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  1. Wendy Darling Wendy Darling says:

    3.5 stars This book is not at all what I expected I thought it was historical fiction, but there s too much crazy melodrama for it to be that Then I thought it was a historical romance, but it s far too detailed and well done for that, too So the book is either extremely campy historical fiction or really, really excellent historical romance But either way, it s loads and loads of fun.A few things you should know about me that factor into why I enjoyed this book so much I am picky about m 3.5 stars This book is not at all what I expected I thought it was historical fiction, but there s too much crazy melodrama for it to be that Then I thought it was a historical romance, but it s far too detailed and well done for that, too So the book is either extremely campy historical fiction or really, really excellent historical romance But either way, it s loads and loads of fun.A few things you should know about me that factor into why I enjoyed this book so much I am picky about my tea I have a lot of tea accessories and I love the ritual of going to tea and eating elegant little sandwiches I have a weakness for gorgeous gowns and ladies in big hats I read lots of catalogues and fashion magazines I own vintage gloves and handkerchiefs I dart around flea markets looking for pretty brooches I get Victorian Papers catalogue I am somewhat obsessed with food I read food blogs and tweets and magazines and cookbooks I have a whole cupboard devoted to baking materials.That part of me, the girly romantic part who loves pretty fans and peonies and nesting, is the one who loves this book The author writes wonderful descriptions that bring up the exotic scent of tea wafting up from a tin, the heartiness and comfort of a good hot meat pie, and the bustling activity on the teeming streets of London.The sensible part of me, the one who files her taxes in January and grits her teeth at the misuse of the term literally, notes the following This book is wildly melodramatic and unrealistic and predictable Every character is one dimensional they are either perfect or evil There are too many POVs The Jack the Ripper subplot is superfluous, as are some of the secondary characters and details Far too many people die There is too much name dropping Yep, you can do that in a Victorian novel, as long as you include Gauguin and the Prince of Wales various other luminaries in your anecdotes There is an unfortunate tendency to jump forward in the story and then backtrack with a flashback The author gives her characters a little too much credit in coming up with innovations in their fields There are too many instances of telling us things about a character rather than showing them Fiona is the ultimate Mary Sue with her beautiful face and figure, brilliant blue eyes, and tendency to strike awe and admiration in everyone she meets.Having said all that, however, I really started to like Fiona after she leaves London In the beginning, she s just a willful, reckless teenager, but she gradually develops into a pretty strong and admirable woman I also liked how she gradually builds her wealth through her ingenuity and enthusiasm and lots of luck , as well as the master scheme she undertakes to take revenge on those who have done her wrong I really liked the descriptiveness of the author s writing, particularly in regards to London and the day to day life of the working class The author has a good ear for language and I enjoyed reading about the tea factory and the development of Fiona s tea trade, Joe s vegetable stand, and Fiona s little merchant shop I am surprised that an author who writes so well in that regard, however, settles for such sketchy characterizations and overly dramatic plots Fiona and Joe and Nicholas and so on are all likable, but none of them are very deep, and they all behave in ways that approach hysteria at times I would also have liked to have seen Fiona achieve some measure of view spoiler personal fulfillment outside of her relationship with Joe You shouldn t have to wait 10 years and cross an ocean to get to happiness hide spoiler There are also far too many instances of Look how wonderfully Fiona does this types of passages Editing these sorts of things could have easily turned this into a truly excellent work of historical fiction Still, I was so entertained by this novel that I couldn t stop reading it It s sort of like a Victorian soap opera high camp, beautiful clothes and setting, and lots of fun I wasn t at all surprised by any of the events that occurred or by any of the characters, but I was pleased by the time I spent with them


  2. Frances Frances says:

    A wonderful book so vividly described one felt you were there among the many heartwarming and equally evil characters Set in the 1800 s it takes you on an extraordinary journey you never want to end Quite simply brilliant.


