A story of danger, true friendship, love, and relationships. It's a must read for historical fiction enthusiasts and fans of Martha Hall Kellys first book LILAC GIRLS. It's a compelling read based on a real-life heroine. which takes place during WWI and the Russian Revolution. Lost Roses By Martha HalL Kelly  #Historical fiction, #reading, #books to read, #books

Lost Roses

By Martha Hall Kelly


PBR Book Review:

It's hard for me to understand how any mother can walk away from her child. Kya's mother did just this and sadly, a few years later her father left. By the age of ten, Kya was completely on her own. Her journey is sentimental and at times relentless. But she is strong and resilient and fights hard for what she wants. I loved that with all the prejudice and hardships she faced and the mistakes she made, she never lost hope. And most importantly, she did so with very little help or kindness from the people of her community. Excellent story. Perfect for book clubs. Recommend.


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*Discussion Questions



1. You meet three very different heroines in Lost Roses: Eliza, Sofya and Varinka. Who did you identify with most and why?

2. Mother-daughter relationships play a vital role in Lost Roses. How did these relationships impact Eliza, Sofya and Varinka's lives? Compare Eliza's mother to Varinka's. In what ways were they both good mothers? How did Sofya's stepmother, Agnessa, affect Sofya and Luba emotionally? How did their mother's legacy play a continuing role in their lives?

3. Caroline Ferriday, the protagonist of Lilac Girls, is a teenager in Lost Roses. Eliza's real-life relationship with her daughter Caroline evolves over the course of the book. What did you like/not like about their portrayal?

4. Luba, whose name symbolises love, is a key character in Lost Roses. How was she an important character in the story? What do you think of the author's decision to open and close the novel with Luba's voice?

5. Sofya had to make some impossible choices in the novel - choosing to leave her family and then her child, in order to try to save them. How did you feel about her decisions?

6. Varinka and Taras have a complicated relationship. Did you find it compelling? Do you believe she loved Max? Why or why not? Were you shocked by the twist in her ending? How did you feel when Eliza had a second chance to experience love with Merrill? In what ways was their friendship and then love affair authentic? 7.Were you satisfied with Sofya and Cook's reunion? How do you imagine their relationship evolved after the novel ended?

8. Is there a particular scene in Lost Roses that has stayed with you? What will you remember most about this novel?

9. What new things did you learn about this period in history? Do you plan to read more - fiction or nonfiction - about the Russian Revolution?

(Discussion Questions by Publisher)


Book Summary
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.
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