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Lost Roses

A Novel

This sweeping new novel, 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.

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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 . . . 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)

Kelly memorably portrays three indomitable women who triumph over hardships and successfully brings a complex and turbulent time in history to life.

Publishers Weekly

Inspired by true events, just like its predecessor, and just as well-researched, Lost Roses is a remarkable story and another testament to female strength. This sweeping epic will thrill and delight fans of Lilac Girls and readers of historical fiction alike.


The writing is rich and vivid with detail about the period. . . . A nuanced tale that speaks to the strength of women.

Kirkus Reviews

A charming and vividly rendered historical novel . . . Based on true events, this prequel to Lilac Girls transports.

New York Times, USA Today, Indie Next, Publishers Weekly and Boston Globe bestseller
A Barnes & Noble Book Club selection & Top Book of the Month
An April 2019 Indie Next Pick
A LibraryReads (Favorite) selection
A GoodReads “Most Anticipated of 2019” selection
A Bookbub “Most Anticipated of 2019” selection
A Bookreporter “Bets On” selection for April

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