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The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly

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East London, 1888-a city apart. A place of shadow and light where thieves, whores, and dreamers mingle, where children play in the cobbled streets by day and a killer stalks at night, where bright hopes meet the darkest truths. Here, by the whispering waters of the Thames, Fiona Finnegan, a worker in a tea factory, hopes to own a shop one day, together with her lifelong love, Joe Bristow, a costermonger's son. With nothing but their faith in each other to spur them on, Fiona and Joe struggle, save, and sacrifice to achieve their dreams.



  • This book is seriously dragging on. I had to skip through parts because it was just too much. The characters are decent, but seriously, how many times do we have to bring up Jack the Ripper? It's not even a surprise considering the descriptions, but I didn't expect it to drag on for over 30 hours. And let's talk about the excessive amount of detailed sex scenes - it's like a poorly written 80's Harlequin romance novel.
  • I'm here to share my thoughts on the entire series, starting with the first book, and I have to say, if you're in the market for a captivating book/series with an exceptional narrator, you should definitely consider diving into this epic saga. Now, I'm typically a fan of series that run around 10 to 12 hours, but this particular series spans a whopping 88 hours, so it definitely requires some dedication. I personally found myself delving into it during my self-isolation due to the coronavirus in March 2020. While most of the characters are fictional, the story revolves around real historical events such as Jack the Ripper, Lawrence of Arabia, WWI espionage, and even the Spanish Flu, which adds a fascinating layer of authenticity. Each book intertwines multiple storylines, which carry on throughout the entire series. Of course, you could read just one book and manage to follow along, but trust me, the experience is so much richer when you read them all and truly grasp the bigger picture. I developed a deep connection with every character and was truly devastated by the deaths, marriages, infidelity, and struggles with drug abuse. I laughed and cried throughout, and now I find it hard to compare other books to the exquisite writing of Ms. Donnelly. After finishing the first two books, I decided to take a breather and was unsure if I should continue with the third. However, the break left me longing for the immersive experience and intricate narration that I had grown so accustomed to. It's as if I could vividly picture every scene, almost like watching a movie. Finding a new book to match this series will definitely be a challenge. As you may have guessed, I eventually went back and finished the third book, and boy, am I glad I did. The tension persisted until the very last chapter, and all the major storylines were satisfyingly resolved. All I can say is that I am immensely grateful to Ms. Donnelly and Ms. Tanner for providing me with countless hours of pure listening pleasure. I honestly cannot recommend this book enough.
  • I'm a huge fan of Donnelly, she's a new favorite of mine after listening to this book. The way she portrayed the characters and their accents was spot-on, and her writing style is simply delicious. I couldn't help but get lost in the story. The story itself was both heartbreaking and inspiring. Fiona's life was filled with hardships, from growing up poor to facing one tragedy after another. Yet, she still managed to make something of herself and pursue her dreams. Donnelly cleverly weaves in the infamous Jack the Ripper, adding an intriguing element to the plot. Jack is a terrifying villain, and his presence adds to the gripping drama of the story. Despite all the hardships Fiona faces, it never feels too far-fetched. Each twist and turn feels believable, though I wished for a bit more happiness for Fiona. Ultimately, the story reaches a satisfying conclusion, though not without its fair share of challenges along the way. The characters in this novel are wonderfully developed. Nick, Fiona's friend she meets on her journey to New York, was my personal favorite. He's funny and incredibly supportive of Fiona, which is exactly what she needs. Michael, Fiona's uncle, is also an interesting character, as he develops a paternal bond with her. Even the characters who are lost early on in the book are given depth and life, a testament to Donnelly's skillful writing. Overall, I highly recommend this book. It may be lengthy, but it's definitely worth the read. The story is captivating, and Donnelly's writing creates a world that readers won't want to leave. And props to Jill Tanner for delivering an excellent performance in narrating the story.