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Florrie Buckley is an orphan, living on the wind-blasted moors of Cornwall. It's a hard existence but Florrie is content; she runs wild in the mysterious landscape. She thinks her destiny is set in stone. But when Florrie is fourteen, she inherits a never-imagined secret. She is related to a wealthy and notorious London family, the Graces. Overnight, Florrie's life changesFlorrie Buckley is an orphan, living on the wind-blasted moors of Cornwall. It's a hard existence but Florrie is content; she runs wild in the mysterious landscape. She thinks her destiny is set in stone. But when Florrie is fourteen, she inherits a never-imagined secret. She is related to a wealthy and notorious London family, the Graces. Overnight, Florrie's life changes and she moves from country to city, from poverty to wealth. Cut off from everyone she has ever known, Florrie struggles to learn the rules of this strange new world. And then she must try to fathom her destructive pull towards the enigmatic and troubled Turlington Grace, a man with many dark secrets of his own....

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Florence Grace: The Richard & Judy bestselling author Reviews

  • Angela Smith
    2019-04-11 01:03

    Tracy Rees has certainly not suffered from the Second Novel Syndrome that has cursed many a writer. I think I might have enjoyed this one even more than Amy Snow. I would read a hundred pages in a sitting before I barely realised I had. (In a good way) The setting is the harsh but beautiful Cornish landscape in Victorian England. I have visited Cornwall several times on holiday and loved it for its scenery which was brought to life in this book. Florence is a headstrong and spirited young girl in touch with the magic of the moors and her inner voice. (She has a sense of people and flashes of the future) Her life is hard with her Nan, both her parents are dead by the time the story begins with thirteen-year-old Florence. Florence is content but stifled at the same time by her harsh existence. When she goes to help out at a grand house party in the Village her life and destiny are changed forever only a few short years later, when totally alone she is reclaimed by the family who rejected her mother's choice as a husband. Florence is reluctantly transplanted to London to live with the Graces, not everyone is kind to her or tolerant of her cultural differences. She makes mistakes, but at least she learns from them as well as finding true friends along the way. As much as she becomes accustomed (tolerates) London there is still a strong longing in her heart for Cornwall, the harshness of the city has dulled her gifts and her guiding voice is muted by it.A satisfying read with a hopeful conclusion.

  • Thebooktrail
    2019-04-02 03:01

    Booktrail map of locations! link: Florence GraceI love reading Tracy Rees. What a different novel to her first but equally as compelled and with the same charm and wit in her writing. Florrie is very charming and honest - the whole book is in first person so you really get inside her head and live her journey with her. The only way her story could have been told really. She is Cornwall and Cornwall is her and the strength of her will and her perseverance in life is to be admired. She is so in tune with her surroundings that I really felt her pain when she headed to London. Come back to Cornwall I wanted to shout!There is so much to this novel and it’s a slow but meaty read. Where is Florrie really happy and how does she make sense of the world around her particularly her new world? I did laugh at some of her mistakes in her new role -a bit like when you go to a posh dinner and use the wrong fork but I didn’t laugh at her but with her at the reactions of others and the class lines that existed at the time. Such a disheartening experience it must have been!Money doesn’t buy true happiness is true in this novel as is another phrase my granny used to say ‘ fur coat and no knickers’. Bit like Old Rilla, who tells it like it is, and Florrie, now florence navigates such pitfalls as only she can.The trials and tribulations in her life were fascinating to read bout.Those brothers and what Turlington Grace became...well that was the best part of the novel as the ending was nicely unexpected.I really feel as if I’ve been in a bit of a time travelling journey with Florrie. I really got to know and like her and was really sad to see her go

