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The Wild Rose

(The Tea Rose #3)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  10,604 ratings  ·  912 reviews
The vast multi-generational epic that began with The Tea Rose and continued with The Winter Rose now reaches its dramatic conclusion in The Wild Rose.

London, 1914. World War I is looming on the horizon, women are fighting for the right to vote, and global explorers are pushing the limits of endurance at the Poles and in the deserts. Into this volatile time, Jennifer Donnel
Hardcover, 623 pages
Published August 2nd 2011 by Hyperion
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Leilani Burns I accidentally read the second book first, not knowing there were 3. But since the focus is more or less on other characters, it was OK...then I follo…moreI accidentally read the second book first, not knowing there were 3. But since the focus is more or less on other characters, it was OK...then I followed up with the third! Then the first one was a available at the library.. So I read that last! I guess it would have been better to be in order, but it worked out.(less)

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Aug 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Loved the story. Although it was my least favorite of the three. Don't really know why... But fabulous story-telling by Ms Donnelly once again. :)
Afton Nelson
Aug 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: adult
I hated just about every character in this book. But I especially disliked Willa; selfish, reactionary, overly dramatic, self-destructive, stupid Willa. When she and Seamie started their adulterous affair, I hated him too. In fact, I kind of hoped that one of the other or both would just die and let me finish the book in peace, maybe with the focus on Sid and India's military rehabilitation hospital, or on Katie's overly ambitious personal goals. But no. Spoiler Alert: they didn't die. They kept ...more
Maritina Mela
Some parts may be deserving of a 3.8/5. Make of that what you will.

The conclusion to the thrilling Tea Rose trilogy - the first trilogy I read in its entirety ever! - follows the youngest Finnigan sibling, Seamus, and his lover, Willa, whom we met in the previous two as well. We also meet again the older Finnigans and their families as well.

I won't be elaborating on the main plot to be honest, because how can I sum up almost 800 pages in few paragraphs?

So I will move quickly to what I liked and
Aug 06, 2011 rated it liked it
I kind of knew that I wasn't going to like this book after I finished reading the second book in the series, The Winter Rose. You, the Rose Trilogy follows the lives of the Finnegan Siblings, Fiona, Sid and Seamie. I loved Fiona and Sid. Seamie not as much and Willa, his love interest, really not at all. That's the major problem with this book. Seamie and Willa are just not as likable as Fiona and Joe and Sid and India. Unlike the first two couples, Seamie and Willa are priviledge. They were edu ...more
Feb 27, 2011 rated it it was ok depressing...I can't believe I am giving this only two stars. I have been waiting for this book to come out and was INCREDIBLY excited to see it on NetGalley and even more priveledged that I was allowed to read an ARC. On that note, this isn't Jennifer Donnelly's finest work. Her other books, including her YA books have received nothing less than 4 stars from me. I found this one disappointing, forced and predictable though..and def. not up to her "standard" of writing.

Second, there w
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Mar 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Got my hands on an advance copy and all I can say is … WOW!! If Tea Rose and Winter Rose were turned up to 11 in terms of drama, emotion, plot twists and unforgettable characters, Wild Rose is turned up to – I don’t know – 12? 20?? This absolutely lives up to its predecessors, and then some. It’s tied with Winter Rose for my favorite of the three … but everyone has a different favorite for different reasons!

I could gush for pages, as this is very fresh on my mind – but I don’t want to steal ever
Melissa (ladybug)
Apr 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Historical fiction/romance lovers
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Moon Love
Dec 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is a whopper coming in at over 600 pages and set in locales across the world from 1914-1918. But let me tell you, do not be discouraged by its size. This is an amazing book. It's the third book in the Rose series by Jennifer Donnelly and its release has been very much waited for.

I don't even know where to begin. Ms.Donnelly has done such an amazing job with her research. She was very thorough and included some very important and relevant historical facts. And she did justice to them.

Feb 17, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: terrible
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Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
This was an infuriating book that I cannot recommend to any of my GR friends. #3 in the Tea Rose Trilogy is not just more of the same; it's pure, pumping drama - totally unbelievable drama in a concentrated overdose.

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Even though I had a hard time getting into this third story in the series I kept reading. I'm so glad I did because I really enjoyed the story of Seamie and Willa. I can't say that it was my favorite of the three books but like the other two books the writing was incredible. I love how Donnelly weaves her stories and intertwines her characters. I'm sad that this is the last book in this series, I'll miss these character.
I'm looking forward to reading Donnelly's Revolution and Northern Light.
The Wild Rose takes place a few years after The Winter Rose. Seamus Finnegan is is a famous explorer. After an accident on Kilimanjaro that leaves his friend and love, Willa Alden hurt physically and emotionally, he must try to pick up the pieces of his life and try and move on. This is after he is left while Willa races away from her problems to Tibet.

True to the other books (The Tea Rose and The Winter Rose) we see what is going on with other members of the Finnegan and Bristow family. Fiona
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This third in the series was just as fabulous as the first two were. I hated for it to end. While each are indeed long books- I would still recommend them to anyone who enjoys HR. I will miss most of the characters as if they were somehow part of my life and have now left me. LOL!! Thank you Jennifer Donnelly for these splendid stories of love, loss, and triumph through hardship.
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow...that ending is I am still mind boggled. I need a few hours, or days, to gather my thoughts.

