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The Tea Rose: A Novel by Jennifer Donnelly

The Tea Rose: A Novel (original 2002; edition 2003)

by Jennifer Donnelly

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Title:The Tea Rose: A Novel
Authors:Jennifer Donnelly
Info:Thomas Dunne Books (2003), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 560 pages
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The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly (2002)

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I did enjoy this book though a few things were more a 'fairy tale'. Fiona was just way too lucky in my opinion and the ending was almost like a Disney film. I love to read historical novels and this one really didn't disappoint. The Jack the Ripper plot was interesting enough though. To have the novel set in that timeframe and area was rather nice. ( )
  ladyofunicorns | Oct 4, 2015 |
A well written book that follows a character through many trials and tribulations. The book is a page turner that keeps the reader engaged to the very end. ( )
  magnolia2 | Aug 9, 2015 |
After other reviews I thought I would love this, but I did not. It was lukewarm simply okay. The characters were stale, uncomplicated. A nice story, but not a great one. I am not a fan of sappy predictable stories, like Nicholas Sparks writes. If you like that kind of fluff, you'll love this. ( )
  jsalmeron | Feb 26, 2015 |
The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly is a good historical romance even though the plot is an all too familiar one. The young, exceedingly beautiful heroine faces many obstacles in life yet manages to spectacularly overcome them. This book is full of melodrama, love lost and found, murder and revenge, all told in a fun, exciting way. The author manages to fill the pages with authentic historical details along with plenty of action and her skill at doing all this gathers the reader into the story and keeps them glued to the pages.

The Tea Rose has an enormous canvas, Donnelly’s story unfolds in the back alleys of London and the high society drawing rooms of New York. Although there are too many coincidences and eye-rolling moments for it to be a believable story, this is a book where the reader knows what to expect, a fun escapist read that pulls you out of everyday life and into a fantasy of fairy tale proportions. ( )
1 vote DeltaQueen50 | Jan 27, 2015 |
This book just didn't hold my attention. ( )
  Book_Minx | Jan 24, 2015 |
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Jennifer Donnellyprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tanner, JillReadermain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Clifford, Millysecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
De Franco, Stefaniasecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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, 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 life is shattered when the actions of a dark and brutal man take from her nearly everything-and everyone-she holds dear. Fearing her own death, she is forced to flee London for New York. There, her indomitable spirit propels her rise from a modest West Side shop-front to the top of Manhattan's tea trade. But Fiona's old ghosts do not rest quietly, and to silence them, she must venture back to the London of her childhood, where a deadly confrontation with her past becomes the key to her future.

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Her family and dreams shattered by her father's untimely death at the hands of a ruthless tea baron, Fiona Finnegan flees East London and eventually establishes herself at the head of the tea trade in New York.

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