The Tea Rose is one of my favorite books. I first read this book in 2005 after my mom had passed the book along to me, I then passed it on to my sisteThe Tea Rose is one of my favorite books. I first read this book in 2005 after my mom had passed the book along to me, I then passed it on to my sister (who unlike me is not an avid reader) and we all loved the book. The mass-market copy was so tattered and worn I went out and bought a replacement copy for my mom that Christmas. Since then I’ve re-read this book several times, and would constantly recommend this title to customers when I worked at a book store. I was very pleased when I learned Jennifer Donnelly was writing a sequel to it (The Winter Rose)and eventually with plans to make it a trilogy (The Wild Rose).
When recommending this book I would describe it as part historical fiction, part romance and part mystery, but it’s really more than that. It’s an epic tale about a young woman, Fiona Finnegan who works in an East London Tea factory in the late 19th century. Fiona has dreams of one day owning her own tea shop with her long time childhood friend Joe Bristow, but due unforeseen events her dreams do not exactly happen as she plans.
(It’s been a while since I’ve read this book. Planning on writing a more in-depth review once the story is again fresh in my mind)