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A Memory of Violets - A Novel of London's Flower Sellers-logo

A Memory of Violets - A Novel of London's Flower Sellers

Hazel Gaynor

From the author of the USA Today bestseller 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.

From the author of the USA Today bestseller 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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From the author of the USA Today bestseller 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Nicola Barber

Length:

10h 30m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

10:48


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

16:07


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

19:48


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

15:49


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

22:34


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

13:14


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

09:30


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

05:23


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

04:32


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

07:04


Part 1, Chapter 10
Part 1, Chapter 10

04:40


Part 1, Chapter 11
Part 1, Chapter 11

12:06


Part 1, Chapter 12
Part 1, Chapter 12

02:54


Part 1, Chapter 13
Part 1, Chapter 13

19:19


Part 1, Chapter 14
Part 1, Chapter 14

03:42


Part 1, Chapter 15
Part 1, Chapter 15

14:05


Part 1, Chapter 16
Part 1, Chapter 16

19:18


Part 1, Chapter 17
Part 1, Chapter 17

04:40


Part 2, Chapter 18
Part 2, Chapter 18

19:36


Part 2, Chapter 19
Part 2, Chapter 19

19:49


Part 2, Chapter 20
Part 2, Chapter 20

08:40


Part 2, Chapter 21
Part 2, Chapter 21

13:17


Part 2, Chapter 22
Part 2, Chapter 22

15:53


Part 2, Chapter 23
Part 2, Chapter 23

13:46


Part 2, Chapter 24
Part 2, Chapter 24

15:07


Part 2, Chapter 25
Part 2, Chapter 25

19:43


Part 2, Chapter 26
Part 2, Chapter 26

21:02


Part 2, Chapter 27
Part 2, Chapter 27

09:49


Part 3, Chapter 28
Part 3, Chapter 28

25:15


Part 3, Chapter 29
Part 3, Chapter 29

20:20


Part 3, Chapter 30
Part 3, Chapter 30

11:15


Part 3, Chapter 31
Part 3, Chapter 31

15:30


Part 3, Chapter 32
Part 3, Chapter 32

15:36


Part 3, Chapter 33
Part 3, Chapter 33

10:32


Part 3, Chapter 34
Part 3, Chapter 34

09:53


Part 3, Chapter 35
Part 3, Chapter 35

09:43


Part 4, Chapter 36
Part 4, Chapter 36

20:37


Part 4, Chapter 37
Part 4, Chapter 37

09:49


Part 4, Chapter 38
Part 4, Chapter 38

15:35


Part 4, Chapter 39
Part 4, Chapter 39

02:27


Part 4, Chapter 40
Part 4, Chapter 40

17:52


Part 4, Chapter 41
Part 4, Chapter 41

16:09


Part 4, Chapter 42
Part 4, Chapter 42

13:01


Part 4, Chapter 43
Part 4, Chapter 43

16:19


Part 4, Chapter 44
Part 4, Chapter 44

16:11


Part 4, Chapter 45
Part 4, Chapter 45

02:38


Part 4, Chapter 46
Part 4, Chapter 46

13:54


Part 4, Chapter 47
Part 4, Chapter 47

03:20


Part 4, Chapter 48
Part 4, Chapter 48

01:37


Part 4, Chapter 49
Part 4, Chapter 49

00:56