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review 2017-04-29 03:26
Book Review: The Tea Rose
The Tea Rose - Jennifer Donnelly

Book: The Tea Rose

 

Author: Jennifer Donnelly

 

Genre: Fiction/19th Century/Romance

 

Summary: 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. - St. Martin's Griffin, 2002.

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review 2016-06-09 14:45
The Tea Rose
The Tea Rose - Jennifer Donnelly

Author: Jennifer Donnelly

Series: The Tea Rose#1

Rating: 4 stars

 

Book Blurb: 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.

 

This book took me nearly a year to finish. Don't let that fool you, as I enjoyed reading it every time I picked it up. I really enjoy Donnelly's writing, she knows how to pull you into the story. Following Fiona and Joe as they grow up together, fall in love and then overcome an insane amount of obstacles ( this book is long y'all)  made this a comfort read.  True, this book is filled with soap-opera- like coincidences that definitely made me roll my eyes a couple of times. But the overall story is well done - the thriller element was tense enough, the romance was good and the rags to riches story was compelling.

 

Each book in this series is a tome and I've already started the next one.

 

And cover love! Hats off to whomever picked the covers for these books, they're gorgeous!

 

Definitely recommend for those who love family sagas and historical fiction with a dash of romance.

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text 2015-07-09 22:30
Reading progress update: I've read 428 out of 756 pages.
The Tea Rose - Jennifer Donnelly

"It's amazing what the 'eart can bear.  People say it breaks, but it doesn't. It would be easier if it did. If it just stopped beating, stopped feeling."

 

Loving this still.

 

All the books I'm reading are all great books so far, it's a great feeling! :)

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text 2015-07-06 16:53
Reading progress update: I've read 202 out of 756 pages.
The Tea Rose - Jennifer Donnelly

Addictive.

 

Transporting.

 

This is sooooo good so far!

 

 

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text 2015-07-01 19:23
Book Haul from my Giveaway Card!
Shards of Honour (Vorkosigan Saga, #1) - Lois McMaster Bujold
The Tea Rose - Jennifer Donnelly
The Dragon Variation - Sharon Lee,Steve Miller

Ok. So after winning HFK's Amazon card giveaway (still doing a happy dance over that :) )  I went and took a hard look at my to-buy list.  

 

I stopped just short of graphs and flow charts (what's funny is you think I'm kidding)  before I settled on these three books. These are all books that I have been dying to get.

 

Shards of Honour by Lois McMaster Bujold - I'm finally going to start the Vorkosigan series! This is on every "Best of Sci-Fi" list that I've read. I'm telling you - these books taunt me in bookstores, at the library, on the net - If one more person or webpage tells me to read this series - so finally I'm gonna see what all the hype is about. I read the sample and it looks good - I got pulled right into the story.

 

The Dragon Variation by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller  is an ominibus that includes three of the books of the Liaden Universe - Local Custom, Scout's Progress, and Conflict of Honors. I've been told it's a good starting place. What drew me to these books? 1) It's received good reviews online and amongst my friends and family. 2) It's been described as Georgette Heyer in space.  3) I read the forward of the omnibus written by the authors, explaining why they write and their philosophy of writing this series and it made me smile.

 

The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly  - I picked this up because the sample was solid.  I also like that it's well reviewed and that it's a sweeping historical fiction saga. There's three books- though each one is a tome at 700+ pages. I tried to get it at the library but upon seeing it,  decided I would buy a paperback or Kindle because I didn't want to lug the book around. I'm excited to read it.

 

Yet another thanks to HFK!!!!!!

 

Happy reading guys!

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