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Remembrance of Blue Roses follows a man and a married couple in New York City, whose intricate relationship oscillates among friendship, love, love-triangle, and even obsession. Its romantic ambience is interwoven with classical music, opera, art, family legend, and international affairs, illuminating the lives of international civil servants at the United Nations and the ...more
Paperback, 294 pages
Published April 1st 2016 by Bookbaby
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LauraBeth
Sep 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book packs a big punch with interesting elements: the backdrop of the U.N. friendship, betrayal, love, tragedy, a violinist, art, and complex emotional relationships with well-developed characters. I liked that the main character examined his choices and exhibited true emotional growth. It did take me a few pages to really get into it but once I did, I couldn't put it down. ...more
Lori
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, contemporary
I was a goodreads giveaway winner of "Remembrance of Blue Roses" this story is seen through Mark's eyes. He is an artist but works for the U.N. building. His friend Hans also works there both speak a couple languages to work at the U.N. Building. Hans introduces his wife "Yukari" to Mark.She is from Japan and she is a professional violin Player. Mark and Yukari have an instant attraction to each other but keep it careful since she is married to his friend Hans. Over the months they spend a lot o ...more
Rona
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
I won this book through Goodreads. Most of the book takes place in 1999-2000 in NYC near my work and home and that interested me. The story kept me involved and I wanted to know what would happen next the whole time I was reading. It was both happy and sad. The author's descriptions of art and music were wonderful. There was a bit too much technical details about the inside workings of the U.N. for my liking, but other than that, I enjoyed it. I finished it in 2 days with a tear in my eye. ...more
Gayle Cappelluti
May 08, 2016 rated it did not like it
I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway, and although I didn't spend a penny on it, what I wasted on it in time was far more valuable. Fortunately, I am a quick reader, so I wasted only a day, but even this was too much. Because I have the annoying need to finish every book I begin, I refused to put it down and read to the very last line of a ludicrous book. The plot was more than silly, the language stilted, the premise ridiculous. Much of it made no sense, whatsoever, like planting roses in th ...more
Jessica
Dec 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: to-finish-maybe
I used to have a need to finish every book I started. Thankfully, I gave that up a long time ago. My time is too valuable to waste on a book with, frankly, childish writing. I just couldn’t get through the horrible dialogue. Paragraphs wasted describing symphonies? A husband having no idea about his wife’s illness that she just opens about to an almost stranger? No. I have no idea how good the story might be. But I can say that I’ll never find out.
Carol
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This story is told through the eyes of Mark and mainly deals with his relationship with a married couple. I enjoyed the parts of it that dealt with working for the United Nations, music, art, and the blue roses that title the book. The language is simple and while it is set in present day it has the feel of a Victorian novel. I believe the author was presenting Mark and his relationships as sincere but I thought his outlook most odd to the point that it started to amuse me. As I said, I don't th ...more
Lnichols
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
I received this book through the Goodreads giveaways. Loved the book! Yorker Keith does a fantastic job with his own "painting of words" that are so vivid that you can actually visualize them in your mind as you read is story.
The characters of Mark, Hans and Yukari are intertwined in a beautifully written love story that will stay with you throughout the book.
Yes, there is friendship, trust and love among the friends as well as death. But the book also shows the characters rising above the obsta
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Anne Marie
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
i loved the changes that the characters in the book made when going from young adults to full adulthood. This story was sad but, had to be read to the end to get the fullness of the story and characters.

Thank you to the author, Yorker Keith and also the Goodreads First Reads Program for a copy of this book.
Laurie
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this book as a good reads giveaway winner and how lucky I was. I appreciated the authors development of characters, how they are fully and beautifully written. The story did flow well and will last in your mind for a long while. Well done !
Tammy
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I recieved this book as a goodreads giveaways winner. Thought the beginning of book was slow, but once I got into it really enjoyed the characters and story. Thank you for a good read.
Leona Sweet
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book. Many different nationalities and how they all became close friends and how the title of the book came about. Blue is my favorite color and would have enjoyed seeing these roses if they were real. I found that I didn't want to put the book down. ...more
Stacy
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this book in a goodreads giveaway. This was a bittersweet read. While not really action packed it explores the complexity of human relationships and emotions. Well worth the read.
Susan Csoke
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An interesting and intriguing compilation of human relationships and the complexities of some relationships. A very good read!!!!! THANKYOU GOODREADS FOR THIS FREE BOOK.
Marsha Paul
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great book! I'd love to hear more of the lives of Mark and Annie! ...more
Diana Petty-stone
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An exquisitely written love story intricacy woven together with classical music, art and opera within the shadows of the United Nations and a peacekeeping mission to Sarajevo. A love story that will linger with you for a long time.
Entrada Book Review
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Navigating the United Nations business is complex, however, navigating personal relationships can be just as difficult. Mark Sanders knows this as much as anyone else. Remembrance of Blue Roses begins at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which is telling considering that this short novel revolves around a group of companions who value artistry considerably more than others do. Coming across his old friend Mark as he is casually working on a painting, Hans Schmidt excitedly introduces his wife. Imm ...more
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This was a quite unusual read for me.
I rarely pick up books that talk about relationship and the hardships that can occur in them.
Especially, if there might be talk of infidelity. I have a soft spot for this kind of stuff.

