The Wild Rose by Jennifer Donnelly

The Wild Rose
By Jennifer Donnelly
Hyperion, $25.99

Publisher's summary:

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 in the most forbidding corners of the earth. In this volatile time, the sweeping, multi-generational saga that spanned The Tea Rose and The Winter Rose continues. With myriad twists and turns, thrilling cliffhangers, fabulous period detail and a large cast of vivd characters (some new, some familiar), The Wild Rose provides an exhilarating and satisfying conclusion to an unforgettable trilogy.

Author Jennifer Donnelly beautifully brings her "Rose" trilogy to a lovely and fine ending with The Wild Rose.  Donnelly smartly recaps the history of the saga's characters and stories so that a new reader is not lost, and anyone who read the prior books, The Tea Rose and The Winter Rose are reminded of where we left those characters.  

Again, in this Rose book as in the previous two, Donnelly's attention to period detail paints a vivid picture of the world between 1913 and 1919. I enjoyed the multiple locales and felt as if I were actually there, having traveled back in time. Something I love to do with books! And the reader can't help but see the world changing with the war. 

I liked the inclusion of characters from the first two books but also enjoyed the infusion of new characters to move the story forward. I thought Willa's reactions to her injury were realistic and believable, but I struggled with the relationship between Willa and Seamus.  

I loved this series and think this was a nice ending for the trilogy. It's the stuff I like best, part history and part romance with beautifully drawn characters and a sweeping, multi-generational saga. Perfect!

I say thanks to Donnelly for such a "fitting" ending to her Rose trilogy. 

3 1/2 out of 5 stars.

This galley was provided to me by the publisher and in no way affected my review.

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