Feb 8, 2015

Sunday Salon, New Books: My Father's Wives; and A Memory of Violets

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My Father's Wives: A Novel by Mike Greenberg arrived from William Morrow Books for review. It's a January 2015 publication.
The story of one man's search to understand himself, his marriage, and his father. On this quest for understanding—about himself, about manhood, about marriage—Jonathan decides to track down his father’s five ex-wives. His journey will take him from cosmopolitan cities to the mile-high mountains to a tropical island—and ultimately back to confront the one thing Jonathan has that his father never did: home. 
 A Memory of Violets: A Novel of London's Flower Sellers by Hazel Gaynor was published February 3, 1015 by William Morrow.
In 1912, twenty-year-old Tilly Harper leaves her native Lake District for London, to become assistant housemother at Mr. Shaw’s Home for Watercress and Flower Girls. For years, the home has cared for London’s flower girls—orphaned and crippled children living on the grimy streets and selling posies of violets and watercress to survive. 
Tilly discovers a diary written by an orphan named Florrie—a young Irish flower girl who died of a broken heart after she and her sister, Rosie, were separated. Tilly sets out to discover what happened to Rosie. But the search will not be easy. Full of twists and surprises, it leads the young woman into unexpected places, including the depths of her own heart.
Looking forward to reading them both. What's on your reading list this week?

26 comments:

  1. Last week I noted how many books have "violet" in the title. I think that the Memory of VIolet was one. But some editor/agent/author/publisher must have voodoo and like violets. My post today is: http://fangswandsandfairydust.com/2015/02/snowday.html

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  2. A memory of Violet has such a beautiful cover, I hope the book will live up to it. Enjoy and have a great week !

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  3. My Farther's wives looks like such an interesting character and psychological study.


    The premise of A Memory of Violets sounds dark and grim. It does seem like it has potential to be a great book however.

    I look forward to your commentary on these novels.

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  4. Those both look good. Putting A Memory of Violets on my TBR list because it hits several interest points.

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  5. Ahhh I have missed Sunday Salon :) The Hazel Gaynor book sounds good, and lovely cover. Happy reading.

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  6. A Memory of Violets is on my list, so I’ll be looking for your review. I read a lot of historical novels: right now reading Vanessa and Her Sister, by Priya Parmar, and thoroughly enjoying it!

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  7. Both books sound wonderful. I can't seem to settle on anything the past few days...

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  8. Enjoy both of your books. I just started Cemetery Girl by David Bell. A book club pick. So far so good.

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  9. Thanks for stopping by my blog "verses"
    actually i finished reading The Scarlet Pimpernel and had a discuss with my book club Thursday gone. I think the whole world knows its my favourite book of all tiime

    I'm reading now The Hummingbird Tree by Ian McDonald with my book club and also on my reading table is Lion of God by Taylor Caldwell my personal reading

    Have a nice Sunday

    much love...

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  10. Five is too many wives. No wonder he had trouble understanding himself -- his marriage -- his father. Sounds interesting though.

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  11. Both books sound interesting. I've been thinking about My Father's Wives especially since it hits very close to home for me. My grandfather had been married at least 4 times and my father and all of his siblings have been divorced at least once. It'd be interesting to read this one. Hazel Gayner's books have been on my TBR for awhile. I know I own the last one but still haven't read it. Have a great week!

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  12. Harvee, both of these do sound very read-worthy! I look forward to your reviews. Have a relaxing Sunday eve.

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  13. A Memory of Violets sounds wonderful. Enjoy!

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  14. A Memory of Violets has been on several blogs. Looking forward to the reviews

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  15. A Memory of Violets sounds very good to me. I hope you enjoy both books.

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  16. For some reason, Memory of Violets reminds me of My Fair Lady...

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  17. A read another book by Hazel Gaynor and liked it a lot so I bet you're in for a treat with A Memory of Violets.

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  18. My Fathers Wives, hmmmm, interesting.

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  19. These both sound really good. They aren't a genre I read but they sound fascinating. You can see my week here. Happy reading!

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  20. I received A MEMORY OF VIOLETS too. I HAD to start reading it. I LOVE it. Just my kind of story.

    I love the time period. Beautiful writing too and great characters.

    It is a wonderful read.

    ENJOY your reading week.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

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  21. Love the cover of Memory of Violets. Hope you have a great week ahead!
    Check out my Monday post

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  22. My Father's Wives sounds interesting and I'm even more intrigued since it was written by one of the ESPN Mike & Mikes!! I had no idea he was a novelist as well...

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  23. A Memory of Violets sounds lovely, I'll look out for it here. Happy reading :)

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  24. I'm read A Memory of Violets right now and I'm loving it! Enjoy it!!
    2 Kids and Tired Books MM

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  25. Both of these sound good. I'm particularly curious about My Father's Wives. Happy reading!

    My Sunday Post - http://fuonlyknew.com/2015/02/07/whats-new-on-my-bookshelf-96-and-the-sunday-post/

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  26. Violets looks quite good, and appears it might be an emotional read as well. Enjoy it, and have a nice week. :)

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