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The Tea Rose (Rose, Bk 1)
The Tea Rose - Rose, Bk 1
Author: Jennifer Donnelly
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...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780312993566
ISBN-10: 0312993560
Publication Date: 3/13/2004
Pages: 756
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 82 ratings
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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reviewed The Tea Rose (Rose, Bk 1) on + 3 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 9
I LOVED this story. I could not put it down. I was incredibly unproductive all day on my day off, and did nothing but read. I loved the way the book put you into the center of each character's life. I felt I was in 1898. I felt each character's feelings, and saw from their eyes their views and the reasons that they made the choices that they did.

I cannot wait to receive the sequel, and am also looking forward to the last book in the trilogy.

I have found a new favorite author!!!
MJreaderbee avatar reviewed The Tea Rose (Rose, Bk 1) on + 12 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
I loved this book! It is set in the early 1900's when people were immigrating to the US and starting their life over or anew. The characters are rich and many layered.
The trials and the work ethic of the people is inspirational. This author is descriptive in a way that is not overly done. There is love, death, suspense and all of the good things a novel should have.
reviewed The Tea Rose (Rose, Bk 1) on + 60 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
The book is set in East London 1888 and centers around the life of a poor, young woman who works in a tea factory. Her life is shattered when the actions of a dark and brutal man destroy everything and everyone she holds dear. Fearing for her life, she flees to New York where she rises from a small shop owner to the top of Manhattan's tea trade. But, her ghosts won't let her relax until she has her revenge. She returns to London to silence her enemy in a deadly confrontation.

This book may sound a bit corny, but it's incredibly good. The description on the back cover doesn't include that a major theme in the book revolves around Jack the Ripper and his gruesome murders. This book is so well written that I read half of it in one night and had to force myself to put it down. There are no slow parts, and the main characters are well developed. The central character, Fiona, has both the worst luck and best luck in life. Unless you live a sheltered life, you will surely be able to identify with Fiona because the problems she encounters and survives could happen in real life to anyone. Feel free to email with any questions. ~LeAnn
MarciNYC avatar reviewed The Tea Rose (Rose, Bk 1) on
Helpful Score: 3
I actually enjoyed this book much more than I expected. I dreaded romance - you know, the heaving bosom and throbbing manhood kind based on some other reviews I read somewhere. It wasn't that bad - there are a few love scenes, but I skimmed them pretty quickly.

It's an enjoyable story - set in my two favourite cities of New York and London. I questioned some historical accuracies on the NYC side, but I was too lazy to go look them up to confirm. One thing that made me laugh was Joe meeting the Ferrara brothers on the boat to America. The Ferraras were bound to Little Italy and were going to make ice cream. I *love* the ice cream (gelato) from Ferraras in NYC! The one thing I didn't like about the book was how the mystery of Jack the Ripper was solved - oh come on! ...and I'm the bloody Queen of England!
RockStarGirl avatar reviewed The Tea Rose (Rose, Bk 1) on + 329 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
One of the best pieces of historical fiction that I have ever read. A poor Irish girl who has lost everything works her way up in the world, determined to right the wrongs of her past and build a new future. It's both heartbreaking and inspiring, with characters that jump off the page.
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reviewed The Tea Rose (Rose, Bk 1) on + 32 more book reviews
I really liked this book, at first I wasn't sure, it seemed like many other historical books on England but then the book took off and continued to to surprise me. I would highly recommend this book!
reviewed The Tea Rose (Rose, Bk 1) on + 23 more book reviews
This is an absolutely excellent read! Lots of pages, but HARD to put down. It had all the elements of an awesome novel--a love story, crime, historical, woman liberation. Riveting. Inspirational.
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I'm not much into murder mystery, but this book is the exception. It's a fabulous story! Reads like a good movie with twists and turns in every direction. It's the long way around "boy meets girl, falls in love, lives happily ever after". There is a great twist at the end, that I never saw coming. Great book! Loved it!*****
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An enjoyable read.

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