The Winter Rose

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It has been twelve years since a dark, murderous figure stalked the alleys and courts of Whitechapel. And yet, in the summer of 1900, East London is still poor, still brutal, still a shadow city to its western twin. Among the reformers is an idealistic young woman named India Selwyn-Jones, recently graduated from medical school. With the help of her influential fiancé--Freddie Lytton, an up-and-coming Liberal MP--she works to shut down the area's opium dens that destroy both body and soul. Her selfless activities...
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Overview

It has been twelve years since a dark, murderous figure stalked the alleys and courts of Whitechapel. And yet, in the summer of 1900, East London is still poor, still brutal, still a shadow city to its western twin. Among the reformers is an idealistic young woman named India Selwyn-Jones, recently graduated from medical school. With the help of her influential fiancé--Freddie Lytton, an up-and-coming Liberal MP--she works to shut down the area's opium dens that destroy both body and soul. Her selfless activities better her patients' lives and bring her immense gratification, but unfortunately, they also bring her into direct conflict with East London's ruling crime lord--Sid Malone.

India is not good for business and at first, Malone wants her out. But against all odds, India and Sid fall in love. Different in nearly every way, they share one thing in common--they're both wounded souls. Their love is impossible and they know it, yet they cling to it desperately. Lytton, India's fiancé, will stop at nothing to marry India and gain her family's fortune.

Fractious criminal underlings and rivals conspire against Sid. When Sid is finally betrayed by one of his own, he must flee London to save his life. Mistakenly thinking him dead, India, pregnant and desperate, marries Freddie to provide a father for hers and Sid's child. India and Sid must each make a terrible sacrifice--a sacrifice that will change them both forever. One that will lead them to other lives, and other places . . . and perhaps--one distant, bittersweet day--back to each other.

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Editorial Reviews

Claudia Deane
If Jennifer Donnelly doesn't watch out, she's going to get a reputation. With publication of The Winter Rose, she proves that her first fast, fat and fun historical romance—2002's The Tea Rose—wasn't a fluke…she's a master of pacing and plot, with enough high points scattered throughout to keep your pulse racing, from a manhunt in a rat-filled London tunnel to a child missing on the African plains (the book's final section takes place in Kenya). I became so consumed with finding out how it would end that I read the last third at near-choking speed. I just had to know: happy or not happy? I imagine you will, too.
—The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly

In late Victorian London, idealistic new medical school graduate India Selwyn Jones goes to work at a clinic in the city's poorest neighborhood, much to the dismay of her aristocratic mother and ambitious fiancé, political up-and-comer Freddie Lytton. The squalor isa bit much for India, but she manages to keep her emotions under control until she meets underworld crime boss Sid Malone. Sid begins as India's nemesis, becomes her patient and ends up something much more than that. What India doesn't know is that Sid is the brother of tea heiress Fiona Bristow, wife of self-made, highly principled businessman Joseph Bristow. What Sid doesn't know is that India's fiancé is as ruthless as Sid's most ruthless henchman, willing to commit theft, betrayal and even murder to launch his career, force India out of hers and bring down Sid in the process. In typical epic style, Donnelly (The Tea Rose) alternates India's story with Sid's, Freddie's, Joseph's and Fiona's, leading the reader through turn-of-the-century England from the Houses of Parliament to ale houses and whore houses, and from London to Africa and beyond. It's all familiar stuff, but Donnelly's passion and energy will keep readers turning the many pages, rooting for India and the gruff underworld boss she loves. (Jan.)

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The second book in a planned trilogy (after The Tea Rose), this story of notorious East London criminal Sid Malone (formerly Charlie Finnegan, believed dead) and crusading woman doctor India Selwyn Jones takes many melodramatic turns between their first antagonistic meeting in 1900 and their final passionate rendezvous in 1907. Fighting their desire for each other, Sid struggles to go straight, and India devotes herself to healing poor women and children. By the time India thinks to break off her engagement to Freddie, the handsome, politically ambitious schemer who only wants her family's money, it's too late-she's trapped in a loveless marriage, and Sid is on the run. Fiona and Joe, characters from the trilogy's first book, figure prominently, but this book stands on its own. The author includes interesting details related to medical practices of the time, but her main characters have contemporary attitudes, and the history goes down easy. Readers looking for a historical page-turner along the lines of Barbara Taylor Bradford's A Woman of Substancewon't be disappointed. Recommended for public libraries.
—Laurie A. Cavanaugh

