Bingo! The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland

It’s bingo Saturday once again – that rolled around fast! The square I’ve filled for this entry is:

A book everyone is talking about

 

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The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart has been steadily popping up in my book circles for several weeks now – everyone seems to have read it, is currently reading it or wants to read it, but either way, they’re all talking about it! I’ve been talking about it myself for quite awhile and now that I’ve read it I’ll keep on talking about it because it is a stunning novel, truly beautiful, and one that I recommend widely to all.

Guilt, grief, and the toxic effect of harbouring family secrets play out in this enchanting and heartfelt novel by debut Australian author, Holly Ringland. The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart is a story that orbits around wildflowers.

There’s something about Holly’s writing that really gets under your skin. It’s more in what she leaves unsaid than in any explicit renderings. The narrative sweeps along, visually appealing as well as deeply heartfelt. There were many moments throughout where I breaked from reading for reflection.

Read my full review here.


This year I’m playing book bingo with Mrs B’s Book Reviews. On the first and third Saturday of each month, we’ll post our latest entry. We’re not telling each other in advance what we’re currently reading or what square we’ll be filling next; any coincidences are exactly that – and just add to the fun!

Follow our card below if you’d like to join in, and please let us know if you do so we can check out what you’re reading.

Now I’m off to check out what square Mrs B has marked off for this round. See you over there!

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4 thoughts on “Bingo! The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland

  1. #Book Bingo 2018: ‘A book based on a true story’ – Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

    Another one of those books I would never have picked up if it wasn’t for book club, forever grateful to everybody in our group for choosing unique books I would never normally choose and I’m also using this book to tick off a square on the Book Bingo challenge, ‘a book based on a true story.’

    Burial Rites is a breathtaking debut by Australian author Hannah Kent.

    This beautiful and compelling and rather tragic tale is based on the true story of Agnes Magnusdottir the last woman executed in Iceland in the early 1800s. I loved Agnes’s voice in this spellbinding story – beautiful, poetic and intelligent. Agnes has been condemned to death for the murder of two men and leading up to the execution date she’s sent to a local farming family to work with/for them for 6 months.

    The setting is cold, bleak, grey, isolated, yet the authors description of the landscape is stunning, captivating and hypnotic.

    I loved this book. Gorgeous, haunting, atmospheric and heart-rending.

    Highly recommended.

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    • This is a stunning read. I loved it also. Have you read Burial Rites? I liked it even more than this one but both contain Hannah’s trademark imagery.
      Book clubs and book challenges are so great for introducing new books, I agree.

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