The Tea Rose Jennifer Donnelly For Douglas, My own blue- eyed boy. Acknowledgements I am indebted to Martin Fido, au. Editorial Reviews. Review. " enjoy the ride: plus pages of romance, harrowing exploits, The Wild Rose (The Tea Rose Book 3) - Kindle edition by Jennifer Donnelly. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Donnelly indulges in delightfully straightforward storytelling in this comfortably overstuffed novel. In s London .
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The Wild Rose is part three of the sweeping, multi-generational Tea Rose saga. Many beloved characters from both books continue their adventures in The Wild . Rose: A Novel (1st). Download By Jennifer Donnelly The Tea Rose: A Novel ( 1st) pdf · Read Online By Jennifer Donnelly The Tea Rose: A Novel (1st) pdf. Jennifer Donnelly is the author of a novel for adult readers, The Tea Rose, and a picture book, Humble Pie. For A Northern Light, her first teen novel, she drew.
As my legion of followers know you know who you are because I surely don't , Jennifer Donnelly's The Tea Rose was everything I love in a historical and this, her sequel, is equally superior. It means that at any moment, due to their excellence, one may surpass the other in my estimation of them. India Selwyn Jones is a fine woman with her plans to change the world, and is completed by Sid Malone who is a fine example of how you don't need to be good to do good.
And we have the reappearance of Fiona and Joe, who have a story as meaty as you'd find in any ordinary historical. Oh, and, of course, the villian. Freddy was the best kind: Really, the only difference between Sid and Freddy was good parenting.
Which is why, after completing the book's clubhouse thickness in two days, I flipped back the covers and got back to being a wife and mother. I can't have anyone in my family go around ripping out their hearts. You'll understand the reference once you read the book. And you will. Because all of us, once in a while, need The Cure. Nov 14, Sutapa rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: This is one of the best books I've ever read it has romance, action, and drama.
This book is very passionate but sad and heartwarming at the same time. It shows that if you really want something so bad, you CAN get it!!!!! Jan 09, M. If there is one message that Jennifer Donnelly carries out in her books, it's to always have a dream and never give up on it.
At the same time, The Winter Rose showed that dreams always yield for love and family. That love in itself is a dream and some of us fight for half a lifetime trying to make it come true. As always, the path had many obstacles, but the epilogue I just read made me feel all warm and happy inside.
I spent some time thinking about it today and bumped it up to 5 stars. While it was a bit looonnng for me I did really enjoy it. I spent most part of the day and evening yesterday crazily turning the pages. That says something right. There was so much going on in it was hard to turn away from it. At the heart of it, it is Sid and India's story. And what a story it was. But weaved into it we have Fi "Meet me where the sky touches the sea.
But weaved into it we have Fiona and Joe back. So much has changed for them. Fiona loves Joe and her beautiful babies but she is desperate to have ALL of her family back. While she lives a blessed life, Sid's life couldn't be anymore different. It is this difference that sets in motion events that will change their lives forever.
Fate is a funny thing. India knows that all too well. Fate brings Sid to her. Or was it her to him? It doesn't much matter really because once their paths cross there would be no undoing it.
The Winter Rose was a wonderful tale. So many fabulous characters and a few asshole characters. Jennifer Donnelly takes you on quite a journey with all of them.
Like I mentioned, it was a long one. Just about 50 more pages than book 1. Most of these extra pages was the development of Seamus and Willa. We get their story in book 3. I'll get to that one for sure but I will hold off a bit. View all 8 comments. Jun 25, Aneca rated it it was amazing Shelves: Though Malone represents all she despises, India finds herself unwillingly drawn ever closer to him, intrigued by his hidden, mysterious past.
Though they fight hard against their feelings, India and Sid fall in love, and their unpredictable, passionate and bittersweet affair causes destruction they could never have imagined.
Sweeping from London to Kenya to the wild, remote coast of California, The Winter Rose is a breathtaking return to the epic historical novel, from a masterful writer with a fresh, richly vivid, and utterly electrifying voice.
Donnelly once again takes on a roller coaster of emotions but making us familiar once more with the misery of London's poverty and the difficulty of doing something to change that reality.
In India and Sid she brings us two characters bent on changing that and have to go through terrible times because of that wish and their love. I really liked them! India for her sheer determination in wanting to do something good and Sid for despite living the life he led he still maintained a kind heart and helped how he could the ones who had nothing. It's interesting to see how they are brought together when in the beginning it seems that they have nothing in common and how they have to fight the obstacles in their way.
