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Lost Roses

(Lilac Girls)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  1,514 ratings  ·  489 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
Published 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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Angela M
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 Ravensbrück, 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 more 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 R ...more
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
Holly  B
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, arc, 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
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley

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 th
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 Connecticu
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 clos
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am probably one of the few people left on this planet who has not yet read Lilac Girls , Martha Hall Kelly’s debut novel about real life heroine Caroline Ferriday during World War II. The book has actually been on my TBR for quite some time and I even own a copy of it, but unfortunately, I have struggled to find the time to read it (which hopefully will be rectified soon). Despite not having read Lilac Girls , I was still excited to have received an ARC of Kelly’s second novel Lost Roses , ...more
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Won this ARC in a GoodReads Giveaway. Lost Roses is a prequel to the excellent Lilac Girls and focuses on Caroline's mother Eliza Ferriday and her work in assisting White Russian Emigres as well as a another pair of storylines about her good friend Sofya who gets caught up in the revolution and a peasant girl Varinka who is working for Sofya's family just prior to it. If you loved Lilac Girls (and I did) then you will love probably love Lost Roses as much as I did.

I am fascinated by the the leg
I was very excited to get my hands on this due to all the high praise of the author's previous work, Lilac Girls. I had not read that book (as I had genre fatigue at the time), but I jumped at this one because I felt like WWI fiction isn't as prevalent and I spent a great deal of time studying Russian history in college.

The story is told in what is now a familiar format from three different perspectives. An American socialite, Eliza, a cousin to the Tsar, Sofya, and a poor villager, Varinka. I
Aga Durka
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

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.
Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly

April 2019
Historical fiction
Random House Publishing

I received a digital copy of this ARC from NetGalley and Random House in exchange for an unbiased review.

I am thrilled to be reviewing this new novel by Martha Hall Kelly. I absolutely loved her book The Lilac Girls and have often recommended it to others. The Lilac Girls featured a real-life heroine, Caroline Ferriday, during WWII. In Lost Roses, the author’s second novel, the story takes us back to WWI and Carol
In Martha Hall Kelly’s Lilac Girls , we meet three women during the World War II years. Lost Roses , takes us back to the years prior to and during World War I. Caroline Ferriday, who was one of the “lilac girls,” is a lesser character in this story. Instead, her daughter Eliza is one of the three young ladies who are central to this turbulent historic fiction novel.

In 1914 Europe is teetering on the brink of war. Eliza is set to travel to St. Petersburg with her friend, Sofya Streshnayva, a r
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.
Jenna Bookish
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
My thanks to Ballantine Books and NetGalley for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and are not influenced by the publisher. 

Lost Roses is a prequel to Lilac Girls, and both books feature Caroline Ferriday, although Lost Roses focuses more on Caroline's mother, Eliza, than on Caroline herself. the two books can definitely be read in either order and I don't think it would impact how much you would enjoy either one. Lost Roses follows the inter
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
*Happy publication day Martha Hall Kelly*

4.5 historical fiction stars rounded up

I read “Lilac Girls” back in 2016 and loved it and I’ve been anxiously waiting for the next book from Martha Hall Kelly. Let me just say that she did not disappoint with this one. “Lost Roses” left my heart reeling, set against WWI and the Russian revolution.

This book checks all my favorite boxes: historical fiction, richly drawn characters, and a compelling plot that kept me turning the pages. The author employs an
Karen Kay
I received this from in exchange for a review.

Told from three different viewpoints, this story sweeps back and forth from Russia and America as WW 1 marches through Eliza, Sofya and Varinka's lives.

I really liked The Lilac Girls but was kind of disappointed with this one. I had a hard time finding the pacing of this story and was never truly vested with any of the characters.

2.5 rounded up to 3☆
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
2019 is the year for historical fiction! Martha Hall Kelly's Lost Roses is the prequel to her smashing success Lilac Girls, and with this story, we go time travel back a generation to Caroline's childhood in New York. Her mother Eliza is friends with Russian aristocrat Sofya Streshnayva, and both are traveling on holiday through Russia together. Sofya is actually related to the Romanov family and enjoys a life of luxury that is definitely most enviable. Eliza quickly learns about how World War ...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
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
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,
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
And this time she takes us to the era of World War I.

Martha Hall Kelly’s Lilac Girls was a phenomenal hit and her new prequel, Lost Roses, holds on to that esteem. When that first novel is such a hit, it makes you wonder…can the next one be as big? Is it possible to wow us as much as the first time?

The answer is a resounding yes. With Lost Roses, Kelly has yet another extraordinary tale on her hands. Also inspired by real events, this novel is set a generation earlier during the brink of the Fi
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
Rating: 4.5 stars rounded up to 5 engaging stars

This is Martha Hall Kelly’s follow-up book to her best seller, Lilac Girls. I have a feeling that this book will be another best seller! For me, this was one of those compelling, ‘Can’t It Put Down’ books.

‘Lost Roses’ is set the generation before the events in ‘Lilac Girls’. The story starts in 1914 where we meet Eliza Ferriday as she hosts a Russian family at her mother’s beach house in Southhampton, NY. The Streshnayva family are cousins of the
Carol (Reading Ladies)
Thanks to #netgalley #randomhouse for my free review copy of #lostroses by @marthahallkelly in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Fans of Lilac Girls will be interested in the prequel, Lost Roses, as it shares the story of Caroline Ferriday’s mother, Eliza. The story is told from three perspectives: Eliza Ferriday, a New York socialite; Sofya, a Russian aristocrat and cousin to the Romanovs; and Varinka, a Russian peasant and fortune teller’s daughter. The story begins in 19
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
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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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