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A Memory of Violets: A Novel of London's Flower Sellers
by Hazel Gaynor

Published: 2015-02-03
Kindle Edition : 432 pages
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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, ...

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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.

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by SherryMincic (see profile) 11/17/19

 
  "A Memory of Violets"by lblreader (see profile) 03/14/18

Well written. Very enjoyable to read.

 
  "A Memory of Violets"by greenwave (see profile) 10/12/16

This was one of those wonderful and inspiring books that we all loved and had a long discussion directing all aspects of this novel. I am saving it for my daughters to read and cherish .

 
  "A Memory of Violets"by [email protected] (see profile) 09/24/16

Wonderful informative book about the Flower Girls of London. Mr Shaw provided a home and livelihood for disabled girls through flower-making.

 
  "Finely crated tale of English History & the Language of Flowers"by zodejodie4 (see profile) 09/11/15

Unsure of what else to do, Tilly turned to what she knew best. She walked outside, to the mountains and lakes she loved so much, retreating into herself: the girl with the wind at her heels
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  "a memory of violets"by bhale (see profile) 05/13/15

 
by mrtch32 (see profile) 04/21/15

 
  "A Memory of Violets"by Silversolara (see profile) 02/11/15


Tilly, Flora, and Rosie...three characters connected by time, London, and flowers.

Flora, crippled and in care of her little sister since their mother died, lost her younger, blind sist


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