India first saves Sid's life and ends up asking him for help in obtaining birth control devices for her patients while he admires her will to help the poor and wants to repay her for saving his life. Once again Donnelly's descriptions almost convinced me I was there with her characters, besides her wonderful portrayal of people and places besides London the story takes us to Africa I really enjoyed knowing more about the medical procedures in the beginning of the XX century and how difficult it was for women to start practising and be respected as competent professionals.
She also does a very good job with the villains! More than in the Tea Rose, where the bad guys were mostly absent and the action went forward due to coincidences or the natural evolution of the situations the characters were in, here the bad guys play an important role on how the main characters live their lives.
And she wrote them so well that for a while I was more worried with the bad guys having their comeuppance than I was with India and Sid having a happy ending! It was really nice to revisit the Bristows and Seamie Finnegan I wonder if the next book is about him.
Jennifer Donnelly hits one out of the park with her follow-up to The Tea Rose. In The Winter Rose we are taken back to London at the turn of the 20th Century and meet back up with Fiona and Joe and now, their children. Fiona still has her Tea business and Joe has decided to take up politics in order to help the working class from whence he came from.
The other heroine of the book is India Jones, an independent young woman who has just graduated from Medical School and has dreams of opening a hospital for the poor women and children of Whitechaple.
She soon crosses paths with Sid Malone and thus begins their relationship. I really liked reading about Seamie and his adventures — I hope there is more of him in the next novel. In The Winter Rose, we travel to London, Africa, Kilimanjaro and eventually California where the novel ends in the best, most romantic way ever! Get your tissues ladies! Donnelly is working on the third novel titled The Wild Rose, but there is not yet a release date.
Thanks for the beautiful story Jennifer! Dec 30, Lori rated it it was amazing Shelves: Much to my disappointment, this book began with an unknown character-India.
My expectations of being plunged back into Fiona's life made it difficult to get into the story. I did not remain disappointed!!! This is a beautiful story. One I hated to see come to a close. It definitely makes my list of Favorites!!!! View 2 comments. Aug 29, Anna Stathopoulou rated it it was amazing. Sep 30, Ang rated it liked it. It just wasn't as good as the first book. And I'm not really looking forward to the third now, because I couldn't care less about Seamie and Willa.
Jul 25, Patrizia rated it it was amazing Shelves: Ich liebe diese Trilogie. Readers Also Enjoyed. About Jennifer Donnelly. Jennifer Donnelly. The audio edition was awarded an Odyssey Honor for Excellence. The author has a good ear for language and I enjoyed reading about the tea factory and the development of Fiona's tea trade, Joe's vegetable stand, and Fiona's little merchant shop. I am surprised that an author who writes so well in that regard, however, settles for such sketchy characterizations and overly dramatic plots.
Fiona and Joe and Nicholas and so on are all likable, but none of them are very deep, and they all behave in ways that approach hysteria at times. I would also have liked to have seen Fiona achieve some measure of view spoiler [personal fulfillment outside of her relationship with Joe. You shouldn't have to wait 10 years and cross an ocean to get to happiness.
Editing these sorts of things could have easily turned this into a truly excellent work of historical fiction. Still, I was so entertained by this novel that I couldn't stop reading it. It's sort of like a Victorian soap opera--high camp, beautiful clothes and setting, and lots of fun. I wasn't at all surprised by any of the events that occurred or by any of the characters, but I was pleased by the time I spent with them.
All in all, a great love story and coming-of-age book that will encapture you from beginning to end if you read it with an open heart and an open mind. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Fiona is the spirited, ambitious daughter of an Irish dock worker.
She longs to break free from the squalid lanes and alleys of Whitechapel, where she has grown up and now has a job in a tea factory. With the love of her life, Joe Bristow, Fiona dreams of escaping the poverty and opening her own tea shop. But one by one her dreams fall apart as her father is killed in a dock accident, Joe is seduc Set in London, England during the late 19th Century, The Tea Rose tells the tale of Fiona Finnegan.
But one by one her dreams fall apart as her father is killed in a dock accident, Joe is seduced by another woman, and her mother is viciously murdered — a suspected victim of Jack the Ripper. Devastated, her life in tatters, Fiona flees to New York City where she sets up home with her alcoholic uncle Michael. Slowly she builds his small grocery shop into a thriving business and tea house, and her new life flourishes. After ten years of hard work, she establishes herself as the head of her own powerful tea empire.