  3. Allison (The Allure of Books) Allison (The Allure of Books) says:

    This book has faults The story was pretty far fetched at times but I suppose in kind of an endearing fairy tale way which is funny, since a great deal of the book is extremely horrible and depressing , and the main character didn t really have any flaws.Well, I take that back Fiona, the main character, was in love with Joe That is a fault, in my eyes They grew up together, were in love, and had big plans to get rich together Well, through a horrible chain of events, they ended up on oppo This book has faults The story was pretty far fetched at times but I suppose in kind of an endearing fairy tale way which is funny, since a great deal of the book is extremely horrible and depressing , and the main character didn t really have any flaws.Well, I take that back Fiona, the main character, was in love with Joe That is a fault, in my eyes They grew up together, were in love, and had big plans to get rich together Well, through a horrible chain of events, they ended up on opposite continents I m not saying that what happened was really Joe s fault the whole thing was so pathetic, I was mad at him at first but really just ended up being sorry for him but I am not a member of Joe s fan club He is alright, I just think Fiona is better then him I forgave Donnelly for making Fiona so perfect because really, she earned it Bless her heart, she really got run through the mill in the story.Okaynow for the two main reasons I loved the book beyond all reason 1 Nicholas Soames He is officially one of my favorite characters of all time He DID have his flaws spoiled rich kid , but bless his heart, he did not live an easy life I fell in love with him, and so did Fiona in a friendly way Their close friendship and devotion to each other is one of the main reasons I forgive Fiona for being perfect I cannot say enough that I love this guy From the very second he walked into the story, I knew it was getting five stars I felt such an emotional connection to him, I have never wanted to be friends with a character so much Ever He melted and then broke my heart.2 The book made me feel Just a few words into Page 1, Donnelly put me into the storyshe just makes you feel like you are right there Once I was in, she never let up I was a part of that story from beginning to end, and that is a gift No matter what problems the plot might have, you cannot ignore an author or a story that so fully captures you Her descriptions and words are gorgeous AlsoI cried like a baby at one point obviously I m not going to tell you why, but when you read the book then we ll talk I meanI put the book down for a few minutes and just sobbed A book hasn t done that to me inI don t know how long I felt silly, but I couldn t help it The story broke my heart.There was a happy ending though, no worries Don t let my crying put you off.This is a great story, it is a long onebut I really think it is worth the time It, in many ways, isn t very originalbut there are plenty of twists you won t see coming It is a strange combination of Gaskell s North and South, Dumas Count of Monte Cristo, and heckI ll even through in the musical Rent Ha If that isn t an intriguing combination, I don t know what is


  4. Renee Renee says:

    I had a lot of hope for this after reading Donnelly s A Northen Light which I really liked and after learning that A Tea Rose was set in London at the time of the Jack the Ripper murders a very intriguing setting, I thought But I m sorry to say, I was terribly disappointed.The characters are all extremely stale Good hearted and good looking people who have unfortunately been born into the working class There are no flaws to make them human Nothing I could relate with Plus, the bigge I had a lot of hope for this after reading Donnelly s A Northen Light which I really liked and after learning that A Tea Rose was set in London at the time of the Jack the Ripper murders a very intriguing setting, I thought But I m sorry to say, I was terribly disappointed.The characters are all extremely stale Good hearted and good looking people who have unfortunately been born into the working class There are no flaws to make them human Nothing I could relate with Plus, the biggest fault of this book I think, is the unbelievability of it Main characters Fiona and Joe, lovers separated by a horrible scheme Fiona goes to New York, Joe stays in London , are dirt poor but somehow, in a very short time, they both become extraordinarily rich on their own wit and intuition Oh yes, it s completely believable that a factory worker and a costermonger in the late nineteenth century could BOTH rise up to the top of society in so short a time Stereotypical characters Predictable, illogical plotlines Full of cliches Sorry, Donnelly, only 1 star this time.Findbook reviews at A Quick Red Fox


  5. Allison Allison says:

    The Tea Rose was a really good book, and I m so glad I persevered past the absolutely devastating first 200 300 odd pages It s one of those books that starts off with everything going so well that you know it s not going to last long I had a sense of foreboding, but the amount of tragedy and pain was really too much It just kept coming in wave after wave It wasn t just a bit dark or a bit tragic It was crushing, suffocating loss and pain That s going to stick with me for a while I m reall The Tea Rose was a really good book, and I m so glad I persevered past the absolutely devastating first 200 300 odd pages It s one of those books that starts off with everything going so well that you know it s not going to last long I had a sense of foreboding, but the amount of tragedy and pain was really too much It just kept coming in wave after wave It wasn t just a bit dark or a bit tragic It was crushing, suffocating loss and pain That s going to stick with me for a while I m really proud of myself for pushing through it, because I usually hate reading books full of tragedy, and this was darker than I can usually tolerate.I m fairly certain I stuck with it partly because of the tea I love tea I drink it all day long And I love Victorian stories, and this one was refreshingly focused on industry and shops, and factories not something I ve seen very often since packaging and selling tea is not as glamorous as taking tea in the parlor The sense of place was very vivid, and it kept me reading, along with the hope that such tragedy couldn t continue for 700 pages without reprieve.I was totally ready to walk away if Part 2 didn t start turning things around But luckily it did From that point on, even though there are still sad parts, the overall tone ishopeful, and things start to go right I was finally able to settle down into an enjoyable historical tale withregular ups and downs The strength of love and friendships and resilience of spirit began to shine through, and the memory of those will stick with me for a while too Then, for the last part of the book, I suddenly found myself glued to the pages I couldn t read fast enough to see how everything would play out I wasn t completely sure I could trust everything to work out how I wanted it to, but in the end, all of the resolutions were so completely satisfying I can t believe I m saying it, but it was worth it to persevere What a roller coaster ride


