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Het is 1900 en de gevaarlijke straten van het Londense East End zijn geen omgeving voor een vrouw van gegoede komaf. Maar India Selwyn Jones is een buitenbeentje, intelligent en eigenzinnig. Ze is een van de eerste vrouwelijke artsen en vastbesloten om een kliniek op te zetten in deze arme, smoezelige omgeving waar medische hulp zo hard nodig is. En het is hier dat India dHet is 1900 en de gevaarlijke straten van het Londense East End zijn geen omgeving voor een vrouw van gegoede komaf. Maar India Selwyn Jones is een buitenbeentje, intelligent en eigenzinnig. Ze is een van de eerste vrouwelijke artsen en vastbesloten om een kliniek op te zetten in deze arme, smoezelige omgeving waar medische hulp zo hard nodig is. En het is hier dat India de meest notoire gangster van London ontmoet, Sid Malone, een man met vele vijanden, hard en onweerstaanbaar. Malone is in alles de tegenpool van India’s koele, aristocratische verloofde, een rijzende ster aan het politieke firmament die voor zijn carrière het familiekapitaal van India nodig heeft. Hoewel Malone alles vertegenwoordigt wat zij verafschuwt, voelt India zich onwillekeurig tot hem aangetrokken, verleid door zijn charme en geïntrigeerd door zijn mysterieuze verleden… Dit boek is het vervolg op: De theeroos....

Title : Winterroos
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ISBN : 9789047500636
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Number of Pages : 719 Pages
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Winterroos Reviews

  • Jess
    2018-11-15 14:14

    Cliche-ridden? Yes. Improbable coincidences? Yes. Over-the-top drama? Murder, sex, politics, poverty, money, medicine, women's rights, workers' rights, colonialism, revenge, mountain-climbing, Antarctica, Africa, faked deaths (yes, plural), amputations, paraplegics, death by wild animal attack, and doomed lovers reunited? Yes, yes, yes. Was I able to put it down? No. Despite all its faults, I couldn't put the silly thing down. Saga-riffic. This feels like a horribly slippery slope, and before you know it I'll have given up on Good Books and I'll just be reading page-turners and eating bonbons. This is the sequel to The Tea Rose, and there's a horribly dull page or two spent recapping the first book's equally improbable plot points, but this could be read independently. You just wouldn't have the emotional background on a few of the characters. Also, I'm betting that Donnelly's planning a third book, because she left Seamie and Willa's story hanging, emotionally, just like she left Charlie's story hanging in The Tea Rose. And, God help me, I'll read it.

  • Misfit
    2018-10-18 15:15

    I think I lost more sleep over this one than The Tea Rose! What an awesome sequel, I think it's better than The Tea Rose. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing more of Joe and Fiona, their children and of course Seamie. Lots of love, laughter, adventure, heartbreak, tears and more tears. I don't want to say much about the plot, because one of the two main characters in this book is a surprise return at the end of TTR and I don't want to give it away to those who haven't read the first book. This story will take you from London and Whitechapel to the plains of Africa and the top of Mount Kilamanjaro. Be warned, many chapters in this book contain nail biting cliffhangers, and the author leaves you hanging for several chapters afterwards until you know what happened, and you will be on the edge of your seat waiting for that answer! All in all a pretty perfect read, finishing with one of the sweetest endings I can recall coming across in a long time. I shed a few tears at that one. Highly highly recommended, I will read this one again and again over the years.

  • Allison (The Allure of Books)
    2018-10-26 22:02

    Jennifer Donnelly does it again! She is definitely at the top of my favorite authors list.One of the main things that kept me from being 100% in love with Tea Rose was Joe Bristow. His character was very well portrayed, don't get me wrong--I just didn't have much use for the guy. He did a couple of things in this book that really pissed me off. Then I finally realized...Donnelly is just so bloody brilliant with characterization that Joe was just being a man! Stupid, bull-headed and...wrong! He could have been a real person. Once I made that revelation, I liked him better, not his fault after all :) Plus...he did a couple of really cool things in this book. He decided to run for Parliament and he didn't even think he had a shot at winning-he just wanted to corner his opposition into making promises to help the poor that Joe was dead set on making sure they followed through with post-election. I thought that was so amazing and selfless."Sid" was the tortured hero. Here again is Donnelly's talent shining through. Normally, these types of characters have to be taken with a grain of salt. Not Sid. She takes you straight into his head and you see what he is going through. We saw him in the background of Tea Rose, and he comes forward in this and steals the show. He is one of the most truly portrayed characters I have ever read about. Every single thought she puts in his head was a MILLION percent dead-on.The plots of these books are very edge-of-your-seat/hard to read at times/beautiful on their own...but when you put in her gorgeous lyrical writing and unparalleled talent for creating real and magnificent characters...she can't be beat.

  • Νόρα
    2018-10-24 15:21

    Πιο καλό από το πρώτο.Έχει και μια ενδιαφέρουσα κριτική για τις ιατρικές συνθήκες στη Βρετανία το 19 αιώνα.Η πρωταγωνίστρια μακράν πιο συμπαθητική,αν και ούτε σε αυτό το βιβλίο δεν κατάφερα να ξεφύγω από τη Φιόνα που εξακολουθεί να μου σπάει τα νεύρα.Αλλά όπως και το πρώτο θα μπορούσε να είναι μικρότερο,θεωρώ ότι πλατειάζει με αποτέλεσμα ο αναγνώστης να χάνει σιγά σιγά το ενδιαφέρον του,γι’ αυτό και δεν κατάφερα να το τελειώσω.

