Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Flower Seller by Linda Finlay
A charming and evocative tale of family and fortune from the queen of West Country saga, Linda Finlay.
Isabella Carrington has been brought up in a life of privilege in London. Her life seems perfect, until her father suddenly announces bankruptcy. To save Isabella from destitution he sends her to stay with family she has never met, far away on a violet farm deep in Devon.
Isabella is horrified to find her uncle expects her to work for her keep, packing up the flowers and selling them in the nearby market. However she soon discovers that life on a violet farm may not be so bad, especially when she meets handsome local farmer Felix Furneaux…
What a delightful read this was, whisking me away to a violet farm in 1890s Devonshire. I really enjoyed getting to know Isabella and her country cousins, and of course the handsome local farmer Felix Furneaux!
I must admit I wasn’t too sure about Isabella in the beginning. She was quite snooty and definitely got off on the wrong foot with her extended family. Her uncle, aunty and cousins all welcomed her with open arms when her father sent her away from London, but she was rather cold and and stuck up. She refused to listen to their gentle hints on family matters, expecting her beau in London to come and rescue her. Little did she know that the train trip from London to Dawlish wasn’t the only journey she was going to find herself on. Isabella was about to discover who she was, and where she truly came from.
As the story progressed and as Isabella’s character developed I warmed to her and even ended up liking her, especially when she found her herself in some very interesting and amusing situations with the locals.
I loved reading about the daily workings of the violet farm, and the town of Dawlish sounded lovely. Isabella’s aunty, uncle and cousins were wonderful characters who would be great to have as relatives.
I’ve not read any books by Linda Finlay before and will certainly be on the look out for more by her. If you enjoy historical fiction full of like characters and family secrets, you’ll definitely love this.
Thanks so much to Lily Capewell at HQ for organising the blog tour and for my complimentary copy.