Maryland Blogger: Book Recommendation: Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly

Book Recommendation: Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly

Book Recommendation: Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly

 

Lost Roses (2019) is the latest novel, inspired by true events during the times of World War I , by The New York Times bestselling American author of Lilac Girls and Connecticut resident Martha Hall Kelly. Dolores and I enjoyed this novel and definitely recommend it for your reading list. Click on the links to learn more about the author and her books.

 

Martha Hall Kelly

Martha grew up in Massachusetts and now splits her time between Connecticut, New York City and Martha's Vineyard. She worked as an advertising copywriter for many years and raised three splendid children, while researching and writing Lilac Girls, her first novel. She is excited to share the prequel, Lost Roses. - Goodreads

 

 

Goodreads Review of Lost Roses

The runaway bestseller Lilac Girls introduced the real-life heroine Caroline Ferriday. This sweeping new novel, set a generation earlier and also inspired by true events, features Caroline's mother, Eliza, and follows three equally indomitable women from St. Petersburg to Paris under the shadow of World War I.

It is 1914 and the world has been on the brink of war so many times, many New Yorkers treat the subject with only passing interest. Eliza Ferriday is thrilled to be traveling to St. Petersburg with Sofya Streshnayva, a cousin of the Romanov's. The two met years ago one summer in Paris and became close confidantes. Now Eliza embarks on the trip of a lifetime, home with Sofya to see the splendors of Russia. But when Austria declares war on Serbia and Russia's Imperial dynasty begins to fall, Eliza escapes back to America, while Sofya and her family flee to their country estate. In need of domestic help, they hire the local fortuneteller's daughter, Varinka, unknowingly bringing intense danger into their household. On the other side of the Atlantic, Eliza is doing her part to help the White Russian families find safety as they escape the revolution. But when Sofya's letters suddenly stop coming she fears the worst for her best friend.

From the turbulent streets of St. Petersburg to the avenues of Paris and the society of fallen Russian emigre's who live there, the lives of Eliza, Sofya, and Varinka will intersect in profound ways, taking readers on a breathtaking ride through a momentous time in history.
 

 

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Pictured here are the four daughters of the last Russian Tsar: Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia, in an informal photograph in Alexander Palace, Tsarskoe Selo. mid-1900s. The author shared this photograph.

 

 

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Comment balloon 18 commentsRoy Kelley • June 03 2019 03:43PM

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Good morning, Roy... as soon as I write this comment, I'm sending my husband an email to put this book on the order list from Amazon Prime when he next orders books for himself. Totally my kind of book, especially when placed in Paris and St Petersburg. Beautiful rose to accompany this post about Lost Roses.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) 5 months ago

Nina Hollander 

You will definitely want to read both of these books. And, she is writing the third one.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 5 months ago

Roy Kelley hi Roy... I've seen Lilac Girls in paperback at BJ's... now need to make a point of picking it up... I've looked at it several times but for some reason didn't buy it.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) 5 months ago

Nina Hollander 

The books were available at our Montgomery County public library and they are probably available at your library.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 5 months ago

Good morning Roy. Does your library card need replacement? You are on a reading terror. Keep it up! Enjoy your day.

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) 5 months ago

I'm sure our library has those books, Roy... but I don't have a library card and don't have time to read "on schedule" to return books. Books that really interest me are books I buy and then share with our daughters. We send favorite books back and forth to each other all the time.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) 5 months ago

What a great book review Roy Kelley. I have a pang of envy.  I can see sitting down in a nice area with good light and losing myself in a good novel. I would create a movie in my mind. 

You and Dolores get to enjoy this wonderful pastime. Thank you for sharing your book reviews. 

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) 5 months ago

Roy,

Like Nina Hollander  I am going to order this book.  My paternal grandfather was part of the White Russian army, colonel in the Tsar's army and served with on the front.  I am familiar with these times having studied  Russian history and hearing it from those who survived the revolution...A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 5 months ago

Ron and Alexandra Seigel hi Alexandra... it was my maternal grandfather who was an officer in the White Russian army and my grandmother who was a nurse on the front during WWI.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) 5 months ago

Nina Hollander I wonder if they ever met, your grandfather and mine.  His wife, my grandmother knew how to shoot a pistol and although she had a baby (my father), she was never hesitant to shoot at the enemy. 

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 5 months ago

The pictures of the daughters of the Tsar is beautiful.  I haven't seen this one before!  Such a tragedy.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 5 months ago

Nina Hollander 

Ron and Alexandra Seigel 

Image may contain: 1 person, standing, sky and outdoorThis is a 1987 photograph. In the background in the Zagorask Monastery and the Cathedral of the Assumption founded in 1345. This Russian city is now named Sergiyev Posad.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 5 months ago

Roy,

What a great photo of you in Sergiyev Posad.  I am assuming that Chef Dolores took the photo.  Thank you for sharing this photo with us. I love the architecture.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 5 months ago

Love that picture, Roy. One this I always make sure is that I don't travel to Russia in the winter... but you look like you were warm and toasty in the coat and hat!

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) 5 months ago

We enjoyed our visit to Russia. There is much to see and learn.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 5 months ago

What's a kokoshnik? Worn by many of my Russian characters in Lost Roses, a kokoshnik is a traditional Russian headdress. The wearing of a kokoshnik tradition exists since the 10th century.

Pictured: A nanny holds Prince Vladimir Paley, a grandson of Emperor Alexander II. According to the common practice of Imperial Russia, she wears a traditional costume and a kokoshnik. 1898.

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Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 5 months ago

Roy, love your book recommendations but will pass on this one.    Try not to read books with war as the topic.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 5 months ago

Thank you very much for your feedback. It is always good to hear from you.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 5 months ago

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