Monday, February 18, 2013
The Winter Rose by Jennifer Donnelly
This book is the second in a trilogy. The first was The Tea Rose, which reunites readers with the much-loved Finnegan family. Beginning where The Tea Rose ended, on the river Thames, the novel follows the story of Charlie Finnegan – now Sid Malone – and an intriguing new female character – India Selwyn Jones.
The year is 1900 and the dangerous streets of East London are no place for a well bred woman. But India Selwyn Jones is headstrong: she has trained as one of a new breed, a woman doctor, and is determined to practice where the need is greatest.
It is on these grim streets where India meets – and saves the life of – London’s most notorious gangster, Sid Malone. Hard, violent, devastatingly attractive, Malone is the opposite of India’s cool, aristocratic fiancé, a rising star in the House of Commons. Though Malone represents all she despises, India finds herself unwillingly drawn ever closer to him – enticed by his charm, intrigued by his hidden, mysterious past.
From this site.
I liked this book a lot but I was not really happy with the ending. I wanted more!! Soon I will be reading the third book, The Wild Rose. I enjoyed learning about the hard times people had at the turn of the century and the change they wanted. I certainly hope that we are not going to go back to those times because of the greed that seems to be everywhere right now.
This book qualifies for the 2013 Genre Variety Challenge for the category - Historical Romance.