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The Tea Rose Jennifer Donnelly For Douglas, My own blue- eyed boy. Acknowledgements I am indebted to Martin Fido, au. Editorial Reviews. Review. " enjoy the ride: plus pages of romance, harrowing exploits, The Wild Rose (The Tea Rose Book 3) - Kindle edition by Jennifer Donnelly. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Donnelly indulges in delightfully straightforward storytelling in this comfortably overstuffed novel. In s London .
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Paddy grunted a greeting from behind his paper. Fiona grabbed a pinafore from a hook near the back door. As she tied the strings behind her, she checked on her baby sister Eileen, asleep in a basket by the hearth, then bent down next to her four-year-old brother Seamus, who was sitting on a rug playing soldiers with some clothes-pegs, and gave him a kiss. Who taught you that? What needs doing, Mam? Then set the table, start the tea, and get your da 'is porter.
Numbers are growing every day. Won't be long before the Wapping lads are in. Mark my words, we'll see a strike before the year's out. The unions will save the working class. By giving us an extra penny an hour so we can starve slowly instead of getting it over with all at once? It's that Joe Bristow puts them anti-union ideas in your head. Costers, they're all the same. Too independent. Don't care about the rest of their class. And I'm not antiunion.
It's just that I prefer to make me own way. Whoever waits for dock owners and factory owners to answer to a bunch of ragtag unionists is going to wait a good long time. Otherwise, you're behaving just like one of them. I believe working people should 'ave better lives. Of course I do. I'm just not prepared to sit on my arse and wait for Ben Tillet to bring it all about.
Tighter than bark to a tree. You have to make the small gains before you make the big ones. Like the match girls at Bryant and May's.
Protesting against the terrible conditions and the fines for talking or going to the loo. They won after only a t'ree week stoppage. A bunch of wee lasses! There's power in numbers, Fiona, mark my words. Unions will save the dockers, the whole working class.
Fiona was steaming, but knew better than to open her mouth. She shrugged as if none of it mattered and started to lay the knives and forks, but Kate wasn't fooled. Fiona was angry, but she ought to know by now to keep her opinions to herself.
Paddy always said he encouraged his children to think for themselves, but like all fathers, he actually preferred they think like him. Kate glanced between her husband and daughter. Lord God, are they alike, she thought. Same jet-black hair, same blue eyes, same stubborn chin. Both of them with their big ideas -that's the Irish in them. Dreamers, they are. Himself always dreaming after tomorrow, when the capitalists repent their evil ways and pigs fly.
And that lass, scheming for that shop of hers. She has no idea how hard it will be to make a go of it. You can't tell her anything.
But it's always been that way with her. Too big for her britches. Her eldest daughter worried Kate greatly. Fiona's single-mindedness, her sense of purpose, was so strong, so directed, it was frightening. A sudden stab of emotion, fierce and protective, pierced her heart. How many dock girls make a go of a shop?
What if she gets as far as opening it only to see it fail?
It'll break her heart. And then she'll spend the rest of her life bitter over something she never should have wished for in the first place.
Kate confided these worries to her husband on many occasions, but Paddy, proud of the fire in his eldest girl, always argued that spirit was a fine thing in a lass.
Spirit a fine thing? She knew better. Spirit was what got lasses sacked from their jobs or got them black eyes from their husbands.
What good was spirit when the whole world was just ready and waiting to knock it out of you? She sighed deeply-a long, noisy mother's sigh. The answer to those questions would have to wait. Dinner was ready. Said 'e was going to sell them to Mrs. MacCallum for 'er fire. She won't pay for coal. This is my kitchen, not a gutter! The door opened and the trundling came inside. Charlie was home, with his wooden cart in tow.
Little Seamie's head snapped up. Kate frowned. She did not approve of this, her sons' ghoulish new game. She sat down and spread her skirts out. Seamie crawled under, but forgot to pull in his feet. Charlie tramped into the kitchen, still cackling like a fiend. When he saw the little boots sticking out from under his sister's skirts, it was all he could do to keep from laughing and wreck the game. Are these your feet sticking out' ere, then?
