The Tea Rose Hardcover – 6 May 2003
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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
‘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
‘Bold, brisk and beguiling, The Tea Rose is a splendid brew of a book.’ Sam Twining
From the Back Cover
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.See all Product Description
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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.
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)!!!!!!
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.
I thought this would be about Jack the Ripper and I read books about him but no, it wasn't. The research of the area and of the time period are not brilliant and I wonder whether the author has even been to London. I mean, much is made of the fact that Joe moves to Covent Garden whilst Fiona stays in Whitechapel and Fiona grumbles on about how far away he is ... it's just under 3 miles. For a healthy young woman like Fiona you could walk it in about an hour. And, she can afford to spend money on stamps and yet can't afford tuppence for the omnibus fare? Strikes me as odd.
Money was another thing - they were saving. So we have references to "Twelve and two" and "Twelve and six" and I was thinking - well that's not much is it? It gradually became clear that the author is referring to £12 and 2 shillings and £12 and six shillings. Whereas - back in the pre-decimalisation days "Twelve and two" meant 12 shillings and tuppence - written as 12/2.
Then we have the modernisms. "date a girl" - this is an American expression first used in the 1920s. Unlikely to find it in 1880 London then. Then we have "brainstorm" wha ... ? 1930s. And, when Fiona moves to America and is visiting someone in their office she spots a "credenza" in the room. This is a late 19th century word of Italian origin used in America. Hardly something an East End girl newly arrived in America would have known. "Sideboard" might have been a better choice.
I don't think it would have taken too much effort for someone / editor / friend to have read the book and queried these odd annoying things.
I'm giving this two stars because I liked Fiona and Joe but with all I've said above plus the piling up of coincidence after coincidence and the overall "modern" feel it is definitely not worth more than 2 stars.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brilliant, just brilliant. I could not put this book down. There was so much happening on each page it was just impossible
to leave it.
Way off the beaten track for me but Im really looking forward to the other two books in this trilogy. Read morePublished 2 months ago by MISS E HAYES
I was spellbound by this trilogy, each book was a good 13hrs long which I find a good sign.Such clever writing how she slipped in the characters of past history. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Natalie J.
The book was good but a bit predictable and boring in the end. I feel like I have read many similar stories in my life, it was nothing new.Published 5 months ago by Vanessa Hill
I don't usually write a review but I have enjoyed this book so much I feel I must. I could not put it down and had to read it at every opportunity I had. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Beth