This is another strong, satisfying novel, full of rich storytelling, by the author of the favourite "The Tea Rose". Set in London and Africa in the early days of the twentieth century, "The Winter Rose" introduces some remarkable new characters. India Selwyn-Jones is one of the rare new breed: a lady doctor. Her family, her eligible, ambitious ...Read MoreThis is another strong, satisfying novel, full of rich storytelling, by the author of the favourite "The Tea Rose". Set in London and Africa in the early days of the twentieth century, "The Winter Rose" introduces some remarkable new characters. India Selwyn-Jones is one of the rare new breed: a lady doctor. Her family, her eligible, ambitious fiance, the male medical establishment all object, but, she insists on defying convention and finds a post in London's East End. There, she meets a gangland boss called Sid Malone. Criminal, he may be, but, he also has a hidden charm, and a devastatingly attractive personality, and when India is called to treat him after a dockside brawl, their friendship becomes more intense. But, Sid Malone is not his real name: he has a past and enemies by the score, including India's determined and ruthless fiance whose intention is to marry into the family money as well as becoming a leading political figure. The stormy, noisy, brawling docklands are a natural home to the political fight as the fledgling Labour Party gets underway, and the struggle for the women's vote becomes more strident. But the East End is also a place for those who have a past to hide, a new beginning to find. And so the complicated strands of betrayal and pretence, of ambition and family, are woven again into a new drama, in a new country. Jennifer Donnelly, author of "A Gathering Light" as well as "The Tea Rose", has a wonderful gift for sweeping storytelling, with a lively cast of vivid characters, rich and detailed backgrounds. Her writing has a warmth and energy that takes all readers completely into her world.Read Less
Jennifer Donnelly is a fantastic author. I am looking forward to her next book. Be sure to read Tea Rose first and then Winter Rose.
Nov 3, 2011
Excellent sequel to Tea Rose. Picks up with no gaps in time.
Mar 25, 2008
From a Louisiana Reader
I debated over whether or not to dedicate time to reading a book that was a tad bit over 700 pages. So I made a deal with myself. I?d give it the 50 page test. If in 50 pages, I am not hook then I won?t finish the book. Can you believe I was hooked on the prologue? In a word, the book was unbelievably great! Okay, so that?s two words. The story centers around India Selwyn Jones, a lady doctor, her ambitious fiancé, Freddie Lytton and the man she falls in love with, a crime boss Sid Malone. Their story collides with the characters from THE TEA ROSE, the first book in this trilogy. The characters? lives with its turmoil had me so wound up emotionally that I needed to read a bit of nonfiction before dozing off at night. Without giving anything away, you won?t know until the very end if there is a happy ending for India and Sid or if they are doomed to more tragedy. This riveting love story had so many unexpected turns that it was hard to guess what would happen next. Even though it?s a mammoth of a book, I was sorry to see the story end. Jennifer Donnelly, with her masterful skill of story telling, moved me out of my comfort zone and had me wanting more. I can?t wait to read more of her creative tales.
Mar 13, 2008
The best historical fiction novel ever!
This book is excellent. I couldn't put it down. It has everything: mystery, suspense, romance, intrigue, and the historical information is fascinating. If you liked Ms. Donnelly's first book, the Tea Rose, you will absolutely LOVE this book!
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