Although the information on the issue in the Middle East during the early 20th century was a bit bias, I still found the immense detail included to be extremely entertaining and intriguing. This historical fiction centers around the events prior, during, and after World War 1, and all the while the author was able to captivate readers with the characters and their struggles, and t
Gina *loves sunshine*
Jul 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, 2016
The Rose series by Jennifer Donnelly is a favorite!! It's right up there with the sweeping romantic sagas like Outlander and Bronze Horseman. The kind that has you wrapped up for hundreds of pages, traveling from continent to continent. I don't read them often, but the right ones really come through!! I was so caught up in the story! Donnelly does such a fabulous job of putting you in the moment, you can practically see and feel every setting you are in!!!

Years ago I finished book 1 and 2 and Bo
Kate Lynn
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
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DNF'd at 60%. Wasn't feeling this one, which is really too bad, because I LOVED the other two. :(
Magdalena Llamandra
Jul 13, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

I did find it very much entertaining in most why the low score?

First of all it was rather hard to make myself sit down and get into the book, a problem I never had with the first two books in the series. Once you do start reading it, however, it does have its "just one more chapter before I finish...and another one" moments, I will not deny it.

Second, from book one Seamie`s character has seemed flat, non-compelling and egocentric to me.. a character about whom I just could n
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I just finished this book last night and I am still reeling. I just can't believe that this series is over! I loved it so much. Jennifer is an amazing writer, she has a serious talent for weaving such emotional, vivid,and interesting stories. I just love the way she describes the settings in the book and has facts to add that don't take away from the plot or character development. When I started the Wild Rose, I was slightly concerned that it may not be the conclusion to the series that I was ho ...more
Aug 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
I'm kind of sad that it's the last of this wonderful trilogy. I've really gotten to know the characters intimately during the course of this storyline. It's been sad, joyous, interesting, astonishing, and a really great ride.

The first of the trilogy really held me enthralled throughout the entire story of these amazing, yet real, characters. By the time I got around to reading this I had forgotten a lot, but somehow it all meshed together and the characters drew me into their lives once again.

Dec 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
The only thing I like about this book is that I could read more about the Fiona and Joe. They have a happy ending with lots of children. I also liked reading about India and Malone and how their life turned out. Seamie is a weak hopeless character and I hated him. He was such a sweet little boy in Tea Rose, I don't how he turned out to be so selfish in this book. I hated Willa's character too. She is weak and pathetic and as selfish as Seamie. There are a lot of discrepancies in this story a lot ...more
Lisa Miller
Dec 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved, loved, loved this entire trilogy!!! And this 3rd and final book surely did not disappoint. All 3 books were equally as good, but I would probably have to say that my favorite was The Tea Rose. All in all an amazing saga with strong characters ( Fiona Finnegan my absolute favorite), skillful writing, and many twists and turns along the way! Long and detailed but worth the time invested. These books became a real "guilty pleasure". Sigh
Sep 10, 2009 added it
I cannot wait to read this one!!! OMG!!!!
I certainly liked this book, I'm afraid I can't say I loved it though. I found a few of the characters to be rather annoying and struggled through the sections devoted to Willa and Seamus. Unfortunately, Willa was "The Wild Rose" so I couldn't avoid her enough. I'm not sure why Jennifer Donnelly chose to have such a immoral, unkind, and inconsiderate heroine but alas she did. I can only surmise she chose to do so because Willa had already been established as a "worldly" character and devising an ...more
I have to warn you:
You will be offended by my rew. Especially people that are firmly in the 'Jenny rocks/Willa is selfish' camp.

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Jen Reardon
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I would give this book 4.5 stars if I was able! I didn't realize its the third book in a trilogy. Now I'm going to back and read the first two. Great characters and plots keep you reading right til the end.
Apr 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Notes: I read the ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of this book. The book will be published on August 2nd.

Eight years ago Willa Alden had it all. She was on a climbing expedition (climbing being her passion) with the man she loved beside her. In a moment, everything changed. Tragedy struck, and an accident claimed her leg and almost her life. Sometimes in the heat of the moment, in the rage of passion, or in the midst of an uncontrollable sadness or anger a person may say something they would otherwis
Aug 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult-lit
This started a little slow for me. Though not due to lack of plot(s). Don’t worry out there. Donnelly has outdone herself with plots. So many intertwined threads it wasn’t until about page 250 that I realized how they were beginning to be combined. Thus, it’s actually the multitude of plots…some left over from The Winter Rose…that clog up the reading speed.

There just isn’t that “I can’t put this down” feeling in the beginning of this one. I think it’s because that spark of love between the main
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Jennifer Donnelly is the author of twelve novels -Stepsister, Lost in a Book, These Shallow Graves, Sea Spell, Dark Tide, Rogue Wave, Deep Blue, Revolution, A Northern Light, The Tea Rose, The Winter Rose and The Wild Rose - and Humble Pie, a picture book for children. She is a co-author of Fatal Throne, which explores the lives of King Henry VIII's six wives, for which she wrote the part of Anna ...more

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