But she cannot forget London — or Joe. Convinced that her father was murdered by his brutal employer, Fiona vows to seek revenge and ruin him once and for all. Making her way back to the streets of her impoverished childhood, Fiona must start her fight again. The Tea Rose is an extremely well-researched and well-written novel which is packed full of unexpected twists and turns throughout the story. I really enjoyed this novel.
I thought this book was very gripping, intriguing and engrossing tale and I found it very hard to put it down for long. I couldn't wait to find out what happened next! The descriptions of Victorian London were very vivid and I found it very easy to picture how the city looked in the 's thanks to these.
I fell in love with all the main characters. They were all so interesting, compelling and very well-developed, especially Fiona. She was such a fierce, strong, intelligent and brave character. The secondary characters were wonderful too.
There were ones you love to love and ones you love to hate and I loved the way the author wove Jack the Ripper into the story. I absolutely enjoyed this book!
I will definitely be reading more of Jennifer Donnelly books, apart from this series, too sometime in the near future.
Four Stars! View all 7 comments. Although The Tea Rose is not the worst book I've read, it's pretty terrible. With a good pages of drivel, it raises the question, how did this slip past the editor? The other pages drift somewhere along a mediocre plot-line, ridiculous dialogue and predictable, fairytale-like situations.
Every time a character had a setback in life it was magically resolved by some farfetched coincidence. The book was littered with long descriptions that add very little to the story. On page 13, Donnelly spends an entire paragraph detailing how Kate prepared dinner. It's no wonder the book is over pages long. She picked up a fork and poked it into one of the three mutton chops sizzling on top of the stove.
A rivulet of juice ran down the side of the chop, sputtering into steam as it hit the hot metal of the frying pan. She speared the chops, dropped them onto a plate, and put them into a warming hatch next to the oven, alongside a jug of onion gravy.
Next she picked up a rope of sausages and cut the links into the pan. As they began to fry, she sat down at the table across from her husband. Donnelly would spend hundreds of those pages leading up to the climax of a sub-plot, then she'd skip over it altogether and the reader would come in after.
It was a huge letdown. The dialogue I did care enough to anticipate was skimmed over, leaving the reader with a sentence like, "Fiona told him the story of what had happened to her. I was wrong. Mar 17, Po rated it it was amazing Shelves: This one of my all time favorites!! It is a sweeping saga, set between the US, Ireland, and England. It's fabulous. If you love historical epics, do yourself a favor and read it now!
It's out in paperback now. A warning, it's huge!! Nov 02, Louise Wilson rated it really liked it. East London is a place where in its shadows thieves, whores and dreamers mingle. Fiona Finnegan works in a tea factory. She hopes to own her own shop one day along with her lifelong love, Joe Bristow.
Then Fiona's life is shattered when a brutal man takes nearly everything and everyone she holds dear. Fearing for her life she flees London and goes to New York. But Fiona's old ghosts do not rest easily and she has to return t East London is a place where in its shadows thieves, whores and dreamers mingle. But Fiona's old ghosts do not rest easily and she has to return to London to face a deadly confrontation. A fantastic read. So well written with believable characters.
A period drama with a mix of good and evil. View all 5 comments. Jan 25, Ira rated it it was amazing. This is not typical historical romance I usually read but I found somewhere a few readers discuss about this book which made me really interested and give this book a chance and I won't regret any single minutes I spent for this pages book: Charlie and Eileen are dead, too.
Bad men chased us. They wanted our money. I was scared. The other girl was his boss's daughter who keep chasing him! Stupid man but he knew his mistake right away and he pay for it, oh didn't he pay dearly for it and at the end I genuinely feel sorry for him. Anyway, this not just about their love, more about the story of Fiona Finnegan building her Tea Business Empire which starting from part two of the book. It wasn't easy and there were some lucky moments which enable her started her business and she found new people and love who was really help her in the process.
Part three of the book have a strong connection with part one, involving a revenge, no no not for the love she lost but for what really happened with her father and feels like a thriller story in this part but made this story more interesting.
So, this is an emotional book, it can make you cry few times and the best of it? That girl didn't change too much with all the hard life keep kicking her, she still a lovely girl with a big heart and always ready to help people who less fortunate than her. Now the love story bit, I put as a spoiler: Joe desperately tried to find Fiona everywhere even while he still married, then he end up in New York too only to find out about Fiona in a Newspaper regarding her marriage to a toff who certainly look more dashing and rich than him.