Seems like awfully small feet for a big fat cow of a lass like yourself. Let me 'ave a closer look Seamie screeched and Charlie commenced tickling him to within an inch of his life. When he was truly breathless, Charlie stopped, giving him a fond pat on the head.
Seamie, sprawled out on the floor panting, regarded his brother with utter adoration. Charlie was the center of his universe, his hero. He worshiped him, followed him around, even insisted on dressing like him, right down to the bit of fabric he made his mother tie around his neck in imitation of Charlie's kings man -a bright red neckerchief that all the flash lads wore.
The two boys were almost identical, both taking after their mother with their red hair, green eyes, and freckles.
Charlie hung up his jacket, then took a handful of coins from his pocket and dropped them into the tea tin. Got a few extra hours this week.
I've been trying to put something aside for a jacket for your da. Malphlin's 'ave got some nice second'and ones. I've mended 'is old one so many times it's nothing but thread and patches. Paddy looked over his paper, saw him eating, and cuffed the top of his head. And take off your hat when you eat. Still asleep? Usually the smell of dinner gets 'im moving. Charlie, go shout 'im down. Dinner's ready!
He tramped upstairs. Fiona washed Seamie's hands and sat him at the table. She tied a napkin around his neck and gave him a piece of bread to keep him quiet. Then she went to the cupboard, took down six plates and carried them to the stove. Three plates got a chop each, mashed potatoes, and gravy. Kate pulled the skillet from the oven and divided its contents and the rest of the potatoes and gravy between the remaining three. Neither Kate nor Fiona ever thought to question the chops on the men's plates and the batter on their own.
Men were the breadwinners and needed meat to keep up their strength. Women and children got a taste of bacon or sausage on the weekends if the week's wages stretched that far.
The fact that Kate worked over a copper and mangle hefting and wringing loads of wet laundry all day long or that Fiona stood on her feet packing tea for hours at a stretch was not considered and would have made no difference if it had been.
Paddy's and Charlie's wages made up the lion's share of the household income; they paid the rent, bought clothes, and provided most of the food. Kate's and Fiona's earnings went for coal and household necessities like boot, black, kerosene, and matches.
If Paddy or Charlie took ill and missed work, everyone would suffer. It was the same in every home on every street in East London-men got the meat and women got what they could.
Kate heard Charlie's heavy steps on the stairs again. Where is 'e? Wasn't 'e 'ere this morning, Paddy? You know Roddy, he'll turn up. He'd grown up with Paddy and Paddy's younger brother, Michael, in Dublin, and had emigrated first to Liverpool and then to London with them, staying in Whitechapel with Paddy while Michael continued on to New York.
He had known the Finnegan children all their lives-had dandled each one on his knee, rescued them from bullies and mean dogs, and told them ghost stories by the fire at night. He was more of an uncle to them than their real uncle, whom they'd never seen, and they adored him. Kate mashed the tea and sat down. Paddy said the blessing and the family began to eat. She regarded her brood and smiled.
When they were eating, they were quiet. There might actually be two minutes of peace now, Charlie was tearing through his dinner. There was no filling him up. He wasn't a tall lad, but he was big for his sixteen years.
Broad-shouldered and just as tough and scrappy as the bull terriers some of the neighborhood men kept. Just then the front door opened. Fiona, Paddy, even Seamie stopped eating and looked at him. His face was ashen. He held his policeman's helmet in one hand. His jacket hung open and there was a crimson smear across the front of it. A woman named Polly Nichols. Kate gasped. Fiona and Charlie were wide-eyed. You can't imagine what he'd done.
The blood-it was everywhere. A man found the body on his way to work just before dawn. I spotted him running down the street, yelling. Woke the whole place up. I went back with him and there she was. T'roat cut.
Rest of her opened up like somet'ing in a slaughterhouse. Lost me dinner right there. Meantime, it's getting lighter and people are gathering. I sent the man down the station to get more help and by the time it arrived, I nearly had a riot on me hands. And the coroner. By the time they were done, we had a whole squad out front just to keep the people back. Furious, they were.
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Another woman dead. This boyo's dancing circles round us. Going on about the squalor and depravity of the poor giving rise to a fiend. Them damn rags never paid any attention to East London before.
