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The tea rose / Jennifer Donnelly.

By: Donnelly, Jennifer [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : HarperCollins, 2003Edition: Special overseas ed.Description: 544 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0007155565; 0007161166; 9780312378028 (pbk.).Subject(s): Tea trade -- Fiction | Murder victims' families -- Fiction | Revenge -- Fiction | Businesswomen -- Fiction | Fathers -- Death -- Fiction | New York (N.Y.) -- FictionGenre/Form: Historical fiction. | Love stories.DDC classification: 813/.6 Summary: Her family and dreams shattered by her father's untimely death at the hands of a ruthless tea baron, Fiona Finnegan flees East London and eventually establishes herself at the head of the tea trade in New York.
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Fiona Finnegan is the spirited, ambitious daughter of an Irish dockworker. She longs to break free from the squalid lanes and alleys of Whitechapel, where she has a job in a tea factory. With the love of her life, Joe Bristow, she dreams of escaping the poverty and opening her own tea shop.

"Reading group gold"--Cover.

Includes a conversation with the Jennifer Donnelly, "My Inspiration," an original essay by the author, and reading group questions.

Her family and dreams shattered by her father's untimely death at the hands of a ruthless tea baron, Fiona Finnegan flees East London and eventually establishes herself at the head of the tea trade in New York.

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In 1888, Fiona Finnegan and Joe Bristow hoard shillings and pennies so that they can marry and open a shop. But Jack the Ripper stalks the streets of London's East End, and poverty threatens from the shadows. Setting the story in motion is the murder of Fiona's father, a dock worker whose union activities angered his tea-company boss. Fiona and her younger brother must flee to New York City to avoid their own murders. Through hard work and luck, Fiona and her beloved Joe prosper on opposite sides of the Atlantic. Misunderstandings and mistakes keep them apart as they build separate lives and incredible fortunes. Children's book writer Donnelly effortlessly takes her narrative through slums and high society while intertwining a number of subplots without tangling them. Both major and minor characters capture and hold interest and sympathy. Although the number of Fiona and Joe's near encounters stretches the imagination, readers will forgive the tease once the lovers' reunion and Fiona's revenge for her father's death converge in an action-packed ending. Public library readers will relish this rags-to-riches romance. Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State Univ., Mankato (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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09/10/2014

It's an endearing read about two ambitious people from the lower part of society in the late 1800s. Some nice glimpses of historic England and America that were very interesting.

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