First The Tea Rose, 756 pages
Second, The Winter Rose, 704 pages
Third, The Wild Rose 614 pages
The story follows a poor London family from the 1880's-90's to, in the third book, we are at the beginning of World War I. Seeing how the family has grown, their triumphs as well as their disappointments, I find myself reading in the pool (yes, IN the pool as I do leg raises while my iPad is propped on the deck), reading over my raisin bran in the morning, reading while donating blood, at lunchtime...bascially, any chance I get. Too bad I don't carpool or I'd read on my commute!
In addition to the love of novels with history, this is set in London where I have ties....my very own Mr. W. was born in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, and his mother and her family are from London. As I read about Tower Bridge, Kings Cross, Islington (where Aunt Rene and Uncle Albie live), Whitechapel, Covent Gardens.........I am swept away to when I visited. (another part of why I enjoyed the Olympics this year as well as being completely enchanted by Kate Middleton...I mean seriously, the girl can't take a bad picture!)
So anyway, please enjoy my recommendation. Quick, entertaining, inspiring, passionate, star-crossed lovers, heartwarming as well as heartbreaking, with a wee bit of sex. I think this saga would make an excellent mini-series in the style of the Thornbirds.