The Wild Rose

I’m cur­rent­ly about 25% of the way through Jen­nifer Donnelly’s book, The Wild Rose.  It’s the third book in a tril­o­gy.  I dis­cov­ered the first book, The Tea Rose, a few years ago when I was look­ing for some­thing to read on a road trip to vis­it Jason’s sis­ter and broth­er-in-law.  It was a won­der­ful book.  It’s his­tor­i­cal fic­tion.  That’s not usu­al­ly the type of book I would choose for myself, but the char­ac­ters in this book were won­der­ful.  I found myself prac­ti­cal­ly addict­ed to read­ing it.  When it was over, I was real­ly dis­ap­point­ed to be done.  For­tu­nate­ly, I found the next book in the tril­o­gy, The Win­ter Rose.  Unfor­tu­nate­ly, it wasn’t as breath­tak­ing as the first book.  It was good, but I wouldn’t describe it as won­der­ful or amaz­ing.

Then, I wait­ed.  And I wait­ed.  I wait­ed some more.  Final­ly, the third book in the tril­o­gy was released.  It came out in August of this year.  You may be won­der­ing WHY in the world I have not fin­ished this book if I wait­ed so impa­tient­ly for it for so long.  Well, the rea­son is that I’m wor­ried it won’t be as good as I want it to be.  I would love for it to be as good as or bet­ter than the first book.  I read on a reg­u­lar basis, and I used to be a vora­cious read­er.  It’s rare to have the feel­ing of sat­is­fac­tion and enjoy­ment that I had after read­ing The Tea Rose.  Those books are few and far between.

When The Wild Rose arrived, instead of jump­ing in to it, I bought the first two books, too.  Then, I spent a cou­ple weeks read­ing through both of them to refresh my mem­o­ry of the books and the char­ac­ters in them.  When it was time to start The Wild Rose, I just couldn’t do it.  Final­ly, I decid­ed to just jump in and get start­ed.  So, like I said, I’m about 25% of the way through The Wild Rose, and so far it’s nice.  It’s fine.  It’s good, but it’s not The Tea Rose, and it’s hard for me to let go of my expec­ta­tions.

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