  • Vera
    2018-11-17 20:06

    Το “Τριαντάφυλλο του χειμώνα” αποτελεί το δεύτερο μέρος της επιτυχημένης τριλογίας της Jennifer Donnelly. Στο βιβλίο αυτό η Φιόνα και ο Τζο δεν ήταν οι κύριοι χαρακτήρες. Πρόκειται για ένα ρομαντικό έπος που περιγράφει τις δυο όψεις του Λονδίνου στις αρχές του 20ου αι. Κεντρική ηρωίδα η ΄Ιντια Selwyn-Jones που είναι παθιασμένη με ένα πράγμα: την ιατρική. Η ΄Ιντια γύρισε την πλάτη της σε πλούσιους, ανώτερης τάξης στην οποία ανήκε και η ίδια. ΄Ονειρό της ήταν η δημιουργία μιας κλινικής για τους φτωχούς και ανήμπορους ανθρώπους του Ανατολικού Λονδίνου. Αρωγοί στην προσπάθεια της στάθηκαν ο Wish, ο ξάδελφός της, η Ella η νοσοκόμα, και ο Σιντ Malone. Η ΄Ιντια κινούμενη από αγάπη, σεβασμό και ανιδιοτέλεια για το δοκιμαζόμενο ασθενή της προσφέρει τις ιατρικές υπηρεσίες της στους κατατρεγμένους πολίτες του Ανατολικού Λονδίνου. Η ίδια πρόσφατα αποφοίτησε από την ιατρική σχολή και κάνει την πρακτική της στο Whitechapel με τη βοήθεια της επιρροής του μνηστήρα της του Freddie Lytton, ενός Φιλελεύθερου και υπερβολικά φιλόδοξου βουλευτή, ο οποίος έχει καταστραφεί οικονομικά και αποβλέπει στην τεράστια περιουσία της Ίντια και εργάζεται για να κλείσει τα κρησφύγετα του οπίου της περιοχής που καταστρέφουν το σώμα και την ψυχή.Η ηρωίδα μια ισχυρογνώμων νεαρή γυναίκα αψηφά τους αριστοκρατικες γονείς της για να γίνει γιατρός. Είναι αποφασισμένη να χρησιμοποιήσει τις γνώσεις της για να κάνει τη διαφορά στις ζωές των φτωχών του Λονδίνου. Στη συνέχεια, όμως συναντά Σιντ Malone (τον Τσαρλι Φίνεγκαν του πρώτου βιβλίου τον αδερφό της Φιόνα), έναν ελκυστικό αλλά περιβόητο γκάνγκστερ. Αρχικά, η ΄Ιντια αντιμετωπίζει τον Σιντ ως αιτία όλων των προβλημάτων του Ανατολικού Λονδίνου. Είναι ένας γκάνγκστερ, που ασχολείται με τα ναρκωτικά και την πορνεία. Καθώς περνά περισσότερο χρόνο μαζί του, ανακαλύπτει ότι είναι ένας γκάνγκστερ άτυχο θύμα των περιστάσεων με καρδιά χρυσού. Όμως, παρά τις αντιξοότητες, η ΄Ιντια και ο Σιντ ερωτεύονται. ΄Εχουν αγεφύρωτες διαφορές αλλά και ένα κοινό είναι και οι δύο τραυματισμένες ψυχές.Οι βασικοί ήρωες του Tea Rose, και κυρίως η Fiona και ο Joe, εμφανίζονται ως ήσσονος σημασίας χαρακτήρες στο Winter Rose, και ο Σιντ Malone, που ως αναγνώστες του Tea Rose θα θυμάστε, χάνεται ο αδελφός της Fiona Finnegan. Το πραγματικό του όνομα είναι Charlie Finnegan, αλλά χωρίστηκε από την οικογένειά του όταν δολοφονήθηκε η μητέρα του και επέζησε στους σκληρούς δρόμους του ανατολικού Λονδίνου με το να γίνει εγκληματίας και να ζει στον κόσμο της παρανομίας. Οι μηχανορραφίες του Φρέντυ θα ματαιώσουν τα σχέδια φυγής του νεαρού ζευγαριού και θα οδηγήσουν της έγκυο ΄Ιντια σε μια πράξη απελπισίας να παντρευτεί τον μέχρι πρότινος μνηστήρα της για να μπορέσει να φέρει στον κόσμο το παιδί του Σίντ χωρίς να δεχτεί αυτό τον κοινωνικό ρατσισμό. Ο Σιντ θεωρείται από όλους νεκρός και η ΄Ιντια εγκαταλείπει το όνειρό της την ιατρική προκειμένου να δεχτεί τους όρους του αδίστακτου Φρέντυ.Το βιβλίο αποκτά μεγάλο ενδιαφέρον και αγωνία προς το τέλος καθώς η ιστορία και η πλοκή εκτυλίσσονται στην Αφρική. Εκεί συμβαίνουν αλλεπάλληλες ανατροπές που κόβουν την ανάσα του αναγνώστη. Το ζευγάρι στο τέλος του βιβλίου θα βρεθεί μαζί και μαζί με την κόρη τους πλέον θα ζήσουν ως οικογένεια.Η λυρική γραφή της Ντόνελι είναι εμφανής καθώς και το αδιαμφισβήτητο ταλέντο της να πλάθει πραγματικούς/ανθρώπινους χαρακτήρες με πάθη και αδυναμίες.Το “Τριαντάφυλλο του χειμώνα” είναι μια συγκλονιστική ιστορία αγάπης που δε μένει όμως μόνο εκεί αλλά μέσα από αλλεπάλληλες αντιθέσεις ανάμεσα στο καλό και στο κακό στον πλούτο και στη φτώχεια στην αισιοδοξία και στην απαισιοδοξία στη ζωή και στο θάνατο χαρίζει στον αναγνώστη πλούσιες εμπειρίες και διδάγματα ζωής.Βέρα Δακανάλη

