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The Poppy & the Rose

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1912: Ava Knight, a teen heiress, boards the Titanic to escape the shadow of her unstable mother and to fulfill her dream of becoming a photographer in New York. During the journey she meets three people who will change her life: a handsome sailor, a soldier in the secret Black Hand society that will trigger World War I, and a woman with clairvoyant abilities. When disaste ...more
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Published October 6th 2020 by Owl Hollow
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Dannii Elle
It is 1912 and Ava Knight is journeying with her father onboard the majestic and unsinkable new ship, the Titanic, when a figure offers her the chance to fulfil her one greatest wish, in payment for her eyes...

It is 2010 and Taylor Romano has ventured from America to the UK plagued with questions about the myriad of mysteries that surround her father, and which he can't himself answer for after his untimely demise.

How are these two perspectives interlinked, when so many years and tragedies separ
Ashlee Cowles
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Are you obsessed with any of the following?
*The Titanic
*Downton Abbey
*Oxford University
*World War I history
*Gothic novels
*T.S. Eliot's poetry
*Glastonbury Abbey
*Women photographers
*A playful take on old-fashioned British murder mystery tropes
*Multi-generational family sagas

Then I wrote this story for YOU! Pre-order here . Join my community of readers to receive free bonuses like a photography scrapbook from Ava's journey on the Titanic!
Oct 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
I am not gonna lie this book got me at 'Titanic'. Plus a YA, Mystery, historical fiction? I just have to. The moment I started reading the first few pages I am truly filled with fondness because I love a good family-driven story. And this is somewhat a big part of this book and of course a bit of a romance and a lot of mystery and intrigue.

The story follows two timelines in which we meet Ava, a young photographer and heiress who's life was changed the moment she steps foot onto the Titanic, and
★ Jeanette Trinidad ★
Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, reviewed
Spoiler free review

This book sold me at titanic. Come on, a titanic mystery book!? Of course I had to pick it up. The poppy and the rose has two separate timelines, one during the time of the titanic and one in modern time. I found myself being intrigued to solve the mystery and eager to learn more about Ava’s story. I’m new to books by Ashlee and this absolutely swept me away. I will definitely look into reading more books by her.

The story starts with Taylor trying to find out who a mys
ivy ♡
eARC provided by the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review. all opinions are my own

*3.5 stars*

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🌹 side indian character
🌹 side black character



1912 : ava knight, a rebellious but slightly spoilt english heiress, boards the apparently unsinkable titanic with her father in order to pursue her dream of being a professional photographer in new york. once aboard, she meets a man who promises to satisfy the one thing she wants most i
I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Ever since I saw The Poppy & the Rose was a book that really intrigued me. Mostly because of the cover and the title but once I read the synopsis - I was basically hooked and wanted to dive into the book.

In it, you will meet Ava and Taylor. They are living in different timelines and have pretty different lives. Sometimes the dual timelines works for me but this one seemed a bit odd because nothing was really meshing with me
Sep 17, 2020 rated it liked it
If this book had a single narrator I would have rated it much higher.

“The Poppy and the Rose” follows Taylor as she visits London to participate in an exchange program at Oxford but her real focus is to uncover the truth behind the photo of her late father with another woman. Along the way she meets her older benefactor who claims to know who the woman is and will share that information at the cost of listening to her story but when that older woman is found dead a larger plot is revealed.

Nov 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Thanks to Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book. This is such a great premise for a book. It is told in 2 timelines and that was well done. It grabbed me in the beginning but somewhere along the way, it lost that excitement. It tied together nicely but by that point, I really didn't care too much. ...more
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
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I love a Titanic-inspired story! It's all so tragic and you know if nothing else, it's going to leave you feeling some stuff. And this book was definitely no exception! I mostly enjoyed it, though a few things were iffy, so let's dive into a round of "yays" and "nays"!

The Yays:

►The settings/time periods. So not only was the "past" part of the story obviously set in 1912 (because
Mar 01, 2021 marked it as pfp-2020
Shelves: ya
You had me at Titanic.
Oct 03, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Family secrets, treasure hunts, a very suspicious death, creepy old houses, a woman with clairvoyant abilities, the Titanic and a stunning cover. This story had every ingredient for awesomeness but, unfortunately, it didn’t deliver what I expected it to.

