Today we’re starting a new feature on the Casemate IPM Blog: Thursday Book Reviews! Every Thursday, we will post the full text of a book review of one of the wonderful titles we distribute. These reviews are gathered from many different sources across the internet, and we’ll always include a link to the original article.
This Thursday, we bring you a five-star review of Allison & Busby‘s The Flower Book by Catherine Law.
At the bottom of this article, you’ll find the full book description and a link to purchase this title.
Violet’s flower book is her secret treasure; a way to glimpse inside her soul. So much more than a mere diary, Violet uses the secret language of flowers to convey her innermost thoughts and feelings. She takes inspiration from nature and uses it to tell a story across the pages of her private journal. A simple pressed gorse flower brings back warm memories of a carefree day at the cove with her best friend, a bold peony is a bitter reminder of an unwelcome suitor and a handful of poisonous tansy is the key to her biggest secret of all…
Years after her mother’s death, Violet’s daughter Aster attempts to unlock the secrets of her mother’s flower book and find out the truth about her early life. She has to separate rumour from fact and soon she uncovers some shocking truths that threaten her own happiness. A missing page, torn from the journal holds the key to understanding what really happened to Violet, but where could it be after all these years?
The Flower Book is an absorbing novel about life and love at the time of the Great War. The characters are all wonderfully written, with great depth and shades of light and dark. The sweet innocent Violet is a perfect contrast to the aloof and distant local squire, Penruth, who has a dangerous obsession with her. In turn, the object of her affections, Jack, is transformed from a gentle street artist to a broken and disturbed shell of a man, shaken by the horrors of war. The story plays out beautifully and the book was quite impossible to put down. Likewise, the backdrop of the story can transport the reader from an idyllic harvest day in the English countryside to the nightmare of the trenches and the stench of sweat and blood.
The story is sad and haunting and reflects the true horror of war and the effect that it had on everyday people and yet it is also an inspiring, uplifting story of hope.
If Michael Morpurgo had written Tess of the d’Urbervilles, the result would have been something similar to The Flower Book. I loved the way that this story was written, especially the idea of the flower book, which has inspired me to fetch my old flower press down from the loft and start a flower book of my own. This unique and enjoyable tale is a fitting tribute to all those affected by war and has been written with sensitivity and empathy. I always feel that the hallmark of a good story is that it moves the reader emotionally. This book made me cry. Many thanks to the publishers for this review copy.
The Flower Book
Set against the backdrop of World War I and amid the beautiful Cornish countryside, this is the story of a mother and daughter, bound together by a collection of pressed flowers and the memories they hold. 1914. To the delight of her parents, Violet Prideaux is set to marry local squire Weston Penruth, until an incident during their engagement party sees her leaving behind her friends and family and fleeing to London. There she meets artist Jack Fairling, and it is not long before they have fallen in love. But when Jack enlists, can their happiness survive the horrors of war? 1936. When Violet’s daughter Aster reaches the age of twenty-one, she receives a letter that turns her world upside down. With the support of her childhood friend Harry Penruth and the comfort of her mother’s treasured flower book, she travels to London to discover her destiny. And as Aster unearths the lies and secrets of her childhood, a future of love and hope may be closer than she realizes…
Buy it here $16.95