A Memory of Violets

A Memory of Violets

A Novel of London's Flower Sellers

eBook - 2015
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From the author of the USA Today bestseller The Girl Who Came Home comes an unforgettable historical novel that tells the story of two long-lost sisters--orphaned flower sellers--and a young woman who is transformed by their experiences "For little sister. . . . I will never stop looking for you." 1876. Among the filth and depravity of Covent Garden's flower markets, orphaned Irish sisters Flora and Rosie Flynn sell posies of violets and watercress to survive. It is a pitiful existence, made bearable only by each other's presence. When they become separated, the decision of a desperate woman sets their lives on very different paths. 1912. Twenty-one-year-old Tilly Harper leaves the peace and beauty of her native Lake District for London to become assistant housemother at one of Mr. Shaw's Training Homes for Watercress and Flower Girls. For years, the homes have cared for London's orphaned and crippled flower girls, getting them off the streets. For Tilly, the appointment is a fresh start, a chance to leave her troubled past behind. Soon after she arrives at the home, Tilly finds a notebook belonging to Flora Flynn. Hidden between the pages she finds dried flowers and a heartbreaking tale of loss and separation as Flora's entries reveal how she never stopped looking for her lost sister. Tilly sets out to discover what happened to Rosie--but the search will not be easy. Full of twists and surprises, it leads the caring and determined young woman into unexpected places, including the depths of her own heart.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2015
ISBN: 9780062316905
Branch Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Mar 25, 2018

Anyone interested in the Victorian era in England would find this interesting. It shows the level of poverty in London the way the recent PBS series about the slums of London did. The horrible living conditions and the way the rich blamed the poor for their own situation is heartbreaking and is something that happens today. It was uplifting to read about the people who helped the poor and disabled.

Jul 30, 2016

I love historical fiction and this book was wonderful with very likeable characters.
I enjoyed Hazel Gaynor's "The Girl Who Came Home" equally as much!

Nov 17, 2015

This book was a real page turner and a great story.It's worth reading.

Oct 31, 2015

great as was her 1st novel, 3rd coming spring 2016 .great story line read a few chapters til u get into it. worth it P

Sep 08, 2015

I rated this book an 8/10. The novel was very well written and I would recommend this book to anyone. You can not put it down.

Apr 27, 2015

One of the best novels I've read in a long time. A historical fiction based on the lives of 2 orphaned London flower sellers in the late 1800's. A fast moving story which is full of twists and turns and a story you will be sorry to see end. It gives you a good insight into the lives of these poor children of that era.

lbhbook07 Mar 12, 2015

Chapter 12

Feb 27, 2015

This is an interesting look at the hard life of poor and orphaned girls in London. Two sisters, Flora and Rosie, who are orphaned sell flowers to make enough money to survive. Flora uses a cane to walk and Rosie is almost blind. They are separated and for the rest of her life Flora looks for Rosie. She writes in a journal which is found years later by Tilly Harper. Both Flora and Tilly work for Mr. Shaw in one of his homes for Flower Girls. Tilly decides to find Rosie for Flora and give her the things she has found. Based on fact this is lovely story about love and family.


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