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A Memory of Violets In , 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 surviveSoon 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

10 thoughts on “A Memory of Violets

  1. says:

    This is a heartwarming and a heart wrenching novel Set in the early 1900 s it highlights the misfortune of the children, many homeless, that populated London Many were crippled, ill used by those in their small hovels, and others had no one They sold flowers to survive, to eat or to stop them from getting a beating at home for not

  2. says:

    This review can also be found at Carole s Random Life 4 Stars Every once in a while, I am lucky enough to pick up a book that I just can t seem to get out of my mind This was one of those books I found myself thinking about this book constantly during the course of my day I told my daughter about it and anyone else who would listen I co

  3. says:

    Tilly, Flora, and Rosiethree characters connected by time, London, and flowers.Flora, crippled and in care of her little sister since their mother died, lost her younger, blind sister Rosie on the street as they were selling flowers Flora made it her life s quest to find Rosie Tilly, a housemother at an orphanage where Flora stayed years bef

  4. says:

    This is a lovely book about the plight of the poor in the late 1880 s to the 1910 s but it about so muchThe book centers around two young flowers sellers in London in the 1880 s The two girls, 8 and 4, are firmly bonded after their mother s death and the avoidance of their father who beats them when they don t make enough money Their life is horr

  5. says:

    Quite a meaningful story of sisters, embracing love, extraordinary kindness and altruism.Alternating between the present and the past London 1912 and London 1876 we read of two young women and their individual stories of their relationship with their sisters ensnarled in misfortune Parallel, contrasting the stories reveal the bonds and unfastening of

  6. says:

    2 1 2 starsI read to be transported to a different place and time This book was so riddled with implausible coincidences that I was never able to become immersed in the story I kept shaking my head, thinking Yeah, right After about the 8th remarkable coincidence, it became ridiculous The author has an engaging writing style, but she needs to payattention t

  7. says:

    Set during the Victorian and Edwardian eras This story gives a glimpse into a world of two drastic social classes one very rich and the other very poor the aristocrats and the poor Irish immigrants living in the slums of London s poorest neighborhood It offers a glimpse into the lives of crippled and orphaned girls, who sell flowers to survive and are afraid to

  8. says:

    So when this book arrived for review, my mum couldn t resist and she wanted to review it for me Here is her review Such a lovely well written novel as a Londoner and former florist who was a regular 4am visitor to old Covent Garden I could almost smell the flowers in this book I remember the hustle and bustle of the early morning traders, cupping and blowing into my

  9. says:

    This story is set at the turn of the century, and alternates between Tilly, who goes to live as a house mother at an orphanage for crippled girls who make flowers, and Florrie and her little sister, Rosie They are little girls surviving in poverty on the streets of London One day they are separated, and Florrie spends her life missing, and searching for Rosie I loved thi

  10. says:

    The one real strength in this book is the description of the London streets, the evocative imagery of flower sellers and the trials they went through.This book suffers from several enormous problems, however While I won t give away the plot, the concept of plot twist is abandoned in favor of some of the most improbable coincidences I ve ever read I just remember shaking my he

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