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The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly
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Jun 30, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: read-in-2009, 4-stars, victoriana, family-saga, chunkster
Read in August, 2009

I really liked this. It's late 19th century in the East End of London. Fiona is a teenage girl in a loving family struggling to survive in poverty. Joe is her first love, but he reluctantly choses the wrong path.

Sudden and tragic family deaths force Fiona and her young brother to flee to America to start a new life with her uncle, where through grit and determination, she starts up a thriving business. Returning to London years later, she seeks revenge on those who wronged her family, re-meets Joe, and makes a shocking family discovery.

I really enjoyed the early years of this book and the rags-to-riches side of it, but I was tiring of the whole story towards the end. The author makes things a little too long-winded, a little too detailed, a little too crammed. But still a very good read, and I'm looking forward to its sequel The Winter Rose.
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