We follow Taylor as she arrives in Oxford for a summer journalism program, but the real reason why she’s in England is to find out more about her late father and the secrets he kept. Before she’s had the time to unpack her suitcase, she is invite
Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ava
Shelves: 4-stars
i don't get the title but the content was surprising good ...more
Megan Stearman
Oct 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Poppy & the Rose is a short, quick, enjoyable read - I read it in a matter of days, because I wanted to see how this story of the Titanic was different than what I already knew of the horrific tragedy. This is a YA/ historic fiction / Gothic mystery, so it’s got a lot going on, but honestly I enjoyed the story and learned quite a bit!

The story is told from two POVs in present day and in 1912 on the Titanic. Taylor (present day) sets off to England to learn about her fathers seemingly secret
Meaghan - H&WR
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
DISCLAIMER: I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


Told through two timelines, The Poppy and the Rose explores questions of past, present, future, and fate.

On the one hand, we follow Taylor Romano in her journey to Oxford for a summer journalism program, where she meets an eccentric old woman who knows more about Taylor’s family history than she’s letting on. On the other hand, we spend the bulk of our time with Ava Knight, a passenger on the
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book took my breath away. It wove together the story of a girl who doesn't know why she's been summoned to a manor and the story of a young woman on the Titanic, and their paths cross in the most inexplicable ways. As a reader, it felt like a mystery; some things I could figure out ahead of time and other I never quite puzzled out until the end of the book. There's an underlying urgency that's present throughout the book that weaves it's way into both the past and the book's present (speaki ...more
Lindsay Rankin
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-books
Loved it! I just read practically non-stop from 60% on because I couldn’t put the book down! I love time-slip novels and I love YA fiction, but there aren’t many YA time-slip novels published at this time (at least not that I know of). I’m happy to say that this is an amazing YA time-slip novel and I’m so glad I read it! It can be hard to balance both the contemporary and historical sections of time-slip novels, but this book is beautifully done. I liked the main characters, the writing was evoc ...more
2.5 stars

Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC of The Poppy and the Rose.

I don't read much YA fiction anymore but the premise was so intriguing, I was excited when my request was approved.

**Minor spoilers ahead **

Told in dual POVs set in the past and present, Taylor and Ava are teenagers who couldn't be more different yet similar.

When Taylor's father dies in Afghanistan, a search through his belongings yield a mysterious photograph with him and a woman who is not Taylor's mother.

An opportunity t
Karla Osorno
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, history, mystery
Last year when I was mentally and physically preparing for a pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago route, I came across a memoir by Ashlee Cowles from her journey. I loved it and kept Cowles on my radar. So when I saw she had a new book being released this year, I pre-ordered it. She has two other novels that I haven’t yet read but will rectify shortly.

The Poppy and the Rose is the first novel of Cowles that I have read and I wasn’t sure what to expect. Wow! This book blew me away. Cowles writes
Avani ✨
Dec 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Poppy & the Rose by Ashlee Cowles is a young adult historical fiction and mystery novel set in World War II times with the element of Titanic and mystery behind it. I did not know what to expect from this book when I started reading it, but as the story went by I was fully engrossed in the mystery in the characters.

We see two timelines - 1912 & 2010.
1912: Ava Knight, a teen heiress, boards the Titanic to escape the shadow of her unstable mother and to fulfill her dream of becoming a photogra
jime ✰
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
*it's actually 4.25 stars

“Even then, I understood that epitaphs mattered— a few lines that made the impossible effort to sum up a person, a life. The dead may be gone, but in the silence of a cemetery where time stands still, they continued to speak.”

First, take a moment to appreciate the masterpiece on the cover.
Second, I love Caleb.

We follow two main characters in this book, Taylor and Ava. The chapters take turns between Taylor (presently) and Ava (1912) personally my favorites were Ava's
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Poppy and the Rose has all the elements of a classic BBC miniseries—an atmospheric house, intriguing characters, family curses, and mysteries that span generations. From the first pages, the characters captivate and the mystery spools ever wider, propelling the reader toward an unexpected twist both wrenching and poignant. The dual storylines interweave in a rich tapestry of historical threads, literary treasures, and supernatural elements to create a delightful take on the Gothic tradition. ...more
Valerie | starrynight.reads ✨
** Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a digital arc of this book in exchange for an honest review**
3.5 stars. I'm not the biggest historical fiction reader but the premise really intrigued me so I decided to give it a shot and I was pleasantly surprised. This story is about two characters: Ava and Taylor.
1912: Ava Knight boards the Titanic to escape the shadow of her unstable mother and to fulfill her dream of becoming a photographer in New York. 2010: Taylor Romano arrives in Oxford
The Poppy and the Rose is historical fiction that weaves together the sinking of the Titanic, early 20th century spiritualism, and a modern girl's search to uncover the meaning behind a mysterious photograph of her father taken before he died.

