Book - Lost Roses by Martha Kelly
Restaurant - Pomodoro
Wine - your favorite red from Italy
One of my favorite books is Lilac Girls, and apparently Lost Roses is a prequel to it. While we’ve not read Lilac Girls as a group because I’m trying to tone down my WWII obsession, maybe we will after reading this prequel that takes place during WWI.
We’ve never been to Pomodoro, but it was recommended recently and looks like a good place. They did ask us to be flexible and pay just one check, so please bring cash. Note the 5:30 start, also an ask from the restaurant.
As for wine, find an interesting Italian red ($12-15) and we’ll open em all up and share.
The runaway bestseller Lilac Girls introduced the real-life heroine Caroline Ferriday. This sweeping new novel, 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.
It is 1914 and the world has been on the brink of war so many times, 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 Romanov's. 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. 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 fortuneteller'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 to the avenues of Paris and the society of fallen Russian emigre's who live there, the lives of Eliza, Sofya, and Varinka will intersect in profound ways, taking readers on a breathtaking ride through a momentous time in history.