  • Emma Crowley
    2019-04-15 23:20

    Last year Tracy Rees published her debut novel, the absolutely incredible Amy Snow which was the winner of the Richard and Judy search for a bestseller competition. With such high profile names attached to a book you might be tempted to say sure that was going to sell well anyway and get plenty of attention (which it did) but regardless of any endorsements Tracy’s first read would have been successful anyway as it was a brilliant piece of storytelling hooking you in from the first page until the very last. I remember writing in my review for that book that the author had lots of potential and that Amy Snow was only a teaser of what was to come and with this new book Florence Grace for me the author has confirmed the above statement. The comparisons to my favourite authors Lucinda Riley and Dinah Jefferies, both authors whom if you haven’t read before should definitely be on your radar, are not mentioned for the sake of it they are easily justifiable. Again like last year’s book the cover for Florence Grace is perfect for the genre and evokes a haunting atmosphere of a girl roaming the moors of Cornwall at one with nature and the surrounding land as she contemplates her future and all that has passed. What follows is a story of transformation and discovery and above all else courage and sheer determination. The reader is taken from the brooding moors of Cornwall to the bustling crowded streets of London and for Florrie Buckley a new name, family and life await. She jumps from poverty to wealth but is that what she really wants or needs? Will this new dramatic world be everything it is cracked up to be or will it prove too much for the country girl so in tune to the landscape around her? Dark secrets are about to be exposed which will test the inner strength possessed by Florence and reading of her journey proved to be exhilarating and intriguing and certainly moved Tracy Rees into my top five favourite authors which is a spot difficult to reach as I can be a harsh judge.The landscape plays a huge role in this novel and though it may be a cliché to say it, it does almost become a character in itself. Young Florrie Buckley is at one with the moors, the bog, mud, sea mists and the countryside surrounding the tiny hamlet of Braggenstones. Having lost her mother at birth she was raised by her Nan and father and allowed to roam free with her friends Hesta and Stephen. Times were tough in the isolated rural village (if you could even call a tiny cluster of cottages a village) but the people did their best with the land and always worked together. Tragedy seems to follow Florrie around as her father dies and it is just herself and Nan left. Again she turns to what she knows best the wild, craggy moors ‘I had been walking the moors all my life. They had been my refuge through every trial and tragedy’. Florrie’s affinity with the land is evident from the beginning ‘The moors were my soul home, the place I could never be lost’. The wise woman Old Rilla encourages this side of Florrie and teaches her all manner of healing methods using natural resources. Old Rilla is a source of comfort and support to Florrie along with Lacey Spencer who offers lessons to children from her front room. These two women see something in Florrie and wish to nurture it. When Florrie is asked to serve at a party in Truro she meets the other side of the coin to everything she has known the rich and powerful people so vastly different from everything she has ever experienced. There a brief chance meeting with Turlington Grace sparks a feeling/premonition in Florrie. Yes there is a romantic spark but this is something else and her intuition has never left her down before. Then at aged 15 everything changes for Florrie with the death of her Nan and what she had been told all her life is turned on its head as what should have been revealed many years ago finally comes to light. Florrie is actually Florence and related to a wealthy London family and her second name just happens to be Grace. What follows is a story of a girl taken from the world she is so connected to and transported to a life of rituals and rules and conventions which for such a free spirited girl it will prove to be challenging to acclimatise to.Tracy Rees did a magnificent job of setting the scene for the overall plot, some may think too much time was devoted to Florrie’s early life but I felt it was perfect as we needed to fully understand her background and childhood and the deeply held connection to the people and landscape around her. It also served to show the stark contrast between her old life in the country and the strange yet exciting times that Florence would experience in London. Whilst Cornwall might have been calm and tranquil, London is the complete opposite and a place of wonder for Florence. Yet the house and the relations she finds herself living with seem to be dark and troubled ‘I knew for a certainty that I was never going to be happy in that house’. There are numerous characters to get to know and to be honest none of them especially appealed to me apart from Sanderson and Calantha as I had such sympathy and understanding for Florence it may well have clouded my judgement of others. Hawker is Florrie’s grandfather who seems offhand and always out to secure the Grace family future, Aunt Dinah with her daughters Judith and Annis treats Florence with sheer abhorrence and more or less views her as an intruder to her cushy life she presumed she had all secure. The manner in which attempts to show Florence the new customs, rituals and ways of speaking was disheartening to read of so I can only imagine how Florence herself felt. Sanderson, brother of Turlington, seemed the most sympathetic to the situation Florence found herself in but he was a man and men at the time had their own role and he couldn’t overrule the way in which Aunt Dinah was forcing the life of the upper class on the free spirited Florence who until this point in time had roamed free to her hearts content. Calantha was a beautiful young girl living in the Grace household but treated like a pariah. Yes she may have been slightly different but her character was written with such compassion that she almost became a kindred spirit to Florence.Florence feels confined in all senses of the word - the house is like a prison, the freedom of the moors is but a distant memory as Aunt Dinah enforces her way of life upon a girl who should be allowed to be herself. ‘She is a danger to our family, she will tear us apart, mark my words. She has been tainted and it can never be undone’. I felt such sympathy for Florence at the sheer hatred emanating from Aunt Dinah, she was up against a force who wanted nothing but her downfall but she had to make the best of the situation as she could not return to Cornwall. This is where Florence’s strength of character shone through and against all the unkindness shown to her she tries her utmost to make the best of a bad situation and through this she grows in many ways. In the blurb Turlington Grace was described as enigmatic and to all intents and purposes he was that. He was confrontational yet kept things hidden and seemed to have a connection with Florence for reasons apart from a hint of romance ’Like him, I was set outside the mould not only here but in Cornwall too I had been different’. They appear to be kindred spirits for reasons that became apparent later on but on the other hand I felt Turlington was extremely selfish. He was the one who could have been there for Florence when she needed someone but through circumstances of his own creation he dips in and out of the Grace home in London. As he made brief appearances powerful although they may have been I felt he flitted in and out of the story too much and therefore the reader barely got to know him and understand his way of thinking. We could see how Florence felt about everything but I was never fully convinced of his intentions.Often the second book following a hugely successful debut can prove to be difficult to write considering the pressure heaped upon the author. It can also mean the reader is left waiting endlessly for the book to be released. Well on both counts Tracy Rees hasn’t fallen foul of these statements, Florence Grace is just as good as Amy Snow even if my only slight issue was that it fell a little bit flat in the middle before picking up the pace and plot to provide an ending that leaves one full of hope and happiness. I loved how the conclusion didn’t go with convention and that everything didn’t follow the path one might have expected. There were twists and turns that kept my interest which was needed after elements of the middle section became slightly repetitive. Some may think did Tracy Rees rush to get this second book out to capitalise on the success of book one? I don’t think this is the case, Tracy clearly has a deep love for writing and just wants to share her characters and stories with as many people as possible. Florence Grace makes you feel like you have travelled back in time and that you believe Florence really could have existed all those years ago. The story of her transition and growth is compelling and intriguing and she is a character that has you rooting for a positive outcome. Florence Grace is definitely recommended for lovers of historical fiction like myself but also through Quercus’ Summer Reading Challenge I’m sure Tracy Rees will find plenty of new readers who will be equally enthralled as I was.

