March 16, 2020 6:00pm
Contact: Beth Clark
Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly.
Lost Roses, Martha Hall Kelly's most recent novel is a prequel to the author's Lilac Girls set a generation earlier than her million-copy bestseller Lilac Girls, which introduced the real-life heroine Caroline Ferriday. Inspired by true events, Lost Roses features Caroline’s mother, Eliza, and follows three equally indomitable women from St. Petersburg to Paris under the shadow of World War I.
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.