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Saturday, March 9, 2013

The Tea Rose By Jennifer Donnelly

East London, 1888 - a city apart. A place of shadow and light where thieves, whores, and dreamers mingle, where children play in the cobbled streets by day and a killer stalks at night, where bright hopes meet the darkest truths. Here, by the whispering waters of the Thames, Fiona Finnegan, a worker in a tea factory, hopes to own a shop one day, together with her lifelong love, Joe Bristow, a costermonger's son. With nothing but their faith in each other to spur them on, Fiona and Joe struggle, save, and sacrifice to achieve their dreams.

But Fiona's life is shattered when the actions of a dark and brutal man take from her nearly everything-and everyone-she holds dear. Fearing her own death, she is forced to flee London for New York. There, her indomitable spirit propels her rise from a modest West Side shop-front to the top of Manhattan's tea trade. But Fiona's old ghosts do not rest quietly, and to silence them, she must venture back to the London of her childhood, where a deadly confrontation with her past becomes the key to her future.

My Thoughts:
I found this gem of a book in our library where I volunteer it was recently donated book. I was intrigued by the cover and the fact that it was about Tea . Fiona works in a tea factory and dreams of opening her own tea shop with her Beau Jim. Then tragedy happens and she loses most of the people she loves and has to raise her younger brother on her own she makes the trip to New York  and makes a new life for herself and her brother.  This was one of those books that really needs to be made in to a miniseries like they used to do back in the 80's. If you Like Barbara Taylor Bradford you will enjoy the Tea Rose.  It took me 2 days to read and I loved every drop of it! 
Monday, March 4, 2013

New Georgie Cover !

One of my favorite characters is making her appearance in her new book Heirs and Graces which is coming out in August

Lady of Ashes By Christine Trent

In 1861 London, Violet Morgan is struggling to establish a good reputation for the undertaking business that her husband has largely abandoned. She provides comfort for the grieving, advises them on funeral fashion and etiquette, and arranges funerals. Unbeknownst to his wife, Graham, who has nursed a hatred of America since his grandfather soldiered for Great Britain in the War of 1812, becomes involved in a scheme to sell arms to the South. Meanwhile, Violet receives the commission of a lifetime: undertaking the funeral for a friend of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. But her position remains precarious, especially when Graham disappears and she begins investigating a series of deaths among the poor. And the closer she gets to the truth, the greater the danger for them both...
My Thoughts:
As with all of the other books by Mrs. Trent I loved this book this one was a little bit different has it had a mystery tied in to the story as well. The fascinating details about the undertaking bussiness during the victorian era kept me on the edge of my seat. I loved the fact that the author incorporated the other books in this one as well. Such as going to the Doll shop From The Queen's Dollmaker, the Cabinet from by the King's Design an the wax reference from A Royal Likness. another great book from this author I am just sad that it ended so soon but I will be there to preorder the next one!

Summerset Abbey

Sumamry:In a sprawling manor on the outskirts of London, three young women seek to fulfill their destinies and desires amidst the unspoken rules of society and the distant rumblings of war. . . . Rowena Buxton Sir Philip Buxton raised three girls into beautiful and capable young women in a bohemian household that defied Edwardian tradition. Eldest sister Rowena was taught to value people, not wealth or status. But everything she believes will be tested when Sir Philip dies, and the girls must live under their uncle’s guardianship at the vast family estate, Summerset Abbey. Standing up for a beloved family member sequestered to the “underclass” in this privileged new world, and drawn into the Cunning Coterie, an exclusive social circle of aristocratic “rebels,” Rowena must decide where her true passions—and loyalties—lie. Victoria Buxton Frail in body but filled with an audacious spirit, Victoria secretly dreams of attending university to become a botanist like her father. But this most unladylike wish is not her only secret—Victoria has stumbled upon a family scandal that, if revealed, has the potential to change lives forever. . . . Prudence Tate Prudence was lovingly brought up alongside Victoria and Rowena, and their bond is as strong as blood. But by birth she is a governess’s daughter, and to the lord of Summerset Abbey, that makes her a commoner who must take her true place in society—as lady’s maid to her beloved “sisters.” But Pru doesn’t belong in the downstairs world of the household staff any more than she belongs upstairs with the Buxton girls. And when a young lord catches her eye, she begins to wonder if she’ll ever truly carve out a place for herself at Summerset Abbey.
 My Thoughts:
If you love Downton you will love this series  in a day when it seems like every one and thier brother is comign out with some type of "Abbey" theme book this one is one to read. there is alot of the similar upstairs downstairs as Downton but it is just alitle different since one of the girls is considered a Sister to the others.  A Very sweet book indeed.  Thanks to Net galley for the chance to read and review this book.