joy and sadness. Sid and his big heart and Willa’s escapades were two of my very favorite parts of Part 2. It’s here that we begin to see what we’ve been expecting from The Wild Rose. I’m content with the ending. I think that of all the romances Donnelly has done in her trilogy Seamie and Willa had the roughest path. Not that others didn’t run into some pretty fantastic road blocks. But Seamie and Willa seem to live with more tragedy than happiness throughout their journey. This is a haunted couple. I think that’s why their ending was not joyful…not an impossible reunion a la India and Sid or a chance meeting at the perfect time like Fiona and Joe. I think that Willa and Seamie had the most to learn through their experiences. Acceptance, forgiveness, and learning to simply ‘be‘ and be happy are the hardest lessons for these two driven explorers to learn. Their ending is a quiet one…soft and tentative. Perfect for the couple. As an end to the series I think it feels complete. I don’t hunger for more from the Finnegans. It could very well be because they’ve seen more drama in three behemoth books than anyone truly gets in 5 lifetimes, lol. They all deserve a break…a little Happily Ever After. And with the ending of this third book I’m willing to let them have it. http://thelibrarianreads.wordpress.com

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