- ISBN: 9781524796389
- ISBN: 1524796387
- Physical Description: 1 online resource (432 pages) : illustration.
- Edition: First edition.
- Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 
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Publishers Weekly Review
Lost Roses : A Novel
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How Caroline Ferriday, the real-life character featured in Kelly's Lilac Girls, was inspired to become an advocate for Polish refugees who survived WWII comes to light in this lively, well-researched prequel in which she appears as a child. Here the story focuses on her mother, Eliza, who set an example for her daughter by being a champion for Russian nobility brutalized during WWI. Just as the author focused on three strong women surviving a war in her previous novel, she does the same here: in addition to Eliza, there is her aristocrat friend Sofya Streshnayva (cousin to the tsar) and a Russian peasant girl, Varinka. The author follows the trajectory of their lives from 1914 through WWI and then the Russian Revolution and its aftermath with page-tuning brio. Interweaving three story lines (Varinka ends up working for the Streshnayva household) where all three are emotionally and physically put to the test, the author depicts Eliza's upper-class life in America and how, despite personal loss, she throws herself into helping Russian emigres; Sofya's tragic circumstances when a rowdy, dangerous mob takes over the family's country home; and Varinka's struggles as a peasant girl at the mercy of a man who is both abusive and protective toward her. Some story lines strain credibility (coincidences and melodramatic cliffhangers abound) or are questionable (the prurient element involved with Varinka's protector/abuser falls flat). Nevertheless, Kelly memorably portrays three indomitable women who triumph over hardships and successfully brings a complex and turbulent time in history to life. (Apr.) Â© Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Library Journal Review
Lost Roses : A Novel
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Set a generation before the events in Kelly's Lilac Girls, this prequel depicts Russians caught up in World War I and the Bolshevik Revolution. Sofya Streshnayva (read with a Russian accent by Kathleen Gati), aristocratic cousin to the doomed tsar, sees her family estate ransacked by Bolsheviks and her father and stepmother murdered. She must flee to Paris, leaving her son Max behind. Socialite Eliza Ferriday (dramatically read by Tavia Gilbert) is the mother of Caroline Ferriday and a friend of Sofya's who comes to her aid when revolution destroys her world. Luba (read by Catherine Taber with a Russian inflection) is the younger sister of Sofya. She loves astronomy and flees the doomed estate, making her way to Paris. Varinka, voiced by Karissa Vacker, works in the nursery on the estate. She kidnaps Max and, with her Bolshevik protector, also lands in Paris. VERDICT Recommended for those who enjoyed Lilac Girls, or those who like historic fiction with authentic details.--David Faucheux, Lafayette, LA
Lost Roses : A Novel
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Kelly is back with another epic tale of three women's lives overlapping against the backdrop of history, this time a generation earlier than and starring the mother of a heroine from her debut, The Lilac Girls (2017). The setting is WWI and the Russian Revolution; the stories are inspired by true events. New Yorker Eliza Ferriday returns home when her tour of Russia with her school friend Sofya Streshnayva, a cousin of the Romanovs, is cut short by the outbreak of war in Europe. Sofya's family retires to their country estate to wait out the troubles, while Eliza works to find refuge and employment for displaced Russians in America. Sofya hires a local peasant girl, Varinka, to help with her small son, unaware of the danger that Varinka's revolutionary connections pose to her family. 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 like the works of Marie Benedict and Lisa See, and viewers of period dramas, will want to clear their calendars when Lost Roses comes out.--Alene Moroni Copyright 2010 Booklist