  • Agi
    2019-04-17 03:17

    "Florence Grace" is Tracy Rees's second novel. Last year I read her debut "Amy Snow" ( I can see a pattern coming here!) and I was totally delighted with this book, and I was so looking forward to the new release. It is always exciting to see how the author manage with the success of the first book and how is the "dreaded" second novel, but no worries here, and even though I think that "Amy Snow" is as yet going to stay the author's biggest success and my favourite of hers, "Florence Grace" is also a piece of a brilliant historical fiction."Florence Grace" is set in the beautiful Cornwall and London of Victorian England and the author really brings the times to life, with descriptions of the places, harsh landscapes, difficult times, clothes and lives of the characters - she has incredible, evocative way with words and everything she writes about is vivid and feels like jumping out of the pages at any moment.There are many characters in this novel, and the author introduces us to new ones throughout the story but as there is a bunch of the main characters it doesn't feel confusing - I didn't feel confused to know who is who, even if the names were mentioned after some time of absence. As in the first book, also here the main character, Florence, is a strong and very spirited young girl. She's intelligent, clever and she knows what she wants. She doesn't care about appearances, which is mostly very clear when she's in London, but she also realises that to survive she must fall into line. There is also a touch of magic to her - she sees flashes of the future and she can sense people, but it doesn't overwhelm her personality and descriptions of her. It felt as if she is a step ahead of all the other people, as if she knows much more than people of the times. Brave, with open heart, I really enjoyed how she settled in to a new life, even though the people - her long - lost family - that were supposed to help her were not so keen on this and were not so tolerant of the differences.In fact, all the other characters were really brilliantly drawn and it didn't take long for me to start to love or hate them. The author took her time to introduce them to us and I really felt as if I know them all inside out, and I really liked it. There was a depth to them all and all of them had their own complicated personalities and had their own stories and I really appreciate that Tracy Rees hasn't made their lives too easy - they had problems, they made mistakes, they acted and reacted like real people, and all in a way that was so absolutely suitable to the Victorian times.Tracy Rees has also in a great way captured the differences between the wild, wild moors and the hard and harsh life there, with men working in the mines and women trying to nourish their families, and London, where life at first could seem so much easier and for sure more glamorous, but wasn't it in fact much more difficult than in Cornwall? With all the lies, secrets and keeping appearances? And Florence has seen it immediately, she didn't need any special gift to see this, and as much as she hated to live in lie she's also seen the need to conform. But she's never stopped dreaming about coming back to her roots.The book started very promising and interesting though there were passages that dragged a bit, but after Florrie found herself in London it went a little downhill. There was one moment that made me laugh out loud when Florrie and her cousin went for an argument but other than that it was kept on a very steady level. I'm not saying the pace was not right because it was, I just had a feeling that we are going in circles about the same things and it spoiled the reading a little for me.I truly admired the writing style. It is historical fiction, but written in a very accessible, not too pompous way, and I loved when Florence unconsciously switched into her Cornish accent. There are many twists and turns in the story - they must be when you take length of this book into consideration! - though nothing so very life - changing or too dramatic, which is a good thing, as the story flows really smoothly and it keeps the air of realism and possibility - it just sounds genuine. I only have some problems with the ending, which sounded... I don't know, a little weird? Different? Not suitable for this story? I'm not sure, I can't keep my finger on the thing, but it just didn't sit with me and I'm afraid it can confuse some readers. But altogether, I really enjoyed "Florence Grace". It was not as brilliant as the previous book but Tracy Rees kept to her standards and delivered a wonderful, detailed, very well thought through book. There was lots and more in this story. The author is a great story - teller and in Florrie she created a brilliant narrator. We have challenges in this novel, changes with all their ups and downs, searching for your own true self, following dreams, friends and foes, love and hate, hope and despair, wealth and poverty, truth and lies and staying true. Tracy Rees is growing in strength and she has found her own, lovely and distinctive voice and she is for sure the one to watch - I am already waiting for her third book.Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for a review.

  • Emmy
    2019-04-10 21:04

    **3.5**Considering how little "action" this had in it, it's a testament to the writing that I was never bored. I think it could have been a little shorter, but that might have just been me failing to finish the audiobook during my commute and then only listening to snatches over the weekend when I could.

  • Karen Mace
    2019-04-18 04:21

    After reading The Hourglass and loving it, I wanted to read more from this author and Florence Grace, her second novel, has been another fabulously enjoyable read !We follow Florence from her life in Cornwall where she has a very simple life and feels totally at home, through her time in London with her new family where she feels like a fish out of water and her only comfort is the friendships she builds up within her new family and the problems that causes.Family secrets come to the fore and the bitterness from the past is never far away and Florence struggles with her feelings and doesn't seem to know what to do for the best. She is forced to grow up quite quickly and it is fascinating to see her progress from a young child to a confident young woman, but still carries on being such a caring person despite the situations she finds herself in.I loved the parts of the story set in Cornwall as it was here that you see the content Florrie and you understand why she is so reluctant to move to London as it is completely alien to her.

