A Memory of Violets by Hazel Gaynor

Find in catalogEasy read – touching story of two sisters in 1876 and two sisters in 1912.  Book goes back/forth in time from one set to the other, showing how one sister from 1912 is able to help solve the mystery of the 1876 sisters.  I figured the lives of flower sellers was not glamorous, but had no idea how poverty stricken they were.  Although this book is wonderful historical fiction, it is also a nice education about a real man, John Grooms (Albert Shaw in the book), and his work to help the poor and crippled orphans by training them to make flowers and giving them a better life.

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