The Winter Rose by Jennifer Donnelly

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It has been twelve years since a dark, murderous figure stalked the alleys and courts of Whitechapel. And yet, in the summer of 1900, East London is still poor, still brutal, still a shadow city to its western twin. Among the reformers is an idealistic young woman named India Selwyn-Jones, recently graduated from medical school. With the help of her influential fiancé--Freddie Lytton, an up-and-coming Liberal MP--she works to shut down the area's opium dens that destroy both body and soul. Her selfless activities better her patients' lives and bring her immense gratification, but unfortunately, they also bring her into direct conflict with East London's ruling crime lord--Sid Malone.

India is not good for business and at first, Malone wants her out. But against all odds, India and Sid fall in love. Different in nearly every way, they share one thing in common--they're both wounded souls. Their love is impossible and they know it, yet they cling to it desperately. Lytton, India's fiancé, will stop at nothing to marry India and gain her family's fortune.

Fractious criminal underlings and rivals conspire against Sid. When Sid is finally betrayed by one of his own, he must flee London to save his life. Mistakenly thinking him dead, India, pregnant and desperate, marries Freddie to provide a father for hers and Sid's child. India and Sid must each make a terrible sacrifice--a sacrifice that will change them both forever. One that will lead them to other lives, and other places...and perhaps--one distant, bittersweet day--back to each other.

About Jennifer Donnelly

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Jennifer Donnelly is the author of two adult novels, The Tea Rose and The Winter Rose, as well as the young adult novel A Northern Light, winner of Britain's prestigious Carnegie Medal, the L.A. Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature, and a Michael L. Printz Honor Award. She lives and writes full-time in upstate New York. You can visit her at
Published January 8, 2008 by Hachette Books. 732 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Political & Social Sciences, Romance, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Aristocrat India Selwyn Jones dares to live her life according to the dictates of her heart.

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There are DIK books and then there are the books you wrap in Kevlar, place inside a waterproof lock box, and keep by your side at all times.

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Sid is a man who has seen far too much of the darker side of life, and has a violent history for a very violent life.

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Beautifully written, the book transports the reader back to a time when men were men and women were trying to break out of the stereotype those same men put them in.

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