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The Little Flowers Audio Cassette – Audiobook, 1 Jun 2005

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Product details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: ISIS Audio Books; Unabridged edition (Jun. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753121867
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753121863
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 16.8 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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About the Author

Born in South Africa. Nicola Thorne was educated at the LSE. She lived for many years in London, but now lives in Dorset. She is the author of over forty novels. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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This is a story based on a 15 year old protestant girl, Andrea, who is sent to a catholic boarding school during WWII. It is the tale of her time there, from being the new girl who wants to fit in and be accepted until the day she leaves at the age of 18. She finds that (as a protestant) not being allowed to attend the catholic ceremonies peaks her curiosity and gives her a desire to learn more about the catholic faith, and the book really provides a platform for the reader to learn about her spiritual journey.

It is also a story about relationships and friendships and we see how, over the years at the school, friendships and alliances between the girls, teachers and nuns are made, strengthened, broken and realigned.

Whilst the story itself is set in WWII the war itself is very much in the background and hardly ever referred to for the most part, even during prayer sessions - until the latter part of the book nobody seems to be affected by it at all. It is almost as if that is a deliberate move, to reinforce the fact that the school and the church in particular are separate from world events and will carry on whatever is going on in the outside world.

Whilst it is an enjoyable read, it is rather monotonous - the book just follows term on term year after year with only events like the school play or feast days breaking the normal routine and there just aren't enough external events portrayed to break it up. The end result is really just a pleasant read, if rather boring. A shame really, because I have enjoyed other books by the author.
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Not read her before. Found this slow and laboured. I think she has written better. Always try to read first books as they are usually an authors best. Not this time
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