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The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart - Holly Ringland

The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart

Paperback Published: 19th March 2018
ISBN: 9781460754337
Number Of Pages: 400

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An enchanting and captivating novel, about how our untold stories haunt us - and the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive.

After her family suffers a tragedy, nine-year-old Alice Hart is forced to leave her idyllic seaside home. She is taken in by her grandmother, June, a flower farmer who raises Alice on the language of Australian native flowers, a way to say the things that are too hard to speak.

Under the watchful eye of June and the women who run the farm, Alice settles, but grows up increasingly frustrated by how little she knows of her family's story. In her early twenties, Alice's life is thrown into upheaval again when she suffers devastating betrayal and loss. Desperate to outrun grief, Alice flees to the dramatically beautiful central Australian desert. In this otherworldly landscape Alice thinks she has found solace, until she meets a charismatic and ultimately dangerous man.

Spanning two decades, set between sugar cane fields by the sea, a native Australian flower farm, and a celestial crater in the central desert, The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart follows Alice's unforgettable journey, as she learns that the most powerful story she will ever possess is her own.

'An astonishingly assured debut, The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart is a story of love, loss, betrayal and the redemptive power of storytelling ... both heartbreaking and life-affirming.' – Kate Forsyth

'The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart is a book that glows - in the fire and heart of it; in the wonder and hope of it. Holly Ringland is a gifted, natural story-teller and her novel--about finding magic in the dark; about the power of freedom and the freedom of story--is truly a light-giving, tender thing. A vivid, compelling, utterly moving debut.' – Brooke Davis

"I loved this brave and beautiful book. Alice Hart has the strength and magic of an Australian wildflower in bloom." – Favel Parrett

'This novel shines with courage, with heart, and with love. Infused with a tender ferocity, and the beauty and warmth of native flowers, it invokes great stories of loss, kindness and home.' – Ashley Hay

'The best fairy tales traverse the darkest corners of the human heart, and this beautiful novel is no exception. Truth and illusion, devastation and triumph, The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart will spit you out whole.' – Myfanwy Jones

Wouldn't recommend to a friend.

2

Great beginning and then towards the end became like a days of our lives episode.

Sydney

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Did the dog die?

4

Found this a great read, with perhaps a bit of a poor ending. Very interesting use of flowers and meanings. Would recommend but either I missed it (did check) but what happened to Alice's first dog Toby?

Sydney

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Started well but became soap opera-ish in the second half

3

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Central coast NSW

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Somebody needs to make this one a movie

5

Picked up this book because of the elegant cover and could not put it down. I grew up with Alice Hart through every page. I wish we could speak to movie producers, after every page I was trying to decide who could play Alice and all the other pages. Really worth the read just make sure there are some tissues nearby.

Goulburn

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Hard to put down

5

A friend recommended this book. I haven't quite finished it, but am loving it & finding it hard to put down.

Perth

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Loved it and have given it to friends

5

I have given this book to friends as gifts I think it deserves all the love. So good to read an Australian book.

Brisbane

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Utterly engaging read

5

This book was a genuine surprise in that the story was so unusual. It explored some very unusual themes with language that created vivid mental pictures.

northern NSW

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Fell in love

5

I loved this book, it is well written and researched. Could not put it down

Tas

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Couldn't put it down

5

This book was an amazing read. I was engaged to the very end and wanted to know more even when i got to the end of the book.

Sydney

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I will read this book again and again!

5

A great read. I will enjoy this book again. Wonderful characters and beautiful descriptions. Country setting and relatable scenes.

SW West Australia

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The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart

4.7 29

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ISBN: 9781460754337
ISBN-10: 1460754336
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 19th March 2018
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.5

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