NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The million-copy bestseller Lilac Girls introduced the real-life heroine Caroline Ferriday. Now Lost Roses, 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.
“Not only a brilliant historical tale, but a love song to all the ways our friendships carry us through the worst of times.”—Lisa Wingate, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours
It is 1914, and the world has been on the brink of war so often, 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 Romanovs. 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: the church with the interior covered in jeweled mosaics, the Rembrandts at the tsar’s Winter Palace, the famous ballet.
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 fortune-teller’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 and aristocratic countryside estates to the avenues of Paris where a society of fallen Russian émigrés live to the mansions of Long Island, the lives of Eliza, Sofya, and Varinka will intersect in profound ways. In her newest powerful tale told through female-driven perspectives, Martha Hall Kelly celebrates the unbreakable bonds of women’s friendship, especially during the darkest days of history.
Praise for Lost Roses
“A charming and vividly rendered historical novel . . . Based on true events, this prequel to Lilac Girls transports.”—People
“Inspired by true events, just like its predecessor, and just as well-researched, Lost Roses is a remarkable story and another testament to female strength. This sweeping epic will thrill and delight fans of Lilac Girls and readers of historical fiction alike.”—PopSugar
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Set during World War II, Martha Hall Kelly’s Lilac Girls hit our historical-fiction sweet spot: detailed research and action mixed with strong female characters and a little romance. This prequel is just as compelling. Manhattan socialite Eliza Ferriday visits her wealthy Russian friend, Sofya, in St. Petersburg, but the outbreak of World War I plunges their privileged world into chaos. While Eliza escapes, Sofya and her servant, Varinka, face warfare and the fall of the czar at home. Blending fact and fiction, Lost Roses is a powerful tale of friendship, generosity, and courage during the most turbulent of times.
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Loved, couldn’t put down. I had already read Lilac Girls and cannot wait for Martha Hall Kelly’s next book. Highly recommend - I got lost in the culture and time, on an amazing journey back in time.
Lost Roses is a prequel to the wonderful Lilac Girls. Both are historical fiction novels by Martha Hall Kelly. Lost Roses centers on three very different women during the Russian Revolution and the First World War. These women are from different countries and have vastly different backgrounds but their lives become intertwined. You see excess wealth and devastating poverty. You travel the globe from the United State to Russia to Europe. I felt like a time traveler witnessing this time from three very different perspectives. I think you will enjoy the travels as much as I did. Then if you have not read Lilac Girls, I suggest you read it to see how someone from the next generation experiences the next World War.
I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy from netgalley. It did not influence my review since I already loved this author and Lilac Girls.
Just buy new roses. (duh)