Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - BOOKS - By Jen­nifer Don­nelly HarperCollins Jacq Ellem

IF you love his­tor­i­cal fic­tion, you won’t be able to put down The Tea Rose.

It’s an enthralling story that cov­ers the com­plex­i­ties of fam­ily and for­tune as it spans Lon­don and New York in the late 1800s.

You fol­low Fiona Fin­negan and Joe Bris­tow as two young dream­ers in Lon­don’s no­to­ri­ous Whitechapel as they and their fam­i­lies strug­gle to make ends meet in the shad­ows of the no­to­ri­ous Jack the Rip­per mur­ders.

The Tea Rose is a brave tale, with enough ac­tion to keep you en­gaged. Al­though it starts slowly, there’s a sur­pris­ing depth that will have you spin­ning in the wake of the dra­mas they face.

Life is too fleet­ing, events change the course of their dreams within sec­onds and even hard­ened read­ers will be charmed by the char­ac­ters.

There is enough de­scrip­tion to fur­nish the imag­i­na­tion, not over­whelm it, and while it may not be 100 per cent his­tor­i­cally ac­cu­rate, it can be for­given in a great story.

I would be re­miss not to men­tion that the lan­guage, at times, can be colour­ful and strong.

This is only the first tale of Bris­tow and Fin­negan and I hope you too will be cap­ti­vated.

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