Posts Tagged ‘Historical Saga’

 

A Captivating West Country Family Saga

The Flower Seller is a fascinating story of a young woman’s descent from luxury to rural poverty after her beloved papa’s death. The openness and honesty of Isabella draws the reader in as they share her struggles to adjust to an alien lifestyle and family who at first she seems to have no common connection. Then the pace quickens and the pages turn as we want to know if she succeeds in turning her misfortunes around.

The story features another of Linda Finlay’s signature themes of old Devon crafts and wares – this time violet growing around Dawlish. As usual, the author’s talent for research is in evidence as her words, characters and dialect, bringing the world of Devonshire violet growers in the late nineteenth century to life. Light hearted moments between Isabelle and her cousin Dotty or the attractive business rival Felix are in sharp contrast with scenes of darkness and despair, snobbery and corruption.

This is a satisfying novel about a young woman’s rise to fulfillment and is just right for this year of celebration of one hundred years of woman’s suffrage.

Highly recommended.

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coverSeventeen year old Merry wants a better life away from her Cornish fishing village. No more back-breaking work in the pilchard factory or near starvation when the catches don’t come in – and no more assumptions that the best she can hope for in life is to be married to a self-centred pretentious local.

Regular readers of Linda’s saga’s will enjoy reading about a new local craft, Cornish knit frocks, together with some new West Country settings. The strong characterisation is there as always. Merry makes a likeable heroine and her quest to better herself is a joy to follow. Other characters are beautifully sketched. I particularly liked Mrs Smale and Grozen. The Sea Shell Girl is a compelling saga paced to allow the reader time for familiarisation with the characters and their lifestyles before a surprising and emotional ending which weaves together the storylines in a most satisfying way. Strongly recommended and a great read on a Cornish holiday.