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The Winter Rose

Jennifer Donnelly

Publisher: Bloomsbury Reader

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When India Selwyn Jones graduates from medical school and sets off for  her first job in a Whitechapel clinic, she is full of ideas on how to  educate London's poorest inhabitants to the dangers of malnutrition and  poor hygiene, saving them from their own ignorance. When the rough and  dashing Sid Malone – head of 'The Firm' and London's biggest criminal –  becomes one of her patients, he begins to open her eyes to the realities  of life in the East End, and how her simple ideas hold no water against  the kind of grinding poverty that her clients face.  India is torn in  two, for she is engaged to the handsome, ambitious MP Freddy Lytton, and  now the criminal Sid Malone has stolen her heart. But Freddy is very  possessive when it comes to what he considers his, and will go to any  length to keep India. 
 
Sid Malone, however, is not all that he  seems, for he has a hidden past, and a family that desperately wants him  back. His sister Fiona Bristow, a successful business woman and happily  married to her childhood sweetheart Joe, hires a private detective in a  bid to win her brother back, and to get him away from a life of crime.  But as she gets nearer to his world, the ugliness of it breaks into her  own, dragging her family and her marriage into dreadful danger. 
 
Just  when it looks as though Sid might have a way out, and a chance at  happiness with India, things go terribly, terribly wrong. The Winter Rose, second instalment of Jennifer Donnelly's acclaimed romance trilogy, is full of love, lust, and longing.

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