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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,944 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jennifer Donnelly Narrator: Jill Tanner Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 ISBN:
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The Wild Rose is a part of the sweeping, multigenerational saga that began with The Tea Rose and continued with The Winter Rose.

It is London, 1914. World War I looms on the horizon, women are fighting for the right to vote, and explorers are pushing the limits of endurance in the most forbidding corners of the earth. Into this volatile time, Jennifer Donnelly places her vivid and memorable characters: Willa Alden, a passionate mountain climber who lost her leg while summiting Kilimanjaro with Seamus Finnegan and will never forgive him for saving her life; Finnegan, a polar explorer who tries to forget Willa as he marries a beautiful young schoolteacher back home in England; Max von Brandt, a handsome German sophisticate who courts high society women, but has a secret agenda in wartime London. Many other beloved characters from The Winter Rose continue their adventures in The Wild Rose as well.

With myriad twists and turns, thrilling cliffhangers, and fabulous period detail and atmosphere, The Wild Rose provides a highly satisfying conclusion to an unforgettable trilogy.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo | 2/12/2014

    " I loved the first two books in this trilogy, and have been waiting for this one for a long time, which somewhat compounds the disappointment. I didn't hate it, but got annoyed at how the plot continually relies on coincidences - people who know each other just happen to bump into each other in various odd places, or the right or wrong person just happens to turn up at each crucial moment. I also disliked Willa, and didn't think Seamus was that much of a hero either. I don't enjoy war stories so wasn't so keen on this time period either. The best bit was catching up with the characters from previous books, and at least it got quite exciting towards the end. Hopefully she will write another book about Katie though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nora | 2/5/2014

    " I didn't find Seamus and Willa's story to be nearly as absorbing as Donnelly's two previous books. It was very broad in scope but not as vivid in the small details as the Tea Rose or the Winter Rose. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bobbi | 1/31/2014

    " Sorry there is no fourth book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anissa | 1/23/2014

    " The melodrama of the Finnegan siblings comes to a close in this third installment of the trilogy. I have to admit that while I'm satisfied with the ending, this did not rank as highly for me as the first book. Like the others, this one is well written & filled with lush detail. I liked Willa very much initially but there was so much back & forth with she & Seamie that I honestly began not to care (especially because I figured the formula for the prior two books would prevail & starcrossed lovers would get their happy ending). The happy ending is a bit more bittersweet for Seamie & Willa but it exists nonetheless. I had true care for Jennie but she lost me when she & Josie embarked on their scheme. I lost a lot of respect for Jennie & knew (per the prior two books) that the trope would play out in such a way that she would lose everything. So that, much like a lot of the story, was just waiting for the inevitable. There were also what have now in the series become, reliable conveniences to make things work out or not. This being the third installment & the mains being less endearing, it plays out as more unforgivable contrivance than the same did in "The Tea Rose". Also, there's enough reference to the happenings in the second book (& some of the first) that one really can skip the middle book & not miss much. All that said, I did find this one more enjoyable than the second in the series. In the end, the "Rose" that could never be compared or magic recaptured was Fiona. Ingrid nor Willa ever matched my interest in her & Joe's story. I did like that Fiona & Joe were carried through in all the books, I think they provided a much needed anchor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 1/22/2014

    " Another great read! This was more like a 3.5 for me, but I rounded up because a 3 just didn't seem right. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hendo | 1/10/2014

    " Not a bad ending to the series. Started a little slowly, but by the end I was fully engaged. Finally focuses on Willa and Seamus, takes us all the way through WWI. Good amount of recapping--not too repetitive, but enough to remind me what had happened. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 1/9/2014

    " 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 educated in the best schools in the US and England. They pretty much did what they wanted, so sorry if I don't feel sorry for them. They both spend the entire feeling sorry for themselves because they can't be with each other for whatever reason. We get it. You love each other but you are also not with each other because of the poor decisions they have both made. It's their own fault and no one else's. It was just frustrating to read. The only saving grace of this book is the appearances of Fiona, Joe, Sid and India. They are the bright shiny stars of this novel but as much as it's the strength it's also the weakness. It just points out how weak Seamie and Willa are. I would often find myself wanting to hurry over Seamie's and Willa's chapters to get back to Fiona and Joe or Sid and India. So I was disappointed. This was the final book and the series and I wish it wasn't. It left me unsatified that it had to end on such a weak note after the first two were so strong. The book is really a 2 star book but I'm giving it 3 stars for Fiona, Joe, Sid and India because I love them and I loved their stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kellie Trenkle | 12/27/2013

