The Winter Rose is an epic love story, a book that will draw you in from the first page and won't let you go until you've closed the back cover. I simply could not put it down.
The heroine, India Selwyn Jones turned her back on her very wealthy and prominent family to become a doctor. If being a female doctor in the turn of the century England wasn't hard enough, India decides to practice in the poorest most dangerous section of London; Whitechapel. Here she meets the hero Sid Malone a gangland boss with a past. This may sound too serious and a bit of a ‘downer', but nothing could be further from the truth.
Sid is not your typical hero and India is far from your typical romantic heroine, they are real, and for that reason you root for them from the very beginning. There are many barriers they have to weather, particularly Sid's enemies - chief among them is Freddie Lytton, who happens to be India's fiancée. Freddie is a Member of Parliament with his sites set on No. 10 Downing Street, and nothing and no one will stand in the way of his goals.
Jennifer Donnelly writes a sweeping historical . You may think the word sweeping is overused, but not true in this case. The Winter Rose takes the reader directly into the life of early 1900's England, you can smell the air, feel the cold seep through your bones, and hear the vendors calling out their wares. From women suffragettes, to protesting Labour party members, from the inadequate medical conditions for the poor, to the comforts enjoyed by the rich, from life on the dirty streets of London, to the sumptuous drawing rooms of Mayfair mansions. You will be swept away as you read the triumphs, the heartaches and the adventures of India and Sid.
There is nothing typical about this book and Ms. Donnelly will keep you guessing until the very end. In fact, at one point, I literally cried out, “Oh No!", not believing the turn the book had taken. I'll say no more, expect I absolutely recommend this book. The Winter Rose is actually a sequel to The Tea Rose. But you do not have to have read The Tea Rose to understand and thoroughly enjoy The Winter Rose. I repeat, this book can and does stand alone. If you love Historicals, if you love a great epic love story, if you love the Thorn Birds, this is the book for you.
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