Takes a lunatic on the loose to get the upper classes to take any notice of White chapel. And they're only talking about it now because they'd like to put a fence around it, keep your man inside so he can't take a walk west and trouble the quality. Always goes after the same kind of woman-drunk and broken-down. He sticks to Whitechapel, knows it like the back of his hand. Moves like a ghost, he does. A brutal murder happens and nobody's seen not'ing, heard not'ing.
You need some food inside you. I've no appetite at all.
Makes a body jumpy to think about it. Blood and guts at the table. Now whores. Save me dinner, will you, Kate? Roddy stripped off his suspenders and undershirt, gave himself a quick wash, then went upstairs. Probably take 'im ages to get over it. Can't stand blood.
I'd have passed right out beside her," Paddy said. I hope they catch him, whoever he is, before he does someone else, Kate thought. She glanced down the hallway toward the door. He's out there right now. Maybe sleeping or eating or out at a pub like everyone else. Maybe he works at the docks.
Maybe he lives two streets over. Maybe he walks past our house at night. Though she was warm from cooking, she suddenly shivered. I just wish this I wish they'd catch'im. No murderer's going to come after you or anyone else in this family," Paddy soothed, taking his wife's hand.
We're safe, she told herself, all of us. In a sturdy house with strong locks. She knew they were strong, for she'd had Paddy test them.
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Her children slept soundly at night with their father upstairs, and Roddy, too. No fiend would be reaching in to harm any of them. But still, Fiona was right. It made a body jumpy to dwell on him.
It chilled one to the bone. Lovely pips 'ere! Four a penny, none finer in London! Still jumping! Still breathing! From two streets away, the cries of the costermonngers had already begun to reach her ears. Spilling from stalls and barrows, they echoed and bounced over rooftops, down alleyways, around corners, beckoning. Buy my fine parsley-o!
Get'cher news 'ere! Drawings of the murder scene, blood everywhere! Buy the Clarion! Here was the market, all lit up and stretched out before her. A laughing, bawling, wheedling creature. A big, roistering, ever-changing being that she could step into and become a part of. She tugged at her mother's arm. I'm walking as fast as I can," Kate said, eyeing her shopping list. Cockney voices, brash and bluff, continued their lusty bellowing. Strutting and crowing like prizefighting cocks, the costers dared market-goers to find fault and challenged other costers to better their prices-practicing the East London trick of fending off trouble by inviting it.
You want to see an old trout? Look in a mirror! Next to it was a butcher's stall-its edges festooned with crimson and white crepe paper, its boards stacked with neat rows of plump chops, stubby sausages, and grisly dripping pigs' heads. A multitude of greengrocers-the more ambitious with barrows boasting carefully constructed pyramids of fruit: shiny pippin apples, fragrant pears, bright oranges and lemons, damsons and grapes.
And, in front, baskets of nubby cauliflowers, broccoli heads, purple pickling cabbages, turnips, onions, and potatoes to boil or bake.
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Flickering light from gas lamps, naphtha flares, and even bits of candle stuck into turnips illuminated the scene. And the smells! Fiona stood still, closed her eyes and inhaled. A salty ocean smell-cockles soused with vinegar. A whiff of spice-apple fritters sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. Fried sausages, jacket potatoes, warm ginger nuts.
Her stomach growled. She opened her eyes. Her mother was making her way toward a butcher's stall. As she watched her move through the mass of people, it seemed to her that the entire East End was therefamiliar faces and foreign ones. Solemn, pious Jews hurried from their worship; sailors bought jellied eels or hot pea soup; workingmen of all sorts, clean-shirted and clean-shaven, idled in pub doorways, some with squirming terriers tucked under their arms.
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And everywhere countless numbers of women of every age and description squeezed, prodded, bartered, and bought. Some were attended by their husbands, who held baskets and puffed on pipes. Others were beleaguered by children, yowling in their arms, pulling at their skirts, pestering for cakes, candies, or hot muffins.
Cockney kids crying Mum and Irish kids crying Mam. For Italian and Polish and Russian kids it was Mama, but their pleas were all the same-a pretty sweet, a colored lolly, a shiny brandy snap. And the harried mothers without enough money for the week's meals buying an iced bun to be split among three, just so their children could have a taste of something nice. Fiona looked around for her mother and spotted her at the butcher's.
