Caroline Ferriday [chronological order]

2 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 103 ratings

Lost Roses Publisher's Summary

The million-copy best seller Lilac Girls introduced the real-life heroine Caroline Ferriday. Now, Lost Roses, 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.

“A nuanced tale that speaks to the strength of women.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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.

But when Austria declares war on Serbia and Russia’s imperial dynasty begins to fall, Eliza escapes back to America, while Sofya and her family flee to their country estate. In need of domestic help, they hire the local fortune-teller’s daughter, Varinka, unknowingly bringing intense danger into their household.

On the other side of the Atlantic, Eliza is doing her part to help the White Russian families find safety as they escape the revolution. But when Sofya’s letters suddenly stop coming, she fears the worst for her best friend. 

From the turbulent streets of St. Petersburg and aristocratic countryside estates to the avenues of Paris where a society of fallen Russian émigrés live to the mansions of Long Island, the lives of Eliza, Sofya, and Varinka will intersect in profound ways. In her newest powerful tale told through female-driven perspectives, Martha Hall Kelly celebrates the unbreakable bonds of women’s friendship, especially during the darkest days of history.

Audiobook cast of narrators: 

  • Sofya, read by Kathleen Gati
  • Eliza, read by Tavia Gilbert
  • Varinka, read by Karissa Vacker
  • Luba, read by Catherine Taber
  • The author's note read by the author 
©2019 Martha Hall Kelly (P)2019 Random House Audio
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  • Book 1

    • Lost Roses

    • A Novel
    • Written by: Martha Hall Kelly
    • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati, Tavia Gilbert, Karissa Vacker, and others
    • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    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. Eliza embarks on the trip of a lifetime to see the splendors of Russia. But when Austria declares war on Serbia, Eliza escapes back to America, while Sofya and her family flee to their country estate. In need of domestic help, they hire the local fortune-teller’s daughter, Varinka, unknowingly bringing intense danger into their household.

    Price: CDN$ 39.48

  • Book 2

    • Lilac Girls

    • A Novel
    • Written by: Martha Hall Kelly
    • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Kathleen Gati, Kathrin Kana, and others
    • Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 92
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 86

    New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline's world is forever changed when Hitler's army invades Poland in September 1939 - and then sets its sights on France. An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Absolutely magnificent. Loved it.

    • By WarmSunshine on 2018-05-29

    Price: CDN$ 42.34