A few years ago now I read a book which I absolutely loved called The Winter Rose by Jennifer Donnelly, the second book in the Rose trilogy. It is a Victorian saga style novel and it was one of my favourite reads of 2006.
The first book in the trilogy was called The Tea Rose and followed a young girl from a poor part of London as she forges her way through the tea business at the turn of end of the 19th century. The Winter Rose was once again set in the rough docks areas of London, and this time the main female character was a young doctor.
At the time of reading The Winter Rose, there was a release date on Amazon UK which from memory was 2007, and then it got changed to 2008, and then there was no release date, but finally, finally we have word from the author:
Wanted to let you know that I just turned in a first draft manuscript of The Wild Rose!
This third and final part of the Rose saga follows Seamie’s and Willa’s story, introduces a few new characters, and – of course! – brings back a few old ones.
"Finished" is a very relative word when talking about manuscripts. There will be a bit of backing and forthing first, between me and my editor, until we arrive at a final manuscript, and then proofreading and fact-checking. But The Wild Rose should be out in stores sometime during 2011. As soon as I have a firm publication date, I will post it in the calendar section of the Web site.
Thank you so much for all the encouraging emails you sent as I wrote this book, and for your patience!
I can already tell you that the third book, The Wild Rose, is going to be one of my most anticipated releases for next year!