The Winter Rose

The Winter Rose

A Novel

Book - 2014 | First Hachette Books trade edition.
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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 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.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Hachette Books, 2014.
Edition: First Hachette Books trade edition.
ISBN: 9781401307462
Branch Call Number: FIC Donne
Characteristics: 707 pages ; 21 cm


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JCLStefanieE Dec 08, 2016

Although this book is second in a family trilogy, it can be enjoyed as a standalone. Set in early 20th century England and spanning to colonial Africa, this historical romance is stronger than most. The historical detail and multifaceted secondary characters are reminiscent of Diana Gabaldon's beloved Outlander series.

Feb 10, 2014

I have now read Jennifer Donnelly's Rose trilogy. All three stand alone in their own right but anyone would want more having read one.The Winter Rose appeals to me a great deal because part of it is set in Kenya in the early 1900's prior to the days of The Bolter in the 1920's and 30's all the way from London's East End to California.The baddie suffered a fitting end and love conquered all.

Mar 04, 2013

This was a terrific book. I think I liked it better than the first one in the series which I also loved. Its got romance, history and action. It was hard to put down.

Feb 11, 2013

I enjoyed this book a lot more than the first one, The Tea Rose. I especially like the change of setting as the end of this book is set in British East Africa. However, the female characters seem to have no flaws which is not realistic enough for me. Also, the romance and sex scenes seem kind of fake.

Aug 29, 2012

Not as good as the first book in the series. Took me til about the middle of the book to really get into it. Still worth the read though

Mar 31, 2012

If you like this series, you might consider the PBS television series Bramwell. SPL has all three seasons. The protagonist is a female doctor in 19th century London who opens up an infirmary in the East End.

Oct 26, 2011

I really enjoyed it, to put it bluntly. It was one of those books that gripped you that made you stay up later reading than you really wanted to. The characterizations of the characters was enjoyable, but really didn't see myself liking the youngest member of the Finnegan and felt that the author spent a little too much time with him during the final part of the book instead of focusing on the India storyline, even though I realize that Seamus' story is the focus of the final book. I hope that the final book is just as good as the first two books.

BookEnthusiast Jul 29, 2011

I read the first book and had to know more. I love the characters and found the storyline enthralling.

Jul 05, 2011

I enjoyed this book so much, I had to buy it for the sake of going back over and over to reread my favourite parts. I never read the first one, although I'd like to, and I'll probably read the third one when it comes out. However truthfully, I'm not all that excited. Considering the third is supposedly focused on two characters I care little for (in comparison to Sid and India), I'm a little disappointed. Crossing my fingers for some surprise features of my favourites!

All in all, an excellent read. Glad I picked it up

Cdnbookworm Jun 15, 2011

Several years ago I read and loved Donnelly's first novel, The Tea Rose. Just recently I discovered that it was the first in a series and immediately put a hold on the library copy of the second one, The Winter Rose. The first novel featured a young woman from the East End of London, Fiona, who defied the circumstances of her birth and the social power at the time to found a tea company.
This novel follows a young woman, born to wealth, but possessed of a powerful need to do good in the world. Defying her family, she becomes a doctor and tries to better the health and lives of the poor in London. Her name is India, and in the course of her work she encounters both the high and low of London society. She gets support from Fiona in her endeavors and also encounters the man known as the head of the worst criminal gang in the East End. But Sid Malone is more than he seems and India finds that many of the men in her life are different than their public personas.
I took this out on Saturday, and finished it Sunday evening. I could barely put it down. Donnelly writes gripping stories, where you find yourself wanting to know what happens next. A great read.

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KHaney Mar 19, 2008

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 is a 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.

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