Me rich uncle 'asn't died yet. But I do need a cut of brisket. About three pounds or so. Five pence a pound's my limit. It's 'olesale economicals. You pay more for the 'ole thing because it's bigger, but you pay less, really She spotted him five barrows down, hawking his goods.
Although the night was no longer warm, his collar was open, his sleeves rolled up, the color high in his cheeks. For the last year or so, at Joe's insistence, Mr. Bristow had let him do more of the patter instead of keeping him behind the stall. And wisely so, for he was a natural. Every week he single handedly moved hundreds of pounds of produce - more than any clerk at a fancy West End shop moved in a month. And he did it without the benefit of a high-end shop name behind him, or pretty window displays, or billboards, ads, anything.
He did it with nothing but his own raw talent. Fiona felt a thrill of excitement as she watched him work, coaxing customer after customer out of the crowd. Catching a lady's eye. Reeling her in. All the time joking and laughing-keeping the patter going, the interest high. Nobody played the game like Joe. He knew how to entertain and flirt with the brassy ones, and how to make his voice serious and sincere for the suspicious ones, feigning hurt and disbelief if a woman wrinkled her nose at his offerings, daring her to find a better bunch of carrots, a finer onion, anywhere in London.
He had a showman's way of slicing open an orange and squeezing its juice in an arc across the cobblestones. Fiona saw that it caught the eyes of passing shoppers ten feet away. Then he'd snap open a sheet of newspaper, shovel "not two, not three, but four large and lovely oranges, all yours for tuppence! Of course, his beautiful sky-blue eyes and his smile don't hurt business, either, Fiona thought. Nor did the mass of dark blond curls caught up in a ponytail and spilling out from under his cap.
A warm flush came over her, coloring her cheeks. She knew she should keep her thoughts pure, as the nuns had warned, but that was getting harder to do. There was a triangle of skin showing in his open collar, underneath the red neckerchief he wore.
She imagined touching him there, pressing her lips against him. His skin would be so warm and smell so good. She loved the way he smelled-of the fresh green things he handled all day. Of his horse. Of the East London air, tinged with coal smoke and the river. He had touched her inside her blouse once. In the dark, behind the Black Eagle Brewery. He'd kissed her lips, her throat, the hollow of her neck, before undoing her blouse, then her camisole and slipping his hand inside.
She'd felt as if she would melt from the heat of his touch, from the heat of her own desire. She'd pulled away, not from any sense of shame or modesty, but from a fear of wanting more and not knowing where that desire would lead. She knew that there were things men and women did together, things that were not allowed before marriage.
No one had ever told her about these things-what little knowledge she had, she'd picked up from the street. She'd heard neighborhood men talking about mating their dogs, heard the lads' rude jokes, and, together with her friends, had eavesdropped on the conversations of their sisters and mothers.
Some of them spoke of being in bed with a man with the long-suffering air of a martyr, others giggled and laughed and said they couldn't get enough.
Joe suddenly caught sight of her and flashed a smile. She blushed, certain he knew what she'd been thinking. Rose Bristow and Kate Finnegan had grown up together on the same dreary close oft Tilley Street in Whitechapel, and now lived only doors down from each other on Montague Street. From stories her mam had told her, Fiona knew they'd been inseparable as girls, always giggling and whispering together.
She was a small, plump hen of a woman, with the same easy smile and merry blue eyes as her son. Bristow," Fiona replied, her eyes on Joe. It's 'orrible! I wish to God they'd catch 'im. I'm jumpy just coming to the market.
Ah, well, we still 'ave to eat, don't we? I'll 'ave three pounds of spuds and two of peas. He came over to Fiona, took off his cap and wiped his brow on his sleeve. Can't move the stuff fast enough! We'll run out of apples before closing time. I told Dad we should buy more This was a familiar complaint. Joe was always pushing his father to expand the business and Mr. Bristow was always resisting.
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She knew how much it upset Joe that his father never listened to him. Bound to 'ave a little extra brass with this crowd. They 'ardly let you catch your breath. I'll see you tomorrow after dinner. Will you be around? Like the cat's meat man," he said, referring to the gnarled old man two stalls down who sold offal for pet food. Fiona turned her head and stifled a groan. It was Millie Peterson.
