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Lost Roses

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  231 ratings  ·  150 reviews
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 ti
Hardcover, 448 pages
Expected publication: April 9th 2019 by Ballantine Books
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Gary Parkes The book will be published in the Spring 2019. Yes, advance copies are expected later this year.
Bonnie Plante I read Lilac Girls first but I really don't think it would matter. The novels are stand alone books.

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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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, Russ
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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 Manhatt
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, 2019-ng, blog-tour
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 more... I think for me all the characters in this book were more relatable, and I felt compassion for all of them... really the only common thread
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 sid ...more
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
ARC kindly provided by the author after I shyly asked if she could send me one:) (All my opinions are my own)


I was very excited to continue the story of this amazing family and learning about Caroline's mother Eliza. (view spoiler)

The writing: 4 stars
Characters: 4 stars
Plot: 4 stars

Bad timin
Kelly Coyle-Crivelli
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The moment you realize that the second book is just as intelligent, respectful and endearing as the first... I have waited for a new book from Martha Hall Kelly and am so honored that I was able to read this one early, I loved it. (And my obsession with books about Russia was fed!) Can't wait for the next one and will plan a trip to the Ferriday home as soon as I can get there. These are women that should be celebrated.
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This fantastic new book is a prequel to The Lilac Girls. It features Caroline's mother, Eliza during the time period of WWI and the Russian revolution. As with the Lilac Girls, this book features strong women who are working and sacrificing to make the world a better place during a difficult time in world history. (Note - you don't need to read The Lilac Girls before you read Lost Roses. However, Lilac Girls is such a fantastic book that you need to make sure that you read it soon.)

Eliza is a ha
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Lost Roses is historical fiction that follows the lives of three women, Sofya, Varinka, and Eliza, during the years immediately preceding and throughout the Russian Revolution. Told through the alternating POVs of these three women, we see how the Russian Revolution affected them and their families, following them from New York to St. Petersburg to Malinov, Russia to Paris, to New York. Much of the story centers around Max, Sofya’s son, born in New York, taken to Russia as an infant, and brought ...more
Jen (The Bookish Blonde)
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When I first discovered Martha Hall Kelly and Lilac Girls, I couldn’t stop sharing the book with everyone I knew. As a huge historical fiction fan, the book captivated me. When my book club read it, Martha graciously offered to Skype with us to talk about Lilac Girls. At that time, she mentioned she was working on 2 prequels. I was so thrilled to hear that she would be sharing more of the stories of the Ferriday women and I was so thankful to receive an advance copy of Lost Roses from Martha. Lo ...more
Pam Jenoff
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The author of the epic Lilac Girls returns with a tale set during World War I, cleverly braiding the tales of Eliza Ferriday, a cousin of the Romaonovs in Russia, and the daughter of a fortune teller, who brings with her unknown danger.
Susan Peterson
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Historical fiction is at its best when the author seamlessly melds facts with a compelling story and characters with genuine voices from the time period of the novel. Lost Roses ticks off all the boxes; I was transported to the early 20th century of Russia in the midst of the turmoil of both the revolution and the Great War as I became emotionally involved with the characters. I appreciated that the story was told from several viewpoints: Eliza, an American woman who devotes herself to providing ...more
Rhonda Ruff
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My first book of 2019! Thank you to the wonderful goodreads team for this book! I have to be honest and say I did have a hard time at first keeping track of everyone and what was happening. That being said after that I could not put it down! Loved each story of these 3 strong women! And I was happy the way it all turned out!
If you loved The Lilac Girls, be sure to read Lost Roses! Lost Roses is the prequel and tells the story of Eliza Ferriday, Caroline's mother. The story is told from the viewpoints of Eliza, Sofya, a cousin to tsar Nicholas, and Varinka, a poor Russian woman. I love the multiple viewpoints because I was able to understand each character's reasons for decisions made. Martha Hall Kelly did an incredible job of describing the Russian splendor before the fall and the devastation and violence after. I ...more
Amy Bruno
'Men may leave, but books will always remain true."

I've been wanting to read Martha Hall Kelly ever since The Lilac Girls was released and the reading community went crazy over it. So when I received the email from Suzy asking to host this blog tour, I did a little happy dance and immediately signed on! I am so glad that I did!

Lost Roses is based on the true story of Eliza Ferriday, the mother of Caroline Ferriday who is featured in The Lilac Girls. In Lost Roses, we follow three women - Eliza,
Tiffany Foskey
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
OMG LOVED THIS!!!!!!! The prequel to Lilac Roses is amazing!!!!! Wasn't sure if i would like it because it's a prequel which is usually wrote first ya know but i was wrong in my way of thinking lol. In Lost Roses you meet a young Eliza Ferriday(Caroline from Lilac Roses mother). It turns out Caroline is more like her mother than she knew. We also meet 2 other women and follow all three women's journey during WW I. These 3 women are all strong courageous women in their own right as they fight to ...more
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Martha Hall Kelly's follow up historical fiction novel "Lost Roses" is a prequel to her previous bestseller "Lilac Girls" and is coming in April 2019. Meeting up with a much younger Caroline Ferriday, "Lost Roses" follows more closely her mother, Eliza Ferriday and her charitable work to help the "White Russian" immigrants fleeing wartorn Russia during WWI. One of Eliza's beloved classmates from Switzerland, Sofya, a cousin to the Tsar and Tsarina of Russia, is forced from her estate in Russia a ...more
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved Martha Hall Kelly's first novel, Lilac Girls, and was so excited when I heard she was writing a prequel to it. Lost Roses lived up to all my expectations. Once I began reading Lost Roses, I found it difficult to put it down.

