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This review is from: Flower Book, The (Hardcover)
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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Initial post: 11 Aug 2014 23:28:04 BDT
I agree, I was almost put off by the cover, but am so glad I decided to read this book (borrowed from the library). It was an excellent read and very topical, being set around the First World War.
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Aug 2014 08:43:41 BDT
Mrs. M. G. Powling says:
I'm delighted someone agrees with me regarding the cover, attractive though it is. But what a coincidence to be notified or your comment this morning. Only yesterday I 'looked up' Catherine Law's website to see if she had another book in the pipeline.
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