  • Sonja Arlow
    2018-10-25 14:57

    I just started a new job and so have been quite preoccupied leaving little room to immerse myself in a difficult read so this was the perfect choice. I took my time and overall I really enjoyed it.I read Tea Rose about 12 years ago and was worried that I would not remember enough of the first book to understand the dynamics at play between Joe, Fiona and Sid but there were enough background references that this was not a problem at all. This review comes with a huge caveat, this is a historical romance book and I haven’t read romance in a long time and try to avoid it as much as I can. However, this is well written fluff. Yes, the book is riddled with clichés, the plot is highly predictable and the last 1/3 of the story had me rolling my eyes so many times I almost got a headache but it’s the perfect holiday/beach read for when you want a book you can put down at any time and take it up again at leisure.What I really liked is that the majority of the book focused on Dr India Jones, one of the first women of this time period who studied and qualified as a doctor. I am a sucker for any type of medical angle in a story and really enjoyed reading about her struggles practicing under difficult circumstances, the prejudices that surround women in medicine and the almost archaic views of some of the male doctors when it comes to birth control or the causes of childbed fever.You also get a good feeling of the political climate of London in the late 18-hundreds as some of the main characters were involved in political campaigning.The typical half-truths, wrong assumptions and star crossed lover themes that’s obligatory in all romance novels started dominating the story in the last ¼. It was a little disappointing in an otherwise really good read. I am still undecided if I will read book 3 as it will focus on Willa and Seamie and although they were good as secondary characters I am not sure I have enough interest in them to read a whole book that focuses on them.So if you like romance novels then you will probably LOVE this series and if you are going on a holiday where you want to force your brain to shut down, gab the suntan lotion and pack this book.

  • Vera
    2018-10-29 18:58

    The "Winter Rose" is the second part of a successful trilogy of Jennifer Donnelly. In this book, Fiona and Joe were not the main characters. It is a romantic epic that describes both sides of London in the early 20th century. The central character Edie Selwyn-Jones is passionate about one thing: medicine. The Indian turned his back on the rich, upper class to which belonged the same. Her dream was to create a clinic for the poor and needy people of East London. Patrons to the effort stood Wish, her cousin, the nurse Ella and Sid Malone. The Indian animation of love, respect and selflessness for the tested patient, offers medical services to the downtrodden citizens of East London. She recently graduated from medical school and doing practice in Whitechapel with the help of the influence of his fiancé Freddie Lytton, one overly ambitious and Liberal MP, who has ruined financially and aims at huge fortune of Indio and works to close opium dens in the area that destroy body and soul.The heroine is a strong-willed young woman defies the aristocratic parents to become a doctor. It is determined to use her knowledge to make a difference in the lives of the poor of London. But then he meets Sid Malone (Charlie Finnegan's first book Fiona's brother), an attractive but notorious gangster. Initially, Edie confronts Sid as the cause of all the problems of East London. It's a gangster, dealing with drugs and prostitution. As we spend more time together, he discovers that he is a gangster unfortunate victim of circumstances with a heart of gold. Despite the adversity, Indio and Sid fall in love. Have irreconcilable differences and a common are both wounded souls.The main heroes of the Tea Rose, and especially Fiona and Joe, appear as minor characters in Winter Rose, and Sid Malone, who, as readers will recall Tea Rose, lost her brother Fiona Finnegan. His real name is Charlie Finnegan, but was separated from his family when his mother was murdered and survived the hard streets of East London to become delinquent and live in the world of illegality.The machinations of Freddy will frustrate the plans of the young couple flee and lead the pregnant Indian in an act of desperation to marry her fiancé until recently to be able to have her child Sind without conceding that social racism. Sid is dead and all of the Indian dream of leaving medicine to accept the conditions of the ruthless Freddie.The book becomes very interesting and suspense towards the end as the story and the plot unfolding in Africa. There occur successive reversals Breathtaking reader. The couple at the end of the book will be found together with their daughter will now live as a family.The lyrical writing of Donnelly is evident and indisputable talent to mold real / human characters with passions and weaknesses.The "Winter Rose" is a poignant love story that is left but only there but through successive contrasts between good and evil in wealth and poverty in optimism and pessimism in life and death gives the reader rich experiences and lessons learned life.

  • Антоанета
    2018-10-21 18:03

    Ох, отново невероятна книга, невероятна Донъли - страхотна разказвачка! Много повече страници от предходната и така излетели неусетно. За първи път чета книга в която главният герой да е престъпник и главен главорез от подземния свят, чиято любов преобръща представите му. (Разбира се изключвам "Кръсникът", която е в друг жанр) Сид Малоун сякаш по погрешка се оказва от другата страна на закона и си остава там до появата на нея. А тя - Индия Джоунс - богаташка с идеализирани представи как ще спаси света се оказва лекарката в един все още мъжки свят на медицина, която го спасява от смъртта. Интересното в този роман не е само любовната история - тук има толкова много странични фактори, които го правят блестящ. Медицинските постижения от началото на века предизвикват любопитство, още повече има я борбата между силната религиозност и самото лекуване - раждането като процес, при който се отмива първородния грях от съвокуплението и поради тази причина трябва да е болезнено, майки който дават печени мишки на децата си срещу туберкулоза или обикалят магаре в кръг срещу магарешка кашлица и всичко на фона на ужасна, смразяваща бедност. От друга страна са политическите интриги - Фреди Литъл - млад политик домогващ се до високи постове, но желаещ и несметни богатства, готов на всичко в името на това. И освен всичко друго е загатната историята и от третата книга с най-малкия брат Шийми, който иска да "превземе" нови неизследвани територии (да си призная тези глави ми бяха малко скучни, не исках да се откъсвам от основната история). В книгата срещаме и семейството на Фиона - интересно е до какво развитие са стигнали отношенията й с Джо - как самият Джо възприеман като лапе от мен в първата книга с много погрешни стъпки, тук вече се проявява като истински мъж. Определено негово поведение е доста променено и това, че отстоява позиция прави много добро впечатление. За сметка на Фиона, която е по-поомекнала, по-емоционална, не че не е пак силната и борбена жена от първата книга, но вече е и майка и други чувства взимат връх в нейното ежедневие. Изобщо така са преплетени роли и съдби в тази книга, такова надмощие на характери, че държи в напрежение до последно. А в самия край, о самия край ми беше много емоционален и недостатъчен, човек иска още и още. Надявам се, че в третата книга ще надникнем още малко в света и на тази двойка, защото тези почти 1000 страници се оказаха малко :)

