July 5, 2011
Advance Praise for The Wild Rose
Booklist, the book review journal of the American Library Association, just gave The Wild Rose this lovely review! Reviewer Jen Baker enjoyed the book, and I hope you will, too.
Readers greet old friends in this final book of the Rose Trilogy, about life in the early twentieth century, complete with explorers, daredevils, immigrants, criminals, spies, and high-society dilettantes. Donnelly cleverly intertwines the stories from The Tea Rose (2002) and The Winter Rose (2008) to remind us of what went on before this even-more tumultuous and deliciously long saga, set in the unsettled years prior to the Great War. The “wild rose” of the title is Willa Alden, a wiry and wounded mountaineer living near
Mount Everest and working as a photographer for the National Geographic Society after the accident that took her leg and her lover. In a complex web of plots and surprise coincidences, two men, neither quite who they seem, are inexorably drawn to Willa. Subplots and descriptive details lend a realistic sense of everyday life at the time, reflecting the wide class chasm and portraying how one woman can change the lives of so many. Willa is a conflicted character readers won’t forget. This time around, Donnelly has leaned more toward Indiana Jones than Barbara Taylor Bradford, and the result is a perfect vacation read.
Thank you, Booklist!
T-minus one month and counting!
With best wishes,