The Winter Rose

The Winter Rose

A Novel

Book - 2008
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When India Selwyn Jones, a young woman from a noble family, graduates from the London School of Medicine for Women in 1900, her professors advise her to set up her practice in London's esteemed Harley Street. Driven and idealistic, India chooses to work in the city's East End instead, serving the desperately poor. In these grim streets, India meets--and saves the life of--London's most notorious gangster, Sid Malone. A hard, wounded man, Malone is the opposite of India's aristocratic fiancé, Freddie Lytton, a rising star in the House of Commons. Though Malone represents all she despises, India finds herself unwillingly drawn ever closer to him, intrigued by his hidden, mysterious past.--From publisher's description.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
Description: 707 p. ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9781401301033
Branch Call Number: Donn


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The Tea Rose is a pleasant story set in Victorian London with Whitechapel and the Ripper murders as its backdrop. The first of a trilogy, this historical novel offers a plethora of twists to the storyline including love, pain, tragedy, revenge and adventure. Although this novel is little too romantic in places for my tastes, it is fast-paced for 500 pages, and it was hard to put it down. If you like historical fiction, a good romance with a bit of mystery, then this is the book for you. I thoroughly enjoyed it and learned a little about tea in the process. (submitted by JF)

JCLStefanieE Dec 08, 2016

Although this book is second in a family trilogy, it can be enjoyed as a standalone. Set in early 20th century England and spanning to colonial Africa, this historical romance is stronger than most. The historical detail and multifaceted secondary characters are reminiscent of Diana Gabaldon's beloved Outlander series.

Feb 10, 2014

I have now read Jennifer Donnelly's Rose trilogy. All three stand alone in their own right but anyone would want more having read one.The Winter Rose appeals to me a great deal because part of it is set in Kenya in the early 1900's prior to the days of The Bolter in the 1920's and 30's all the way from London's East End to California.The baddie suffered a fitting end and love conquered all.

Mar 04, 2013

This was a terrific book. I think I liked it better than the first one in the series which I also loved. Its got romance, history and action. It was hard to put down.

Feb 11, 2013

I enjoyed this book a lot more than the first one, The Tea Rose. I especially like the change of setting as the end of this book is set in British East Africa. However, the female characters seem to have no flaws which is not realistic enough for me. Also, the romance and sex scenes seem kind of fake.

Aug 29, 2012

Not as good as the first book in the series. Took me til about the middle of the book to really get into it. Still worth the read though

Mar 31, 2012

If you like this series, you might consider the PBS television series Bramwell. SPL has all three seasons. The protagonist is a female doctor in 19th century London who opens up an infirmary in the East End.

Oct 26, 2011

I really enjoyed it, to put it bluntly. It was one of those books that gripped you that made you stay up later reading than you really wanted to. The characterizations of the characters was enjoyable, but really didn't see myself liking the youngest member of the Finnegan and felt that the author spent a little too much time with him during the final part of the book instead of focusing on the India storyline, even though I realize that Seamus' story is the focus of the final book. I hope that the final book is just as good as the first two books.

BookEnthusiast Jul 29, 2011

I read the first book and had to know more. I love the characters and found the storyline enthralling.

Jul 05, 2011

I enjoyed this book so much, I had to buy it for the sake of going back over and over to reread my favourite parts. I never read the first one, although I'd like to, and I'll probably read the third one when it comes out. However truthfully, I'm not all that excited. Considering the third is supposedly focused on two characters I care little for (in comparison to Sid and India), I'm a little disappointed. Crossing my fingers for some surprise features of my favourites!

All in all, an excellent read. Glad I picked it up

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KHaney Mar 19, 2008

In late Victorian London, idealistic new medical school graduate India Selwyn Jones goes to work at a clinic in the city's poorest neighborhood, much to the dismay of her aristocratic mother and ambitious fiancé, political up-and-comer Freddie Lytton. The squalor is a bit much for India, but she manages to keep her emotions under control until she meets underworld crime boss Sid Malone. Sid begins as India's nemesis, becomes her patient and ends up something much more than that. What India doesn't know is that Sid is the brother of tea heiress Fiona Bristow, wife of self-made, highly principled businessman Joseph Bristow. What Sid doesn't know is that India's fiancé is as ruthless as Sid's most ruthless henchman, willing to commit theft, betrayal and even murder to launch his career, force India out of hers and bring down Sid in the process.

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