But, still, this book managed to make me overcome my hesitation and read it almost in one sitting!
The writing style of the author might have played a huge part to that, as it flowed so naturally, and I enjoyed so much the way everything was des
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Danielle Urban
May 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Remembrance of Blue Roses by Yorker Keith is about loyalty, friendship, and love. The story swept me off my feet and into a beautiful yet sad tale. The ending brought back a little bit of peace to my heart. This literary novel is well-written. The characters are well-developed. Their friendship, betrayal, and desires will keep readers hooked. Friends stay true to another even until the end. A man who lusts after another man's wife tries keeping the couple together. Soon the three are happy again ...more
Sharon
Jun 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, first-reads
The story itself is interesting, the relationships could have been pivotal. Here's what I see: the writing is the "telling" sort, which means for the reader it reads in a boring sort of way, even if the story is interesting. If it had been related to us in a more interesting way, this could be an excellent book. I found many things too unbelievable or just wrong, like the description of breast milk, which is thin and sweet, not what the author described. Because the author works for the UN, he c ...more
Jeryl
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Remembrance of Blue Roses is the story of bachelor, Mark and married couple, Hans and Yukari. Hans and Mark meet when they both go to work for the United Nations. When Hans introduces Mark to his wife, Yukari all three of their lives become irrevocably changed as their three lives are completely entwined. This is a very engaging book that will keep you enthralled from the first page to the last . It is a true love story not only involving the love between a man and a wife but the love between fr ...more
Lee
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a very unique book. I read it straight through, because there was a special voice to it, and I found it captivating. From the beginning, Mark Sanders has a close bond to Yukari and her husband Hans. I liked the way the book showcased their different nationalities and their work at the United Nations. It was also interesting the music talked about in the book. Yukari's violin playing and different concerts were featured. Most of all, the different people and relationships that Mark had w ...more
Genoveva Uzunova
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful novel! A ver romantic story about friendship and love with unusual twists and turns. The main character Mark seems to follow his feelings and intuition which sometimes hurt people's feelings a lot but in the end turn out for the best for everyone. I am not sure i agreed with all of his choices. There were some sad developments of the plot which I wish had turned out in a different way. But the novel was very engaging and interesting. I enjoyed reading about the Metropolitan Museum of A ...more
Chelene
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I had insomnia & stayed up most of the night reading a couple of books.
I'm very glad that I decided to read this one . Very touching & moving.
I really wish I was capable of writing a decent review.
I typically only leave stars because I feel I cannot come up with the words needed to adequately describe how much I enjoyed a book.
This is one book I enjoyed enough to leave a very heartfelt, yet awkward review.
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Barbara Leuthe
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book made you happy made you sad,taught you about true unbreaking love.Hans ,Yukari and Mark were so loyal to each other and really became one.Laugh ,cry this book made you do each .I dont want to ruin the book but the end is just so beautiful and sad it makes you think about what is important in life.I received this book free as part of goodreads giveaways.
Carlene
Oct 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
An unsual story. With several people, involved. The ending was some what sad. But the only way to end it.
John Morrison
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I won this book through the giveaways. This book is all over the place but in a good way. It really works well. Definitely give it a read!
Deborah
Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great book, found the storyline great. Would Highly recommend reading.
Sally Lindsay-briggs
This was a Goodreads Giveaway gift. The first part was filled with far too much detail about the United Nations, it was somewhat interesting but then the reader had to put up with all the abreviations for the different departments. Also, when Hans was in Sarajevo the observations were in far too much detail and it was boring. The story line was okay, a three way friendship between a couple and a man. Mark loved Yukari but never overstepped his bounds. Hans didn't seem to mind the closeness felt ...more
Freyja Vanadis
Jul 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this as a Goodreads giveaway and I wanted to love this book, especially because the author wrote a very warm inscription in my copy. However, I was only able to make it through the first 50 pages before I gave up. For starters, my first clue should have been the fact that he self-published the book and obviously didn't have the services of an editor. That could have prevented the many spelling mistakes I ran across, including one of my all-time pet peeves, "discretely". While that is ...more
Nan O'Leary
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book since it was a Goodreads giveaway. First, I disliked the main character because of how he treated women. Then I realized all the female characters were written poorly. Mark divorced his wife because she couldn't become pregnant. She remarried and quickly has a baby. Mark lamented that he should have stayed married because he would now have a son. Doesn't work that way!
Another women throws herself at him and a third isn't considered strong enough to live without
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Yorker Keith lives in Manhattan, New York City. He received an MFA in creative writing at The New School, and undertook post-baccalaureate studies in English and comparative literature at Columbia University.


His debut novel "Remembrance of Blue Roses" (2016) won the Pacific Book Awards 2017 in the best fiction category.
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