Lost Roses (Lilac Girls #2)

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  • Hardcover
  • 448 pages
  • Lost Roses (Lilac Girls #2)
  • Martha Hall Kelly
  • English
  • 10 August 2017
  • 9781524796372

About the Author: Martha Hall Kelly

and clues about the prequel Lost Roses on her ever changing Pinterest page.


Lost Roses (Lilac Girls #2) 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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10 thoughts on “Lost Roses (Lilac Girls #2)

  1. Angela M says:

    As difficult as much of it was to read, I loved Martha Hall Kelly s first novel, Lilac Girls, a heartbreaking story of the horrific things that happened at Ravensbr ck, a concentration camp during WWII where unspeakable medical experiments were conducted on women But is not without hope and it is filled with the strength of women who make a difference Making it meaningful, is that it is based on the life of Caroline Ferriday, a woman who gave so much of herself to aid women who survived Ravensbr ck In this prequel to that book, Martha Hall Kelly portrays the life of Eliza Ferriday, Caroline s mother and I could see how much Eliza had inspired her daughter While I can t say that this one gripped me as much as Lilac Girls, perhaps because of the horrors of the Holocaust, it is in its own right a fantastic work of historical fiction, that also is filled with hope and women who made a difference in other women s lives and I loved everything about it.The story is told with narratives of three women, Eliza , from an established, moneyed family in New York, Sofya, from a well to do family related to the Tsar in revolutionary Russia and Varinka, a poverty stricken girl from the Russian country side From WW I and the Russian Revolution, from New York, to Paris to cities in Russia, Martha Hall Kelly takes us on a journey back in time from 1914 1921 and to the places where these women s lives cross.It is clear from her notes on her research and her travel that this is a well researched work of historical fiction I love that she tells us who some of the characters were modeled on, reminding us that this is a work of fiction, yet it reflects so much about the time and places she takes us to It is also a story loss, loss of loved ones, loss of home, but a story of friendship, of family and of the generosity and goodnesses of women who care I can hardly wait for her next book, which will take us to the time of the Civil War with Caroline s great grandmother s story.

  2. Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader says:

    I am ecstatic to tell you about one of my most anticipated reads this year Lilac Girls is one of my favorite historical fiction reads, and HF is my favorite genre In Lilac Girls, Martha Hall Kelly gave us Caroline Ferriday as a real life heroine of her time during World War II Lost Roses is Caroline s mother s story, along with two other women affected by World War I In 1914, Germany is gaining power and war is possibly on the horizon Eliza Ferriday travels to St Petersburg, Russia with Sofya Streshnayva, a Romanov cousin Eliza and Sofya s close friendship is formed years prior while the pair lived in Paris While Eliza s in Russia, Austria declares war on Serbia, and Russia s tsar is likely to fall She flees safely to the United States but wishes she could have brought Sofya and her family with her Sofya s family must flee the city to the family s country manor because a revolution is on the brink They hire Varinka, a young peasant girl, to serve in their household, but she brings danger along with her Across the world, Eliza is doing everything she can to help Russians escape the revolution, when suddenly she stops hearing from Sofya The book travels between the US, St Petersburg, and Paris, and illuminates the places and their people during this time of strife, violence, and uncertainty Martha Hall Kelly s storytelling is just as captivating and alluring as it was with Lilac Girls Eliza Ferriday is a strong, formidable character, and Sofya and Varinka s stories will break your heart for different reasons There was a poignant moment when Sofya looked down at her young son Max after seeing a starving peasant baby, and she reflected on Max s luck of being born to her into her family of wealth The tables are turned on Sofya and her family, and I think about that all the time the luck one has to be born in whatever country one that has freedoms, or one that is filled with every day war and danger Lost Roses is the glorious story of the lives of Eliza, Sofya, and Varinka Even though Eliza and Sofya are born privileged, they never lose sight of how they can help others, and there is unequivocal beauty in that and honesty in how Kelly depicts it This is the perfect book to get lost in The storytelling grabs you and won t let go Thanks to Suzy Approved Book Tours, the author, and publisher for the complimentary copy All opinions are my own My reviews are also available on my blog www.jennifertarheelreader.com

