‘Tale’ author’s ‘Rose’ trilogy continues with book two

Jan. 5, 2008
Books & Authors
Ben Beagle

Jennifer Donnelly , the 2006 “A Tale for Three Counties” author,
reunites readers with the Finnegan family in her new book. The Winter
Rose (Hyperion, 702 pages), arriving in stores Tuesday, is a sequel to
The Tea Rose. Beginning where the earlier book ended, on the river
Thames, The Winter Rose follows the story of Charlie Finnegan — now
notorious East London crime lord Sid Malone — and a new female
character, India Selwyn Jones.

The story is set in 1900, which Donnelly said is an “extraordinarily
compelling” period of history.

“It’s when the Old World became the New World,” she says, “when we began
to recognize ourselves as modern people.”

Jones is a crusading women doctor who, with the help of her aristocratic
fiance Freddie Lytton, a rising star in the House of Commons, works to
shut down the area’s opium dens that destroy both body and soul. Her
activities improve her patients’ lives, but also bring her into conflict
with Malone.

The new novel has gotten good reviews from Publishers Weekly, Book List
and Library Journal.

“The author includes interesting details related to medical practices of
the time, but her main characters have contemporary attitudes, and the
history goes down easy,” writes Library Journal. “Readers looking for a
historical page-turner along the lines of Barbara Taylor Bradford’s A
Woman of Substance won’t be disappointed.”

Even Bradford has said the book is “truly seductive, hard to put down,
filled with mystery, secret passions, unique locations, and a most
engaging heroine.”

Donnelly says she was especially pleased by the response from Bradford.

“She’s someone I’ve admired for ages and it was an incredibly generous
thing for her to do” Donnelly says.

Donnelly is working on a new young adult novel and plotting out the
final book in her planned Rose trilogy, The Wild Rose.

“I can’t be away from the Finnegans for too long,” the author says. “I
miss them and want to catch up with them, and most of all, I want to
find out what happens next.”

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