In Lost Roses, Martha Hall Kelly told Caroline's mother, Eliza Woolsey Mitchell's story.. It followed Eliza's life and how she first became involved with her tireless charitable help she offered the "White Russian" immigrants who were escaping the horrors of the Russi
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly is the prequel to bestseller Lilac Girls. I had the opportunity to read an advance copy of this novel thanks to Ballantine Books, Random House, Suzy Approved Book Tours and Martha Hall Kelly. I was really excited to delve into this one because Lilac Girls is one of my all-time favorite books.

This prequel installment again follows three women except this time we get to know Eliza Ferriday (for Lilac Girls fans - Caroline's mother.) Eliza is introduced as a young wo
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! So glad I received this ARC. After finishing “Lilac Girls” I had to dive into this one right away. I love historical fiction, especially Russian historical fiction.

Following the same narrative style of “Lilac Girls,” we are introduced to three women from different backgrounds. Eliza Ferriday, Caroline’s mother from “Lilac Girls,” is an American living on the East Coast. Her good friend, Sofya, a Russian woman of nobility visits Eliza with her family. There, Sofya gives birth to her son Max,
Linda Zagon
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lindas Book Obsession Reviews “Lost Roses” by Martha Hall Kelly

Martha Hall Kelly, Author of “Lost Roses” has written an eloquent, poignant, intriguing, intense and captivating novel. In this prequel to
“Lilac Girls” where we met the heroine Carolyn Ferriday, we step back in time to be introduced to her mother Eliza. “Lost Roses” follows some of the characters from St, Petersburg to Paris and New York, around World War One. The timeline for this story is around 1914 and goes to the past and futu
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
Our community is very familiar with Martha Hall Kelly after the release of Lilac Girls and now here is a new historical fiction novel based on Caroline from Lilac Girls' mother Eliza. Eliza travels with Sofya who is a cousin of the infamous Romanov family. The adventures Eliza and Sofya get themselves into including meeting Varinka who later becomes their friend regardless of her dangerous past and the value she brings to seeing their future. Fans of Lilac Girls are sure to enjoy this novel and ...more
Emmy L.
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was pleasantly surprised to find that I LOVED Lost Roses just as much, if not more than Lilac Girls. Russia in the 1910's is dark and a bit magical and Kelly made the luxury and beauty of Southampton come alive in contrast. The characters were just as endearing, smart, strong and complicated as I hoped they'd be and it was so fun to learn more about Lilac Girls characters that I loved so much. I read it in a couple days and am already yearning for the next one!
Beth R.
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was SO excited to receive an ARC of Martha Hall Kelly’s second book - and just loved it! Like Lilac Girls, I couldn’t put it down. Highly recommend. 🌹
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Historical Fiction is my favorite genre and nobody writes it better than Martha Kelly Hall. She stole my heart with her first novel The Lilac Girls and has me feeling all of the same feels with her new novel The Lost Roses.

Thank you NetGalley, the author and publisher for the privilege of reading an advanced readers copy of The Lost Roses in exchange for an honest review.

I devoured this story quickly within a couple of sittings. Sadly my time had been broken up by holiday obligations and adult
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
My head still hurts from crying! What a great way to end the reading year. I was fortunate to obtain an ARC from Net Galley since I was anxious to read this prequel to The Lilac Girls. In terms of being swept up in the story emotionally, I believe I enjoyed this book even more. Both books portray incredibly strong women, at the center of which are two generations of real life heroines, all of whom overcome incredible challenges and heartbreaks. How that happens is fantastical at times, but this ...more
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Martha Hall Kelly has done it again. Lost Roses is the stunningly beautiful, intricate and well woven sequel (well, actually prequel) to Lilac Girls. Set a generation before Lilac Girls, Lost Roses reunites readers with Ms. Caroline Ferriday as a child and her mother Eliza Ferriday. I must say, it was lovely seeing the growth of the Caroline we all know and love, following in her mother’s footsteps.

The Lost Roses tells the stories of three women during WWI and The Bolshevik Revolution. Mrs. Eli
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hello to my first book hangover of 2019! I stayed up late last night bc i couldnt put it down and woke up super early because it was in my thoughts and dreams. LOST ROSES by Martha Hall Kelly is BEYOND amazing. I loved loved loved LILAC GIRLS. Lilac Girls was the story of American actress/socialite/activist Caroline Ferriday; LOST ROSES is her Mother Eliza's story. From war torn, devastated St Petersburg to the hopeful city of Paris to the saving shores of the Unites States this novel captivates ...more
Dianne Withers
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved following the Woolsey women and their dedication to helping desperate women in unthinkable circumstances. I am anxiously awaiting Martha Hall Kelly’s next installment in this trilogy, the matriarch, Caroline Ferriday’s great-grandmother Jane Eliza Newton Woolsey and the fight against slavery.
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
With Lost Roses, Martha Hall Kelly demonstrates once again how a great story and great writing can come together for a fantastic reading experience. Loved Eliza Ferriday in Lilac Girls and so it is fun that the author built this prequel around her and her amazing life. The settings, Russia, Paris, New York, the Hamptons and Bethlehem CT. came alive in my imagination. The vivid scenes and characters come through. And, as usual, Kelly is expert at creating emotional connections and reactions. Hist ...more
Nov 12, 2018 marked it as to-read
Absolutely loved Lilac Girls and can't wait to read Lost Roses!
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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, coming this April and is thrilled she doesn't have to say good-bye to Caroline and Eli ...more
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