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Author: Martha Hall Kelly Narrator: Catherine Taber, Kathleen Gati, Tavia Gilbert, Karissa Vacker Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2019 ISBN: 9781984845382
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The million-copy bestseller Lilac Girls introduced the real-life heroine Caroline Ferriday. Now Lost Roses, 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.

“A nuanced tale that speaks to the strength of women.”—Kirkus Reviews

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 St. Petersburg with Sofya Streshnayva, a cousin of the Romanovs. The two met years ago one summer in Paris and became close confidantes. Now Eliza embarks on the trip of a lifetime, home with Sofya to see the splendors of Russia: the church with the interior covered in jeweled mosaics, the Rembrandts at the tsar’s Winter Palace, the famous ballet.

But when Austria declares war on Serbia and Russia’s imperial dynasty begins to fall, Eliza escapes back to America, while Sofya and her family flee to their country estate. In need of domestic help, they hire the local fortune-teller’s daughter, Varinka, unknowingly bringing intense danger into their household.

On the other side of the Atlantic, Eliza is doing her part to help the White Russian families find safety as they escape the revolution. But when Sofya’s letters suddenly stop coming, she fears the worst for her best friend. 

From the turbulent streets of St. Petersburg and aristocratic countryside estates to the avenues of Paris where a society of fallen Russian émigrés live to the mansions of Long Island, the lives of Eliza, Sofya, and Varinka will intersect in profound ways. In her newest powerful tale told through female-driven perspectives, Martha Hall Kelly celebrates the unbreakable bonds of women’s friendship, especially during the darkest days of history.

Audiobook Cast of Narrators:

Sofya, read by Kathleen Gati

Eliza, read by Tavia Gilbert

Varinka, read by Karissa Vacker

Luba, read by Catherine Taber

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Quotes & Awards

  • The writing is rich and vivid with detail about the period. . . . A nuanced tale that speaks to the strength of women. Kirkus Reviews
  • A story of extraordinary moral power that moves effortlessly across physical and ethical battlegrounds, across the trajectory of a doomed wartime romance, across the territory of the soul . . . I can’t remember the last time I read a novel that moved me so deeply. Beatriz Williams, New York Times bestselling author of A Hundred Summers
  • Harrowing . . . Lilac illuminates. People
  • A compelling, page-turning narrative . . . Lilac Girls falls squarely into the groundbreaking category of fiction that re-examines history from a fresh, female point of view. Fort Worth Star-Telegram
  • Brilliant . . . a powerful story for readers everywhere . . . a firsthand glimpse into one of history’s most frightening memories. San Francisco Book Review
  • Extremely moving and memorable . . . should appeal strongly to historical fiction readers and to book clubs that adored Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale and Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See. Library Journal (starred review)
  • Inspired by actual events and real people, Martha Hall Kelly has woven together the stories of three women during World War II that reveal the bravery, cowardice, and cruelty of those days. This is a part of history—women’s history—that should never be forgotten. Lisa See, New York Times bestselling author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • This is the kind of book I wish I had the courage to write—a profound, unsettling, and thoroughly captivating look at sisterhood through the dark lens of the Holocaust. Lilac Girls will haunt you. Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
  • In an era crumbling under the weight of war, hatred, and devastation, the bonds of women not only endure but offer sustenance and hope in Martha Hall Kelly’s stunning depiction of the lives of Eliza Ferriday and the women she fought to save. Lost Roses is not only a brilliant historical tale, but a love song to all the ways our friendships carry us through the worst of times. Lisa Wingate, New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours
  • Epic . . . [Martha Hall] Kelly’s gift is bringing to life and to light the untold stories of women and families far away from the war front yet deeply affected by the decisions of leaders and the efforts of fighters. Fans of historical fiction . . . and viewers of period dramas will want to clear their calendars when Lost Roses comes out. Booklist (starred review)
  • “Fans of historical fiction…and viewers of period dramas will want to clear their calendars when Lost Roses comes out.”

    Booklist (starred review)

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About the Author

Martha Hall Kelly is a native New Englander now living in Atlanta, Georgia, where she’s writing the prequel to Lilac Girls. This is her first novel.

About the Narrators

Catherine Taber, a Georgia native, is an Earphones Award-winning audiobook narrator and actress whose film roles include the coming-of-age drama The Girls’ Room and the romantic comedy Just Like Heaven. She was the voice of Tina in Curious George 2, Padme Amidala in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and Leia in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. She has provided voice work for numerous video games and was nominated for an award from the National Academy of Video Game Testers and Reviewers for her portrayal of Penelo in “Final Fantasy 12.”

Kathleen Gati is an award-winning actress who has starred in a number of Hungarian television series and films.

Tavia Gilbert is an acclaimed narrator of more than four hundred full-cast and multivoice audiobooks for virtually every publisher in the industry. Named the 2018 Voice of Choice by Booklist magazine, she is also winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. She has earned numerous Earphones Awards, a Voice Arts Award, and a Listen-Up Award. Audible.com has named her a Genre-Defining Narrator: Master of Memoir. In addition to voice acting, she is an accomplished producer, singer, and theater actor. She is also a producer, singer, photographer, and a writer, as well as the cofounder of a feminist publishing company, Animal Mineral.

Karissa Vacker is a multiple AudioFile Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator and actress. After graduating with a BFA in acting from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, she performed in regional theaters across the country before moving to Los Angeles. She has guest starred in network television shows and films and continues to work on screen and stage. Her audiobook credits include romance, young adult fiction, and mystery thrillers.