    " After the first 2 books, this one was not quite what I thought it would be. But set in WWI, if life was light and fluffy, it would not have been a realistic fictionalization. The characters are dark and driven by loss to even further darkness. There are a few silver linings on the pages, but Donnelly's same gut-wrenching roller-coaster emotional storytelling kept me riveted. And! a happy ending that lets your imagination complete the rest of the story. For me this was Rated R for sexuality and profanity, drug use, adultery, espionage, murder "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Penny | 12/27/2013

    " An excellent trilogy. This historical fiction, The Tea Rose, The Winter Rose and The Wild Rose takes place from 1888 to 1919 in London, England. It has great period detail and atmosphere. A must read if you enjoy historical fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy Chessin | 11/28/2013

    " I was sorry to see this one end! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 11/25/2013

    " Everyone else has reviewed, I will just say I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miranda | 11/8/2013

    " Great end to the trilogy - I loved all three books! Highly recommend them for all. One of the characters (Max) annoyed me at the end, but I still think that all the various storylines were tied up nicely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 2/13/2013

    " Not as good as the first 2 books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 11/9/2012

    " This was a great ending to the Tea Rose tome. Parts dragged a bit more in this book than the others, but overall a great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 9/16/2012

    " Sadly not as good as the first two in the series. I was so excited to see this finally come out but it was just too long, drawn out and a little far fetched. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 8/27/2012

    " Definitely not straight-forward and opening lines rather awkward, but wow, quite some characters - especially the villain (gotta love a great villain). Unexpected twist near end there amongst well-layered history and many shades of moral grayness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bethany | 8/10/2012

    " The last in the series - really good, glad I read it. Interesting to read about how England/Europe/Africa/Asia evolved during the series' timeline. Great historical fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eleanor Groom | 8/7/2012

    " A very lovely conclusion to the trilogy. I will miss the characters I have gotten to know. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renee | 7/17/2012

    " Wonderful conclusion to the trilogy! (At least I guess it was the conclusion.) Everything was wrapped up all tidy, so the ending was really satisfying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dorothy | 6/17/2012

    " This series is 3 for 3. All the books were engrossing and enjoyable. I'm sorry the series is done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cate Allman | 6/1/2012

    " A great book but probably the least favorite of mine of the series. As much as I love the series, the romance felt so doomed and wrong between Willa and Seamie and took away part of the appeal. Also it dragged on a bit without giving the characters as much fullness as the other books "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 5/15/2012

    " Trilogy done. :(. Oh please oh please write more about the lovely Finnegans! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheila | 4/30/2012

    " Very readable "family saga". Great for the GO train! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauri | 11/3/2011

    " I loved the first two books in this series, but was a little disappointed in the soap opera-esque storyline in this one. It was still a page turner and enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 10/20/2011

    " The third in the trilogy. Even though all three books are so predictable, it was still enjoyable, easy reading with wonderful, believeable characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 10/20/2011

    " Love these books! Even with a baby I couldnt put it down. There could be a 4th one if she wanted to, but who knows. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy | 10/17/2011

    " I love this trilogy - a great 9ongoing) story about an Irish family in the early 1900's. This book takes place during WWI and it was just as good, if not better than "The Tea Rose." Wonderful characters, fast=paced story. I LOVED it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 10/10/2011

    " Definitely not straight-forward and opening lines rather awkward, but wow, quite some characters - especially the villain (gotta love a great villain). Unexpected twist near end there amongst well-layered history and many shades of moral grayness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy | 10/9/2011

    " I was sorry to see this one end! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 10/7/2011

    " I didn't even realize this was part of a trilogy until the end. Guess I have to go find the other two... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Despina | 9/24/2011

    " Exciting from the first page to the last. But i strongly believe that the tea rose is Donnelly's best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tatum | 9/24/2011

    " this book drove me mad I love it and I hated it "

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About the Author
Jennifer Donnelly is the author of two adult novels, The Tea Rose and The Winter Rose, as well as the young adult novel A Northern Light, winner of Britain’s prestigious Carnegie Medal, the L.A. Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature, and a Michael L. Printz Honor Award. She lives and writes full-time in upstate New York. You can visit her at www.jenniferdonnelly.com.
About the Narrator

Jill Tanner was a principal actress with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival for eight years and has appeared in many classical and new American plays. She has been in productions on Broadway, off-Broadway, and in most major theaters in the United States.