  3. Holly B says:

    This novel is a prequel to The Lilac Girls and features the real life heroine Caroline Ferriday The world is in turmoil and edging toward World War One We learn about Caroline s mother, Eliza and two other women that are thrown into the intense situations they faced in 1914 Eliza is the connection between the two novels The Lilac Girls and Lost Roses , but this one could easily be read as stand alone.The story follows the lives of three women Eliza who is a socialite and lives in Manhattan Her friend Sofya Streshnayva, is a cousin of the Romanov s, the reigning dynasty in Russia While visiting her in St Petersburg, Eliza becomes aware that war is imminent and fears for her friend Sofya, who seems unaware of the danger that could come When war is declared, Eliza heads back home to America.Varinka Kozlov is a Russian girl, who the Romanov family hire to help in their household She is the daughter of a well known fortune teller and her situation is dire I tried to imagine the helplessness that she felt when she had to make some dangerous decisions Varinka and her mom are under the thumb of some dangerous men that are involved in the local uprisings Lets just say, she has a lot going on and makes some decisions that will impact all of these women A story of three strong, determined women and their quest for survival.While this story is not as fast paced as Lilac Girls , the characters are compelling and the author s research of the period was evident There is a lot that happens in this novel and it took some concentration to keep it all straight There are some hold your breath moments towards the end, and I feared for what was to come I was still invested to find out how each of their stories would play out.Review posted to my blog 1 25 19Thanks to the publisher and blog tour host for the opportunity to read review.Publishes on April 9,2019

  4. Berit☀️✨ says:

    A beautiful story about the ugly truth of war A tale full of courage, determination, strength, compassion, Hope, beauty, and love Martha Hall Kelly has written A compelling book that is simultaneously elegant and brutal this is the kinder gentler cousin of The Lilac Girls A book I read and liked, but if I m being honest I liked this book a bit I think for me all the characters in this book were relatable, and I felt compassion for all of them really the only common thread between this book and the previous is the character of Caroline Ferriday, a character I liked in the first book but I adored even in this one so I wouldn t necessarily call this a prequel, and both books can definitely be read as standalones although I m guessing after you ve read one you will want to read the other they re both exquisitely told historical fiction novels full of strong women living through extraordinary circumstances Lost Roses is the story of three remarkable women Eliza, Sofya, and Varinka The book is set during WWI and mainly focuses on the atrocities in Russia both Sofya and Varinka are Russians, although they come from very different backgrounds and social classes Eliza is an American, she is from a privileged background, she is also the mother of Caroline of The Lilac Girls Eliza and Sofya became friends while at boarding school in Switzerland, Sofya is related to the Romanoffs familyVarinka was not born into privilege as these other ladies were she came to know Sofya when she went to work for the family three women from three very different backgrounds and yet all their lives are adversely impacted by warOne of my biggest takeaways from this book was how untouched America really has been by war yes, many lives were lost and goods were rationed, but I think that is very different from The many lives lost, the property damage, the horror of living through war on your soil, not to mention bandits taking over your family home some of the situations that Sofya found her self in were so harrowing her fortitude and determination were so admirable, I tried to put myself in her situation and I just don t know if I would have had the strength to do what she didVarinka really skated the line of right and wrong throughout this book, I felt so much for her because I m not sure what choices she had Eliza was strong and compassionate and I admired her loyalty and altruism such a remarkable story that I feel will resonate with everybody This really was historical fiction at its finest, this book made me feel as though I was right there with these ladies during WWI, I felt so much for each and everyone of them and bonus I learned some things along the way Absolutely recommend Song Running Through My Head This song always reminded me of how we are all alike than different, it also reminds me of the Cold War and Russia In Europe and America there s a growing feeling of hysteria.Conditioned to respond to all the threatsIn the rhetorical speeches of the Soviets.MIster Krushchev said, We will bury you I don t subscribe to this point of view.It d be such an ignorant thing to doIf the Russians love their children too.How can I save my little boy from Oppenheimer s deadly toy There is no monopoly on common senseOn either side of the political fence.We share the same biology, regardless of ideology.Believe me when I say to you,I hope the Russians love their children too There is no historical precedentTo put the words in the mouth of the president There s no such thing as a winnable war,It s a https m.youtube.com watch v wHylQRV many thanks to Random House Valentine for my copy of this book