  • Galina Shishkova
    2018-10-18 21:08

    Мнооооогооо добра тая авторка.Как само пише.....Уникална поредица-в любими ми е <3

  • Andzhelika
    2018-11-01 14:13

    Не 5, а 100 звезди бих й дала! Още една феноменална история от Донъли. Нямаше да се разсърдя на още 900 страници. Просто невероятна! <3

  • Yiota Misiou
    2018-11-13 15:24

    Αυτό ήταν πολύ καλό! Μου άρεσε πολύ το τριανταφυλλάκι, αλλά το συγκεκριμένο ( 2ο βιβλίο της σειράς) ήταν υπέροχο. Η φλυαρία της Ντόνελη που με ενόχλησε στο πρώτο, δεν είναι τόσο έντονη σ'αυτό.Ήταν πολύ δυνατό! Μια ιστορία πολλή όμορφη και συναρπαστική. Ένα τριανταφυλλο του χειμώνα :)

  • Λίνα Θωμάρεη
    2018-11-16 19:21

    Μου άρεσε περισσότερο από το πρώτο...Ίσως επειδή η ιστορία της Ίντια και του Μαλλόουν ήταν πιο σκοτεινή. Και επειδή είμαι λίγο (εντάξει πολύ) Drama Queen, αυτό το βιβλίο είχε όλα τα συστατικά για να κάνει την καρδιά μου και την φαντασία μου να χτυπάει πιο γρήγορα.Η γραφή της Ντονέλλυ συνεχίστηκε και σε αυτό το βιβλίο να με τραβάει μέσα του... Πραγματικά με αυτή την συγγραφέα έχω ταξιδέψει σε Λονδίνο, Παρίσι, Αμερική..... και θέλω να πιστεύω ότι θα συνεχίσει να με ταξιδεύει... Το κάνει τόσο καλά άλλωστε.

  • Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
    2018-10-19 14:04

    Έχοντας διαβάσει “Το Τριανταφυλλάκι” κι έχοντας ενθουσιαστεί από την μαγική και όμορφη ιστορία του, δεν περίμενα ότι η συνέχεια της τριλογίας θα μπορούσε να μου προκαλέσει ακόμα πιο έντονα συναισθήματα. Και όμως, το “Τριαντάφυλλο Του Χειμώνα” ήρθε ακόμα πιο δυνατό, ακόμα πιο έντονο, ακόμα πιο όμορφο, να με μαγέψει, να με καθηλώσει και να μου αποδείξει για μια ακόμη φορά ότι ακόμα και στις μέρες μας, υπάρχουν άνθρωποι των οποίων η πένα έχει την υπέροχη ικανότητα να σε ταξιδεύει στον χώρο και στον χρόνο, να σε παρασύρει και να σε γεμίζει με τέτοια συναισθήματα, που μόνο η κλασσική λογοτεχνία μπορεί.Η Donnelly για μια ακόμη φορά μεταφέρει την ιστορία της σε μια άλλη, μακρινή, ίσως και ξεχασμένη εποχή. Συνεχίζει την ιστορία των ηρώων που γνωρίσαμε στο πρώτο βιβλίο με μοναδική διαφορά ότι πλέον, έχει αλλάξει το βάρος. Αυτή τη φορά δεν πέφτει τόσο έντονα στις πλάτες της Φιόνα και του Τζο αλλά, στις πλάτες του Μαλόουν και της Ίντια, της γυναίκας που θα εισβάλλει στην ζωή του και που ο ένας για τον άλλο, θα φέρει με απρόσμενο τρόπο τα πάνω-κάτω. Το νήμα της ιστορίας ξετυλίγεται για άλλη φορά στο Λονδίνο. Σε ένα Λονδίνο όπου η εγκληματικότητα έχει πάρει μαφιόζικες διαστάσεις και που η δήθεν πολιτικές αρχές ζουν με σκοπό να την εξαλείψουν.Η ιστορία ξεκινάει στα 1900 για να ακολουθήσει μια πορεία οχτώ χρόνων. Μέσα σ’ αυτό το διάστημα παρακολουθούμε την εξέλιξη και τις αλλαγές στο πολιτικό σκηνικό. Ήταν η εποχή όπου το εργατικό κίνημα κατάφερε να εισβάλλει στο κοινοβούλειο διεκδικώντας καλύτερη ποιότητα ζωής. Ήταν η εποχή που οι γυναίκες είχαν σηκώσει το ανάστημά τους απαιτώντας το φυσικό δικαίωμα της ψήφου, της συμμετοχής στα κοινά και στους αγώνες. Παράλληλα όμως, υπήρχε και η προσπάθεια του αντίπαλου στρατοπέδου να καταπνίξει αυτές τις προσπάθειες, αυτές τις επιθυμίες. Τα συμφέροντά τους κινδύνευαν κι έπρεπε να τα προστατέψουν πουλώντας ακόμα και την ψυχή της, διατυμπανίζοντας ψεύτικες υποσχέσεις.Ένα ακόμα σημαντικό σκέλος που αναπτύσσεται είναι η εξέλιξη και οι ανακαλύψεις στην ιατρική. Με ενδιαφέροντα τρόπο ανακαλύπτουμε πως οι γυναίκες κατάφεραν να εισχωρήσουν στον κόσμο της ιατρικής, έναν μέχρι τότε ανδροκρατούμενο κλάδο αλλά, και πως αυξήθηκαν οι ανάγκες, οι απαιτήσεις αλλά και οι ιατρικές παροχές εκείνων των χρόνων. Πόσο υπολογιζόταν και πόσο κοστολογούταν η ζωή και η ασφάλεια της αριστορκρατίας σε σύγκριση με τα κατώτερα κοινωνικά και οικονομικά στρώματα. Μέσα σε αυτό τον ιατρικό κόσμο της ανισότητας η Ίντια έχει πάθος και όνειρα. Ζει με την ελπίδα να αλλάξει τον κόσμο γιατί για εκείνη, κάθ ανθρώπινη ζωή αξίζει, κάθε ανθρώπινη ζωή είναι σημαντική και πρέπει να προφυλάσσεται και να μην υποφέρει.Ένα ακόμα κεφάλαιο το οποίο είναι εξαιρετικά ενδιαφέρον, είναι η προσπάθεια των ανθρώπων για νέες ανακαλύψεις. Η διάθεση να διευρύνουν τους ορίζοντές τους. Μέρος αυτού ο Σέιμι, που ταξιδεύει με σκοπό να ανακαλύψει νέα μέρη, να κατακτήσει απάτητες κορφές, να κερδίσει εμπειρίες. Και ανάμεσα στις ανακαλύψεις και την λαχτάρα που του προκαλούν, να ερωτευτεί και να διεκδικήσει την καρδιά Γουίλα σε μια ανολοκλήρωτη ιστορία. Επιπλέον παρακολουθούμε την αποικιοκρατία των Άγγλων στα αφρικανικά εδάφη, την ανάπτυξη των μέσων μεταφοράς, την αντιμετώπιση τόσο την δικιά του όσο κι ενός κόσμου άγνωστου, επικίνδυνου και γοητευτικού που πλήττεται από την εισβολή τους που έχει καθαρά και μόνο διάθεση εκμετάλλευσης.Αλλά ο έρωτας... Ο έρωτας είναι παντού παρόν. Είναι η κινητήρια δύναμη των ηρώων. Τους δίνει κουράγιο και θάρρος να προχωρήσουν στην ζωή και να συνεχίσουν παρά τις δυσκολίες και τις αντιξοότητες. Καταδικάζονται να ζήσουν με φαντάσματα ενός κυνηγημένου παρελθόντος. Δεν περιμένουν την λύτρωση γιατί δεν πιστεύουν ότι θα έρθει. Και όμως, εκεί που καρτιερικά προσμονούν το τέλος, η ζωή γυρίζει και αποδεικνύει πως θα σου δώσει ότι σου χρωστάει, ότι σου έχει αποσπάσει βίαια και οφείλει να στο δώσει πίσω. Δεν είναι μόνο η μοναδική και δυνατή σχέση ανάμεσα στον Σιντ και την Ίντια, έστω κι αν αυτή έχει την μεγαλύτερή μας προσοχή αλλά, και όλων των υπόλοιπων που τους περικυκλώνουν.Η συγγραφέας επιλέγει να ακολουθήσει την ίδια πορεία. Να παντρέψει την πραγματική ιστορία με την δικιά της φανταστική, μια ιστορία που θα μπορούσε όμως να υφίσταται. Γιατί, πόσο φαναστικό μπορεί να είναι κάτι όταν είναι βγαλμένο από την ζωή; Το βιβλίο της Donnelly είναι τόσο μοναδικό όσο και ένα τριαντάφυλλο μέσα στον χειμώνα. Ευαίσθητο αλλά ταυτόχρονα δυνατό, έτοιμο να παλέψει και ν’ αντέξει κάθε δυσκολία. Όχι μόνο αγαπάμε την Ίντια και τον Σιντ, συμπάσχουμε μαζί τους βιώνοντας την δραματική αγάπη τους που στο τέλος δικαιώνεται αλλά, παρακολουθούμε και τις εξελίξεις, δραματικές ή μη, στις ζωές όσων αγαπήσαμε από το πρώτο βιβλίο. Το μόνο πια που μπορώ να περιμένω είναι το τρίτο και τελευταίο μέρος της τριλογίας, να έρθει και να με ταξιδέψει, να με συγκινήσει όπως αυτό.

  • Nance
    2018-11-18 18:11

    What can I say about Jennifer Donnelly’s second installment to the Finnegan family drama that takes place just before World War I in England? The word is simply TERRIFIC! With intensely gripping details expertly researched, I thought that it was even better than the first book. I found myself turning the pages long into the night wanting to see what happens to the infamous gangster, Sid Malone and his new-found love, India Selwyn Jones, a young just graduated doctor from the London School of Medicine for Woman. India is from a wealthy aristocratic family that feels that her being a doctor is ridiculous because it is only proper that she be married and bearing children. Her mother has disinherited her until India somehow comes to her senses.Unbeknowst to her, a dispicable money-hungry childhood friend, Freddie Lytton, decides that it is his destiny to acquire her money along with political prestige from the Selwyn Jones family name. So behind India’s back, he is working with her mother to marry her and drop this ludicrous notion of being a doctor. While working in the poverty-striken East End of London, however, India saves Sid Malone’s life and he is indebted to her forever. Sid is hiding a past full of anguish and heartache, which he rather not talk about with India because it is too painful, but she is drawn to the handsome compassionate thug and, eventually, they fall in love and he knows that he can trust her. Coming from two different family backgrounds, the two know that their love affair is doomed from the start. Lies and betrayals are encountered between family members, friends, and lovers while also experiencing honesty, support, and encouragement from unexpected outsiders. Murder, greed, and deceit are experienced throughout the book with untrustworthy characters. Will these two young lovers end up together in the end given the fact that they come from two totally different walks of life? Well, you will just have to read the novel’s 707 pages to find out!!! A novel that will not disappoint!! Looking forward to reading the last and final book in the trilogy, The Wild Rose, which I think comes out sometime in August! Can’t Wait!!!! This "Tea Rose" trilogy of books would make for a great television or motion picture movie:)

