Our Sutter Home Book Club selection for February is A Memory of Violets by Hazel Gaynor. This historical novel, set in Victorian London, is an unforgettable story of two long-lost sisters whose lives take different paths and the young woman who is transformed by their experiences.
In 1912, twenty-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 flower girls—orphaned children selling posies of violets and watercress to survive.
Soon after she arrives, Tilly discovers a diary written by an orphan named Florrie, a young Irish flower girl who died of a broken heart after she and her sister, Rosie, were separated. Moved by Florrie’s pain and all she endured in her brief life, 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 chapter to chapter, A Memory of Violets is an emotional journey that touches the heart and is a captivating companion for your February #MeTime.