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The Rose of Sebastopol


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The Rose of Sebastopol, by Katharine McMahon, is priced at 12 euros and is on the reading list for UK television show Richard and Judy.

Set in Russia in 1854, the Crimean War is causing battlefield hospitals to fill with dying men.

Rosa Barr travels to Balaklava, determined to save as many of the wounded as she can.

For Mariella Lingwood, Rosa’s cousin, the war is so far away and contained in the letters she receives from Henry, her fiancé, a surgeon who also volunteered to help.

When Henry falls ill and is sent to recuperate in Italy, Mariella decides to go to him but upon arrival, she discovers that Rosa has disappeared.

Mariella’s epic journey to find Rosa takes her to the tragic city of Sebastopol, where she meets Rosa’s stepbrother, a reckless cavalry officer whose complex past and future is inextricably bound up with her own. As her quest leads her deeper into the dark heart of the conflict, Mariella’s ordered world begins to crumble.