Yes, you will cry for him too and yes they back together but don't expect many chapters of they being together tho: Fiona's story kind of ended here but The Finnegan's story continues to the next book and you will meet her again. View all 10 comments. Since that was part of a trilogy, I figured I'd skip the 'winter' challenge and try the first in the series - historical novel, lots of good reviews, sounded like fun. Mostly, it was a pretty good read.
Vivacious, irrepressible teen from a desperately poor family in Jack the Ripper's Whitechapel, loves, loses, suffers, faces murders, deaths, harrowing experiences, and heartbreak. Eventually pretty satisfying. The story moves between London and New York at the end of the 19th century, but some of the words and phrases sounded too modern. My 'research' indicates they are anachronisms, but maybe nobody else minds, so I won't spoil it here.
The pace is a little uneven, with a lot happening during the first year to year and a half of the story, when Fiona is 17 and 18, with good descriptions of life then.
But major changes occur in unreasonably short periods of time. Drunks are reformed, buildings are renovated and restored, businesses are established - almost instantly - and all when she's still But it's entertaining enough to keep me going to the end. I have to agree with other reviewers who've complained about spelling with dropped aitches for the Cockney accent.
I know why the author has done it, and I have no alternative to offer. It's very readable, but too long, and I did get impatient with being told what a person was like rather than shown. I kept being told that people did what Fiona wanted because. Beautiful young girl? I'd rather have the scene and the dialogue show me how she affects people and how they react.
If you like historical romances and long books, this might be for you. I think I'll give the next two a miss. View 2 comments. Mar 14, Michel rated it really liked it Shelves: Countess of Monte-Christo… Revenge is sweet. And the good girl does not finish last!
The magic of the story is in the telling. This long long long book finishes too soon, that's a good test; and it stays with you for a while, another good test; and characters you know like you met them, some you love to love, and some you love to hate, another good test; and the setting, Dickens!
I read this book right after Rita died, and, well, it made me love, and miss, her even more: I wanted to give it to her, Countess of Monte-Christo… Revenge is sweet. I wanted to give it to her, she would have loved it so much. It is so well written, you gloss over the bits that fit less well, details really, which you don't see while you're on the roller-coaster; Ms Donelly plays your emotions like a harp keep a box of Kleenex handy and you stop resisting her after a few chapters and you learn so many things, like who invented the teabag…?
Enjoy the ride! Apr 19, M. Farting through silk dresses. That's what the uncle of the heroine says she'll be doing if she marries the rich man.
Isn't that a great expression? And sadly, I've got nowhere to use it. Not unless I want even more bewildered looks than usual. This novel has been out for a decade now, and the fact that it's the choice of the History Fictionistas series read right now, speaks to its sticking power.
And the centre of it is Fiona Finnegan, a feisty female fond of flavorful tea and fighting for fami Farting through silk dresses. And the centre of it is Fiona Finnegan, a feisty female fond of flavorful tea and fighting for family and friends. Her story begins in Whitechapel in the late 19th century, sails over to New York and then ten years later, returns to the shores of her homeland. It's got your star-crossed romance, your gay best friend, a serial killer, Dickensian lowlifes and a grand finale.
A Winter Rose, the second in the series, is up next, and I'll be all over it. It features another tough heroine. I'm weak for strong women. View all 3 comments. Oct 17, Marcia rated it it was amazing Shelves: When I first started reading this book, I thought "whew What kind of story are they trying to tell me? Is it going to be stuffed with description upon description of everything the main charactors come in contact with?
It was a book of second chances and missed opportunities. As well as a "I didn't see that coming and a yup that's what I figured" Loved it! Favorite quote May 22, Piper rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Tea Rose deserves an eloquently written review but honestly I don't think I'm able to write one worthy of it.
It was one of the best books I've ever read and listened to and it will be an all time favorite of mine. The characters were simply fabulous and I felt as though I was actually part of the story— the author's writing was so compelling and real.
It is a very long book yet I didn't want it to end. Thankfully there are two more equally long books in the series. I highly recommend this o The Tea Rose deserves an eloquently written review but honestly I don't think I'm able to write one worthy of it. I highly recommend this one. Sie wollen heiraten und gemeinsam einen Teehandel aufbauen. Dort beginnt sie ein neues Leben und lebt ihren Traum. Aber sie kann nicht vergessen was damals in London passiert ist Fionas Entwicklung ist toll.
