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East London, 1888-a city apart. A place of shadow and light where thieves, whores, and dreamers mingle, where children play in the cobbled streets by day and a killer stalks at night, where bright hopes meet the darkest truths.

Here, by the whispering waters of the Thames, a bright and defiant young woman dares to dream of a life beyond tumbledown wharves, gaslit alleys, and the grim and crumbling dwellings of the poor.

Fiona Finnegan, a worker in a tea factory, hopes to own a shop one day, together with her lifelong love, Joe Bristow, a costermonger's son. With nothing but their faith in each other to spur them on, Fiona and Joe struggle, save, and sacrifice to achieve their dreams.

But Fiona's dreams are shattered when the actions of a dark and brutal man take from her nearly everything-and everyone-she holds dear. Fearing her own death at the dark man's hands, she is forced to flee London for New York. There, her indomitable spirit-and the ghosts of her past-propel her rise from a modest west side shopfront to the top of Manhattan's tea trade.

Fiona's old ghosts do not rest quietly, however, and to silence them, she must venture back to the London of her childhood, where a deadly confrontation with her past becomes the key to her future.

The Tea Rose is a towering old-fashioned story, imbued with a modern sensibility, of a family's destruction, of murder and revenge, of love lost and won again, and of one determined woman's quest to survive and triumph.

Authentic and moving, The Tea Rose is an unforgettable novel-one certain to take its place beside such enduring epics as A Woman of Substance, The Thornbirds, and The Shell Seekers.

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The Tea Rose
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April 1st, 2015
I couldnt put this book down, it is romantic but full of suspense and intrigue, I cant wait to read the next two books
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January 22nd, 2014
This book is a great read. It is enthralling from the first chapter, so don't let the fact it's nearly 600 pages put you off. I found most of the characters interesting and enjoyed the mystery surrounding the identity of Jack the Ripper.
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Loved the book but needs to be spell checked!
March 22nd, 2013
This book was highly recommended to me and I LOVED the story. A good book to get lost in, if you like a love story with a bit of mystery and a bit of a twist this is the book for you. HOWEVER, I was very frustrated by the spelling and typo mistakes all through the book, very sloppy. I want to read the second book but given all the mistakes in the chapter preview at the end of this book I will be investigating the Kindle edition.
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