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Come una rosa d'inverno

(The Tea Rose #2)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  19,861 ratings  ·  1,428 reviews
La storia inizia sulle sponde del Tamigi, è l'anno 1900: le desolate strade dei sobborghi londinesi non sono il luogo adatto per una ragazza per bene come India Selwyn Jones, una bellezza aristocratica il cui animo generoso la spinge ad abbracciare grandi ideali. Ha scelto di essere medico e, grazie all'ambiente in cui è cresciuta e alla stima dei suoi insegnanti, potrebbe ...more
Hardcover, 880 pages
Published October 12th 2011 by Sonzogno (first published January 8th 2008)
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Alie It does, she is just more of a minor character than a major.
I can't tell you how she's connected without giving a lot a way, but believe me, there wil…more
It does, she is just more of a minor character than a major.
I can't tell you how she's connected without giving a lot a way, but believe me, there will be enough Fiona in here to get your fix, and the main heroine of this one, India, is greatly like Fiona.(less)

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Jan 23, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cliche-ridden? Yes. Improbable coincidences? Yes. Over-the-top drama? Murder, sex, politics, poverty, money, medicine, women's rights, workers' rights, colonialism, revenge, mountain-climbing, Antarctica, Africa, faked deaths (yes, plural), amputations, paraplegics, death by wild animal attack, and doomed lovers reunited? Yes, yes, yes. Was I able to put it down? No. Despite all its faults, I couldn't put the silly thing down. Saga-riffic. This feels like a horribly slippery slope, and before yo ...more
Aug 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think I lost more sleep over this one than The Tea Rose! What an awesome sequel, I think it's better than The Tea Rose. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing more of Joe and Fiona, their children and of course Seamie. Lots of love, laughter, adventure, heartbreak, tears and more tears. I don't want to say much about the plot, because one of the two main characters in this book is a surprise return at the end of TTR and I don't want to give it away to those who haven't read the first book. This story wil ...more
Allison (The Allure of Books)
Jennifer Donnelly does it again! She is definitely at the top of my favorite authors list.

One of the main things that kept me from being 100% in love with Tea Rose was Joe Bristow. His character was very well portrayed, don't get me wrong--I just didn't have much use for the guy. He did a couple of things in this book that really pissed me off. Then I finally realized...Donnelly is just so bloody brilliant with characterization that Joe was just being a man! Stupid, bull-headed and...wrong! He c
Sonja Arlow
Mar 07, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-read
I just started a new job and so have been quite preoccupied leaving little room to immerse myself in a difficult read so this was the perfect choice. I took my time and overall I really enjoyed it.

I read Tea Rose about 12 years ago and was worried that I would not remember enough of the first book to understand the dynamics at play between Joe, Fiona and Sid but there were enough background references that this was not a problem at all.

This review comes with a huge caveat, this is a historical
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The "Winter Rose" is the second part of a successful trilogy of Jennifer Donnelly. In this book, Fiona and Joe were not the main characters. It is a romantic epic that describes both sides of London in the early 20th century. The central character Edie Selwyn-Jones is passionate about one thing: medicine. The Indian turned his back on the rich, upper class to which belonged the same. Her dream was to create a clinic for the poor and needy people of East London. Patrons to the effort stood Wish,
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

He realized she was a rare creature.
As rare as a rose in winter ...

Another epic tale, to be sure BUT, some of the conincidences and clichés had me rolling my eyes a few times. The world is a big place and back in the early 1900s, transport was not as it is today. Means of communication were limited ... telegrams, which probably took forever to get from A to B! I won't say anything but if you have read it, you will probably know what I mean.