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401307462
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 1/6/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 720
  • Sales rank: 114,203
  • Product dimensions: 8.08 (w) x 5.14 (h) x 1.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Donnelly
Jennifer Donnelly is the author of The Tea Rose, a Booksense Pick, and the children's award winning book, A Northern Light. She lives in Tivoli, New York, with her husband and daughter.
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  • Posted September 12, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    The Winter Rose-great read

    Just finished reading this book. Apparently this must be a continuation to her book, "The Tea Rose", although you don't need to read that first because both books stand alone as complete novels. I first became interested in Ms. Donnelly's books when I read "The Northern Lights". She writes beautifully, her characters aren't just one dimensional nor two dimensional. She brings so much life to each and everyone of the characters in her books that I could empathize with all of them, even the secondary ones.
    I loved this book and could hardly put it down. It was over 700 pages but I finished it in two days.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 24, 2009

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    Donnelly has yet another fan!

    I didn't read THE TEA ROSE first, but after reading this masterpiece, I'm going to order it! Jennifer Donnelly has yet another fan!! ... A couple more books I consider masterpieces that came out this year are EXPLOSION IN PARIS, by Pirrung, and BREAKING THE RULES, by Bradford....

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2008

    From a Louisiana Reader

    I debated over whether or not to dedicate time to reading a book that was a tad bit over 700 pages. So I made a deal with myself. I¿d give it the 50 page test. If in 50 pages, I am not hook then I won¿t finish the book. Can you believe I was hooked on the prologue? In a word, the book was unbelievably great! Okay, so that¿s two words. The story centers around India Selwyn Jones, a lady doctor, her ambitious fiancé, Freddie Lytton and the man she falls in love with, a crime boss Sid Malone. Their story collides with the characters from THE TEA ROSE, the first book in this trilogy. The characters¿ lives with its turmoil had me so wound up emotionally that I needed to read a bit of nonfiction before dozing off at night. Without giving anything away, you won¿t know until the very end if there is a happy ending for India and Sid or if they are doomed to more tragedy. This riveting love story had so many unexpected turns that it was hard to guess what would happen next. Even though it¿s a mammoth of a book, I was sorry to see the story end. Jennifer Donnelly, with her masterful skill of story telling, moved me out of my comfort zone and had me wanting more. I can¿t wait to read more of her creative tales.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2010

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    Intrigue, suspense and romance...

    India and Sid have a rough start to their romance due to Sid's past and the difference in their backgrounds. Just as their love affair is getting started, their world is shattered by Freddie, the ruthless, ambitious politician who just happens to be India's childhood friend and former fiance. Just as it looks as if Freddie has won and Sid and India find themselves world's apart, fate has more in store for them.

    This beautifully written novel takes you from the London slums to the plains of Africa to the beautiful California coast. There is romance, adventure, and evil to keep the reader intrigued. The author worked in good period detail and politics of the time.
    Like its predecessor, The Tea Rose, The Winter Rose is a page-turner full of intriguing characters, suspense and romance. It was impossible for me to put down.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2008

    Please let there be another

    I have read both books and loved the way the stories take so many turns. Very clever how the 'rose' comes into play. There has to be a book three, as I need to know what becomes of all these great characters.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 29, 2011

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    Not great.

    Really cliched. You know, the protagonist is impossibly good as well as amazingly beautiful, she never has an unkind thought or deed, and of course in the end everything works out for her. Yawn; this story could have been told in about a third as many pages.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 24, 2009

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    Very great!

    Is there anything better than a bad boy reformed by love? The answer is no. That's why I loved reading about India and Sid. It's the classic tale of hate turning into love and my favorite kind of story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 10, 2009

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    dont miss judge it!!!

    In this book there are mixed reviews I've got a positive view. Without giving anything away, the last 1/3 of the book a character does a 180 in personality. If after reading it you think the character is umbarable scum who doesn't deserve a happily ever after (which he or she might not get, like I said I won't give anything away) send me a message to my profile and tell me why. I love to share ideas and reviews. Maybe I can change your mind maybe you can change mine. Enjoy!!! <3

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 3, 2009

    Awesome "Sequel" to "Tea Room"

    Enjoy it this summer!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2008

    Ridiculously Good!

    This book was ridiculously good! I didn't think I'd ever read a historical novel on the level of 'Gone with the Wind' again, but Ms. Donnelly's talent puts Margaret Mitchell to shame. This book requires an investment of time, but it provides an amazing return. You will find The Winter Rose very difficult to put down.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2008

    I loved this book but it was so thick and heavy!

