So, here it is! The cover for my second novel, A MEMORY OF VIOLETS. I am so excited to share this and I hope you all love it as much as I do (although you do not have to cry tears of joy, like I did when I first saw it!)
And here (as they say) is the science bit, i.e. the back page …
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.
‘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.
So, now you know what it is all about! Over the next few weeks, the Advance Reader Editions of the book will be winging their way to reviewers and booksellers, and readers can now pre-order the book at the links indicated on the image above, or through the equivalent links in the UK/Ireland.
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I can’t quite believe ‘book two’ is here and that soon I will no longer be a ‘debut’ author. Such a whirlwind. So exciting. Roll on February!