I sure hope so. And thank you Amazon for recommending items and a HUGE thanks to all those Listmania writers -- I would never have found this book or so many others that have enriched my life in the last year or so. Jennifer Donnelly is a great story teller. But I'm sorry to say, I was terribly disappointed.
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.
We're punished by them. By himself and for himself. I guess I felt intimidated by its size. Well, I can honestly say that I was captivated by its beautiful storyline.
After her family is destroyed by severe poverty and death Fiona flees London to start anew in New York. Propelled by strong desire for life and revenge, she manages to rise from the ashes and become a successful tea trader. The book contains a number of historical references which makes it all the more interesting.
The mystery surrounding the identity of Jack the Ripper, though is what made it impossible for me to put the book down. Absurd coincidences and utterly stupid decisions made by sane and benevolent characters had me question the book at times.
However, once you accept the fact that this is a fictional story and allow yourself to get carried away by the enthralling narration you will love it.
The Tea Rose has everything. If you are looking for a good revenge story then this is the book for you! View all 11 comments. Feb 07, Aoibhínn rated it really liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 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. 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 '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! I will definitely be reading more of Jennifer Donnelly books, apart from this series, too sometime in the near future.
View all 7 comments. Although The Tea Rose is not the worst book I've read, it's pretty terrible. With a good pages of drivel, it raises the question, how did this slip past the editor?
The other 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 pages long. 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 husband. 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.
Mar 17, Po rated it it was amazing Shelves: This one of my all time favorites!! It is a sweeping saga, set between the US, Ireland, and England. If you love historical epics, do yourself a favor and read it now! It's out in paperback now. A warning, it's huge!! Jan 25, Ira rated it it was amazing. This is not typical historical romance I usually read but I found somewhere a few readers discuss about this book which made me really interested and give this book a chance and I won't regret any single minutes I spent for this pages book: Charlie and Eileen are dead, too.
Bad men chased us. They wanted our money. The other girl was his boss's daughter who keep chasing him! Stupid man but he knew his mistake right away and he pay for it, oh didn't he pay dearly for it and at the end I genuinely feel sorry for him.
Anyway, this not just about their love, more about the story of Fiona Finnegan building her Tea Business Empire which starting from part two of the book. It wasn't easy and there were some lucky moments which enable her started her business and she found new people and love who was really help her in the process.
Part three of the book have a strong connection with part one, involving a revenge, no no not for the love she lost but for what really happened with her father and feels like a thriller story in this part but made this story more interesting.
So, this is an emotional book, it can make you cry few times and the best of it? That girl didn't change too much with all the hard life keep kicking her, she still a lovely girl with a big heart and always ready to help people who less fortunate than her. Now the love story bit, I put as a spoiler: Joe desperately tried to find Fiona everywhere even while he still married, then he end up in New York too only to find out about Fiona in a Newspaper regarding her marriage to a toff who certainly look more dashing and rich than him.
Yes, you will cry for him too and yes they back together but don't expect many chapters of they being together tho: Fiona's story kind of ended here but The Finnegan's story continues to the next book and you will meet her again. View all 10 comments. Since that was part of a trilogy, I figured I'd skip the 'winter' challenge and try the first in the series - historical novel, lots of good reviews, sounded like fun. Mostly, it was a pretty good read. Vivacious, irrepressible teen from a desperately poor family in Jack the Ripper's Whitechapel, loves, loses, suffers, faces murders, deaths, harrowing experiences, and heartbreak.
The story moves between London and New York at the end of the 19th century, but some of the words and phrases sounded too modern.
My 'research' indicates they are anachronisms, but maybe nobody else minds, so I won't spoil it here. The pace is a little uneven, with a lot happening during the first year to year and a half of the story, when Fiona is 17 and 18, with good descriptions of life then. But major changes occur in unreasonably short periods of time.
Drunks are reformed, buildings are renovated and restored, businesses are established - almost instantly - and all when she's still But it's entertaining enough to keep me going to the end.
I have to agree with other reviewers who've complained about spelling with dropped aitches for the Cockney accent. I know why the author has done it, and I have no alternative to offer. It's very readable, but too long, and I did get impatient with being told what a person was like rather than shown. I kept being told that people did what Fiona wanted because.
I'd rather have the scene and the dialogue show me how she affects people and how they react. If you like historical romances and long books, this might be for you.