  5. Jen says:

    This is the prequel to Lilac Girls.If you loved that one, you will love this one.If you haven t read either and you adore Europe, history, war and strong females with beloved friendships that are threatened because of harsh and challenging times, both these stories deliver.Well done, Hall Kelly I look forward to the prequel to the prequel that you are working on next 5

  6. Tammy says:

    The prequel to Lilac Girls, this historical novel features Caroline Ferriday s mother, Eliza, during WWI and the Russian Revolution Eliza is one narrator, her aristocratic Russian friend, Sofya, is another and finally Varinka tells her side of the story as a Russian peasant The lives of these indefatigable women cross in ways that none of them could have imagined prior to the world changing events of their time There is opulence juxtaposed with abject poverty There is elation set side by side with deep despair and all three women suffer tremendously Eliza, Sofya and Varinka are distinctly different people from different backgrounds but, oddly, their voices sound the same The plight of the White Russian migr s has particular poignancy given the immigration issues of today Moving from the East Coast of the USA to Russia and Paris, this is a plot driven novel that speeds along and reads just as quickly Lost Roses is a treat for fans of Lilac Girls.

  7. Liz says:

    I found Lilac Girls interesting but I was not as ecstatic as others when singing its praises But what I did appreciate was the research that Kelly did so I was curious to read Lost Roses This book follows Eliza Ferriday, Caroline s mother, as she travels with Sofya Streshnayva, a family friend, to St Petersburg in 1914, just before WWI Once again, Kelly uses multiple voices to tell the story This juxtaposition works well, for example, when Eliza is able to see the Russian discontent while the Stresnayvas adopted a curious denial of the flames rising around them While we all know the story of the Tsar and his family s captivity, Lost Roses explores the fate of the next tier of aristocracy and how they fared during the revolution She perfectly captures the anarchy, the treatment of the former people I appreciated Kelly s ability to weave historical facts into her storytelling As with Lilac Girls, the Ferriday story is the weakest of the bunch Other than covering the bigotry of the upper classes, there wasn t much tension Eliza was a true friend to the Russian emigres but her story lacked the drama of what was transpiring in Mother Russia and later in Paris Sofya and Varinka are both fictional, but it is their characters that interested me most Varinka, especially, showed the moral dilemmas facing ordinary Russians during the upheaval Anyone who enjoyed Lilac Girls will definitely appreciate Lost Roses I will be looking forward to Kelly s next book, which travels even further back in time to the family during Civil War days My thanks to netgalley and Random House for an advance copy of this book.

  8. Thomas says:

    4 stars for this historical fiction book It is a prequel to Lilac Girls and tells the story of Caroline Ferriday s mother, Eliza The book takes place from 1914 to 1920, The book is divided into chapters titled with the 3 main characters, Eliza, Sofya and Varinka Sofya is a cousin to the Tsarina and a member of the Russian aristocracy in 1914 Varinka is a peasant girl who goes to work as a nanny to Maxwell, Sofya s son Eliza is a friend of Sofya s family and lives in New York and Connecticut The Russian entrance into WWI and subsequent revolution change Sofya s and Varinka s life forever I enjoyed this book and found it to be an accurate portrayal of life in Russia, France and the US during this period My wife read this book before me and was appalled at the way the Russian aristocracy treated the peasants She did not like it as much as Lilac Girls But I found it to be an honest portrait of the corruption and extravagant lifestyle that led to the revolution.Some quotes How is the tsar helping I shrugged He believes if he supports the rich, prosperity will trickle down to the people Eliza meeting an actor Had he marinated himself in cologne When I went back to the house I found it in Agnessa s ruined townhouse Kept it alive since I left Russia Luba stroked a petal Poor lost roses Liked us, I suppose Thanks to Random House Publishing Group Ballantine Books for sending me this eARC through NetGalley LostRoses NetGalley