  • Rebecca Stonehill
    2019-04-18 21:11

    "...I have come to believe that we can only really save ourselves - though if we are wise we will accept help where it is offered."This is just one of many of the passages in Tracy Rees second novel that I bookmarked, so strong is the subtle wisdom of her words. I really enjoyed following the fortunes of the protagonist of this book, from wild, windswept Cornish Florrie Buckley, to refined London heiress Florence Grace. Tracy Rees is a very gifted writer and her research into the period placed me right there, helping me to immerse myself deeply into Victorian life and customs. But more than that, I was moved by how Rees points to so many universal truths in her story, several of which I am sure will stay with me. For example, how you don't have to like people to feel empathy for them.I found that the pace faltered half way through the novel, slowing down the action a little and I felt that it may have benefited some tighter editing. That being said, the pace did pick up once more and I was won over again. I loved how the novel ended. Her descriptions of Cornwall I found particularly strong and I loved her characters from there, particularly Old Rilla. Well done Tracy, I look forward to the next novel!

  • Kathryn
    2019-04-12 04:21

    4.5 stars. Review to follow.

  • Dana Loo
    2019-03-29 19:56

    Una lettura un po' deludente, soprattutto la parte centrale in cui Florence va a vivere dai Grace, con qualche personaggio non proprio empatico (Tarlington), situazioni e dinamiche poco convincenti. Eppure aveva un grosso potenziale che, secondo me, è stato un po' vanificato.

  • Blodeuedd Finland
    2019-04-06 02:12

    The way Florrie talked about the moors sure made me want to visit them. And I loved her connection to them, and nature in general. How she longed for it all when she was stuck inside. She was not a city girl, and that never changed. But I am getting ahead of things.The book was told through first person and it worked so well, it was also as if she told the story looking back at things. The story flowed and it was hard to put down, I really needed to know how Florrie's life would turn out.Because we all know there will be sadness. She is an orphan living with her gran. Then she finds out she is related to the mighty Grace family and they want her back. A notorious family, and not a kind one. Well there were a few kind ones, but still those years will not be easy. From rich to poor. From her beloved countryside to stiff London where you can not go out. But there will also be love, but this is not a romance, I will leave you with that.There are sure some interesting characters in this one, good ones, bad ones, rotten ones, strange ones. And as for Florrie, she stays true to herself, and I liked that. Through good and bad, and at last, finding her own destiny.This would make a great tv-series btw, I'd watch it. Do you hear me Britain?A story you can not put down.

  • Debby
    2019-04-20 00:59

    I listened to this in audio, and five stars to the narrator. As for the story, I listened to this book after reading Amy Snow (I enjoyed that story). Three stars isn't a negative review. I enjoyed the story, but I wasn't engrossed in it. Turlington annoyed the daylights out of me-- and I suppose that is what he was supposed to do.I admired Florie's courage, and how outspoken she was. She was just plain stupid when it came to Turlington. I see that I am in the minority with reviews that earned four and five stars. I just got a little bored about the middle of the book-- but the very end had an "interesting" ending. I'll leave it at that.

  • Schneehase
    2019-04-06 21:05

    Die kleine Waise Florrie wächst bei ihrer Großmutter in Cornwall in einfachen, aber liebevollen Verhältnissen auf. Doch als Florrie etwa elf Jahre alt ist, erkrankt auch ihre Großmutter schwer. Kurz vor ihrem Tod klärt sie ihre Enkelin über deren Herkunft auf. Florries Mutter entstammt einer vornehmen Familie, die das Mädchen nun zu sich nach London nehmen wird. Aus Florrie Buckley wird nun Florence Grace. Das junge, ungestüme Mädchen hat viel zu lernen und nicht alle der neuen Verwandten sind ihr wohl gesonnen. Doch zum Glück gibt es auch Turlington, Florries Cousin, Enfant terrible und Erbe der Familie Grace....Meine Meinung: Schon auf den ersten Seiten fühlt sich der Leser ins historische England zurück versetzt, so bildhaft beschreibt Tracy Reeves die zwar ärmliche, doch glückliche Kindheit der aufgeweckten kleinen Florrie. Das erste Drittel des Buches hat mir nicht nur besonders gut gefallen, es hat mich regelrecht verzaubert und ich konnte Florence' spätere jahrelange Sehnsucht nach der komischen Landschaft gut nachvollziehen. Auch ihre erste Zeit in London und ihre Entwicklung zu einer jungen Dame war interessant und glaubwürdig beschrieben. Etwas anstrengend fand ich jedoch die Liebesgeschichte zwischen Florence und Turlington. Hier war mir es irgendwann zu viel des Guten. Unterstrichen wurde das durch den phasenweise übertrieben blumigen Sprachstil der Autorin. Den Seufzer: "O, Turlington!" mochte ich nach der x-ten Wiederholung einfach nicht mehr lesen. (Leserinnen mit einer ausgeprägten romantischen Ader wird es aber möglicherweise gar nicht so sehr stören…)Insgesamt passt aber der Sprachstil in die damalige Zeit und auch zur Geschichte. Die Weiterentwicklung von Florence zu einer selbstbestimmten Frau, die schließlich ihre Erfüllung findet, hat mich dann wieder mit der Geschichte versöhnt, so dass ich mit gutem Gewissen für vier von fünf Sternen vergeben kann.