I think I'll give the next two a miss. Nov 02, Louise Wilson rated it really liked it. East London is a place where in its shadows thieves, whores and dreamers mingle. Fiona Finnegan works in a tea factory. She hopes to own her own shop one day along with her lifelong love, Joe Bristow.
Then Fiona's life is shattered when a brutal man takes nearly everything and everyone she holds dear. Fearing for her life she flees London and goes to New York. But Fiona's old ghosts do not rest easily and she has to return t East London is a place where in its shadows thieves, whores and dreamers mingle.
But Fiona's old ghosts do not rest easily and she has to return to London to face a deadly confrontation. So well written with believable characters.
A period drama with a mix of good and evil. View all 5 comments. Mar 14, Michel rated it really liked it Shelves: Countess of Monte-Christo… Revenge is sweet. And the good girl does not finish last! The magic of the story is in the telling. This long long long book finishes too soon, that's a good test; and it stays with you for a while, another good test; and characters you know like you met them, some you love to love, and some you love to hate, another good test; and the setting, Dickens!
I read this book right after Rita died, and, well, it made me love, and miss, her even more: I wanted to give it to her, Countess of Monte-Christo… Revenge is sweet. I wanted to give it to her, she would have loved it so much. It is so well written, you gloss over the bits that fit less well, details really, which you don't see while you're on the roller-coaster; Ms Donelly plays your emotions like a harp keep a box of Kleenex handy and you stop resisting her after a few chapters and you learn so many things, like who invented the teabag…?
Apr 19, M. Farting through silk dresses. That's what the uncle of the heroine says she'll be doing if she marries the rich man. Isn't that a great expression? And sadly, I've got nowhere to use it. Not unless I want even more bewildered looks than usual. This novel has been out for a decade now, and the fact that it's the choice of the History Fictionistas series read right now, speaks to its sticking power.
And the centre of it is Fiona Finnegan, a feisty female fond of flavorful tea and fighting for fami Farting through silk dresses. And the centre of it is Fiona Finnegan, a feisty female fond of flavorful tea and fighting for family and friends. Her story begins in Whitechapel in the late 19th century, sails over to New York and then ten years later, returns to the shores of her homeland. It's got your star-crossed romance, your gay best friend, a serial killer, Dickensian lowlifes and a grand finale.
A Winter Rose, the second in the series, is up next, and I'll be all over it. It features another tough heroine. I'm weak for strong women. View all 3 comments. Oct 17, Marcia rated it it was amazing Shelves: When I first started reading this book, I thought "whew What kind of story are they trying to tell me?
Is it going to be stuffed with description upon description of everything the main charactors come in contact with? It was a book of second chances and missed opportunities. As well as a "I didn't see that coming and a yup that's what I figured" Loved it! May 22, Piper rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Tea Rose deserves an eloquently written review but honestly I don't think I'm able to write one worthy of it.
It was one of the best books I've ever read and listened to and it will be an all time favorite of mine. The characters were simply fabulous and I felt as though I was actually part of the story— the author's writing was so compelling and real. It is a very long book yet I didn't want it to end. Thankfully there are two more equally long books in the series. I highly recommend this o The Tea Rose deserves an eloquently written review but honestly I don't think I'm able to write one worthy of it.
I highly recommend this one. Nov 24, Cher rated it really liked it Shelves: Excellent story that was engaging from the beginning and held your interest all the way through. We're not punished for our sins, lad. Polly Nichols, a Whitechapel whore, was profoundly grateful to gin. Jun 26, Bücherwunder rated it it was amazing. Ein Re-Read für mich. Meiner Meinung nach ein Buch, das man absolut gelesen haben muss.
Und das auch, wenn man wie ich ansonsten nicht unbedingt historische Romane liest. Jun 17, Doug Bradshaw rated it really liked it. Well lads, and mainly lasses, I loved this book and it was almost five stars for me. I think if you classify it as a romance novel, it is a five star book. Here are some random thoughts and comments: As another person said in her review, there were quit a few instances of the infamous Deus ex Machina where things are a little too convenient.
And yet, not horribly so. To name a few, the way Fiona quickly found Nick and was able to get out of London. The Five Hundred Pounds that accidentally sho Well lads, and mainly lasses, I loved this book and it was almost five stars for me. The Five Hundred Pounds that accidentally showed up in her pocket, the estate she inherited from Nick owned a huge chunk of Burton Tea, etc.
