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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 forgi 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 pointsSeamie 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 reuired 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 furtherBecause 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

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Ve 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 othe 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 reasonsI 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 uestions 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 somethingReal 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 ArabiaThe 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 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 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 seuelly 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 historyFinally 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 thirdslasts 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

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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 RoseLondon 1914 World War I is looming on the horizon women are fighting for the right to vote and global explorers are pushing 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 happyI 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 Understanding Soccer Tactics you could possibly love and if Successful Intelligence you can't have that person then The Language of Thorns (Grishaverse, you will never ever not in a million Disoriental years be happyI 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 Vanishing Girls: Detective Josie Quinn you wouldn't have freaked out in Nairobi


10 thoughts on “The Wild Rose

  1. says:

    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. says:

    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 happyI 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. says:

    Some parts may be deserving of a 385 Make of that what you willThe 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 wellI 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 uickly to what I liked and what I didn'tTo 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 goodGotta 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 leadsSeamus 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 cheaterAlso 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 suish in as much action as possible Another thing I didn't like was that there were multiple characters that came back from the deadIt 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 enoughIn 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 fictionromance series after all but I enjoyed the Jack the Ripper and mafia related side plots in the first two so much This is a matter of personal tasteI also wasn't a fan of Max's sudden redemption arcBecause it took place literally in the last page and made Maud's and Glady's blackmail and deaths meaningless When JK 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 lameAnd finally say it with me Jenny deserved betterDespite my complains with this I still don't view it as a disappointementIt 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


  4. says:

    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


  5. says:

    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 pointsSeamie 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 reuired 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 furtherBecause 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


  6. says:

    Wowhow depressingI 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 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 thoughand 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 ofBottom 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. says:

    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 reasonsI 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 uestions 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 somethingReal 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 ArabiaThe 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 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 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 seuelly 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 historyFinally 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 thirdslasts 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. says:

    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 uestionable 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 sarcasmI 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


  9. says:

    35 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 funeralSo 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 uick nod and fade to black like you see in other series although I would have like 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 uibblesOne 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 uite nicely thankyouverymuch Willa would have been sympathetic and interesting if the woe is me attitude was dropped and we see her carving out a new life dealing positively with her handicapAs 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 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 discussionmention 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 uibbles listed above Fans will definitely lap this up like kittens with cream and I do recommend it but I just wanted a little bit 355 starsFTC disclosure I obtained a copy of this book from Net Galley


  10. says:

    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 MsDonnelly 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 themWe 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 nextI'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 MsDonnelly has prepared for us


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