The Tea Rose
by Jennifer Donnelly
Editor: St Martin’s Press
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Rose Tea is an ancient master-tale of modern sensibility, a family of destruction, murder and revenge, lost and won love again, and a determined woman in search of survival and triumph.East London, 1888-a city apartA place of light and shade where thieves, prostitutes, and dreamers mingle, where children play in the cobbled streets by day and a stalk killer at night, where bright hopes satisfy the darkest truthsHere, by the murmur of the waters of the Thames, a brilliant and rebellious young woman dares to dream of a life beyond collapsed quays, narrow gaslit streets, and the dark and crumbling homes of the poorFiona Finnegan, a worker in a tea factory, the hopes of a shop one day, with her love for life, Joe Bristow, a costermonger her sonWith nothing, but their faith in each other to incite them, Fiona and Joe struggle, record, and sacrifice to realize their dreamsBut Fiona’s dreams are broken, when the actions of a dark and brutal man of her just about everything and everyone she is expensiveFearing her own death, in the darkness of man’s hands, she is forced to flee London for New YorkThere, his indomitable spirit and ghosts of his past-propel his rise from a modest west side showcase to Manhattan’s top tea tradeAuthentic and moving, Jennifer Donnelly Rose Tea is an unforgettable novel.
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