  9. Marialyce says:

    Turbulent times bring about much upheaval, destroying lives, making people make choices, decisions, that are often life threatening, and ultimately move in directions they never thought possible.If you have read The Lilac Girls, you already have been introduced to Caroline Ferriday In this book, Lost Roses, we take a step back in history and meet Caroline s mother, Eliza The story focuses on three women, Eliza Ferriday, a New York socialite, Sofya Streshnayva, a relation of the Tsar and a close friend of Eliza s, and Varinka Kozlov, a girl hired by the Streshnayva family to help in the household It is 1914 and the world is teetering on the brink of war Tensions are high, people are starving, and in Russia, upheaval is on the horizon as the Tsar is about to be overthrown and life for those associated or related to the royals is not only changing dramatically but also many are finding that their lives are ending Sofya and Varinka are in peril Sofya and her family, because of their proximity to royalty and Varinka, daughter of a well known fortune teller, because she and her mother are under the thumb of two evil revolutionaries are in danger They all find themselves caught up in the turmoil and unrest that threatens their very lives Meanwhile, in America, Eliza worries and does all she can to secure the safety of Sofya, knowing her friend and family is in a grave situation.Eliza Ferriday was a true friend She it is who we come to know not only as a friend but also as a compassionate woman who so understood the plight of her dearest friend, but also that of those who were able to escape and come to America, particularly to Southampton New York She did all she could to find her friend but she also did all within her power to aid those Russians so fallen from their previous status, to find jobs and new lives here in this country The author weaves a story of danger, a story of friendship, of love, done so well that the characters find their way into you heart and mind She makes them all come alive, giving authenticity to their feelings, their struggles, and their will to live This is a story of wealth, a story of a fall from that pedestal that many had experienced before the Communists came to power It is also a brief look into the lives of the peasants living under the Tsar and how their lives were bitter and oppressive Russia was ripe for revolution, and when it came, no one living there was ever the same As always, it is so wonderful to learn of things that are unknown in our history Ironically, my husband s family owned homes in Southampton not too far away from the places mentioned in this book It is always so interesting and riveting when one makes that connection to a place they once lived I highly recommend this book to all of those who love history and superior story telling Thank you to Martha Hall Kelly, Ballantine Books, and NetGalley for forwarding this exquisite story to me This book is due to be published on April 9, 2019You can also see my review

  10. Aga Durka says:

    When I found out that a prequel to Lilac Girls is coming out, I was very excited and I could not wait to get my hands on it And, oh boy, I am so glad I got a chance to read it early, before the publish date Lost Roses was as good as the author s first book I enjoyed it so much that I read it in one day I simply could not put it down I love historical fiction, and any book about the Romanov family will make my heart skip, but this one made my hear skip and flutter all over the place Martha Hall Kelly s writing is exquisite It sucked me in from first pages, and I just could not get enough of the characters, the beautiful descriptions, and the emotions it made me feel while reading this book Lost Roses is a story of three women from three different worlds Eliza, an American, is best friends with Sofya, a Russian aristocracy, family to the last Romanov tsar Verinka is a Russian peasant girl living in poverty during Russian Revolution These three women so different from each other have in common than we could ever imagine The author masterfully intertwines their lives together and tells a story that will keep the reader on his her toes until the end There was not one dull moment in this beautiful story and I highly recommend this book to all the historical fiction genre lovers.Thank you NetGalley, Random House Publishing Group Ballantine Books, and the author, Martha Hall Kelly, for giving me an opportunity to read and review this wonderful book in exchange for my honest opinion.