Time for another book review. I read EVERY night before I go to be and have since I was a child. Both my boys do the same thing. There is something about settling down at the end of the day with a good book to relax before bedtime.
I’m a book in had person. I have tried reading on a tablet, but I just don’t like it. There is something about getting a book and opening it up. Holding the book in your hands, turning those pages and seeing the progress made. I’m not sure I’ll ever learn to like ebooks.
The book I just finished was yet another historical fiction. I decided on the book A Memory of Violets: A Novel of London’s Flower Sellers by Hazel Gaynor because Gaynor was one of the author of Last Christmas in Paris, which as I shared in my review, I really enjoyed reading.
A Memory of Violets is set in London in the early 1900s. Tilly always felt like that her father was the only one who loved her. When he left to go off to war, it left a hole in her heart. Tilly’s younger sister was paralyzed in a horse riding incident, this put a huge riff between Tilly’s relationship with her mother and sister. Tilly decided move to London to work as an assistant mother in Mr. Shaw’s Home for Watercress and Flower Girls.
Soon after she arrives in at Violet House, she finds a journal written by Florrie Flynn, a girl who had lived in the same room that Tilly now resides. Tilly learned that Florrie and her sister Rosie were flower girls who were separated one day while selling flowers.
Florrie is broken hearted at the disappearance of her sister and writes about her whole journey in the journal that Tilly discovered. Tilly feels the need to follow up on what happened to Rosie. This search will not be easy, but maybe it will help Tilly find peace in her own life, as well as bring peace to Florrie’s soul.
At the end of the book, Gaynor shares that the story is based on a real man, John Groom, who set about to help those girls in London who turned to selling Watercress and Flowers to survive. These were typically girls who were blind or had a physical handicap. Just as the character in the story did, John Groom set up an orphanage as well as a home for the older girls. The older girls were taught to make artificial flowers, which even got the attention of Queen Alexandra.
I would highly recommend A Memory of Violets by Hazel Gaynor. This story hits all those notes of a great historical fiction. I found myself sucked into the book and lives of both Tilly and Florrie. I hope you choose to try this book, it is so worth it!