In 1912, we follow Ava, spoiled aristocrat and aspiring photographer, onto the Titanic. She is pressed into helping a Serbian revolutionary spy on a fellow passenger in exchange for promised help with her mother's laudanum addiction and declining mental hea
Lauren (Pip)
Sep 17, 2020 rated it liked it
I received this book as an ARC copy through Netgalley.
Wow, this book read extremely quickly for me! I barely noticed how fast I was flying throught the pages and finished it in one sitting. The Poppy and the Rose has an extremely intriguing premise, and promised me all of my favourite things - historical fiction, Gothic undertones, an unsolved mystery...
For the most part, it was extremely witty and fast-paced, sometimes to it's detriment. At times it was hard to keep up with everything that was
Abigail Singrey
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is part suspense novel, part love affair with past Gothic novels, and part Titanic retelling with a supernatural twist. I love books with both historical and modern timelines.

Taylor travels to England to study journalism, but also to find a missing piece of her dead father’s past. He’s left behind a photograph of him on a secret trip to England with his arm around a red-haired woman. Conveniently, the past is looking for Taylor too, in the form of an aristocratic woman demanding to take Tay
Raeesa Saint
Oct 05, 2020 rated it liked it
The Poppy & the Rose is a story told through dual perspective and timelines. In one timeline, we follow Ava as she boards the Titanic and is recruited to be a spy. In the other, we follow Taylor as she arrives in England nearly a decade later and is drawn into the mysterious world of Lady Mae Knight.

I didn't really care much for either of the main characters. I was much more invested in other characters, such as Mae, Taylor's father, Caleb and Nathaniel.

While the mystery aspect of the book was d
Brian Brown
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
You know that feeling when you flip through a book you loved as a kid and chuckle at yourself for having liked it?

This book will not give you that feeling.

Nor is it one of those books where the author merely did a lot of research (though Cowles clearly did). "The Poppy and the Rose" has layer after layer of depth; the dynamic you only get when the author herself is so steeped in the great books of the past that their richness escapes onto every page--in plot architecture, character development,
May 19, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, split-time
This split time Young Adult story takes the reader onboard the Titanic's fateful voyage and to present-day United Kingdom. I found the historical story more engrossing with its more prominent elements of intrigue and romance. The contemporary story echoes those elements and similar themes, and it all ties together well at the end.

An interesting subplot involves Spiritualism and occultism and the dangers therein. Their treatment seemed blasé at first, but, in the end, their place in life is made
Amanda Evans
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
This was one of those books that although classed as YA can be read and enjoyed by all ages. The story is told in dual point of view and both characters are well written and fully formed.

We begin with Taylor who is struggling to deal with the loss of her father and when a photograph of him with another woman surfaces she fears that he wasn't the man she thought he was. Her mother has remarried and Taylor travels to Oxford for a summer journalism course she's determined to uncover the truth whic
Jimena Patiño
Nov 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I wanted to choose some young adult novel to read in October and this one strikes me at first sight. The synopsis was very interesting promising both mystery and historical fiction. Topics that aren’t your usual cup of tea.
The story is told by two points o f view: Ava Knight in 1912 and Taylor in 2010.
I loved Taylor point of view, the mystery about her father and the lovely and colorful characters that she met in Oxford. I’m such a big fan of OXFORD since I’ve read A discovery of witches pretty
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Ashlee Cowles is the author of THE POPPY & THE ROSE (Owl Hollow Press, Oct 2020), the award-winning BENEATH WANDERING STARS (Simon Pulse, 2016), BELOW NORTHERN LIGHTS, and WISDOM FOR THE WAY. Raised in a military family without roots, Ashlee enjoys traveling the world almost as much as she loves telling stories. Learn more at ...more

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