I finished The Winter Rose by Jennifer Donnelly last night. What a wonderful journey it was! 723 pages strong, I just found myself turning the pages in order to find out what was going to happen. I invested myself in these characters and their trials, and I am bereft that I'm leaving them (at least until the third book makes its debut). I can't recommend this one highly enough--set around the turn of the twentieth century, it follows the Bristows, Joe and Fiona; Fiona's brother Sid, who has turned to a life of crime; India Selwyn Jones, a titled young woman recently graduated from medical school; and the villainous Freddie Lytton, only out for himself. If I were to have a gift of writing, I would wish to write just like Ms. Donnelly. She's got a terrific turn of phrase and a way of making you lose yourself in the pages.
My amazon review can be found at http://tinyurl.com/3exnul. I can't say enough good things about this one, and I don't know why I waited so long to pick it up.