  • M.K.
    2018-10-24 20:03

    I found the cure for the common cold. Last weekend, I crawled into bed and declared myself sick. You have to do that if you're a wife and mother or there's no rest, especially if, like me, you're wicked, too. I overdosed on the big, fat juiciness of The Winter Rose. As my legion of followers know (you know who you are because I surely don't), Jennifer Donnelly's The Tea Rose was everything I love in a historical and this, her sequel, is equally superior. 'Equally superior' is not contradictory. It means that at any moment, due to their excellence, one may surpass the other in my estimation of them. India Selwyn Jones is a fine woman with her plans to change the world, and is completed by Sid Malone who is a fine example of how you don't need to be good to do good. And we have the reappearance of Fiona and Joe, who have a story as meaty as you'd find in any ordinary historical. Oh, and, of course, the villian. Freddy was the best kind: cold, irredeemable and so utterly devastated by who he'd become. Really, the only difference between Sid and Freddy was good parenting. Which is why, after completing the book's clubhouse thickness in two days, I flipped back the covers and got back to being a wife and mother. I can't have anyone in my family go around ripping out their hearts. You'll understand the reference once you read the book. And you will. Because all of us, once in a while, need The Cure.

  • Έλσα
    2018-10-23 15:57

    Το ενα καλυτερο απο το αλλο!!! Ποσο ομορφες ιστοριες!!!😊😍😍

  • Nina Draganova
    2018-11-08 18:09

    Уао! Близо 1000 страници , не е разумно да заспивате с тази книга , ако не ви е интересна - може да ви счупи главата :) ( това разбира се казано със смях )Иначе още един екзотичен специалитет , забъркан умело от вече абсолютно признатата от мен за майстор Дженифър Донъли.Има всичко в тази книга-история, география,политика,медицина и още какво ли не, но най-важното от всички неща - всепоглъщаща и дъхоспираща любов.Няма какво повече да коментирам , просто трябва да се прочете и то всяка нейна книга. Рядък талант.

  • Sutapa
    2018-10-25 20:58

    This is one of the best books I've ever read it has romance, action, and drama. I think a lot of people can learn from this book because it shows that real/true love can change a person. This book is very passionate but sad and heartwarming at the same time. It shows that if you really want something so bad, you CAN get it!!!!!

  • Silvia Petrova
    2018-11-04 18:54

    Още съм объркана ... засега само съм наясно че първата ми хареса повече.

  • Patrizia
    2018-10-22 15:05

    Ich liebe diese Trilogie

  • Amy Bruno
    2018-11-13 20:17

    It’s very rare in Hollywood where the sequel is as good or better than the original…but not so in the literary world! Jennifer Donnelly hits one out of the park with her follow-up to The Tea Rose. In The Winter Rose we are taken back to London at the turn of the 20th Century and meet back up with Fiona and Joe and now, their children. Fiona still has her Tea business and Joe has decided to take up politics in order to help the working class from whence he came from.The other heroine of the book is India Jones, an independent young woman who has just graduated from Medical School and has dreams of opening a hospital for the poor women and children of Whitechaple. She soon crosses paths with Sid Malone and thus begins their relationship.Fiona’s brother, Seamie has returned to London after leaving school – he has hopes of being an adventurer. I really liked reading about Seamie and his adventures – I hope there is more of him in the next novel.In The Winter Rose, we travel to London, Africa, Kilimanjaro and eventually California where the novel ends in the best, most romantic way ever! Get your tissues ladies!Donnelly is working on the third novel titled The Wild Rose, but there is not yet a release date. I’m not a very patient person, but I am sure this will be well worth the wait.Thanks for the beautiful story Jennifer!Overall: 5/5

  • M. ~ B&B
    2018-10-28 17:03

    If there is one message that Jennifer Donnelly carries out in her books, it's to always have a dream and never give up on it. At the same time, The Winter Rose showed that dreams always yield for love and family. That love in itself is a dream and some of us fight for half a lifetime trying to make it come true. As always, the path had many obstacles, but the epilogue I just read made me feel all warm and happy inside.

  • Lori
    2018-11-16 16:22

    Much to my disappointment, this book began with an unknown character-India. My expectations of being plunged back into Fiona's life made it difficult to get into the story. I did not remain disappointed!!! :) This is a beautiful story. One I hated to see come to a close. It definitely makes my list of Favorites!!!!

  • La Mala ✌
    2018-10-21 17:55

    Voy a leerlo y releerlo mil veces y Sid e India me van a seguir pareciendo una de las parejas nas tiernas que tuve el gusto de leer en una ficción de este genero .

  • Anna Stathopoulou
    2018-11-04 20:15

    Aπό τα καλύτερα βιβλία που έχω διαβάσει στη ζωή μου!

  • Ang
    2018-10-19 14:17

    It just wasn't as good as the first book. And I'm not really looking forward to the third now, because I couldn't care less about Seamie and Willa.