  • Lia Valenti
    2019-04-21 02:05

    Questo è l'incipit del bellissimo libro che ho finito di leggere ieri sera.Tracy Rees si rivela ancora una volta un'eccelsa narratrice."Cornovaglia, 1850. Florrie Buckley è una giovane orfana di tredici anni che vive con la nonna materna, Nan, a Braggenstone, sperduto villaggio negli angoli più remoti della Cornovaglia. A tredici anni, lavorando come cameriera a una festa in una sfarzosa villa, Florrie incontra per la prima volta Sanderson e Turlington Grace, un incontro che la ragazzina considera in qualche modo collegato alla sua vita. Confidandosi con la nonna, Florrie apprende una sconvolgente verità: sua madre Elizabeth era una Grace. Preoccupata per il futuro di Florrie, Nan, a cui non resta molto da vivere, scrive a Hawker Grace, il nonno, che accetta di prendersi cura della nipote. Tutto è destinato a cambiare molto rapidamente per Florrie, che deve lasciare la sua amata Cornovaglia per raggiungere i Grace a Londra. L'accoglienza a Helicon, la dimora dei Grace, è piuttosto fredda e ben presto iniziano gli screzi con l'austera e severa famiglia Grace. L'unico con cui Florrie, ora divenuta Florence, sembra entrare in sintonia è Turlington, il quale tuttavia nasconde lati oscuri e un'anima inquieta, che lo portano a dileguarsi senza preavviso...

  • Rina
    2019-03-25 00:00

    Die zwei Leben der Florence Grace ist das erste Buch von Tracy Rees, was ich gelesen habe, und es hat mir ganz gut gefallen. Der Schreibstil der Autorin ist flüssig, das Buch hat ein angenehmes Tempo und es gibt viele schöne Beschreibungen der Landschaft des Cornwalls.Das Buch hat gewisse Parallele zu Mansfield Park von Jane Austen: in beiden Büchern geht es um eine arme junge Frau, die plötzlich aus ihrem Leben gerissen wird und zu den reichen Verwandten umzieht, in beiden Büchern fühlen sich die Protagonistinnen in ihrem neuen Zuhause nicht wohl und in beiden Büchern gibt es eine unerträgliche Tante. Woran sich die beiden Bücher sehr stark unterscheiden, sind die Protagonistinnen selbst. Florence Grace ist viel selbstsicherer und aktiver als Fanny Price, sie nimmt ihr Leben selbst in die Hand und versucht, ihr eigenes Ich nicht zu verlieren. Ich muss zugeben, ich mag Fanny Price nicht sehr, umso mehr war ich von Florence Grace begeistert. Sie ist eine sehr starke und sympathische Protagonistin.

  • Renita D'Silva
    2019-03-23 01:12

    Beautiful story, brilliantly written.

  • Mel
    2019-03-27 03:06

    I read this on a recommendation from my Mum, but for me it was a real struggle.Initially the plot was very back and forth with Florrie's memories and her early life, which I found a little off-putting. Once Florrie went to London, I found the plot incredibly slow moving. Overally, quite dry and a slog to read.

  • Steph
    2019-04-21 03:15

    This was a great book that I have devoured from the first page,tho it was rather staid and sluggish in the beginning while Florrie lived on the moors but it picked up once she moved to London and became a Grace.Once Florrie moved to London she had to completely change her ways and everything about who she was to fit in with her new wealthy family. For a long while she rebelled as she was only fifteen and this was a new and strange world. She wanted to go back to Cornwall and the moors.But gradually over time she becomes a Grace and falls in love with Turlington who is her cousin but isn't.A lot of the story is left out when u think about it,we never got know this new Florence outside of the Grace family,at balls and with possible suitors. She briefly tells us how she met her fiancé Aubrey after she has told us she is now engaged,bit late telling us now.There is every little detail in the beginning and then it just starts to skip chunks and months and in places years and only tells us things in brief.Coming up to the ending everything changes and it's so disappointing. Yes Florence/Florrie always had a keenness to go back to live on the moors but Florrie had changed as a person,she had grown up and she even said herself she couldn't go back to a life with nothing. Life had moved on and changed in places and the story had moved on and evolved,away from the doom and gloom of the moors but just like that she gives it all up to go back to a life on the moors where she can be at one again with the wind and rain.At times it was was too airy fairy and all tree huggy,I get that Florrie was special and different but for her to embrace a new part of herself and have this new awakening to then have us believe that she has now shed that part of herself and it was all for nothing.It feels like it was all pointless really,what did she achieve from it,what did she learn from it,what did she gain..obviously nothing if she has ended up right back where she started.Don't even get me started on the whole Turlington business,kindred spirits from the second they met and for them to end like that was utterly hopeless. What was the point of it all again!As if the ending wasn't bad enough but to add that utter bollocks epilogue,just makes me ask the question a million more times...what was the point of the whole bloody story in the first place then?!!!I did enjoy it partially and I really liked Florence partially and there were a lot of great characters that were entertaining so that's why I can give it 3 stars.

