Set in the late nineteenth century, this epic saga starts in Whitechapel, East London. Fiona a docker’s daughter works hard to help support her impoverished family. Things are tough but take a turn for the worse when unforeseen circumstances lead to her losing the men she loves the most. Under mortal threat she flees to New York but tragedy there means things do not work out as planned. Heart-broken but determined Fiona uses the exceptional survival instincts to grow and prosper whilst focused on avenging those who caused her to flee her home.
I was expecting a historical thriller but this plot just didn’t know when to stop. The characters although likeable were one dimensional and I think I stopped investing any sense of plausibility in the story after Fiona arrived in New York. This romantic family saga is pure escapism, but in my opinion it needed to pick a theme and focus. There were too many points of view, too many major life events occurring to the same characters.
It kept me turning pages, but not for reasons I want to be engrossed in the book. I’m not sure what to make of The Tea Rose Series and at this point I’m not sure I want to delve into a sequel. This is an epic saga of a book and I’m curious as to where the series is headed.
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