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It has been 12 years since a dark, murderous figure stalked the alleys and courts of Whitechapel. And yet, in the summer of 1900, East London is still poor, still brutal, still a shadow city to its western twin. Among the reformers is an idealistic young woman named India Selwyn-Jones, recently graduated from medical school. With the help of her influential fiance - Freddie Lytton, an up-and-coming Liberal MP - she works to shut down the area's opium dens that destroy both body and soul. Her selfless activities better her patients' lives and bring her immense gratification, but unfortunately, they also bring her into direct conflict with East London's ruling crime lord - Sid Malone. India is not good for business and at first, Malone wants her out. But against all odds, India and Sid fall in love. Different in nearly every way, they share one thing in common - they're both wounded souls. Their love is impossible and they know it, yet they cling to it desperately. Lytton, India's fiance, will stop at nothing to marry India and gain her family's fortune. Fractious criminal underlings and rivals conspire against Sid. When Sid is finally betrayed by one of his own, he must flee London to save his life. Mistakenly thinking him dead, India, pregnant and desperate, marries Freddie to provide a father for hers and Sid's child. India and Sid must each make a terrible sacrifice - a sacrifice that will change them both forever. One that will lead them to other lives, and other places... and perhaps - one distant, bittersweet day - back to each other.

©2008 Jennifer Donnelly (P)2013 Recorded Books

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I couldn’t put it down

Jennifer Donnelly has done it again! The detail of the story, historical accuracy and character development make this amazing book a must read. This series starting with the Tea Rose will keep you spell bound for hours!!

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I really enjoy this series...

Looking forward to listening to the third book in the series! So good!! Can't wait.

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enthralling story

I loved the continued story of Fiona Finnegan and Joe Bristow . It carries on with her family and their situations. The author weaves such an interesting story.
These characters have become friends, and I anxiously await to hear what happens next in their lives.
Awesome narrative.

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Good fun

I loved this book. Received the Tea Rose either for free or as a deal of the day, and used my credit for this book. Kind of soap opera-ish, but it was hard to put down, so to speak. I’m definitely going to read the next one in the series. I also think Jill Tanner is an amazing narrator.

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Addicting!

I’ve just finished this one after The tea rose and it did not disappoint! If you’ve listened to the first one you will want to continue the story of Charlie & India

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Great! Awesome!

I loved this story and didn’t want it to end. The narrator was great as well! Can’t wait to hear the third book in this series!

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Another Wonderful Story

Another wonderful story in the 2nd book of this series. Again I cried through chapter after chapter and couldn't put it down. EXCELLENT. Can't wait to read the 3rd.

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why is this not a Netflix series?

not even done this book, but between first one and second it should bea tvseries

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Loved Winter Rose

i loved the details and the vivid descriptions as one feels you are on the scary streets the rat infested tunnels,and the dingy pubs.

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Great Read!

Really enjoying this series. I like the way she includes the previous characters, but introduces new ones. The books are long, but I was sorry when it ended. Looking forward to the next one and I will look for more from this author. Narrator is great too. You know exactly what character is talking.

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  • I like to shop
  • 2016-05-13

As good as its predecessor

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. I first read its predecessor, The Tea Rose, just by perusing through Audible. It took me a bit to get used to it, (you can read my review about it if you want. I dont want to repeat it all again here.), but it didn't take long and I was thoroughly enjoying it. This book, I was more aware of what to expect with storyline and took to it right away. I enjoyed this one just as much as the first one.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the storyline first of all. I cant say too much without giving it away but I loved the surprise in certain characters personalities. I enjoyed getting to know characters and at one point I was even brought to tears. It was easy to connect to the characters. I appreciated having Joe and Fiona a large presence in the book so it wasnt like they just disappeared. I also liked having Seamus and seeing where the next book will go. This was really a "middle" book. Some of the last story, lots of this story, and some of the next story. I'm so disappointed that the book is over. I'm moving back over to the "Into The Wilderness" series as I go back and forth so I can make them last a bit longer, and have just started Lake in the Clouds, but all I can do is think about getting to The Wild Rose!

