Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Review: The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly
Source: Personal Copy
East London 1888, Fiona Finnegan and her family work at the local tea factory. Fiona has always dreamed about owning her own tea shop one day with her childhood best friend, Joe. Fiona and Joe are inseparable, they’re in love and they’ve been saving for a long time. Their dream is within reach. When Jack the Ripper begins gruesomely murdering women, Fiona is on high alert. She doesn’t realize how her life will drastically change, and Jack the Ripper will kick her family when they are already down, forever changing Fiona's life. Fiona had her future planned, but her life takes a very different road. The people she thought would be with her are no longer around, and her tea shop dreams suddenly seem impossible. Fiona finds herself boarding a boat to New York to try and escape dangerous men. When Fiona arrives in New York, she has many obstacles ahead of her.
The Tea Rose was an amazing, captivating read. It took me awhile to pick this book up because of the size, and I’m so sorry I waited for so long. I loved each and every page. Fiona’s life is shattered but she must figure out how to save her little brother. As much as she would love to give up, she puts one foot in front of the other and thinks about her brother first. The Tea Rose is jam-packed with action, drama and loss. There is nothing predictable about this book. I can’t tell you how many times, I was shocked by how the story was being played out. Donnelly is an amazing writer. Fiona constantly struggles with setbacks and disappointments but she perseveres. Her love for Joe wasn’t enough to keep him around, and she must move on and build a new life. Fiona vows to get herself on her feet and seek revenge for all the wrong that has been done to her family.
I loved this book as soon as I started reading it. The prose was beautiful, the plot was fantastic and the characters were well defined and intriguing. The plot twists had me shocked many times. I highly recommend this one. I previously read Donnelly’s A Northern Light and really enjoyed it which put this book on my radar. I will be reading more of her books. So far, she’s two for two, I loved A Northern Light and The Tea Rose.