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Review: The Winter Rose, by Jennifer Donnelly

The Winter Rose is the story of India Selwyn-Jones and her lover, the fugitive from justice Sid Malone. The book is a continuation of The Tea Rose, starring the Finnegan family, and it follows the main characters through the underworld of turn-of-the-last-century London.

The bad: The good guys are too good and the bad guys, personified in India's fiancé Freddie, are too bad. India seems as though she's a 21st-century woman in 19th-century garb. The writing is over-the-top and unbelievable at times, and it sounds as though the author cut-and-pasted it from a romance novel. Its too much of an epic, and I felt as though Donnelly tried to bite off too much.

Still, in spite of all this, I found myself turning the pages rapidly. Donnelly knows how to keep the action fast-paced, and she keeps her readers hooked, not knowing what's going to happen next. Recommended for readers who liked The Crimson Petal and the White.

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2015 Reading

January
1. The Vanishing Witch, by Karen Maitland
2. Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
3. Texts From Jane Eyre, by Mallory Ortberg
4. Brighton Rock, by Graham Green
5. Brat Farrar, by Josephine Tey
6. Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert
7. Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy
8. A Movable Feast, by Ernest Hemingway
9. A Room of One's Own, by Virginia Woolf
10. Other Voices, Other Rooms, by Truman Capote
11. Maggie-Now, by Betty Smith

February
1. Middlemarch, by George Eliot
2. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
3. Nerdy, Shy, and Socially Inappropriate, by Cynthia Lee
4. Music For Chameleons, by Truman Capote
5. Peyton Place, by Grace Metalious
6. Unrequited, by Lisa Phillips
7. Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh
8. A Lost Lady, by Willa Cather

March
1. Persuasion, by Jane Austen
2. Love With a Chance of Drowning, by Torre DeRoche
3. One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
4. Miss Buncle's Book, by DE Stevenson
5. One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garc…