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. Shaws Home for Watercress and Flower Girls. For years, the home has cared for Londons flower girlsorphaned 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 Florriea young Irish flower girl who died of a broken heart after she and her sister, Rosie, were separated. Moved by Florries 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....
|Title||:||A Memory of Violets: A Novel of London's Flower Sellers|
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|Number of Pages||:||432 pages|
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A Memory of Violets: A Novel of London's Flower Sellers Reviews
"The difference between a lady and a flower girl is not how she behaves, but how she’s treated.”
--Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
And thus we are invited to step into the pages of A Memory of Violets by Hazel Gaynor. In Victorian London, orphaned and disabled girls sold posies of violets and cress to passing ladies and gentlemen to make enough money to keep them out of the workhouse. Gaynor’s poignant novel focuses on a home built to better the lives of these girls, providing them training, dign ...more
A strong 4.5 star rating
My first novel by this author, a pick for our local book club. I wasn't expecting to like it as much as I did. The writing was delightful, lyrical, and impressive. Based on true incidents of the late 1800's - early 1900's revolving around the orphaned, young handicapped "flower" girls that hawked their flowers and watercress bundles on the streets of London as their only means of support. Many were homeless, missing limbs due to polio, accidents in factories, birth defect ...more
Hazel Gaynor, delivers a poignant and heartwarming tale, A MEMORY OF VIOLETS; A NOVEL OF LONDON’S FLOWER SELLERS, written in magical lyrical-like prose featuring Tilly, Flora, and Rosie, connected by life, history, love, time, tragedy, and a special love of flowers.
From the author of 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.
Set in the late 1800 ...more
The one real strength in this book is the description of the London streets, the evocative imagery of flower sellers and the trials they went through.
This book suffers from several enormous problems, however. While I won't give away the plot, the concept of "plot twist" is abandoned in favor of some of the most improbable coincidences I've ever read. I just remember shaking my head in disgust. You can use coincidence once, even twice, and get away with it - but five or six times, and it's just r ...more
This is historical fiction set in the late 1800's and early 1900's, which I enjoy. This book was a solid 3 stars for me. I liked the characters. I liked the plot. It had a great premise and it felt like I was being introduced to something new.
As far as the writing goes, I expected more descriptive strokes regarding the characters and how they navigated their journey. They were also quite similar in action and thought. However, there was plenty of description regarding the sense of place. That p ...more
Let me start by saying that my mother absolutely adored this book. She couldn't stop talking about it and recommended it to anyone who would listen. I kind of thought that it might not be my cup of tea, but when I saw the audio book at the library, I thought I would give it a listen.
Well, I was right. The plot contrivances are ridiculous and innumerable. The fact that these characters (or their parents) would be bumping into each other all the time all over England is just absurd. There is a rom ...more
4.5 Stars (Audio Version. So, yes, I cried at the end. Not because it was sad, but because it was achingly beautiful. This book contained so many things I love:
- Sister Love
- 1912 England
- Beautiful Lilting Irish Voice
- Champions of Disabled Children
- A Sweet Whispered Love Story
- Poverty Stricken Women Finding Their Places in the World
- Lovely Piano Music at the beginning and again at the end
- The Often Overlooked Beauty of Death
- and FLOWERS, FLOWERS, FLOWERS
The only regret I hav ...more
OMGGGG I LOVED this sweet story! Such a welcome change from the heavy stuff I'd been reading and the crappy two months I have had. Nicola Barber, one of my very favorite narrators, does the most wonderful voices in this one, especially the Irish girls' accents. It takes some talent to switch perspectives and time periods and not confuse the reader, and Hazel Gaynor does a bang-up job. I adored Tilly and my heart broke for Florrie when her "Little Sister" disappeared. I guessed at the mystery, wh ...more