  • Laura
    2019-03-25 00:17

    Original post:> https://lauraslittlebookblog.blogspot...3.5/5Florence Grace is the second book in the Quercus Summer Reading Book Club and it was the one I was most looking forward to. Tracy Rees is author of Amy Snow which was a Richard and Judy bookclub pick. I missed out on reading her debut but was looking forward to the chance of reading her second book. This is the story of Florrie Buckley, an orphan who lives in the wilds of Cornwall in the 1800's. Florrie's life is a hard one, but it's one that she is happy with and thinks that she knows what the future holds for her.I very quickly got into reading this, Florrie Buckley being a character that I instantly warmed too. I liked the feistiness and wildness and magic about her. She know the moors of Cornwall like the back of her hand and senses the spirits of the moors. Tracy is great at portraying that sense of place and it made me imagine Cornwall in such a different way. These were the scenes that I enjoyed the most and Florrie's turn of events left me feeling as bereft as her.You can instantly tell that Tracy has put a lot of thought and research into writing Florence Grace and I felt very much transported back to the 19th Century. This was especially felt with the scenes set in London and the class system, it left me feeling very glad that we do not have those expectations now and could completely see where Florrie was coming from. I was emotionally attached to Florrie whilst reading and felt her anger and frustration at her new found relatives.Although this was a well put together book, I did find myself getting frustrated at how long it was taking for some things to happen. Maybe that was just me getting impatient, but again found that some scenes were perhaps a little unnecessary.Florence Grace was still a good read, but I think I would have liked more to have happened. The book got off to such a great start, but seemed to lose its way in the middle. Perfect ending though.

  • Samfriday
    2019-03-29 22:56

    I had previously read Amy Snow last year and throughly enjoyed it so was looking forward to reading Tracy Rees second novel.Florence Grace follows the story of Florrie Buckley from Cornwall who becomes Florence Grace of London. It is set mainly around the 1850's and features a cast of memorable characters. I particularly enjoyed the portrayal of Florence as a strong independent women who although faced with many challenging situations does not come across as weak, or as in many novels of this type, as a pathetic character to feel sorry for. Instead we are treated to a gutsy young lady who deals admirably with heartbreak, torment and frustration. There are moments of humour in the story and the other characters are generally appealing in their own ways, some due to their mystery, some due to being irritating and some (Hawker!) for simply being an enigma! I really liked the conclusion of the story and was glad the author chose not to have a sappy predictable ending! I thoroughly recommend this book and hope there is more to come from Tracy Rees.

  • Barbara
    2019-04-21 20:10

    I'd like to rate this book a 3.5. It started out as a 4, then the mid section was a 3 for me -- it felt like it was dragging -- and then finished as a 4 with a couple of surprises. I enjoyed the transformation of Florrie Buckley from a waif on the Cornish moors to an heiress in London and the difficulties she encountered while trying to fit into London society in the 1850s. If you like period dramas in the style of Masterpiece Theatre, you'll enjoy this read.

  • Éowyn
    2019-03-31 22:02

    I hadn't read Tracy Rees' previous novel, but thought that this sounded interesting and worth giving a go - so I did!It's well written, but without being too highbrow or difficult to read - in fact I got through it in just a couple of days!Plot wise it did remind me a little of Mansfield Park to start with - with the poor cousin being taken into the richer household which if alien in its ways and she is expected to be grateful - there's even an unpleasant aunt, two female cousins who think rather too well of themselves and a crush on a cousin! The book is set in the Victorian period, goes down other paths and Florence/Florrie is rather more forthright than Fanny Price!There are some twists and turns in the plot, but nothing melodramatic and the book keeps it's air of realism.The ending I felt was perhaps a little too neatly tied up and a touch anti-climactic, but overall it was an easy read and a book that I definitely enjoyed.

  • Edel
    2019-04-08 20:59

    This story starts in the wilds of Cornwall and the main character is a young woman called Florrie and she has a very special gift . An orphan livjng with her grandmother she unexpectantly moves to London , this country girls life meets many big changes and family she did not know before and it comes with its own ups and downs . This book had it all , a charming narrator, great settings , a wealthy family and a cruel man at the head of them all, forbidden love and family secrets . I really could not get enough of this story set in the 1800's . This book far exceeded my expectations and I did not want this story to end. I received this book for review from the lovely people over at

  • dawn nelson
    2019-04-01 01:56

    A good read. A bit slowI enjoyed this book but found it a little slow and boring. It had a really good ending but didn't feel I really got to love the main character so didn't enjoy the book as much as I thought. I didn't enjoy this book nearly as much as Amy Snow by the same author.

  • Louise Morris
    2019-03-29 21:16

    An withExcellent sophomore book! Heartbreaking and stirring!

  • Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
    2019-04-12 23:58

    5 Words:I received a copy of this for free via NetGalley for review purposes.

  • Lady Delacour
    2019-04-20 02:20

    Did not want it to end.It kept reminding me of the classics.