  • Jules
    2018-10-19 22:01

    Chi ama il romanzo storico ama Jennifer Donnelly.L’affermazione può sembrare forte, ma in questo caso è più che giustificata. Chi già conosce questa scrittrice sa benissimo di cosa si sta parlando, chi ancora non ha avuto il piacere di incontrarla colga la prima occasione per farlo.Dopo aver deliziato i suoi lettori con "I giorni del te e delle rose" (titolo originale The tea rose), continua la sua saga multi-generazionale ambientata in Inghilterra, e non solo, tra fine Ottocento e inizi Novecento. Il filo conduttore di questa bellissima saga sono le donne. Donne forti, tenaci, combattive, pronte a difendere i propri sogni e il proprio futuro. Ognuna ha la sua storia, ma il caso saprà unirle e intrecciare le loro vite. Nel primo capitolo si ha modo di conoscere Fiona, donna povera ma capace di lottare per quello in cui crede, per i suoi affetti più cari e che grazie al suo animo indomito e coraggioso riesce finalmente a riscattarsi; nel secondo capitolo, invece, ci sarà India e la sua storia a tenerci compagnia per tutto il romanzo.Alcuni potranno essere scoraggiati dalla mole del volume, ben 879 pagine, altri dal fatto di non aver letto il primo romanzo, eppure lo scetticismo verrà dissolto in un solo momento appena metterete il naso tra le pagine. Jennifer Donnelly ha creato una storia ricca di personaggi e di situazioni che si incastrano alla perfezione tra loro, non ci sono momenti in cui la pressione cala e il lettore si annoia, al contrario è spinto a conoscere quello che accadrà e la velocità con cui le pagine scorrono una dopo l’altra è sorprendente. Tutto quello che è necessario conoscere delle cose che sono accadute in precedenza è distribuito nel testo senza appesantirlo, ma dando la possibilità a qualunque lettore di entrate dentro la storia senza buchi narrativi e nozionali da colmare.In "Come una rosa d’inverno" (titolo originale The winter rose) la protagonista indiscussa sarà colei che riesce a resistere tra le intemperie, a mantenere la sua bellezza nonostante le avversità e gli ostacoli che la vita le mette di fronte, la rosa d’inverno: India Selwyn Jones.Donna carismatica, idealista, si è laureata in medicina per poter aiutare i poveri di Londra, quelli che non hanno niente, solo fame e miseria. Compiere questa scelta le ha posto contro la famiglia e l’intera società addita lei e quelle come lei quali stranezze da cui tenersi distanti.India sa che non deve demordere, basta poco per abbattersi ma ciò significherebbe darla vinta a chi crede che una donna non sa essere anche un buon medico. La sua giovane età e le sue energie le danno la forza di sfidare i bassifondi di Whitechapel, uno dei quartieri più poveri nell’East End di Londra, covo di criminali, prostitute e gente stipate in delle topaie a patire la mancanza di cibo e l’eccessivo lavoro. Il suo sogno è quello di aprire una clinica per le donne e i bambini che non posso pagarsi le cure mediche e offrire loro così una speranza.Padrone di Whitechapel e di tutto l’East End è Sid Malone, uno dei boss criminali più astuti e senza scrupoli. È lui che gestisce i bordelli, le bettole, il commercio di sostanze stupefacenti e India lo odia per questo. In Sid Malone c’è tutto il marcio di quella società contro cui lei si scaglia con tutta se stessa.Ma India è una borghese che non ha mai conosciuto la sofferenza, sarà Whitechapel e Sid Malone a insegnargliela in tutta la sua spietata ferocia. E in mezzo a tutte le sicurezze che piano piano stanno crollando, India non sa che le accadrà la cosa più impensabile di tutte: si innamorerà di Sid Malone.Ma Come una rosa d’inverno non è solo la storia di un amore passionale e appassionato quanto ostacolato dai vari avvenimenti che accadranno, il romanzo della Donnelly è un turbinio di personaggi che con le loro singole storie concorrono a mostrarci l’immagine di un’epoca e di una società complessa e affascinate nonostante tutti gli aspetti negativi che ne marcano i contorni. Tanti i temi che si riscontrano dall’assoluta povertà e dallo sfruttamento degli operai, alle lotte sindacali, all’ascesa del partito laburista, al difficile rapporto con le colonie africane. L’aspetto storico è curato e dettagliato offrendo così al lettore la possibilità di capire al meglio il contesto dove la storia è immersa.India e Sid sono i due aspetti di quella società e il loro perdersi e ritrovarsi continuo ci racconta quanto possono essere forti i sentimenti anche contro le pesanti sovrastrutture sociali.Amore e odio, bugie e segreti, voglia di riscatto e desiderio spasmodico di ascesa sociale sono alla base di questa storia, ma a ben guardare ci si accorge che sono alcuni dei sentimenti, positivi o negativi, che da sempre muovono la società. Jennifer Donnelly è come se ci offrisse uno specchio dentro cui guardare e, facendo i dovuti paragoni, riconoscerci. I tipi umani da lei descritti sono molti e differenti tra loro, offrendo un ampio ventaglio di tipologie di persone.C’è chi l’ha accusata di essere prolissa, troppe pagine per intendersi, ma la storia le necessita e non se ne sente assolutamente il peso, le vicende sono intricate, i personaggi molti e per rendere questa storia ricca, come è in realtà, c’è bisogno di raccontare.Leggere Come una rosa d’inverno è una bellissima avventura, dove si faranno amicizie, si creeranno antipatie e si avrà modo di saggiare la potenza dei sentimenti. La scrittura fluida guiderà il lettore fino alla fine con velocità e una volta concluso il romanzo chi non aveva letto I giorni del te e delle rose correrà a farlo e poi insieme a chi aveva già letto il primo capitolo della saga della Donnelly aspetterà con trepidazione l’arrivo nelle nostre librerie di "The wild rose", il romanzo pubblicato quest’anno in America che continua le vicende di queste fantastiche donne.

