UK & IRELAND EXCLUSIVE !!!!!!
I was delighted to be asked to do the official unveiling of New York Times best selling author, Hazel Gaynor's second novel "A Memory of Violets". It is great to be the first to see the cover as, in a weird way, I have become attached to the book before it has even been released! I hope you enjoyed Hazel's first novel, about Titanic, "The Girl Who Came Home" and that this new novel piques your interest too. I am hoping to get some more of my historical fiction fix from this wonderful author very soon.........
From the author of the Irish Times bestseller The Girl Who Came Home comes an unforgettable historical novel that tells the story of two little sisters - orphaned flower sellers - and the young woman who will be 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 the presence of each other. 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 Mr. Shaw’s Home for Watercress and Flower Girls. For years, the home has cared for London’s orphaned and crippled flower girls, taking them off the streets. For Tilly, the appointment is a fresh start; a chance to leave her troubled past behind.
Soon after she arrives, Tilly discovers 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 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.
Born in North Yorkshire, Hazel now lives in Ireland with her husband, two children and an accident-prone cat. Hazel has been writing ever since 2009 when she swapped her life in corporate training and development to become a full-time writer. Since then she has written a guest blog ‘Carry on Writing’ for Irish writing website www.writing.ie and also interviewed many authors for the blog. For more info on Hazel please visit her website, www.hazelgaynor.com or follow her on Twitter @HazelGaynor
A Memory of Violets is published by Willam Morrow Paperbacks/Harper365 on 12th March 2015 and can be
pre-ordered online now. Her previous novel, The Girl Who Came Home is available in paperback and kindle editions.