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The Winter Rose [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer Donnelly
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (329 customer reviews)

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Book Description

It has been twelve years since a dark, murderous figure stalked the alleys and courts of Whitechapel. And yet, in the summer of 1900, East London is still poor, still brutal, still a shadow city to its western twin. Among the reformers is an idealistic young woman named India Selwyn-Jones, recently graduated from medical school. With the help of her influential fiancé--Freddie Lytton, an up-and-coming Liberal MP--she works to shut down the area's opium dens that destroy both body and soul. Her selfless activities better her patients' lives and bring her immense gratification, but unfortunately, they also bring her into direct conflict with East London's ruling crime lord--Sid Malone.

India is not good for business and at first, Malone wants her out. But against all odds, India and Sid fall in love. Different in nearly every way, they share one thing in common--they're both wounded souls. Their love is impossible and they know it, yet they cling to it desperately. Lytton, India's fiancé, will stop at nothing to marry India and gain her family's fortune.

Fractious criminal underlings and rivals conspire against Sid. When Sid is finally betrayed by one of his own, he must flee London to save his life. Mistakenly thinking him dead, India, pregnant and desperate, marries Freddie to provide a father for hers and Sid's child. India and Sid must each make a terrible sacrifice--a sacrifice that will change them both forever. One that will lead them to other lives, and other places...and perhaps--one distant, bittersweet day--back to each other.


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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. In typical epic style, Donnelly (The Tea Rose) alternates India's story with Sid's, Freddie's, Joseph's and Fiona's, leading the reader through turn-of-the-century England from the Houses of Parliament to ale houses and whore houses, and from London to Africa and beyond. It's all familiar stuff, but Donnelly's passion and energy will keep readers turning the many pages, rooting for India and the gruff underworld boss she loves. (Jan.)
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Praise for 'The Winter Rose': 'There's a hint of mystery, lots of interesting characters and locales such as India, Africa and California, with turn-of-the-century London at the centre of an engaging book. Recommended.' Barbara Taylor Bradford 'Donnelly's feel for the period and attention to detail make this more than just a ripping yarn.' Telegraph 'So vividly imagined that it's like time-travelling back to 1900' Eve magazine 'Melodramatic set pieces keep this romp rattling along, with drugs, prostitution and robbery adding colour to a world defined by poverty and corruption.' Daily Mail 'Compelling reading' Heat, number 9 chart position (pb) 'Savour every page, it's well worth it.' Easy Living 'A vivid and entertaining read!it's a brilliant story.' Yours magazine More praise for 'The Winter Rose': 'A great read with fabulous characters, plenty of historical drama and romance, as well political intrigue and moments of sumptuously gothic excess.' www.hagharlotsheroines.com 'Rollicking romance' Dorset Echo Praise for the 'The Tea Rose': '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 'Bold, brisk and beguiling, 'The Tea Rose' is a splendid brew of a book.' Sam Twining

Product Details

  • File Size: 1180 KB
  • Print Length: 732 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1401301037
  • Publisher: Hyperion (January 8, 2008)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0012095E4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,865 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Saga February 18, 2008
Format:Hardcover
The Winter Rose, a sequel to The Tea Rose, is a simply stunning tale of family drama, politics, and medicine at the turn of the last century. Ms. Donnelly brings back familiar characters such as Fiona and Joe, and adds newer ones that equally enthrall. Long and densely written, this is a book you will not want to put down and one that will stay with you for a very long time.

The scene opens on India Selwyn Jones's graduation from medical school in 1900. Full of idealistic notions, India chooses to forestall marriage to Freddie Lytton while she pursues clinical help in the lower classes of Whitechapel. India isn't marrying Freddie for love, though she is fond of him, but his reasons are much more nefarious. Naive and determined, India is shocked when she has to treat the notorious gangster Sid Malone. As Sid's life hangs in the balance, the two share their stories and eventually become lovers. At the same time as their story is unfolding, Joe Bristow decides it is time for him to go into politics, and his life takes a nasty turn at the hands of Sid. Or was it Sid? The story moves at a fast clip and keeps the characters entangled with lots of coincidences and near-misses. How the path to happiness develops for India, Joe, Fiona, and Sid will keep you turning the pages. The introduction of Seamie, Fiona's younger brother, and his adventurous spirit, help set the stage for a third entry in the series sometime in the future.