  6. Nikoleta Nikoleta says:

    800, , M, , , 800, , M, , ,,, ,, ,


  7. Helene Jeppesen Helene Jeppesen says:

    I really like this book because it is a great story Fiona, our main character, goes through so much struggle and so many changes, and because she s such a lovely character you can t help but cheer for her She s stubborn, loyal and very intelligent and I quickly fell in love with her This goes for most of the characters in this book They were so easy to fall in love with while other characters were so easy to hate I do think that this book has its flaws It s very predictable and and contain I really like this book because it is a great story Fiona, our main character, goes through so much struggle and so many changes, and because she s such a lovely character you can t help but cheer for her She s stubborn, loyal and very intelligent and I quickly fell in love with her This goes for most of the characters in this book They were so easy to fall in love with while other characters were so easy to hate I do think that this book has its flaws It s very predictable and and contains a lot of the elements you can expect from a coming of age story I wasn t really surprised at any point not until the very last pages , but the truth is I didn t really mind that much I loved the way the story was going and I loved to read about Fiona and her changes till the end This is a very long book, but at no point did I feel like it was dragging too much or that any pages could have been taken out of the story I think the best part about The Tea Rose was the romance Jennifer Donnelly has created an intense relationship between Fiona and her beloved one and my eyes were glued to the pages whenever we hear about this romance The worst thing about this book was its predictability which didn t really enhance the reading experience Last but not least, I find it extremely funny how Jennifer Donnelly has a way with words She likes to play with sounds and this book is no exception The silly name Tastea was just too foolish for me to take seriously, but at least you could see that this was a book written by Jennifer Donnelly.All in all, a great love story and coming of age book that will encapture you from beginning to end if you read it with an open heart and an open mind


  8. Aoibhínn Aoibhínn says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Set in London, England during the late 19th Century, The Tea Rose tells the tale of Fiona Finnegan Fiona 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 grown up and now has a job in a tea factory With the love of her life, Joe Bristow, Fiona 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 seduc Set in London, England during the late 19th Century, The Tea Rose tells the tale of Fiona Finnegan Fiona 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 grown up and now has a job in a tea factory With the love of her life, Joe Bristow, Fiona 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 City where she sets up home with her alcoholic uncle Michael Slowly she builds his small grocery shop into a thriving business and tea house, and her new life flourishes After ten 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 The Tea Rose is an extremely well researched and well written novel which is packed full of unexpected twists and turns throughout the story I really enjoyed this novel I thought this book was very gripping, intriguing and engrossing tale and I found it very hard to put it down for long I couldn t wait to find out what happened next The descriptions of Victorian London were very vivid and I found it very easy to picture how the city looked in the 1880 s thanks to these I fell in love with all the main characters They were all so interesting, compelling and very well developed, especially Fiona She was such a fierce, strong, intelligent and brave character The secondary characters were wonderful too There were ones you love to love and ones you love to hate and I loved the way the author wove Jack the Ripper into the story.I absolutely enjoyed this book As soon as I finished this novel I brought the sequel, The Winter Rose, on my Kindle and I m really looking forward to reading it I will definitely be readingof Jennifer Donnelly books, apart from this series, too sometime in the near future Four Stars


  9. Po Po says:

    This one of my all time favorites It is a sweeping saga, set between the US, Ireland, and England It s fabulous If you love historical epics, do yourself a favor and read it now It s out in paperback now A warning, it s huge


  10. Lauren Lauren says:

    Although The Tea Rose is not the worst book I ve read, it s pretty terrible With a good 200 pages of drivel, it raises the question, how did this slip past the editor The other 350 pages drift somewhere along a mediocre plot line, ridiculous dialogue and predictable, fairytale like situations Every time a character had a setback in life it was magically resolved by some farfetched coincidence The book was littered with long descriptions that add very little to the story On page 13, Donnelly Although The Tea Rose is not the worst book I ve read, it s pretty terrible With a good 200 pages of drivel, it raises the question, how did this slip past the editor The other 350 pages drift somewhere along a mediocre plot line, ridiculous dialogue and predictable, fairytale like situations Every time a character had a setback in life it was magically resolved by some farfetched coincidence The book was littered with long descriptions that add very little to the story On page 13, Donnelly spends an entire paragraph detailing how Kate prepared dinner It s no wonder the book is over 500 pages longFrowning, Kate banged the whisk on the side of the bowl, knocking globs of cream colored batter from its wires, then tossed it in the sink She picked up a fork and poked it into one of the three mutton chops sizzling on top of the stove A rivulet of juice ran down the side of the chop, sputtering into steam as it hit the hot metal of the frying pan She speared the chops, dropped them onto a plate, and put them into a warming hatch next to the oven, alongside a jug of onion gravy Next she picked up a rope of sausages and cut the links into the pan As they began to fry, she sat down at the table across from her husbandThe most annoying thing of all Donnelly would spend hundreds of those pages leading up to the climax of a sub plot, then she d skip over it altogether and the reader would come in after It was a huge letdown The dialogue I did care enough to anticipate was skimmed over, leaving the reader with a sentence like, Fiona told him the story of what had happened to her Oh, great, thanks for that Having read A Northern Light as a teenager, I thought I would enjoy Jennifer Donnelly s adult fiction just as well I was wrong


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The Tea Rose (The Tea Rose, #1) ❮Reading❯ ➶ The Tea Rose (The Tea Rose, #1) Author Jennifer Donnelly – Thomashillier.co.uk East London, 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 me East London,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 The Tea PDF/EPUB or faith in each other to spur them on, Fiona and Joe struggle, save, and sacrifice to achieve their dreamsBut 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.