Sid and India had a tough time of it ... the treatme
What can I say about Jennifer Donnelly’s second installment to the Finnegan family drama that takes place just before World War I in England? The word is simply TERRIFIC! With intensely gripping details expertly researched, I thought that it was even better than the first book. I found myself turning the pages long into the night wanting to see what happens to the infamous gangster, Sid Malone and his new-found love, India Selwyn Jones, a young just graduated doctor from the London School of Med ...more
I found the cure for the common cold. Last weekend, I crawled into bed and declared myself sick. You have to do that if you're a wife and mother or there's no rest, especially if, like me, you're wicked, too. I overdosed on the big, fat juiciness of The Winter Rose. As my legion of followers know (you know who you are because I surely don't), Jennifer Donnelly's The Tea Rose was everything I love in a historical and this, her sequel, is equally superior. 'Equally superior' is not contradictory. ...more
Nov 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Sutapa by: No one
This is one of the best books I've ever read it has romance, action, and drama. I think a lot of people can learn from this book because it shows that real/true love can change a person. This book is very passionate but sad and heartwarming at the same time. It shows that if you really want something so bad, you CAN get it!!!!!
Sep 18, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So I was very disappointed in this book. Very. The things I kind of let slide in the first book, only were exaggerated more and just became worse. The coincidences, the drama, the unbelievability of it all...I just kind of had enough. I wanted to throw in the towel at around page 400, however I couldn't find any website in a quick search which gave a full summary so I skimmed the parts about Seamie, which I know continue on to the next book and forged on. I am mostly glad that I did, however I a ...more
M. ~ B&B
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If there is one message that Jennifer Donnelly carries out in her books, it's to always have a dream and never give up on it. At the same time, The Winter Rose showed that dreams always yield for love and family. That love in itself is a dream and some of us fight for half a lifetime trying to make it come true. As always, the path had many obstacles, but the epilogue I just read made me feel all warm and happy inside.
Jun 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2008
When India Selwyn Jones, a young woman from a noble family, graduates from the London School of Medicine for Women in 1900, her professors advise her to set up her practice in London’s esteemed Harley Street. Driven and idealistic, India chooses to work in the city’s East End instead, serving the desperately poor.

In these grim streets, India meets—and saves the life of London’s most notorious gangster, Sid Malone. A hard, wounded man, Malone is the opposite of India’s aristocratic fiancé, Freddi
Phew, I finally finished this! I give myself a pat on the back because that was exhausting as hell! 🏆💪

It's not that I didn't like The Winter Rose, I did, but I felt it wasn't as consistent and solid as the Tea Rose.
First off, the Tea Rose was all focused on two basic characters : Fiona and Joe, and most of the time not even Joe, just Fiona. She has other important people in her life who we learn about, but the main focus was always Fiona.
In The Winter Rose, there is no main focus because there
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

"Meet me where the sky touches the sea."

When I finished this book last night I gave it 4 stars. I spent some time thinking about it today and bumped it up to 5 stars.

While it was a bit looonnng for me I did really enjoy it. I spent most part of the day and evening yesterday crazily turning the pages. That says something right. There was so much going on in it was hard to turn away from it.

At the heart of it, it is Sid and India's story. And what a story it was. But weaved into it we
Amy Bruno
Dec 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s very rare in Hollywood where the sequel is as good or better than the original…but not so in the literary world! Jennifer Donnelly hits one out of the park with her follow-up to The Tea Rose. In The Winter Rose we are taken back to London at the turn of the 20th Century and meet back up with Fiona and Joe and now, their children. Fiona still has her Tea business and Joe has decided to take up politics in order to help the working class from whence he came from.

The other heroine of the book
This is the first book that I've finished of 2013 & I hate to say it, but I didn't enjoy this book very much. Even Fiona & Joe couldn't save it for me. I never cared about India and as much as I tried I just wasn't engaged with Charlie. Maybe I never invested much in Charlie from the first book in the series & that hampered my enjoyment. The opium dens were depressing & while I liked the Parliamentary angle, it wasn't enough to save the story for me. I never felt the same romance for Charlie/Ing ...more
Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Much to my disappointment, this book began with an unknown character-India. My expectations of being plunged back into Fiona's life made it difficult to get into the story.

I did not remain disappointed!!! :) This is a beautiful story. One I hated to see come to a close. It definitely makes my list of Favorites!!!!

Jo Anne B
Aug 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The Red Earl's words came back to him. Would'st be king? First, rip out thine own heart. The Red Earl was right. It was so much easier to function in the world without a heart. No, he thought. You were wrong. First rip out someone else's heart. Someone innocent and good. After that, everything else will be easy."

"He realized that she was a rare creature, as rare as a rose in winter."