  • Tinstamp
    2019-04-05 02:14

    Der zweite Roman von Tracy Rees, deren Debüt "Die Reise der Amy Snow" ein Bestseller wurde, konnte mich leider nicht wirklich überzeugen.Florrie Buckley wohnt nach dem Tod ihrer Eltern bei ihrer Großmutter in einem kleinen Dorf in Cornwall. Das Leben ist bescheiden und man lebt mit der Natur, die Florence liebt. Sie besitzt außerdem eine besondere Gabe: Sie fühlt die Emotionen ihres Gegenübers.Als ihre Großmutter spürt, dass sie nicht mehr lange zu leben hat, weiht sie Florrie in ein langjähriges Geheimnis ein: Ihre Mutter entstammt einer reichen Familie aus gutem Haus und wurde wegen der Heirat mit ihrem Vater verstoßen. Nach dem Tod der Großmutter soll sie nach London zur Familie ihrer Mutter ziehen, den berühmt berüchtigten Graces.Florence lebt sich in ihrem neuen Leben nur schwer ein. Sie vermisst die Natur und leidet unter der Missbilligung und Kaltherzigkeit ihrer neuen Familie. Einzig das schwarze Schaf der Graces, Turlington, ist ein ähnlicher Freigeist wie sie. Erst mit der Zeit beginnt sie zu verstehen, dass es für sie besser ist, sich anzupassen. Trotzdem bleibt ihr Herz in Cornwall...Die Idee und die Geschichte der zwei Leben von Florence, die arm, aber liebevoll aufwächst, aber durch den Tod ihrer Großmutter und ihres Vaters bei der reichen, aber kaltherzigen Familie ihrer Mutter leben soll, ist nicht unbedingt neu, aber unterhält. Vorallem die Wandlung der kleinen lebenslustigen Florrie, die spricht, was sie denkt und sich über die komischen Sitten im Hause Grace wundert, ist öfters amüsant zu lesen. Wie sie sich ändert und gleichzeitig aber fürchtet, ebenso steif und kaltherzig zu werden, lässt einem hingegen nachdenklich werden. Die Charaktere der Familienmitglieder sind ausführlich beschrieben und lebendig. Trotzdem konnte mich der Roman nicht wirklich überzeugen. Vorallem der Mittelteil war für mich wirklich zäh. Hier musste ich mich manchmal zwingen weiterzulesen und habe schon überlegt abzubrechen. Jedoch nahm der Roman zum Ende hin wieder an Fahrt auf und obwohl es auch einiges für mich vorhersehbar war, fand ich wieder mehr gefallen an der Geschichte.Beginn und Ende gefielen mir gut und besonders Florries Begabung zu fühlen, was andere Menschen empfinden, war ein sehr interessanter Aspekt in der Geschichte. Trotzdem blieb dieser zweite Roman der Autorin weit hinter meinen Erwartungen zurück.Schreibstil:Der Schreibstil von Tracy Rees lässt sich wieder flüssig und angenehm lesen. Allerdings musste ich mich im Mittelteil manchmal wirklich zwingen weiterzulesen. Ich hatte das Gefühl auf der Stelle zu treten, denn mir fehlte gänzlich die Spannung. Auch waren einige Dinge doch sehr vorhersehbar. Mit einigen mystischen Elementen versuchte die Autorin etwas Leben in die Geschichte zu bringen. Die detailreichen Landschaftsbeschreibungen sind gelungen.Fazit:Leider hat mich der zweite Roman der Autorin etwas enttäuscht zurückgelassen. Anfang und Ende der Geschichte konnten überzeugen, während der Mittelteil für mich sehr anstrengend und zäh zu lesen war. Hier fehlte mir gänzlich die Spannung. Schade!

  • Buchherz
    2019-04-18 23:17

    Florrie Buckley hat ihre beiden geliebten Eltern schon mit jungen Jahren verloren und wird seit dem von ihrer Großmutter aufgezogen. Einsam und abgeschieden leben die beiden in den weiten Mooren von Cornwall von den Erträgen ihrer Landwirtschaft. Florrie wächst wild und glücklich in den unendlichen aber auch gefährlichen Mooren auf.Doch Florries behütetes Leben wird komplett auf den Kopf gestellt, als ihre Großmutter ihr kurz vor ihrem Tod ein lang gehütetes Geheimnis offenbart. Florrie's wahre Herkunft liegt in der reichen Familie Grace. Ganz auf sich allein gestellt zieht Florrie zu ihrer unbekannten Familien nach London und verändert damit ihr ganzes Leben. Florrie wird zu Florence Grace und damit gehen viele Verantwortungen einher, die ihr ihre unfreundliche Familie nicht besser machen. Bis Florence in ihrem Cousin Turlington einen Seelenverwandten findet. Über die Jahre entwickeln sich zwischen den beiden Gefühle, aber Turlington hat eine dunkle Vergangenheit.Meine MeinungDie zwei Leben der Florence Grace von Tracy Rees ist ein historischer Frauenroman mit einer komplizierten Liebesgeschichte. In einem angenehmen leichten Schreibstil wird die Geschichte aus der Perspektive des Hauptcharakters Florence geschildert. Das Buch startet in der Kindheit von Florrie und spielt dann den Hauptteil der Zeit ab ihrem fünfzehnten Lebensjahr.Florries altes Leben im Moor und ihr neues Leben in der Oberschicht von London werden beide sehr detailliert und ausführlich beschrieben. Ihr Weg in das Leben der Reichen ist voller Stolpersteine und gestaltete sich sehr abwechslungsreich. Dazu kommt die von Anfang an komplizierte, aber auch feurige Liebesgeschichte mit Turlington. Den Anfang des Buches habe ich geradezu verschlungen.Die Geschichte ist von vielen Geheimnissen aus der Vergangenheit geprägt, die nach und nach aufgedeckt oder offenbart werden. Dadurch behält das Buch anfangs eine permanente Spannung, die erst ab dem Mittelteil nachlässt. Danach zog sich die Geschichte zu sehr in die Länge, wodurch sie mich nicht mehr in ihren Bann zog.Die Charaktere sind mit ihren Stärken und Schwächen realistisch ausgearbeitet. Die wilde, ehrliche und mutige Florrie schließt man sofort in sein Herz. Während man die gegensätzlichen Brüder den heißblütigen Turlington und den liebenswerten, zuvorkommenden Sanderson nicht immer richtig durchschauen kann. Auch Florries Freundinnen Lacy und Rebecca sind mit ihren detaillierten Lebensgeschichten, starke Nebencharaktere.Am Ende bietet das Buch wieder eine spannendere Handlung und einige unerwartete Wendungen sowie Überraschungen, die den Leser in Atem halten.FazitDie zwei Leben der Florence Grace von Tracy Rees ist ein historischer Frauenroman über viele dunkle Familiengeheimnisse, der stark mit viel Spannung und einem unentrinnbarem Sog beginnt. Im Verlauf der Geschichte verliert das Buch an Spannung, da sich der Mittelteil zu lange zieht. Gegen Ende bekommt die komplizierte Liebesgeschichte aber wieder einige Überraschungen.

