Review: The Tea Rose

“Buy my fine parsley-o!” 

I loved, loved, loved this book!  The Tea Rose is a fabulous story of an amazing, ambitious girl, Fiona, from the slums of Whitechaple who dreams of a life without poverty and a boy named Joe.  Fiona and Joe grew up with each other and are very much in love.  Their relationship changes when Joe moves to a better job and then Fiona loses her family tragically and escapes to New York taking her 5-year-old brother, Seamie, with her.  The story then follows Fiona’s life and struggles in New York and her rise to the top of the Tea trade.  

Donnelly includes many wonderful characters throughout the book, my particular favorite being Nick. Fiona is a very interesting woman to read about, you really get to know her and you kinda miss her when you’re done. The relationship with her and Joe is beautiful and pure – you just know they are meant for each other.  

All in all this is fabulous story telling and I highly recommend it to any lover of fiction. I mean this book has everything you could want: mystery, romance, power struggles, murder, grief, heartbreak, love…all the essentials!!!

I am off to read the sequel now, The Winter Rose.  Can’t wait!!!

Overall:  5/5


  1. I'll be interested to see what you think of the second book. I liked this book a lot, but loved, loved, loved The Winter Rose! I am waiting VERY impatiently for the third book to come out!

  2. I didn't know there was a third one on the horizon, so thank you for that information! Ugh...I hate waiting for good books!

  3. The Tea Rose was one of my favorite books to read ever. I read 500 pages in one night because I could NOT put the darn thing down! I can't wait to start the Winter Rose but am waiting until the weekend just in case I can't put that one down either ;)


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