Jennifer Donnelly is such a great writer. Only she can weave a story comprised of so many different characters u
Unfortunately, this was actually on the lower end of the 3 scale for me. I am glad to be done with it and move on to something I like more. I really enjoyed the first book, The Tea Rose. This one was just too much for me. Way too long at over 700 pages. I can see the appeal for others, but it didn't work for me. It didn't feel new or was too similar to The Tea Rose in style and the characters didn't have anything new to offer. After several hundred pages, I was actually starting to ...more
Kiwi Begs2Differ  ✎
I wanted something light and fluffy for a change. I bought the book ages ago because I liked reading The Tea Rose so I decided to read the sequel to clear my physical shelves. Unfortunately, despite having low expectations for the book, I can’t bring myself to read another 600+ pages to finish it. I guess my tastes have moved on, oh well... life is too short to read books that don’t interest me any longer, this goes into the "to donate pile" and I'll be onto the next book. ...more
Sep 30, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It just wasn't as good as the first book. And I'm not really looking forward to the third now, because I couldn't care less about Seamie and Willa.

Aug 06, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, edwardian
I couldn't do it. I tried, but it didn't get better after over 200 pages (1/3 of book). Everyone else loved this book. I think this may be the only one star rating with review. This is due to personal taste. I don't have time now, but I do plan to come back and write why I didn't like the story.
Jun 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll admit that the first seventy or so pages of this book had me unimpressed. I didn't particularly like any of the characters (I didn't hate them either) and I really didn't like the way Donnelly would drift off into discussions of these characters' pasts or contemporary issues of the time period. These descriptions are probably due to the the fact that THE WINTER ROSE is a sequel, but when reading it I was left, I'm ashamed to say, slightly... uncertain. [return][return]Now I can't believe I ...more
Doug Bradshaw
Sep 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Winter Rose, the second book in a trilogy by Jennifer Donnelly, was a great and enjoying ride through the worst and the best of London circa 1900. There are ruthless criminals, sweet and pure female angels practicing medicine trying to help the poor, murders, trips all over Africa, mountain climbing accidents, amputations, loved ones lost, yearning love situations both sexual and family, and a great cast of brave, damaged and heroic figures.

I admit that the storyline is fairly melodramatic
May 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I fell in love with Fiona and Joe in the Tea Rose where we meet the Finnegan family. It's a hard life in Whitechapple and the people are suffering and have been for a long time. Donnelly make this dark and dangerous world open up to you and you find yourself sitting at the kitchen table with a family who can barely make it but loves each other dearly. Life is hard and here in Whitechapple there is no second chances.

India and Sid were a breath of fresh air, trying to carve out a little love and h
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
This book was outstanding in terms of history, family, and just love. :) Both books just pull you in and get you involved in the lives of the characters...I didn't want it to end.

This is the sequel to The Tea Rose.
Mishelle LaBrash
An amazing, and dare I say 'better' addition to the Tea Rose Trilogy...

I loved this book... every page of it. The characters, The love Story, The Adventure, The Mystery... Everything.

Jennifer Donnelly is by far at her best with this gem...
Nov 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as the first, but definitely a well written enjoyable read. This is the sequel to the much loved book "The Tea Rose". Great romance with mystery and intrigue.
Alyssa | Swept Away By Books
This series gets more beautiful and more brilliant as it goes on. I was completely captivated and am SO excited to start The Wild Rose!
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
As before with my previous Jennifer Donnelly novel, this one was an interesting read, and I might get a wee bit spoilery. And looooooong. After finishing the first, the question inquiring minds [me] want to know was if the author could top the sheer spectacle of The Tea Rose? That answer was a resounding YES, yes she can. We've got illegal drug trades, unwitting use of said drugs by innocent persons, women's suffrage, the emergence of female doctors in the workplace, dirty cops and politicians, ...more
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Jennifer Donnelly is the author of thirteen novels - Poisoned, Stepsister, Lost in a Book, These Shallow Graves, Sea Spell, Dark Tide, Rogue Wave, Deep Blue, Revolution, A Northern Light, The Tea Rose, The Winter Rose and The Wild Rose - and Humble Pie, a picture book for children. She is a co-author of Fatal Throne, which explores the lives of King Henry VIII's six wives, for which she wrote the ...more

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