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The Winter Rose by Jennifer Donnelly
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Jul 22, 2008

did not like it
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I was so disappointed with this book. I had obtained it through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers Program, but it never lived up to my expectations. I started reading it several times, but I couldn't ever get past the first few chapters.

The Winter Rose is a sequel to Donnelly's earlier book, The Tea Rose, and as such was probably never intended as a stand-alone novel. Still, the small bits that I've read of The Winter Rose have not at all encouraged me to seek out the prequel and see if that helps to settle the plot.

If you happen to be uncommonly fond of fiction set in the Victorian period – this book was rather lush in dressing its plot, even if the basic bones were lacking – you may wish to look into this title. Otherwise, I'd recommend you pass.

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