Bei ihrem Schicksal ist mir das Herz gebrochen und ich habe ihrem Erfolg entgegengefiebert. Mit Joe hatte ich so meine Schwierigkeiten. Nick dagegen fand ich einen tollen Charakter, so wie die meisten Anderen in New York. Ich war richtig begeistert von der Story und dem Verlauf. Aber der letzte Twist und das Ende sind dann wieder super. Feb 21, Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews rated it it was amazing Shelves: Loved the history, mystery, romance, murder, and family connections. Loved this book Fiona Finnegan comes from a poor family and works in the tea factory just like the rest of her family.
Circumstances cause her to leave London and she becomes a "tea baron" - filled with history, love, importance of family, and a strong female heroine.
View 1 comment. Nov 24, Cher rated it really liked it Shelves: I loved it. Excellent story that was engaging from the beginning and held your interest all the way through. We're not punished for our sins, lad. First Sentence: Polly Nichols, a Whitechapel whore, was profoundly grateful to gin. Meiner Meinung nach ein Buch, das man absolut gelesen haben muss. Und das auch, wenn man wie ich ansonsten nicht unbedingt historische Romane liest.
Jun 17, Doug Bradshaw rated it really liked it. Well lads, and mainly lasses, I loved this book and it was almost five stars for me. I think if you classify it as a romance novel, it is a five star book. Here are some random thoughts and comments: As another person said in her review, there were quit a few instances of the infamous Deus ex Machina where things are a little too convenient.
And yet, not horribly so. To name a few, the way Fiona quickly found Nick and was able to get out of London. The Five Hundred Pounds that accidentally sho Well lads, and mainly lasses, I loved this book and it was almost five stars for me. The Five Hundred Pounds that accidentally showed up in her pocket, the estate she inherited from Nick owned a huge chunk of Burton Tea, etc. However, every one of them could've happened, right?
And, why work so hard to make things happen? This device moved the story along at a good pace. There was a real romance and although somewhat corny aren't they all? I thought the physical encounters were fairly tastefully done and yet had some pretty good steam on them and I had to mop my brow a couple of times.
The whole stupidity of a young guy getting drunk, having sex with the wrong person and then being punished for eternity, is miserable. But it really happens.
Haven't we all done stupid rash things we get punished for? The continued devotion both had for each other was extremely touching and romantic. As a wizened old guy, I could be a little hard on that concept, but I won't because it got me and I liked it.
Makes you want to go out and get rich by building a great little business, doesn't it? Of course, just look at the Waltons. I loved the setting in London and NYC in the late 's. I think she did some pretty good research about Jack the Ripper a good goal for a lot of young writers but becoming a little overdone now? The many characters who played minor roles from her brothers, her father and mother, Joe's family, Will, her wealthy suitor I'm glad that worked out how it did , her gay husband Nick, the horrible Mr.
Burton maybe too creepy? I could almost see this shortened and done in a Broadway play. Wouldn't that be fun? Jennifer Donnelly is a great story teller. I was drawn into the story quickly and enjoyed it all of the way through.
Thanks to the group I used to belong to who recommended it to me! Fiona Finnegan is bright, outspoken and has big dreams. She is also one of the working poor in the part of London called ironically called Whitecastle. There is nothing white or royal about it.
Life is not for the faint of heart in this and many other sections of London. But Fiona and her childhood sweetheart,Joe Bristow have big plans. They are going to have their own shop. They religiously squirrel little bits of money away against the day when they can break out of poverty into better liv Fiona Finnegan is bright, outspoken and has big dreams. They religiously squirrel little bits of money away against the day when they can break out of poverty into better lives.
Life however has other plans and heart break ensues with the deaths of pretty much every member of Fiona's family with the exception of her youngest brother, and losing Joe to another girl. When Fiona overhears that her beloved father's death was not an accident but cold blooded murder, she finds herself along with her little brother running for her life.
She survives and thrives in the life she fashions for herself. But she is driven by hurt and a deep rage at what has been stolen from her. Revenge will be hers This story put me in mind of the A Woman of Substance saga.
I loved that series and I feel that this series will steal my heart as well. An absolutely lovely story. Broken up into three parts Jennifer Donnelly takes you on a journey that will captivate you and have you falling in love with Fiona Finnegan from the get go.
On this journey there will be joy and sadness, laughter and tears, love and loss. Fiona is at the heart of this story.