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SD HORT BOOK CLUB: April 26, 2021 - A Memory Of Violets by Hazel Gaynor

By Karen England.

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The San Diego Horticultural Society's Book Club meets the LAST Monday of every month at 5 pm on Zoom.

The April 26th, 2021 reading selection is

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 long-lost sisters—orphaned flower sellers—and a young woman who is 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 each other's presence. 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 one of Mr. Shaw's Training Homes for Watercress and Flower Girls. For years, the homes have cared for London's orphaned and crippled flower girls, getting them off the streets. For Tilly, the appointment is a fresh start, a chance to leave her troubled past behind.

Soon after she arrives at the home, Tilly finds 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 lost 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.



On March 29th the SD Hort Book Club met on Zoom to discuss the March 2021 selection Green Mansions by W. H. Hudson.

The book club gives this book one thumb up out of two 👍.

"Green Mansions is a romance and an allegory, using nature and a tragic love as the background for the presentation of Hudson's ideas and ideals.

Is Hudson, then, a poet, or is he primarily a naturalist in Green Mansions?

". . . Hudson believed that the poet, in harmony with the naturalist, must reveal and explain nature. The poet relies upon the senses and the imagination to interpret natural phenomena, and he consequently is personal, emotional, and perceptive. The intuition or the reliance upon the first, swift feelings guides the poet. Hudson is very close to the preceding generation, to poets such as Wordsworth and Coleridge, in his defense of the lyrical and subjective renditions of the sights of nature . . .

. . . Thus, Green Mansions is an esthetic creation rather than a scientific treatise, but the book possesses a solid basis in scientific fact which gives verisimilitude and balance to the total effect."

One SD Hort Book Member found a fascinating article about the Green Mansions author, William Henry Hudson on



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