Then I thought it was a historical romance, but it's far too detailed and well done for that, too. 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 read lots of catalogues and fashion magazines. 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 author gives her characters a little too much credit in coming up with innovations in their fields. 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.
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. Fiona, the main character, was in love with Joe. That is a fault, in my eyes. Okay...now for the two main reasons I loved the book beyond all reason: 1. I fell in love with him, and so did Fiona (in a friendly way). Just a few words into Page 1, Donnelly put me into the story...she just makes you feel like you are right there. The story broke my heart. This is a great story, it is a long one...but I really think it is worth the time.
I absolutely adored Fiona, her spirit, her independence, her outspoken nature, her love of her family. 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. "I want a man who loves me.
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. Sorry, Donnelly, only 1 star this time.
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'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 love tea. 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.
The Tea Rose Jennifer Donnelly We're not punished for our sins, lad. The Tea Rose tells the heartbreaking story of Fiona Finnigan who lives in the poor neighborhood of East End, London around the time of Jack the Ripper (late 1880s). There is a chance you dont love this book as much as I did but its definitely worth a try! If you are looking for a good revenge story then this is the book for you!
I loved the way the story was going and I loved to read about Fiona and her changes till the end. 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. 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.
Set in London, England during the late 19th Century, The Tea Rose tells the tale of Fiona Finnegan. 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. The Tea Rose is an extremely well-researched and well-written novel which is packed full of unexpected twists and turns throughout the story.
Jennifer Donnelly is the author of twelve novels -Stepsister, Lost in a Book, These Shallow Graves, Sea Spell, Dark Tide, Rogue Wave, Deep Blue, Revolution, A Northern Light, The Tea Rose, The Winter Rose and The Wild Rose - and Humble Pie, a picture book for children. Her second novel, A Northern Light, set in the Adirondacks of 1906, against the backdrop of an infamous murder, won the Carnegie Medal, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Borders Original Voices Award, and was named a Printz Honor book. Described as rich and true by The New York Times, the book was named to the Best Book lists of The Times (London), The Irish Times, The Financial Times, Publishers Weekly, Booklist and the School Library Journal.