The Winter Rose

Book:              The Winter Rose

Author:            Jennifer Donnelly

This is the second book in the Tea Rose trilogy.  The first book, The Tea Rose, I rated four out of five stars on Goodreads.  Normally I find that the second book in a trilogy is my least favorite, however, I absolutely loved this book and enjoyed it even more than The Tea Rose.

This book begins in 1900 London England with India Jones, a woman doctor working with the vulnerable poor in a grim part of London.  It is there she encounters Sid Malone, a gangster who rules the tough parts of London.  They fall in love and of course, that is when all their troubles begin.  What I really enjoyed about this book is that the author incorporated the main characters from The Tea Rose as secondary characters in this book so the reader continued to follow along with their story.  The author also does a good job with describing how difficult it was for women during this time period.  For example, India was a doctor who was responsible for saving patients’ lives but did not have the right to vote because she was a woman.  Women (especially poor women) did not have access to birth control and therefore, had no power or control over their bodies or their lives.  On one hand it is amazing how much things have changed for women in the last 100 years but at the same time it is maddening that their lives were that difficult just because of their gender.

I rated this book five stars out of five and look forward to reading the last book in the trilogy, The Wild Rose.

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