    This was an epic tale but it held my interest all the way through. I had to read it while I layed it on a table because it was so heavy but I could not stop reading.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2008

    A Great Distraction

    I was a little apprehensive about reading this daunting 700 page novel for two reasons. First, I hadn¿t read the prequel, The Tea Rose. Secondly, this was the first historical romance novel that I have read. Despite these facts, I jumped into the book feet first, and when I did, I discovered that for the most part, it was worth spending weeks reading it. Some critics have called this book an early 20th century soap opera and I agree ¿ I love soap operas, they help me escape from my reality. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and reading about adventures in England, Africa and America. In particular, I liked getting acquainted with the newly minted female physician, India Selwyn Jones and I enjoyed reading about her quest to find love. I look forward to reading Donnelly¿s next novel, The Wild Rose ¿I just hope it is more concise.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2008

    ANOTHER WINNER FOR JENNIFER DONNELLY

    What a treat -- especially on these wintery days -- to sit down with this epic, romantic, suspenseful book. Ms. Donnelly did very thorough research to give us this wonderfully constructed book. It seems these kinds of books are rarely written these days.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2010

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    Highly recommend

    Follow up to Tea Rose this book continues with it thoughtful characters and vivid descriptions. I wanted to keep reading even though at times it seemed drawn out.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 7, 2010

    Second Rose, can not wait for the Third!

    I could not put this book down. The length of the book would make it difficult to complete in one sitting but I wanted to try.I did not initially realize that it was the second book in a series and wish I had read "The Tea Rose" first. The characters are really well developed into the historical plot. I like that it altered scenes not only from different areas of London but continents as well. The amount of historical information made it an interesting read, everthing from the cockney language to the imperial race for Africa. I would recommend this book even to those that are not into historical fiction. Can not wait for the next book to come out.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    The Winter Rose

    I would sugest reading the Tea Rose first. The Winter Rose was exciting from the beginning to the end, it was a sequel to the Tea Rose. I could not put down the book. The characters were well introduced and very interesting. Jennifer donnelly is an excellent writer. I hope we see more of her thrillers and romance books. The plot to this story was amazing. I would every one to read this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 6, 2009

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    I couldn't put it down!

    In this second installment of the 'Rose' Trilogy, Jennifer Donnelly picks up where she left off at the end of 'The Tea Rose.' This book is the tale of Fiona's brother, Charlie, a.k.a. Sid Malone and the fearless passionate Dr. India Selwyn Jones. Dr. Jones, a female doctor in a man's world and the daughter of very rich and somewhat royal parents falls for the crime boss of East London, Sid Malone. Dr. Jones's money hungry and insane ex fiance is killing people left and right just to keep a hold on the millions of pounds that he stands to inherit so long as he marries the Dr. Sid Malone, a.k.a. Charlie Finnegan, has decided to go straight and leave his life of crime behind. This thrilling tale takes them all the way to the plains of Africa and back. Jennifer has an amazing ability to create such a vivid and clear story that it's almost like a movie playing in your head as you're reading the book. I couldn't put it down and once I was done, I reread The Tea Rose and then Winter Rose again. I am excited to see The Wild Rose come out next year to finally see what happens to the whole family.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2009

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    GREAT book

    The Winter Rose is the sequel to The Tea Rose. Both of these books are an excellent way to escape from your everyday life and jump into the lives of Jennifer Donnelly's character. These books are about the lives of people in the Victorian Era. The setting is mostely in London, but also it has parts in America. I am currently involved in a play about the Victorian era and I have been able to take alot of information I gathered from these character's lives and incorrporate them into my acting. These books will take you on a journey that you will want to relive over and over again. I would recommend these books to anyone who enjoys reading books about interesting lives in a troubling world.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2009

    Love it!

    I finished Tea Rose and went right out and got Winter Rose. I love both and can't wait til the third one comes out!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2009

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    Fantastic Drama

    I read a lot of books every and this is one I will not be forgetting anytime soon. I was hesitant because it sounded just so-so from the back, but it was AMAZING! The story was so unique. The drama and mystery had me biting my nails. I cheered for characters, cried for them, and felt sympathy for others. I was so pleased to discover this new author. The only thing that could have made this book better was read "The Tea Rose" (the story that comes before this one in the series) before this one. And the Tea Rose was just as fabululous even when I knew some of the details already. I just can't wait for the final book in the series!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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