A Memory of Violets Lib/E: A Novel of London's Flower Sellers (Compact Disc)

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By Hazel Gaynor, Nicola Barber (Read by)
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A refreshing story of early 1900”s London history, bringing to light the plight of the young London flower sellers.  In a mysterious way, Ms. Gaynor brings us main characters that exhibit never-give-up attitudes and she places us right in the London culture of the afflicted, crippled, and orphaned children.  Family bonds, hope, second chances, and overcoming adversity are sensitive emotional themes in this book. Touching and intriguing as well, it speaks “the language of flowers” to us all.

— laurie


The author of the USA Today and New York Times bestselling novel The Girl Who Came Home has once again created an unforgettable historical novel. 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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781481532921
ISBN-10: 1481532928
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: February 3rd, 2015
Language: English