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Flowers, fire and fairy tales are the elements that will forever shape nine-year-old Alice Hart's life in The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart, the remarkable debut by Holly Ringland.

Alice Hart lives in isolation by the sea, where her mother’s enchanting flowers and their hidden messages shelter her from the dark moods of her father. When tragedy changes her life irrevocably, nine-year-old Alice goes to live with the grandmother she never knew existed, on a native flower farm that gives refuge to women who, like Alice, are lost or broken. In the Victorian tradition, every flower has a meaning, and as she settles into her new life, Alice uses this language of flowers to say the things that are too hard to speak.

As she grows older, though, family secrecy, a devastating betrayal and a man who’s not all he seems combine to make Alice realise there are some stories that flowers alone cannot tell. If she is to have the freedom she craves, she must find the courage to possess the most powerful story she knows: her own.

©2018 Holly Ringland (P)2018 Macmillan Digital Audio
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A perfect hope-kindling fairy tale.

I can't describe how much this story means to me. It paves the way for other generational cursebreakers. And gives voice to so many!
It's a beautiful masterpiece written by an incredible woman. Read it!!!!

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Loved it!

Wonderful storytelling, setting description and detailed character development. The audible narration by Louise Crawford was great too. I was really invested in the characters and didn’t want it to end; I’m desperately trying to find a new book to read that will engage me as much now!

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beautiful book

i loved this story. so well written. made me laugh and made me cry and made me long for that wide brown land I call home <3

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Addictive!

I loved everything about it- perfect narrator who didn't distract from the story. The story really grips you and you can't stop listening to it and you really care about the characters.

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Beautiful concept and imagery. Not well executed.

The flower motifs are beautiful and I enjoyed the description of the Australian landscapes. The storyline is there but there are too many holes and thrown in characters that were not well developed but were rather just inserted to serve as a vehicle for her story.
Also a few irritating holes in the story- like why some people were able to use google (and a little creepy in one case) and some were not even though her name was not a secret.
Felt like a draft of what could have been a great book.
I heard it’s being developed into a tv show. I look forward to that as they will have the luxury to pad out the thin parts.