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Lost Roses

(Lilac Girls #2)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  38,354 ratings  ·  3,968 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, 432 pages
Published April 9th 2019 by Ballantine Books
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Linda Still It truly doesn't matter. In fact her next book will be a prequel to Lost Roses, going even further back into the family of Eliza.…moreIt truly doesn't matter. In fact her next book will be a prequel to Lost Roses, going even further back into the family of Eliza.(less)
Gary Parkes The book will be published in the Spring 2019. Yes, advance copies are expected later this year.

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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
Shelves: drtbr2
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 Manha
Feb 26, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lost Roses (Lilac Girls #2) by Martha Hall Kelly (Author), Kathleen Gati (Narrator), Tavia Gilbert (Narrator), Karissa Vacker (Narrator), Catherine Taber (Narrator)

Lost Roses is a backwards sequel to Lilac Girls. The real life Caroline Ferriday was featured in Lilac Girls, and In Lost Roses, her mother, Eliza Ferriday, is featured. We can see where Caroline got her drive to help others, as Eliza Ferriday works to help White Russian families find safety, homes, and work, as they escape the revolu
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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!
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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 really liked it
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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
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
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
Lost Roses is the second book of the Lilac Girls series, but chronologically is the prequel to Martha Hall Kelly’s The Lilac Girls, a story about the lives of three women during World War II. The connecting thread between these two stories is Eliza Ferriday, a socialite who has travelled to both Paris and St. Petersburg, regularly visiting her close friend Sofya Streshnayva, cousin of the Romanov family. And then the looming troubles and rumours of war erupt into war, making travel ...more
Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)
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
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.

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 Ro ...more
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Disappointing. I enjoyed Lilac Girls a lot & was really looking forward to this prequel. The first part of the book moved smoothly and I was enjoying the way the story was unfolding. Then about half way through the writing and storyline just started a downward spiral. The situations and the characters reactions were not believable at all... almost to the point of absurdity. Example: A love interest is finally found (after not being heard from in years) injured in a Paris military hospital and th ...more
3.75 stars rounded up - Martha Hall Kelly employs a point of view in ‘Lost Roses’ that allows the reader to access perspectives of both the aristocrats and the peasants or working class. Kelly’s characters are wonderfully dimensional but reflect the social and political structure of Russia during the time period of 1912-1921. It is a timeline that includes Russia entering into WW I on August 1, 1914, the February 1917 Revolution, the October 1917 Revolution, the Russian Civil War, and the assass ...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
Mar 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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☆
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
The second book by this author and in this series takes us back from WWII to WWI and following Caroline Ferriday's mother- Eliza. What an incredible family of women that Kelly is taking inspiration from.

Told from three alternating perspectives, we are quickly taken on a road running from Russian revolutionists. Eliza Ferriday and Sofya Stepanovich are great friends, connected via Paris. Eliza quickly leaves and heads home to NY while Sofya and her prestigious family head to the towards to seek
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.
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's 1914. Eliza Ferriday lives comfortably with her family in the NYC area. Years earlier she met Sofya Streshnayva, a cousin to the Romanovs, in Paris and they became fast friends. Sofya and her family had been visiting Eliza and her family and Eliza is excited to be traveling back to St. Petersburg with them to see the beauty of Russia and meet the tsar and his family at the White Palace. But the Russian dynasty is on the brink of war and an uprising of revolutionaries are determined to toppl ...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 timi
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 mother 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
I listened to the unabridged audio LOST ROSES written by Martha Hall Kelly and read by Kathleen Gati, Tavia Gilbert, Karissa Vacker, and Catherine Taber with a Note read by the Author.

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 Saint Petersburg with Sofya Streshnayva, a cousin of the Romanovs. The two met years ago one summer in Paris and became close confidantes. No
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A prequel to the LILAC GIRLS and this one is such a fabulous book, I love Martha's writings she is a very professional and talented Author when it comes to historical fiction! The structure of her writings is so unique and wonderful and you can fall easily in love with her intriguing stories! All the acts of the book are so well connected and the book is told from three different point of views, the book has such a beautiful background settings and the characters are great personalized!
Lost Ros
Connie G
"Lost Roses" was inspired by the life of the real Eliza Ferriday and her work helping Russian emigres during World War I. When the Bolsheviks gained power in Russia, the previously wealthy White Russians were in a desperate situation and were forced to flee. The book follows Eliza's fictional best friend Sofya as she deals with terrible losses, but struggles to survive and save her son. An impoverished Russian young woman, Varinka, faces challenges from an abusive man and is the third central ch ...more
Grace W
Mar 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
I honestly do not understand the hype for this book. I never read Lilac Girls and this does not inspire me to do so. Every point of view from the three women felt like three completely different books. At no point did I feel like I understood these characters nor did I come to care for them. There are several plot threads that are simply dropped. The book is also extremely lengthy coming in at 421 pages and you feel every single one of them. For such a long story not a whole lot actually happens ...more
Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly

April 2019
Historical fiction
Random House Publishing
Rating: 5/5

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 WW
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. ...more
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
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Martha grew up in Massachusetts and now splits her time between Connecticut and New York City. She worked as an advertising copywriter for many years and raised three splendid children, while researching and writing Lilac Girls, her first novel. She has loved writing the other two books about Caroline's family, Lost Roses, which features Caroline's mother during WWI and Sunflower Sisters, a Civil ...more

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