A beautiful, heart-rending and alluring read; I completely fell in love with A Memory of Violets. I had a good feeling that I was going to enjoy the story when I first picked this book for a review. Yet I didn't expect to fall in love with this story and its wonderful characters. There are a million reasons why I love this book; the writing is utterly flawless and the plot has its tragic moments but I think the real reason is that my heart was just ready for this tale to come my way.
This past year I have been expressing deeply and at times boldly, in my reviews, that the industry was ready for something new. A tale that hasn't been told before and yet a story that readers could not only relate too but also be entertained by. The journey to find such a book was extensive and sometimes enduring but I finally found what I was looking for in this novel.
To state that Gaynor is an amazing author is an understatement. In fact, few authors can compare to her as she is a remarkable storyteller. I should tell you, the reader, that I haven't read the author's previous release. In a way I'm glad, in another I'm anxious to get my hands on that other book that isn't A Memory of Violets. I don't really have to point this out but I have a new favorite author.
I wish I could compare this book to something but I can't. You have to read it for yourself. The book will leave you scattered into different pieces, as a reader, until the ending. I laughed, I cried, and when I finished the book I felt like I was saying goodbye to an old friend that I always knew. I'm encouraging you to read this book. Your reading list throughout life will not be complete without this book. If you think I'm overreacting you are wrong. Read this book and see for yourself if you agree with me, and even if you don't agree than at least you were able to experience an extraordinary book today.
In 1912, twenty-one-year-old Tilly Harper leaves her sheltered home in the Lake District for a position as assistant housemother at Mr. Shaw’s Home for Watercress and Flower Girls in London. Orphaned and crippled girls wander the twisted streets with posies of violets and cress to sell to the passing ladies and gentleman, and the Flower Homes provide a place for them to improve their lives of hardship.
When Tilly arrives at Mr. Shaw’s safe haven, she discovers a diary that tells the story of Florrie, a young Irish flower girl who died of a broken heart after being separated from her sister Rosie. Tilly makes it her mission to find out what happened to young Rosie, and in the process learns about the workings of her own heart.