Blog Tour – A MEMORY OF VIOLETS by 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 little sisters ­

 orphaned flower sellers ­ and the young woman who will be 

transformed by their experiences.

memoryofviolets

‘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 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.

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aboutheauthor

hazelgHazel Gaynor’s 2014 debut novel THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME – A Novel of the Titanic was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller. A MEMORY OF VIOLETS is her second novel.
Hazel  writes  a  popular  guest  blog  ‘Carry  on  Writing’  for  national  Irish  writing  website writing.ie  and  contributes regular feature  articles for  the site,  interviewing  authors such  as  Philippa  Gregory,  Sebastian  Faulks,  Cheryl  Strayed,  Rachel  Joyce  and  Jo  Baker,  among others.
Hazel was the recipient of the 2012 Cecil Day Lewis award for Emerging Writers and was selected by Library Journal as one of Ten Big Breakout Authors for 2015. She appeared as a guest speaker  at  the Romantic  Novelists’ Association  and Historical  Novel  Society  annual conferences in 2014.
Originally from Yorkshire, England, Hazel now lives in Ireland with her husband and two children.
Website   ***   Facebook   ***   @HazelGaynor

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