The Flower Seller by Linda Finlay

An Assault On The Senses

The Flower Seller by Linda Finlay is the most delightful historical novel that transports the reader to a quieter age.

The noise and bustle of London contrasts sharply with the peace of the Dawlish countryside. Anonymity is exchanged for neighbours who pull together. The reader delights in the sights, sounds and smells of the countryside. Reading is a pleasant assault on all senses due to the marvellous descriptions.

There is a gap between the haves and the have-nots. The reader watches as the heroine transforms from aloof to all-in.

Family is important. There is a wonderful warm atmosphere that encompasses the reader. The mother is the glue that holds the family together.

Neighbours help each other. They share what little they have. Their attitude contrasts sharply with the London businessmen who if they see a sinking ship, they jump. It is every man for himself.

Secrets destroy lives. Secrets need to be brought into the open and confronted. “Sometimes you need to revisit your past before you can move on to your future.”

We are not responsible for the sins of our parents. We cannot alter who they were. We can only concentrate on our character.

The story is highly amusing with some very light hearted moments. The heroine is unaware of the local dialect or meanings of some phrases. This produces hilarity in the reader.

The technique of growing violets is imparted into the reader, showing that Linda Finlay has extensively researched.

The Flower Seller was a pure delight. I read it in just one sitting as I was unable to tear myself away from the action.

A wonderful read.

I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.




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