However, every one of them could've happened, right? And, why work so hard to make things happen? This device moved the story along at a good pace. There was a real romance and although somewhat corny aren't they all? I thought the physical encounters were fairly tastefully done and yet had some pretty good steam on them and I had to mop my brow a couple of times. The whole stupidity of a young guy getting drunk, having sex with the wrong person and then being punished for eternity, is miserable.
But it really happens. Haven't we all done stupid rash things we get punished for? The continued devotion both had for each other was extremely touching and romantic. As a wizened old guy, I could be a little hard on that concept, but I won't because it got me and I liked it. Makes you want to go out and get rich by building a great little business, doesn't it?
Of course, just look at the Waltons. I loved the setting in London and NYC in the late 's. I think she did some pretty good research about Jack the Ripper a good goal for a lot of young writers but becoming a little overdone now? The many characters who played minor roles from her brothers, her father and mother, Joe's family, Will, her wealthy suitor I'm glad that worked out how it did , her gay husband Nick, the horrible Mr.
Burton maybe too creepy? I could almost see this shortened and done in a Broadway play. Wouldn't that be fun? Jennifer Donnelly is a great story teller. I was drawn into the story quickly and enjoyed it all of the way through. Thanks to the group I used to belong to who recommended it to me! Fiona Finnegan is bright, outspoken and has big dreams. She is also one of the working poor in the part of London called ironically called Whitecastle.
There is nothing white or royal about it. Life is not for the faint of heart in this and many other sections of London. But Fiona and her childhood sweetheart,Joe Bristow have big plans. They are going to have their own shop. They religiously squirrel little bits of money away against the day when they can break out of poverty into better liv Fiona Finnegan is bright, outspoken and has big dreams.
They religiously squirrel little bits of money away against the day when they can break out of poverty into better lives. Life however has other plans and heart break ensues with the deaths of pretty much every member of Fiona's family with the exception of her youngest brother, and losing Joe to another girl.
When Fiona overhears that her beloved father's death was not an accident but cold blooded murder, she finds herself along with her little brother running for her life.
She survives and thrives in the life she fashions for herself. But she is driven by hurt and a deep rage at what has been stolen from her. Revenge will be hers This story put me in mind of the A Woman of Substance saga. I loved that series and I feel that this series will steal my heart as well. Feb 21, Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews rated it it was amazing Shelves: Loved the history, mystery, romance, murder, and family connections.
Fiona Finnegan comes from a poor family and works in the tea factory just like the rest of her family. Circumstances cause her to leave London and she becomes a "tea baron" - filled with history, love, importance of family, and a strong female heroine. An absolutely lovely story. Broken up into three parts Jennifer Donnelly takes you on a journey that will captivate you and have you falling in love with Fiona Finnegan from the get go.
On this journey there will be joy and sadness, laughter and tears, love and loss. Fiona is at the heart of this story. A lass that has strength beyond expectancy, beauty from within and a heart that knows no bound.
I simply adored her. Fiona's heart was stolen at a very young age by Joe Bristow. It An absolutely lovely story.
It was a forever kind of love until it wasn't. Or so both Fiona and Joe thought. What would come of these two? What did fate have in store for them? The Tea Rose is a story I won't soon forget. Will you read it? I sure hope so. I highly recommend it. View all 18 comments. Mar 01, Lisazj1 rated it really liked it Shelves: Beautifully written, absolutely compelling story. Even when it was a little heavy on the melodrama, I could not stop listening.
I spent lots of extra time in my car listening, after I'd arrived wherever I was driving to! The reader, Jill Tanner, was fabulous, immersing me in the sounds, sights and life of London's Whitechapel district.
The story has the most amazing, rich period atmosphere, it was so easy to get lost in it. Lots of wonderful characters, most 4. Lots of wonderful characters, most of all Fiona Finnegan view spoiler [, who the author made me love even while not minding that she was a complete and total Mary Sue, which is quite a feat as far as I'm concerned hide spoiler ].
Jennifer Donnelly did an outstanding job of taking me into Fiona's life and all that she experiences and accomplishes, despite however the odds were against her. She was a determined, 18 year old girl from one of the poorest parts of London, with almost no money but lots of dreams and plans and she was an absolute badass who did not know how to give up.
The one real aggravation I had that kept me from giving this 5 stars was view spoiler [ how bloody stupid Fiona began behaving once Burton was on the loose after trying to kill her in front of all those witnesses. The man was obviously unhinged, she'd taken literally everything from him and he had nothing to lose by staying to finish her off. He killed her Da over a penny per hour raise and she took his whole life.
