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The Tea Rose: A Novel by Jennifer Donnelly
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The Tea Rose: A Novel (original 2002; edition 2007)

by Jennifer Donnelly

Series: Rose (1)

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Member:janismack
Title:The Tea Rose: A Novel
Authors:Jennifer Donnelly
Info:St. Martin's Griffin (2007), Edition: 1, Paperback, 592 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:love, betrayal, murder, revenge

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The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly (2002)

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This is the first book of the Rose series and I love it. It was exciting from the start and held me gripped. The story is set in the late 19th century. Fiona Finnigan works in a tea factory. She has a fine nose and recognizes the tea by its smell. She lives with her family in a working class neighbourhood. Her father is a union leader and is killed because of it. Fiona's great love is Joe Bristow. This love is put into this first volume to a hard test. Fiona's family is killed and she flees with her little brother to her uncle to America. Fiona is ambitious and creates in NY her own tea imperium. During this time she seeks revenge for the death of her family in London. As she travels from inheritance reasons back to London, the situation of revenge escalates.
It is very fast-paced. Sometimes I despaired of Fiona's naivety, it is nevertheless a shrewd businesswoman but emotionally not always the strongest. I look forward to the sequels. ( )
  Ameise1 | May 18, 2016 |
I'm interested in many things, but I have a few obsessions, such as a well-written period novel, tea, and thrillers with 'Jack the Ripper' in them. I kind of feel like Sherlock Holmes reading such books. I haven't started yet in "The Tea Rose" but I have bought the whole trilogy for the love of tea and those gorgeous covers! Fingers-crossed. ( )
  mrsdanaalbasha | Mar 12, 2016 |
Fiona Finnigan works in a tea warehouse on the shores of the Thames in 1880s London. Jack the Ripper is terrorizing Whitechapel, but Fiona and her family have troubles of their own. This started out strong but ended with a whimper. The book just didn't live up to the opening chapter. I felt the ending was really contrived. ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 9, 2016 |
I really like this book for its intensity, engaging writing and plot twists. I really wanted to give it five stars until it got to a few too many episodes of someone being ten seconds too late for the destined meeting you knew had to happen or you would hate the story. I did something I NEVER do and got so frustrated that I skipped pages to get beyond that point! I never even resort to skimming. I was actually mad at the author! It is good to be suspenseful and compelling, but it can be taken too far. ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
I really like this book for its intensity, engaging writing and plot twists. I really wanted to give it five stars until it got to a few too many episodes of someone being ten seconds too late for the destined meeting you knew had to happen or you would hate the story. I did something I NEVER do and got so frustrated that I skipped pages to get beyond that point! I never even resort to skimming. I was actually mad at the author! It is good to be suspenseful and compelling, but it can be taken too far. ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312378025, Paperback)

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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