Spoiled, arrogant, full-ofherself Millie. So blond, so buxom, so bright and pretty. Such a bloody little bitch. Millie's father Tommy was one of the biggest produce men in London, with wholesale concerns in both the East End and Covent Garden.
A self-made man, he'd started out with only a barrow and his own ability, and with hard work and a bit of luck he'd made it to the top.
As businessmen went, there was none shrewder. As busy as he was, he spent as much time as possible on the streets, getting his knowledge firsthand by watching his customers and their customers. Tommy had grown up in Whitechapel.
As a newly married man, he lived on Chicksand Street, only a street away from Montague. As a child, Millie had played with Fiona and Joe and all the other children in the neighborhood.
But as soon as he started to make some money, Peterson moved his family to a better locale-up-and-coming Pimlico. Shortly after moving, Tommy's wife became pregnant with her second child.
She died in childbirth and the infant with her. Tommy was shattered. Millie was all he had left and she became the focus of his existence. He showered her with affection and gifts, trying to make up for the mother she'd lost. Whatever Millie wanted, Millie got. And ever since she'd been a little girl, Millie had wanted Joe.
And although Joe did not return her feelings, Millie persisted, determined she would get what she wanted. She usually did. There was no love lost between Fiona Finnegan and Millie Peterson, and if she could've, Fiona would've told her where to go right then and there.
But she was at the Bristows' pitch, and the Bristows bought much of their stock from Millie's father and getting good prices depended to a large degree on good relations. She knew she would have to behave herself and hold her tongue.
At least she'd have to try. A lovely little place. Buckingham Palace it's called. It's a long walk for me da to the docks every morning, but the neighbor'ood's ever so much nicer. He wants to have a look around, see who's doing well, who isn't.
You know him, always an eye on the main chance. Turned out like that? All Eyes were upon Millie, Joe's included. She was dazzling in a moss-green skirt and matching jacket, cut tight to show off her small waist and full bosom.
No woman in Whitechapel owned an outfit like that, much less wore it to the market. Her golden curls were swept up under a matching cap. Pearl earrings complemented the ruff of lace at her throat and the ivory kid gloves encasing her dainty hands. Looking at her, Fiona felt a sharp stab of self-consciousness at the drabness of her own woolen skirt, her white cotton blouse, the gray knitted shawl around her shoulders. She squashed the feeling immediately; she would not allow the likes of Millie Peterson to make her feel inferior.
But it's not only customers he's after. He likes to come to the market to spy out new talent. He's always looking for lads with promise. I'm sure he'd be taken with you," she said, laying her hand on his forearm. A jealous anger surged through Fiona. Yep, you can do that in a Victorian novel, as long as you include Gauguin and the Prince of Wales various other luminaries in your anecdotes. Having said all that, however, I really started to like Fiona after she leaves London.
In the beginning, she's just a willful, reckless teenager, but she gradually develops into a pretty strong and admirable woman. I also liked how she gradually builds her wealth through her ingenuity and enthusiasm and lots of luck , as well as the master scheme she undertakes to take revenge on those who have done her wrong.
I really liked the descriptiveness of the author's writing, particularly in regards to London and the day to day life of the working class. The author has a good ear for language and I enjoyed reading about the tea factory and the development of Fiona's tea trade, Joe's vegetable stand, and Fiona's little merchant shop.
I am surprised that an author who writes so well in that regard, however, settles for such sketchy characterizations and overly dramatic plots. Fiona and Joe and Nicholas and so on are all likable, but none of them are very deep, and they all behave in ways that approach hysteria at times. I would also have liked to have seen Fiona achieve some measure of view spoiler [personal fulfillment outside of her relationship with Joe. The first instalment of Jennifer Donnelly's acclaimed romance trilogy, The Tea Rose will leave you breathless, exhilarated, and longing for more.
She is forced to endure pain and grief that I wouldn't wish upon anyone. It's 'olesale economicals. This is a great story, it is a long one This book needs a cold winters day, a comfortable couch, a big bar of chocolate and hot tea A young man, he already had three small children. I've got the next two hours to call me own. Good night.
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