Still, all that said, I loved everything and everyone else, and was happy with how the story ended. I'll most definitely be reading The Winter Rose. View all 4 comments. I chose it among hundreds at the bookstore, immediately captivated by its beautiful cover and interesting blurb and ended up cursing at every single character repeatedly.
They're all dull, incredibly stupid, even more incredibly childish and whiny. It's never their fault, but all their misfortunes always depend on someone else, on something else. They don't fight for their lives, they use other people in order to achieve their goals. Crying and cursing over her boyfriend and the evil bitch can't remember her name who ruined her "perfect" love life, she basically whores herself for money, making us believe she's in love, and breaks the heart of the only man who was honest with her since the beginning.
As for Joe, her "love", I despise him even more. He is forced to marry the aforementioned bitch who "traps" him by getting him drunk and taking him to her room, seducing him, that part is so hilariously lame that even the mere thought still cracks me up.
It's been 3 or 4 years since I've read it, but from what I still remember, she strips and ambushes him in the dark, playing the "he's too intoxicated and horny to refuse me" card and he fucks her like a rabbit, thoroughly enjoying the whole 30 seconds of the messy and ridiculous coupling and ending up pregnant. There I said it, I've been waiting for years to finally write it down. It was disturbing and annoying, not to mention cruel and embarrassing.
Joe and Fiona had just made love for the first time a day earlier, and knowing that the bitch wanted him and was scheming to make him marry her, he gets drunk at her party and fucks her like the horny teenager he really is.
I was so disappointed and furious at that part that it really ruined everything else for me. It didn't help that Fiona behaved just like him in a couple of occasions. They both were like puppets, taking stupid actions without pondering them, not even for a minute, but being so lucky in the end, to end up rich and happy together again.
AH, what a joy! I drink a lot of tea, roses are one of my favorite flowers and I love historical fiction and that's the reason why I put this book on my to-read-list. It didn't disappoint me at all! It sucked me in from the beginning until the very exciting end. Unfortunately I was busy at work, because otherwise I wouldn't have been able to put the book down.
This book needs a cold winters day, a comfortable couch, a big bar of chocolate and hot tea You'll have an incredible read! The story is about r I drink a lot of tea, roses are one of my favorite flowers and I love historical fiction and that's the reason why I put this book on my to-read-list. The story is about revenge, love, willpower, deception and is very captivating. The characters felt to me like real people. Fee is so incredibly strong and it's great to see how she matures trough the story.
My favorite character by far is Nicholas Soames. Yes, he's a spoiled brat, but he had a really difficult life and I read his life story with tears in my eyes. I absolutely felt an emotional connection with him and I would love to have him as my friend. I will not forget him any time soon! My favorite quote is: Sometimes it's about knowing when to quit.
When you are a fighter the hardest thing is to know when to stop, because it's the wisest thing to do and we shouldn't see it as defeat. I hope the two sequels are as good as this one. I'm definitely going to read them. I loved, loved, loved this book! The Tea Rose is a fabulous story of an amazing, ambitious girl, Fiona, from the slums of Whitechaple who dreams of a life without poverty and a boy named Joe. Fiona and Joe grew up with each other and are very much in love.
Their relationship changes when Joe moves to a better job and then Fiona loses her family tragically and escapes to New York taking her 5-year-old brother, Seamie, with her. Donnelly includes many wonderful characters throughout the book, my particular favorite being Nick. The relationship with her and Joe is beautiful and pure — you just know they are meant for each other.
All in all this is fabulous story telling and I highly recommend it to any lover of fiction. I mean this book has everything you could want: This is going to be an interesting review. But that is entirely fitting since this was an interesting book. I went back and forth on the rating of this as well.
It's truly not good enough for more than a 3 star rating and yet, in the end, I sped through it and loved it. This also might end up being a tad bit more spoilery than I usually try to be; I honestly couldn't help it. We've got truly star-crossed lovers, decades-long revenge plots, sham marriages, murder plots, dockworker's union strikes, crooked politicians, Jack the Ripper, falling in love with New York millionaires, famous celebrity cameos, and of course, betrayal and redemption.
There is a LOT of story going on here. I might sound critical, and I should; this book is not without a myriad of faults. Fiona, the main character, though likable, starts out as a bit of a Mary Sue cliche.
She can be irritatingly overemotional and jealous in the beginning. Those annoying traits are stamped out quickly, however. Once she loses her father and her innocence, Fiona can finally find her own strength.
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