A Memory of Violets: A Novel of London's Flower Sellers Kindle Edition
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“Gaynor once again brings history to life. With intriguing characters and a deeply absorbing story, her latest is a fascinating examination of one city’s rich history and the often forgotten people who lived in it.” (Booklist)
“Given the awards she has already received, we are sure to hear much more from Hazel Gaynor-and that is a good thing.” (New York Journal of Books)
“Gaynor’s talent for evoking a time and place, as well as her ability to write a beautifully heart-wrenching story with realistic characters, enables her to touch readers. The unexpected twists and turns of the plot and jumping of timelines holds readers’ attention to the satisfying climax.” (RT Book Reviews (4 Stars))
“Historical details and the unique perspective of penniless, physically challenged young girls could make Gaynor’s second historical novel a good book club choice. A tidy ending and sweet romance will satisfy readers hoping to exhale a long, contented sigh as they finish the last page.” (Library Journal) --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
Hazel Gaynor is an award-winning New York Times, USA Today and international bestselling author. Her 2014 debut The Girl Who Came Home won the 2015 RNA Historical Novel of the Year award, A Memory of Violets was a 2015 WHSmith Fresh Talent pick, The Girl from The Savoy was shortlisted for the 2017 Irish Book Awards, and The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter was shortlisted for the 2019 HWA Gold Crown Award. Last Christmas in Paris (co-written with Heather Webb) won the 2018 Women's Fiction Writers Association Star Award. Their most recent collaboration is Meet Me in Monaco. Hazel's forthcoming historical novel, When We Were Young & Brave, set in China during WW2, will be published in North America in October 2020.
Hazel was selected by Library Journal as one of Ten Big Breakout Authors for 2015. Her work has been translated into fourteen languages to date. She is co-founder of creative writing events The Inspiration Project, and lives in Ireland with her husband and two children.
For more information, visit www.hazelgaynor.com
- File size : 2519 KB
- Publication date : February 3, 2015
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : William Morrow Paperbacks (February 3, 2015)
- Print length : 432 pages
- ASIN : B00JOG4TOY
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #17,998 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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If you read this book, once the story ends, please take the time to read the background of the author's research.
I hope the author takes some of the poor reviews to heart and gets an editor who will give it to her straight and help her with future novels. The subject matter is interesting and the author has clearly done her research and has a passion for the material. Just needs some help pulling the plot and dialogue up out of the soap opera level.
The story ran off track for me when it contrasted Tilly Harper's life,taking place in the early twentieth century. She is seeking employment in an orphanage that houses and employees children who formally lived on the streets.. A bunch of coincidences, a diary that brings them all together made it feel contrived. Life turns out to be a journey for everyone, with discoveries and surprises that make people reconsider their own understanding of who they are.. This is a book about the bond of blood, the ties that bind, that not even circumstances and separation can break them.
She describes in sensual detail about lace curtains and satin dresses which evokes a sense of nostalgia which is lost in the modern age.
The story does at times jump around which can be distracting, although I was told at a book club this is a common literary device. The setting is about two young girls living in poverty in London slums. They work as flower sellers reminiscent of Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady. These poor children are orphans and many are cripple. Based on a true story of a philanthropic Victorian who creates an orphanage and a factory for the young girls to work in creating fabric flowers where there talents are put to good use.
This book could be a great gift and truly inspirational for anyone who is suffering with a disability of some kind. It is a story of hope and triumph against the odds. Reminded me of the Protestant ethic of British writers such as CS Lewis who weave Christian principles into their stories. Perhaps that is just the era.
Gaynor beautifully contrasts the urban filth with the far away suburban destinations of living in the country or on the coast. I got a great feel for the difference locations of England just from this book which I very much appreciated.
The obsession for me with the Victorian era is the brutal disparity between the wealth and poverty. How does one come to terms with the shock of how the other half lives?
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I'd also say that the book itself is beautiful (and surely wins against the ebook version) - all the different fonts for the letters and diaries, the full page 'Language of Flowers' pieces which head each part and the little floral line drawings at the beginning of each chapter.
This is a book to treasure and share with others, not to be left sitting on the bookshelf. It deserves to be read again and again by many people.
Great story line, would recommend to anyone.
I'm a keen social historian and it's always nice to find a book that has been so thoroughly researched.
5 stars from me, wonderful and I shared my review on FB and Twitter too and I know that friends are currently enjoying it.