  • Jo Anne B
    2018-11-01 20:56

    "The Red Earl's words came back to him. Would'st be king? First, rip out thine own heart. The Red Earl was right. It was so much easier to function in the world without a heart. No, he thought. You were wrong. First rip out someone else's heart. Someone innocent and good. After that, everything else will be easy." "He realized that she was a rare creature, as rare as a rose in winter."Jennifer Donnelly is such a great writer. Only she can weave a story comprised of so many different characters unknowingly connected together. She includes strong, powerful women and passionate people of which some have good intentions others not. Her characters have many layers to them unraveled slowly to keep you wondering and just who they really are- good, bad, sincere, vindictive. Her stories have political undertones pitting the government against workers and the little guy left fighting for equality and justice. The setting is London in the late 1800s and she captures the time period beautifully. Women are second class but Donnelly's  female characters are the leaders of change. They are role models to be proud of. They are financially independent, steadfast in their convictions, motivated to improve life for the oppressed, and determined to succeed. Let's not leave out that they are also in love with equally passionate men. But they all must fight against those that don't want change. They want to stay on top squelching the weak so they can prosper. Donnelly keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering how many people's dreams will die at the hands of selfish, evil people.I loved the first book in the series and I was glad to be reunited with Fiona and Joe. This book wasn't as great as the first however because it didn't have enough of Fiona and Joe and three quarters through, Donnelly decided to make Seamie and Wills into major characters. I think maybe she did this because they might be main characters in the next book. But by this point in the book I was looking for resolution to the story I had been reading about rather than read about the new adventures of these new players climbing mountains. It got a bit far fetched and uninteresting. These seemed like foolish, naive characters unlike the intelligent, rational ones that Donnelly  usually uses as the good guys. The story seemed to be drawn out then and hard to believe as the setting was changed to Africa and everyone was farming and living off the land, something they never did in London.I loved India and her friendship with Ella and Ella's family. These were tough women working in the medical field in which men didn't believe women were smart enough to be doctors. I got so excited rooting for them in their hopes of creating a Free Medical Clinic for poor women and children. These women had such a bond between them that was admirable. They would have each other's backs and support each other no matter what.A lot of this story had to do with what people are really like underneath and what motivates them. Behind most of the characters' motivation was love or money. Sid was the rich criminal with a heart with no desire for wealth. Freddie was the financially struggling government official without a heart who only desired money. Which would prosper in the end?I hope the third book is as good as this one but as great as the first. I love all the twists and turns in Donnelly's stories.  No author I have read can succeed at that as well as she can. Jennifer Donnelly just better not stop writing these fabulous stories.

  • Ana T.
    2018-11-17 21:15

    When India Selwyn Jones, a young woman from a noble family, graduates from the London School of Medicine for Women in 1900, her professors advise her to set up her practice in London’s esteemed Harley Street. Driven and idealistic, India chooses to work in the city’s East End instead, serving the desperately poor.In these grim streets, India meets—and saves the life of London’s most notorious gangster, Sid Malone. A hard, wounded man, Malone is the opposite of India’s aristocratic fiancé, Freddie Lytton, a rising star in the House of Commons.Though Malone represents all she despises, India finds herself unwillingly drawn ever closer to him, intrigued by his hidden, mysterious past. Though they fight hard against their feelings, India and Sid fall in love, and their unpredictable, passionate and bittersweet affair causes destruction they could never have imagined. Sweeping from London to Kenya to the wild, remote coast of California, The Winter Rose is a breathtaking return to the epic historical novel, from a masterful writer with a fresh, richly vivid, and utterly electrifying voice. Wow! I just finished reading this book and I have to say I enjoyed it even more than The Tea Rose. Donnelly once again takes on a roller coaster of emotions but making us familiar once more with the misery of London's poverty and the difficulty of doing something to change that reality. In India and Sid she brings us two characters bent on changing that and have to go through terrible times because of that wish and their love.I really liked them! India for her sheer determination in wanting to do something good and Sid for despite living the life he led he still maintained a kind heart and helped how he could the ones who had nothing. It's interesting to see how they are brought together when in the beginning it seems that they have nothing in common and how they have to fight the obstacles in their way. India first saves Sid's life and ends up asking him for help in obtaining birth control devices for her patients while he admires her will to help the poor and wants to repay her for saving his life. Once again Donnelly's descriptions almost convinced me I was there with her characters, besides her wonderful portrayal of people and places (besides London the story takes us to Africa) I really enjoyed knowing more about the medical procedures in the beginning of the XX century and how difficult it was for women to start practising and be respected as competent professionals.She also does a very good job with the villains! More than in the Tea Rose, where the bad guys were mostly absent and the action went forward due to coincidences or the natural evolution of the situations the characters were in, here the bad guys play an important role on how the main characters live their lives. And she wrote them so well that for a while I was more worried with the bad guys having their comeuppance than I was with India and Sid having a happy ending!It was really nice to revisit the Bristows and Seamie Finnegan (I wonder if the next book is about him).Grade: A

  • Leea
    2018-10-25 15:15

    I fell in love with Fiona and Joe in the Tea Rose where we meet the Finnegan family. It's a hard life in Whitechapple and the people are suffering and have been for a long time. Donnelly make this dark and dangerous world open up to you and you find yourself sitting at the kitchen table with a family who can barely make it but loves each other dearly. Life is hard and here in Whitechapple there is no second chances.India and Sid were a breath of fresh air, trying to carve out a little love and happiness is a dark world filled with lies and deceit. Like the Tea Rose the Winter Rose takes us on a journey no just about love and loss but through England's past and People trying to change it for the better. Women's suffrage, children's heath care, voting rights for the poor and contraception. I enjoyed most parts of the book but do wish that Donnelly would have focused more on Sid and India being back together and given us more insight to what their future holds. Sometimes with Donnelly's book this just wrap up to nice and perfect. I'm not complaining but it does often fall into place and you find yourself yelling at the character because it's taken them to long to find each other or they have just been to stubborn to ask questions. Drives me crazy!To say that i'm excited to read The Wild Rose would be an understatement. I've been waiting for this book for a long time and held off reading The Winter Rose because it was not out yet. I'm happy to get an advanced copy from NeGalley and cannot wait to read it.