  • Kate ♡
    2019-04-10 23:55

    This is a fantastic book! The cast of characters was phenomenal. I wouldn’t have guessed early on, but some of them really do show growth as the story moves forward. Florrie was a wonderful narrative voice and lead character. I quite liked Sanderson, Calantha and Rebecca as well. Turlington was a total turd. He was a nice reprieve at the beginning (since he wasn’t horrid like so many of the other family members) but as time went on, I found him more and more tedious. He was flighty, immature and broody. He needed a swift kick in the arse. Florrie does deserve someone kinder, smarter and more stable. The setting of Cornwall/London was exceptionally well done. I felt like I was therein both Belgrave Square and on the moors of Cornwall. This book was like a little vacation in that respect! The ending was perfect. I love it when authors thoroughly know their characters and don’t sell out to do a cheap, tidy ending where everything wraps up nicely. Knowing Florrie like we do, this ending was hopeful and satisfying. I highly, highly recommend this book! I read Amy Snow early this year (also wonderful) and I’m going to order The Hourglass next. Tracy Rees is a talented and unforgettable writer.

  • Silvia Marcaurelio
    2019-04-03 21:16

    Dopo il successo ottenuto con il suo precedente romanzo “Amy Snow”, Tracy Rees ci riprova con un nuovo personaggio femminile, Florence Grace. Florence, detta Florrie abita in un piccolo villaggio rurale della Cornovaglia, insieme a suo padre e a sua nonna Nan. Nonostante non abbia mai conosciuto sua madre Elizabeth, stranamente ne conserva il ricordo. Si capisce subito che è una bambina speciale. Da sola nella brughiera non si perde mai, riesce sempre, anche in condizioni disagevoli, a ritrovare la strada. Ha la facoltà di scrutare nell’anima delle persone, quasi a vederne il futuro. Florrie viene quindi cresciuta da sua nonna Nan, libera di vagare nella brughiera. Se la perdita di sua madre l’aveva accettata, quella di suo padre la prostra in maniera inverosimile, solo la vecchia Rilla, una sorta di druido del villaggio, riesce a salvarla da sé stessa e da una morte per consunzione. A tredici anni Florence vede una buona possibilità di guadagno in un lavoro da cameriera in città, a Truro. É solo per una sera, ma qualche soldo in più in casa non fa mai male. Incuriosita da questa nuova esperienza, Florence rimane incantata da tutto quello che vede. Il ballo, i vestiti, tutto le sembra più splendente. Tra i tanti, nota due giovanotti. Uno che si nasconde dietro le tende in un anfratto dove passa solo la servitù. L’altro che fissa tutti con uno sguardo torvo ed irriverente che mostra sicuramente la poca voglia di essere lì in quel momento. I due sono i rampolli della nobile famiglia Grace. Sanderson, biondo e solare e Turlington, scuro e ombroso. Tornata a casa la mattina seguente dopo aver incontrato Turlington nelle stalle, Florrie nei giorni seguenti non riesce a dimenticare i due e ne parla con Rilla. Poco tempo dopo Nan si ammala e prima di morire le rivela che anche lei è una Grace da parte di sua madre. Nan ha chiesto quindi al vecchio patriarca Grace di prenderla con loro dopo la sua morte, nella sua famiglia. E che famiglia! Un nonno dispotico, una zia cattiva e due cugine che fanno di tutto per metterla in cattiva luce. Sembra piacere al solo Sanderson, e un poco forse, anche a suo nonno. Florence non ha mai dimenticato Turlington e quello che si erano detti quella mattina nella stalla, e nemmeno lui sembra averla dimenticata. Ma la loro è una storia di discesa all’inferno e per qualcuno sarà senza ritorno. Florence è abituata a badare a se stessa. Non ha bisogno di crinoline e gioielli. Nonostante la società non fosse così liberale con le donne e ne minasse le libertà personali, Florence riesce ad essere indipendente, moderna e positiva. Non accetta costrizioni e soprattutto mai metterà se stessa nelle mani di un uomo inaffidabile. Non è una Cenerentola e non desidera un principe. Per Florrie ognuno si sceglie il destino da sé, se lo crea rinunciando, anche se fa male, all’amore indissolubile, tormentato e passionale, che potrebbe annullarla, perché può essere felice e contenta anche senza. Bella la protagonista nella sua determinazione e nella sua voglia di indipendenza. Bella la sua dimostrazione dei sentimenti nonostante la bigotteria dell’epoca vittoriana. Bello il suo non aver paura del futuro, perché la sua storia se la scrive da sé. Belli anche i paesaggi maestosi della Cornovaglia ed essendoci stata, capisco la voglia di Florence di tornarvi a tutti i costi. Per gli amanti del genere. Voto: 7+