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Book Review: The Poppy and the Rose

Death can take a lot of things, but it can’t take your memories.
1912: Ava Knight, a young English aristocrat, boards the Titanic and meets three people who will change her life forever.

2010: Taylor Romano arrives in Oxford for a summer journalism program and is invited to tea at an old manor with a cursed history.

When Taylor discovers that the Lady of the house knows an uncanny amount about Taylor and her family’s secrets, she knows something isn’t right. But before she can find answers, the old woman dies suspiciously, leaving Taylor with a single clue: the story of a Titanic survivor named Ava.

With the help of a brooding chauffeur and some historical sleuthing, Taylor must uncover the link between Ava’s past and her own before her most cherished memories are tarnished forever.

Told across time, The Poppy and The Rose is an atmospheric tale of family secrets, intertwined destinies, and the power of memory.

I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

So can we take a moment to discuss how gorgeous the cover art is?! That is immediately what drew me into the book. I had to know what magical tale lay between these pages. I must say, the cover art isn’t the only thing impressive with this novel!

I did not expect to love this  book the way I did, the only complaint I really have was it was too short. I wanted more. I loved how the author blended the past and present in such a beautiful way. It was remarkable how you needed both time frames to unravel the mystery. 

I will warn you, don’t go into reading this and expect everything to be factual. While this is historical in nature, it is also fiction. You have to read the story for what it is. I do feel there could have been more loose ends tied up, but it was still good regardless. 

Thank you kindly to the author, the publisher, and NetGalley for this review copy.

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