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Flower Book, The [Hardcover]

Catherine Law
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26 Aug 2013
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 realises...

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  • Hardcover: 350 pages
  • Publisher: ALLISON & BUSBY (26 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749011165
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749011161
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.4 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,408,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Catherine Law is the author of three dramatic and haunting war-time novels. She was born in Harrow, Middlesex, and now lives in Buckinghamshire. She has been a journalist for over 20 years but she has been writing since she was a little girl. By day she works for interiors magazine Style at Home and by night, at weekends or any time she can fit it in, she dreams up stories, creates characters and taps away at her novels.

A Season of Leaves is set in Cornwall and Prague during and after the Second World War and is based on the true story of what happened to her great-aunt.

The September Garden takes place in London during the Blitz, in Occupied France and in the beautiful Chiltern hills. Two cousins, as squabbling rivals, are thrown together by the outbreak of war and fall in love with the same RAF pilot.

Catherine's third novel, The Flower Book (to be published August 2013) unfolds against the background of the First World War. Aster Fairling searches for the truth behind her parents' tragic love through the pages of her mother journal.

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'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 story plays out beautifully and the book was quite impossible to put down.' The Bookbag. 'A sensitive and poignant love story with twists, turns and a pervading sense of sadness and an overwhelming sense of inevitability reminiscent of the great Mazo de la Roche as she explores the same theme as in that author's WAKEFIELD'S COURSE. Beautiful writing, a lovely read...' Books Monthly

About the Author

CATHERINE LAW has been a journalist for 22 years, having trained first as a secretary at the BBC and then attending the London College of Printing. She now works on a glossy interiors magazine and lives in Buckinghamshire.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best yet 7 Nov 2013
Having bought and read Catherine Law's previous two novels this, in my opinion, is her best yet. I can't even begin to describe the joys of her prose with its delightful evocative descriptions of the glorious countryside which clash vividly with the harsh scenes of the battlefields, the barbarism and destruction of World War 1 and the effects on those who returned, damaged in both body and mind.

The cover, while extremely pretty, is not a true evocation of the story and I think that Violet, the main character whose flower book is its anchor, would not have approved of hot-house freesias for the cover. Perhaps the author has had little say in the cover design - these are usually the creation of the publishing house and are designed to hook-and-reel-in the book buyer rather than giving a clear indication of the content.

A delightful novel which I unreservedly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Flower Book 30 Oct 2013
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I loved the cover for this book and so felt warmly about it from the start although afterwards I thought, is it too pretty for the story? A link with the Camden Town artists might have made a good cover. It is a story of growing emancipation for women before and during the First World War shown through the eyes of Violet, the main character. However it is the poignant depiction of the sad transformation of an ordinary man forced into a terrible circumstance that really stayed with me.

The story starts at a very fast pace and it is initially hard to understand why certain episodes aren't dwelt on more, I wanted to know more - but as the book develops and we are drawn into the story we discover the reasons why.

There are beautiful, lyrical descriptions of flowers, scents, woods, hedgerows, early mornings, warm evenings woven through out the book that are a sheer pleasure to read and imagine. The period detail is evoked in small details. The final rounding the story up and drawing the threads neatly together, made sense of elements earlier in the book.

I galloped through this book, deeply involved with the story, I cared about the characters and loved atmosphere it evoked.

I recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Flower Book 24 Oct 2013
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The Flower Book, author Catherine Law's third book, is a beautifully written and well researched story of love and sorrow around the time of World War One. I loved the main character, Violet, and her love of wild flowers. The way the meaning of flowers is woven throughout the book is truly delightful. I recommend The Flower Book to all lovers of romance, and also Catherine's two previous novels; The September Garden and A Season of Leaves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Flowering Epic 8 Nov 2013
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Such an enthralling and involving epic of a book. The author's descriptive talents are amazing and involve you in Violet and Aster's lives to such an extent, that you are sat there with them at the shore or under the tree watching 1918's crop being harvested.
A Season of Leaves was an accomplished novel, especially as it was the author's first. But, the Flower Book is in a different league and I had it finished in a couple of days (I'm not a particularly fast reader). I also realise that I should have read September Garden first but that will soon be remedied as I have just started reading it.
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