Have you listened to any of Jill Tanner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have only heard Jill Tanner in the Tea Rose and I enjoyed her just the same. She took a bit for me to get used to because I'm used to "softer" voices and hers is a bit husky, but it really allowed for her to have believable range for both mens and women's voices. People often complain that the narrator didnt have enough character voices but that annoys me. This is an exceptional narrator, paired with exceptional author of an exceptional series. No matter the narrator, however, its a difficult (if not impossible) task to actually be able to create a completely different voice for every single character. I read books ti my kids and struggle with it, I cant imagine doing it with a novel!! I'll look for her in future books, I'd enjoy listening to her again.

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POTENTIALLY SEEN AS A SPOILER: I only have one complaint, and its a tiny one. At the end of the book, I wish we had been able to know what had happened to Sid in the time before he arrived. Maybe it will explain it in the next book.

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  • L. Sain
  • 2017-06-12

Returning

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This is one of those times when an author should forget a series and start something new. Nothing bugs me more in a series when the author thinks she needs to do a lot of recapping. It slows down the narrative and it is hard to pick up the story again. And she is harping on issues that she has covered very thoroughly in previous books.

Disappointed.

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  • Sheila-La
  • 2016-02-08

So Good That I Can't Find a Follow-up Book

This book has everything I love-historical fiction, adventure, intrigue, ACHINGLY good suspense (I was actually anxious at times!) love gone wrong, an awesome storyline, and no idea what will happen next. Fans of Diana Gabaldon and Joanna Bourne would love this series..

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  • Booker D
  • 2015-01-29

The Winter Rose

Which character – as performed by Jill Tanner – was your favorite?

Jill Tanner did an outstanding narration with all the characters.

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The Winter Rose is my favorite of The Rose Trilogy. I love Sid and India. You know the age old question, “If you were stuck on a desert island, what book would you choose?” I would hope I could choose 3, The Rose Trilogy. In all seriousness, these are wonderful stories, I’m an avid reader and I read these books when I just want to escape for a week or two. I now have the trilogy in audio and it was wonderful having it read to me.

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  • Denise H.
  • 2019-01-15

So many hours invested for a very unsatisfactory ending!!!

So many hours the author beautifully weaves her story, only to end it in an abrupt and horribly unsatisfying manner. It will be a very long time before I invest my life in the third book. Disappointed!!

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  • Cricket
  • 2018-01-07

Tea Rose Sequel

Loved the first book and was completely hooked! I thought listening to 136 chapters in this book would dampen my enthusiasm but again I found myself listening way into the wee hours of the morning. The Finnegan family keeps things lively. You are always on the edge of your seat. This audio book does not disappoint. I am on to the final book in the series with regret only because the book is so good and I hate to see it end.

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  • 2015-07-17

Excellent

Kept my attention. Slow start. Tame on steam, but riveting storyline. I would recommend. I just downloaded the next book.

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  • kirsten
  • 2015-07-14

I fell in love too.

I didn't think I would like the new characters but I fell in love with Sid & India. I listened to this book day & night.
A great love story.

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  • Krisie
  • 2015-05-15

Love love love this book!!

You ever read a book that you can't put down, can't wait to find out the ending, yet DO NOT WANT THE BOOK TO END????? This is the second book in the trilogy and I am so loving it!!!! How to explain the two books I have just read in this trilogy??? Gripping, spell binding, funny, loving, captivating....the list goes on and on!!! I love this series sooooooo much that I wish it would not end!!!!!! Never have i come across any book(s) this captivating!!!!!! Now I am on to the last book of the trilogy. I will be so sad when I am done........

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  • QuiltyKS
  • 2015-04-22

total enjoyment of a great story!

the story and narrator fit so perfectly together. this story blended excellently with the first book Tea Rose. I'm anxious to start the next!

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