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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A beautiful story

This was such a lovely book, beautiful yet sad. Hazel Gaynor's descriptions paint such vivid pictures of life in London during the 1800's, the hardship and the courage.
There are a lot of coincidences, but that did not detract from my love of the story. Endearing characters charmed me and drew me in, I needed to know what became of them all.
Nicola Barber narrated the story wonderfully.
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- alison

I highly recommend it

I tend to pick books like this despite the fact that the conditions of the children and their families just break my heart. So once I start to read similar stories, I say to myself, why are you reading this book as tears stream down my face. However, this one brought joy to my heart because there are people who try to do something about the plight of these very, very poor people. I believe this to be a little bit of fiction and a little bit of fact, small wonder any of them survived the filthy conditions they had to endure.
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- A.

Book Details

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