This is a fabulous book with larger than life characters. It is satisfying in its ability to bring the reader into the story and it will make you care deeply for every person and situation. It is indeed a tour de force, and one I can wholeheartedly recommend to those who love family sagas, historical fiction, and plain good storytelling. Highly, highly recommended.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sequel that lives up in every way to its predecessor January 8, 2008
Format:Hardcover
I loved the first novel in this series so much that when I heard the second book had been published in England years ahead of when it was coming out here I ordered it from the U.K. and waited eagerly for it to arrive in the mail. When it finally came I was so happy I did a little dance.

I admit to having very high expectations of this novel, but they were met in spades. "The Winter Rose" did not disappoint. Just like its predecessor, "The Winter Rose" is exciting, romantic, atmospheric and packed full of little historical details that make the words spring to life off the page.

You may not want to read past this point if you haven't read "The Tea Rose."

In "The Winter Rose" we meet up again with Charlie Finnegan, who at the end of "The Tea Rose" was discovered not to be dead, but living under the name of Sid Malone as a crime boss in London. Though his sister Fiona tries to get Charlie to come back to his family, he has lived too long as Sid to feel he can rejoin society.

Enter India Jones a recent graduate of medical school. Though she is from a highly privileged family, India wants to practice medicine in one of London's worst neighborhoods-White Chapel. Here she meets Sid and saves his life. Though she's disgusted by his life of crime, India soon finds herself going to Sid to procure birth control for her poorest patients-something that "modern" doctors will not prescribe or allow patients to have. A bond soon forms between the two that evolves into something more than friendship-despite India's privileged, long time fiancé.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Rose By Any Other Name.... July 9, 2008
Format:Hardcover
So I was sitting here, two weeks ago, trying to decide which book to read next. I had just pulled five off my shelves and figured I would read the Amazon reviews on each of these books and then decide which one to read. I searched The Winter Rose first and didn't get any further because many of the reviewers were saying words I've been waiting all year to hear...."has kept me up until the wee hours", "just made my collection of books to re-read", "I was hooked on the prologue" and "a sequel that lives up to its predecessor." Okay, I'm in, I thought to myself.

I had already read The Tea Rose about six years ago and knew I had enjoyed it. I checked my reading journal and had given it 4 stars. So that made it a good book...not a great book...but definitely a good book. The only problem was that I had forgotten a lot of it so, before I started reading The Winter Rose, I went back and read the last chapter of The Tea Rose and it brought it all back to me.

Let me preface this by saying that I love books set in the early 1900's and I especially love when the setting is England because the surrounding areas usually add a lot to the story. In this case, The Winter Rose did not disappoint. The author was very adept at making me feel the cobblestones in the street and the dampness in the air and everywhere else. I was able to catch up with characters from the prequel like Fiona, Joe and Charlie, whose name is now Sid Malone. Donnelly also introduces us to some new characters like India Selwyn Jones and some of her wealthier group of friends. India is much like Fiona was in The Tea Rose....very strong, capable of striking out on her own but, unfortunately, also failing in the "love" department.

The story takes many turns and many of the characters end up in Africa.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read the Trilogy
I enjoyed this as much as The Tea Rose and am now reading The Wild Rose. For me, Jennifer Donnelly writes so that the reader can really connect with the individuals in the book... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Ruth
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book
Each book gets better and better. She follows all the characters throughout the book with such a flow. Things happen that are not expected. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Sammy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book. An easy read but exciting read
Published 12 days ago by Wert
5.0 out of 5 stars Obsessed
This is and always will be my favorite series! I love everything about this book. I can't wait to read the last book
Published 14 days ago by Sunee Pitcher
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Author has created a great continuing story.
Published 16 days ago by Sue Muncy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great ending to the "Rose" trilogy
Published 22 days ago by Shooey Sam
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really enjoyed this book, twists and turns kept you interested and wanting to read on.
Published 23 days ago by Shirls58
5.0 out of 5 stars i really loved this book and just couldn't put it down i ...
i really loved this book and just couldn't put it down i found myself reading late into the night i loved the Tea Rose and the Winter Rose and am now reading the Wild Rose i have... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Heather Poyzer
5.0 out of 5 stars A great trilogy.
A must read. A great trilogy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I just couldn't put this book down I felt like I was watching a movie...
I just couldn't put this book down I felt like I was watching a movie in parts it made me cry. I strongly recomend this book.
Published 1 month ago by Angela Barbera
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This book is awesome. I couldn't wait and ordered it from the UK and it was well worth the price of shipping. Warning, there are some serious cliff hanging chapters and she keeps you on the edge of your seat waiting upon the outcome on those. If you liked the Tea Rose, do not miss this. I... Read More
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