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I just read a similarly, mildly disappointed review for this book. If I had started the series, I'm sure I'd finish it, but having learned about it through the reviews of the last book, I'm not so sure! Thanks for the review, though. I couldn't agree more, I was very weary of Willa's pity parties by the end. I did love see more of Joe, Fiona, Sid and India. I unfortunately think I agree with you on this one.
I didn't wait quite so long for this book, having only read The Winter Rose earlier this year, but it was overall not as good. I think it was Seamie and Willa, like you say - I did enjoy reading the book, but they weren't great characters. I have all the books in this series, and am looking forward to starting them. It sounds like I may have to temper my expectations with this one though, as it sounds like it's not as good as some have hoped it would be.
I really liked your candor in this review and think that it will be interesting to see the progression from book to book. Zibilee, if you are wanting a big old fashioned saga, then this is the series to pick. Like I said though, The Winter Rose is my absolutely favourite of the trilogy. Meghan, yes, I don't quite know what it was about both Seamie and Willa that just didn't gel in this book for me. I did like them in the previous book.
Misfit, would happily have read more about the other two couples for sure. Col, I am a bit completist when it comes to series, so if I started it, I would certainly try to finish it.
It would be interesting to compare my opinion to someone who didn't have such high expectations because this was their first look at the series. Pam, it is a fun series.
I agree with you that The Winter Rose is the best. I would say this one is my least favorite of the three. One really has to miss Sid. Seamie is a bit like him, but not enough! Unfortunately she had me hating Max so much that I couldn't change that by the end I hope to start this series before the year is out. Sounds like I'm in for some great reading! Posted by Marg at pm. Email This BlogThis! Pam iwriteinbooks August 05, pm.
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Review: The Wild Rose, Jennifer Donnelly
As a result, this review will have spoilers for both. Now, unable to satisfy her greatest passion of climbing, Willa spends most of her time finding other ways to endanger herself and live on the edge. She spends her time photographing mountains in Tibet, following wars, and getting captured. Surrounding the couple are a cast familiar to anyone who has read any of the Rose trilogy — Fiona and Joe, who are getting older now, their brigade of children, India and Sid, and other more minor characters from the earlier books.
The Wild Rose
Added by 5 of our members. It is London, World War I looms on the horizon, women are fighting for the right to vote, and explorers are pushing the limits of endurance in the most forbidding corners of the earth. Into this volatile time, Jennifer Donnelly places her vivid and memorable characters: --Willa Alden, a passionate mountain climber who lost her leg while summiting 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 schoolteacher back home in England --Max von Brandt, a handsome German sophisticate who courts high society women, but has a secret agenda in wartime London. With myriad twists and turns, thrilling cliffhangers, and fabulous period detail and atmosphere, The Wild Rose provides a highly satisfying conclusion to an unforgettable trilogy. Genre: Sagas. The Ashford Affair Lauren Willig.
London, World War I looms on the horizon, women are fighting for the right to vote, and explorers are pushing the limits of endurance in the most forbidding corners of the earth. Willa Alden , a passionate mountain climber who lost her leg while summiting 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 courts a beautiful young school teacher back home in England. Max von Brandt , a handsome German sophisticate who moves in high society London, but has a secret agenda. Neither expects to ever see her again, but when a catastrophic event calls Willa home to London, expectations are smashed, promises broken, and none of the three will ever be the same.
It is written as a standalone book, so the background from the first two books is filled in throughout the story. Perhaps the main drawback with this one is that two of the main characters, Willa and Max, are not very likable. Instead, she comes off as too immature and self-absorbed, while Katie, the daughter of Joe and Fiona whose story is the focus of the first book , steals the show in the background. Sid, the hero of book two, brightens up the book by megawatts in his too infrequent appearances in book three; there is no one in this book to match his character and charisma. Seamie, the brother of Fiona and Sid, could have been that character, but Donnelly unfortunately gave him a back seat to Willa and Max.