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The Last Rose of Summer

The Last Rose of Summer

17.4K Reads 345 Votes 6 Part Story
Monika By monkiram Updated Apr 08, 2011

In the ostentatious world of turn-of-the-century England, a broken-hearted young lady finds herself caught in a society of pretentious women, pompous men, flamboyant dresses for grandiose parties, and marriages of convenience. Elaine’s enchanting beauty is a popular subject of gossip among the inhabitants of the aristocratic community, but young men have learned not to waste their time courting the inhospitable maiden.
It has been three lonely years, yet Elaine still mourns the untimely death of her beloved sister. Her indifferent parents are the salt on the open wound of her grief. Jeanette, her extravagant mother flirts with every rich man she lays eyes upon. Her father, Howard couldn’t care less. Over the years, Elaine has learned to lock up her emotions and to build walls to shut others out. But her adamant resistance is put to the test when, drowning in debt, Howard attempts to secure a business transaction with a certain wealthy acquaintance, accompanied by his inquisitive son, James.

BriRenee11 BriRenee11 Sep 26, 2011
Would love an update. This is a lovely story. One of my favorites. Great job so far
lylli4jello lylli4jello Apr 13, 2011
nice, i like the different attitude towards men, for once it's not obsession :P
monkiram monkiram Apr 09, 2011
@MissAlice Thank you! The poem at the top is actually a haiku that I wrote years ago but for some reason I've always loved it :)
                              Wow your name is just like my character :P
MissAlice MissAlice Apr 09, 2011
Beautiful :)  An easy read, but clever with the artistic history of the era.  Beginning the story with a quote was also a nice touch!
monkiram monkiram Apr 06, 2011
@LadyFoxglove Hey don't apologize! Thanks for reading and commenting :) I've seen your comments on other stories and I love the criticisms you give, I'm excited to get them myself :D
LadyFoxglove LadyFoxglove Apr 06, 2011
I apologize profoundly for not commenting sooner. Your story is very good! I have no nitpicks to give. I really like her indifference towards James, and his obvious preference. :) I shall definitely continue. :D