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The Tea Rose [Paperback]

Jennifer Donnelly
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10 Dec 2007

Set in Whitechapel in 1888, The Tea Rose is a tale of a love lost and won, of a family’s destruction, of murder and revenge – and one young woman’s quest to escape the poverty of her childhood and make her fortune in the tea trade.

Fiona Finnegan is the spirited, ambitious daughter of an Irish dock worker. She longs to break free from the squalid lanes and alleys of Whitechapel, where she has a job in a tea factory. With the love of her life, Joe Bristow, she dreams of escaping the poverty and opening her own tea shop. But one by one her dreams fall apart as her father is killed in a dock accident, Joe is seduced by another woman, and her mother is viciously murdered – a suspected victim of Jack the Ripper.

Devastated, her life in tatters, Fiona flees to New York where she sets up home with her alcoholic uncle. Slowly she builds his small grocery shop into a thriving tea house, and her new life flourishes. After years of hard work, she establishes herself as the head of her own powerful tea empire. But she cannot forget London – or Joe. Convinced that her father was murdered by his brutal employer, Fiona vows to seek revenge and ruin him once and for all. Making her way back to the streets of her impoverished childhood, Fiona must start her fight again.

From the bleak poverty and filthy back streets of London to the glossy sophistication of Fifth Avenue, from East End dock workers to New York socialites, The Tea Rose is a charming, heart warming and ultimately life-affirming novel.

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  • Paperback: 557 pages
  • Publisher: Griffin; Reprint edition (10 Dec 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312378025
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312378028
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,458,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘This is a most seductive novel. You’ll be charmed by the novels heroine – her intelligence, her courage, her great heart. Despite her suffering – a lost love, a tragic family – there are moments you will want to cheer. It’s the kind of novel where the writing is so fluid you feel the author simply loves telling her story. This is a splendid, heartwarming novel of pain, struggle, decency, triumph – and just what we need in these times.’ Frank McCourt

‘I loved this vividly researched and wonderfully rumbustious yarn – brilliantly told, great fun to read.’ Simon Winchester

‘Bold, brisk and beguiling, The Tea Rose is a splendid brew of a book.’ Sam Twining

'It's so much fun…This is London in the 1880s, the London of Charles Dickens and Edward Rutherford, a teeming, messy place full of business, dirt and poverty. Once in New York, we trip from the tenements of the Lower East Side to elegant dining at Delmonico's, with hardly a paragraph to catch our breath…The atmosphere of both starring cities is created in satisfying detail. One can walk the streets and listen to the people chat in the company of Jennifer Donnelly, who has done her historical homework…She delivers.' Washington Post

‘The Tea Rose is the kind of book that calls for a rainy day, a cozy chair and a good, steaming cup of tea. It’s strong and satisfying, with a taste that lingers in the memory.’ Paula Cohen

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Fiona Finnegan is the spirited, ambitious daughter of an Irish dock worker. She longs to break free from the squalid lanes and alleys of Whitechapel, where she has a job in a tea factory. With the love of her life, Joe Bristow, she dreams of escaping the poverty and opening her own tea shop. But one by one her dreams fall apart as her father is killed in a dock accident, Joe is seduced by another woman, and her mother is viciously murdered – a suspected victim of Jack the Ripper.

Devastated, her life in tatters, Fiona flees to New York where she sets up home with her alcoholic uncle. Slowly she builds his small grocery shop into a thriving tea house, and her new life flourishes. After years of hard work, she establishes herself as the head of her own powerful tea empire. But she cannot forget London – or Joe. Convinced that her father was murdered by his brutal employer, Fiona vows to seek revenge and ruin him once and for all. Making her way back to the streets of her impoverished childhood, Fiona must start her fight again.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Tea Rose- what a fab book! 3 Aug 2006
Format:Paperback
I love books from this era so as soon as I read the back I knew I had to buy it and read it. Unlike other wishy-washy books featuring this time period, I was enthralled with this book and how well written it is.

Moving from London's Whitechapel East End all the way to New York's Chelsea it is a great adventure every page you turn. The charactors are so vivid and you can really relate to them so closely, esp the lovely Fiona, and Joe too. I fell in love with these charactors and many more the minute they were introduced to us and things just got better the more and more I read.

This was a book I could not put down, because I was so caught up in the twists and turns of the plot- What would happen next?? This is one I would definately recommend to everyone.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Fantastic 7 Nov 2006
By Naomi
Format:Paperback
Wow, wow, wow!

