A Memory of Violets

  • by Hazel Gaynor
  • Narrated by Nicola Barber
  • 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the author of the USA Today best-seller 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.
"For little sister... I will never stop looking for you."
1876. Among the filth and depravity of Covent Garden's flower markets, orphaned Irish sisters Flora and Rosie Flynn sell posies of violets and watercress to survive. It is a pitiful existence, made bearable only by each other's presence. When they become separated, the decision of a desperate woman sets their lives on very different paths.
1912. Twenty-one-year-old Tilly Harper leaves the peace and beauty of her native Lake District for London to become assistant housemother at one of Mr. Shaw's Training Homes for Watercress and Flower Girls. For years, the homes have cared for London's orphaned and crippled flower girls, getting them off the streets. For Tilly, the appointment is a fresh start, a chance to leave her troubled past behind.
Soon after she arrives at the home, Tilly finds a notebook belonging to Flora Flynn. Hidden between the pages she finds dried flowers and a heartbreaking tale of loss and separation as Flora's entries reveal how she never stopped looking for her lost sister. 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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Customer Reviews

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As beautiful as the flowers it describes!

Undiescribably beautiful. What a story! Based a true facts. The narrative is excellently executed. I have always been a sucker for Victorian Era works, and even though the timing of this one is slightly passed that period, it still brings me joy. What a piece of literature!
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- Caroline D. Hayes

The importance of relationships

I enjoyed the time lapse in the novel and the unravelling of the story. The narration was compelling as the characters came alive. The foreshadowing of the interwoven lives draws the listener in to the importance of relationships and how relationships shape who we are.
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- Neysa T. Sensenig

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-03-2015
  • Publisher: HarperAudio