The Tea Rose

The Tea Rose

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Book - 2007
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The Tea Rose is a towering old-fashioned story, imbued with a modern sensibility, of a family's destruction, of murder and revenge, of love lost and won again, and of one determined woman's quest to survive and triumph.

East London, 1888-a city apart. A place of shadow and light where thieves, whores, and dreamers mingle, where children play in the cobbled streets by day and a killer stalks at night, where bright hopes meet the darkest truths.

Here, by the whispering waters of the Thames, a bright and defiant young woman dares to dream of a life beyond tumbledown wharves, gaslit alleys, and the grim and crumbling dwellings of the poor.

Fiona Finnegan, a worker in a tea factory, hopes to own a shop one day, together with her lifelong love, Joe Bristow, a costermonger's son. With nothing but their faith in each other to spur them on, Fiona and Joe struggle, save, and sacrifice to achieve their dreams.

But Fiona's dreams are shattered when the actions of a dark and brutal man take from her nearly everything-and everyone-she holds dear. Fearing her own death at the dark man's hands, she is forced to flee London for New York. There, her indomitable spirit-and the ghosts of her past-propel her rise from a modest west side shopfront to the top of Manhattan's tea trade.

Authentic and moving, Jennifer Donnelly's The Tea Rose is an unforgettable novel.

Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, [2007], c2002
Edition: 1st St. Martin's Griffin ed
ISBN: 9780312378028
Branch Call Number: DONN
Characteristics: 557 p. ; 24 cm

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AL_LESLEY Nov 10, 2016

A very intricate and character driven tale with romance, mystery and an interesting fictionalized answer to who Jack the Ripper was. Though predictable at points and the love-sickness was repetitive and drawn-out I still really enjoyed this detailed historical fiction epic.

AL_KATI Oct 21, 2016

One of the best historical series you've probably never read. Highly recommend because this has everything!

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sasie
Apr 14, 2015

I enjoyed this story from cover to cover. A very good book that held my attention for hours at a time.

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SuzeParker
Apr 12, 2014

The Tea Rose's storyline is interesting and, at times, captivating enough to have kept me reading past the time I should have turned off the light. There also were plenty of times the book had me thinking, "yeah, right." Dirt-poor young lovers Joe and Fiona separately overcame overwhelming odds to rise to national prominence? Fiona was really that virtuous and generative - as well as being smart, head-turningly beautiful and charming? After a decade and an ocean apart, and finding themselves unexpectedly single, Joe and Fiona coincidentally run into each other in the place they used to hang out? And what did the Jack the Ripper subplot contribute to the story? Apart from the fact that this story is unlikely to have ever happened in real life, it's a nice enough historical romance.

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catwelk
Aug 22, 2013

This is my all time favorite book.

amodolo Aug 11, 2013

I enjoyed the story, Fiona is an amazing character and I loved following her progress over the years. I did feel that it was long and dragged at some points though. I don't think it needed to be as long as it is, but I'm interested to continue the series.

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lozza1401
Dec 10, 2012

I liked the plot and settings in this book but I found the character Fiona a bit too perfect for my liking, as she had no flaws. The same went for the ending.

Chortlesnort May 10, 2012

This had all the potential in the world, but I found the graphic sexual content was enough to stop me reading it.

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melissajayne80
Oct 26, 2011

I really liked this book and was the best book that I have so far read this year. There was something special about this book that made me not want to put down the book for a number of hours a few weeks ago and incur the amount of fines that I did so that I could finish the book before I went away for a couple of weeks. The only problem I really had with the book was that the ending seemed to be a bit rushed.

BookEnthusiast Jul 29, 2011

I came by this book on accident but fell in love with the story and its characters. I was thrilled to see a second book, The Winter Rose, which I eagerly read. I was reading others' comments and saw a third installment is coming, The Wild Rose, I can't contain my joy!!!

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KHaney Mar 19, 2008

In 1888, Fiona Finnegan and Joe Bristow hoard shillings and pennies so that they can marry and open a shop. But Jack the Ripper stalks the streets of London's East End, and poverty threatens from the shadows. Setting the story in motion is the murder of Fiona's father, a dock worker whose union activities angered his tea-company boss. Fiona and her younger brother must flee to New York City to avoid their own murders. Through hard work and luck, Fiona and her beloved Joe prosper on opposite sides of the Atlantic. Misunderstandings and mistakes keep them apart as they build separate lives and incredible fortunes. Children's book writer Donnelly effortlessly takes her narrative through slums and high society while intertwining a number of subplots without tangling them. Both major and minor characters capture and hold interest and sympathy. Although the number of Fiona and Joe's near encounters stretches the imagination, readers will forgive the tease once the lovers' reunion and Fiona's revenge for her father's death converge in an action-packed ending

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