A Memory of Violets

A Memory of Violets

A Novel of London's Flower Sellers

Book - 2015
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"Step into the world of Victorian London, where the wealth and poverty exist side by side. This is the story of two long-lost sisters, whose lives take different paths, and the young woman who will be transformed by their experiences. In 1912, twenty-year-old Tilly Harper leaves the peace and beauty of her native Lake District for London, to become assistant housemother at Mr. Shaw's Home for Watercress and Flower Girls. For years, the home has cared for London's flower girls--orphaned and crippled children living on the grimy streets and selling posies of violets and watercress to survive. Soon after she arrives, Tilly discovers a diary written by an orphan named Florrie--a young Irish flower girl who died of a broken heart after she and her sister, Rosie, were separated. Moved by Florrie's pain and all she endured in her brief life, 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 : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2015.
ISBN: 9780062316899
Characteristics: 389, 31 pages ;,21 cm.


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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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