After her family suffers a tragedy when she is nine years old, Alice Hart is forced to leave her idyllic seaside home. She is taken in by her estranged 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. But Alice also learns that there are secrets within secrets about her past. Under the watchful eye of June and The Flowers, women who run the farm, Alice grows up. But an unexpected betrayal sends her reeling, and she flees to the dramatically beautiful central Australian desert. Alice thinks she has found solace, until she falls in love with Dylan, a charismatic and ultimately dangerous man.
The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart is a story about stories: those we inherit, those we select to define us, and those we decide to hide. It is a novel about the secrets we keep and how they haunt us, and the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive. Spanning twenty years, set between the lush sugar cane fields by the sea, a native Australian flower farm, and a celestial crater in the central desert, Alice must go on a journey to discover that the most powerful story she will ever possess is her own.
What can I say about The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart that would live up to the beauty of the words in this book? This Australian bestseller has made its way to North America and we are so lucky to have it here! What a gorgeous book inside and out. I love the illustrations on the chapter headings and the descriptions of all the flowers and especially how the flower descriptions match the tone of the chapter, so clever!
This was a heavy book, the subject matter was potent and really packed a punch to the gut as you’re reading about Alice’s journey. Following the characters life was a pleasure and it conjured such emotion from me. This is a great book club book if you’re looking for your next group read.
**Thank you House of Anasi for sending me a copy for an honest review, it was such a strong read, truly enjoyed it.**