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 Donnelly places her vivid and memorable characters:
- Willa Alden, a passionate mountain climber who lost her leg while climbing Kilimanjaro with Seamus Finnegan, and who will never forgive him for saving her life.
- Seamus Finnegan, a polar explorer who tries to forget Willa as he marries a beautiful young woman back home in England.
- Max von Brandt, a handsome sophisticate who courts high society women, but who has a secret agenda as a German spy.
I have read the first two in the Tea Rose trilogy. I just wish they weren't published so far apart! And give too much away! (Still bummed that I read Seamus married someone other than Willa. However, I suspect they may still end up together?) The previous two books were stories that sucked you in and kept you going for the long haul. And if you're a fan of large, juicy stories, The Tea Rose trilogy is for you! This last installment is a hefty 623 pages. Yum!! I have seen both positive and negative reviews for this one, so I hope it doesn't disappoint. Anyone read this one yet?