A friend of mine had been raving about the book for a while but since I don't live in an English speaking country it was hard finding a copy. Finally she was so desperate for me to read the book she ordered a copy on Amazon and sent it out to me - I can't thank her enough. What a beautiful read, at times I cried and at times I couldn't stop smiling. The characters were real and the storyline gripping. I am waiting to begin reading the Winter Rose with bated breath!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Definitely A Raritea! 29 April 2006
Format:Paperback
Jennifer Donnelly's 'THE TEA ROSE' is the first novel of it's kind that I have ever read and I enjoyed it immensely. This novel spans over a decade in the life of Fiona Finnegan a once rough and tumble young girl from the wrong side of London, who after a series of tragedies moves to New York City and becomes one of the richest women in America. I say that this book is a rarity because I have not read many books of this length that were not drawn out and overly descriptive, 'THE TEA ROSE' moved at a fast pace and kept my attention throughout. Also, this novel was almost like two books in one, it started out as a romantic historical fiction and ended almost as a thriller would with tons of action and high suspense. The ending, I must admit, was a tad bit over the top and you have to suspend disbelief a bit, but that does not take away from the splendid characters that Donnelly has created, all of whom the reader grows to care about and will root for until the very end. 'THE TEA ROSE' has a well thought out plot line and fully developed characters, I cannot recommend it enough.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Read It 23 May 2006
Format:Paperback
Oh yes,what a book this is!! I bought it because I loved Jennifer Donnelly's other novel,"A Gathering Light",and I wasn't disappointed. Once you're in a book by a story-teller like J.Donnelly,you don't want the novel to stop.

The tragedies that falls upon our strong-minded & spirited heroine,Fiona Finnegan,are unthinkable,and left me shattered,shoked and teary-eyed.....but not for long. Because Fiona won't slow down or forget her dreams because of what happened;she leaves behind the shabby streets of Whitechapel and moves to NY where she's confident she'll make her dreams come true,and she will,with the help of her faithful friends. But soon her past will catch up with her....and she'll have to deal with it,for once and for all.

I couldn't put this book down;you read it as fast as you can,and when you finish it,you're craving for more. But,thanks to reviewer M.Lugg "bookworm",we now know there's a sequel,"The Winter Rose",coming out in November (which is not soon enough)!!!!!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compassionate 13 Sep 2004
Format:Paperback
Jennifer Donnelly is a truly gifted and compassionate writer. Fiona Finnegans Story touched my heart and I even cried with her, when her father died. I couldn't put this book down and I can highly recommend it. A wonderful story and beautifully written.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh my God what a book! 6 April 2006
By M. Lugg
Format:Paperback
This book blew me away. I have not previously read any of Jennifer Donnellys' books and just happened to stumble across a mention of this book on someone's listmania and have not been disappointed.
The Tea Rose is a story of rags to riches but with such real characters, a heroine that you actually like and with some brilliant twists and turns along the way. This books had me laughing and crying in places and only took me three days to finish it's 782 pages. Read this book you won't be disappointed READ THIS BOOK. Can't wait for the sequel, The Winter Rose, in November.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Perfection 23 Jan 2005
Format:Paperback
I picked this book up before i went on holiday, as im prone to taking short books that i finish within a day. From the first page, i found this book unputdownable. The characters are well fitted to the story, and the plot is never predictable. The background of this book is very imaginative as well; the cultures are so different, and Donnelly manages to pinpoint this factor so well. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys mysterious reads that don't become too predictable. I've read both of Donnelly's novels released in 2004, and have been thrilled by the quality of her writing. Read this...you wont regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another stunning portrayal of Victorian life 7 Mar 2007
Format:Paperback
I had read "The Winter Rose" first, not realising it was the second in a trilogy. As soon as I had finished that, I had to find out how it all started and I wasn't disappointed.

Both "The Tea Rose" and "The Winter Rose" stand alone beautifully and are so beautifully written that even reading them out of order didn't matter. In fact I think knowing certain plotlines in the second book made reading this one all the more exquisitely excruciating, wondering how on earth it was all going to get sorted out!

Again I was stunned by the descriptions of Victorian England; I enjoyed the Ripper theory and found the stark accounts of the Finnegans' daily life sobering without being depressed by it. Fiona's new life in a young New York and her brush with the opulence of NY Society was a sunny contrast, and as delicious as Jennifer Donnelly's obvious love for (and fragrant descriptions of) a subject close to my own heart - tea!

The Tea Rose introduces yet more amazing characters, from the loveable Nick to the scheming Millie. The plot is by turns fascinating, frustrating, and heart stopping. Gripping and extremely satisfying, this glorious novel will have you cheering for Fiona by the end. Read and enjoy!

Roll on May - I can't wait for the final instalment!
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The start of a wonderful reading experience with all the books of Jennifer Donnelly. I cannot praise her writing highly enough.
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