Wordsmith– I also review books

A nice review from Kathleen Rowland of “Rose From the Ashes.” Thanks Kathleen!

Chatting with Kathleen Rowland

ROSE FROM THE ASHES by Christine Keleny is an example of premiere World War II fiction. This is the third novel of Keleny’s amazing Rose Series.  Having finished the book, I wish there were more! 

Rose

Pregnant and newly widowed, army nurse Rose Krantz returns to her family’s Wisconsin farm. For Rose it’s a place of sanctity where her late husband Malcolm’s funeral takes place but also discrimination. Accompanied home by her best friend, Lilly Mae, who is black, Rose resents a racially charged comment against her. Having been through thick and thin with Lilly Mae (in prior books of the series) Rose struggles with prevailing attitudes of the 1940s.  

The public supports men who suffer battle fatigue while ignoring women who endured hardship under fire, caught diseases, and risked their lives to care for the wounded. Rose’s nightmares and flashbacks have equal impact, but the public’s reaction is shallow. Rose…

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  1. Congrats on the great review!

    • Thanks. She read it without reading either of the other books in the trilogy before it, too. Interesting.

      • I guess it’s good to know that the book can stand alone. I always wondered how to write a book in a series that could easily stand alone…

        • Funny thing is, I don’t think this one does, compared to the first two. Go figure.


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