‘Rocks & Flowers In A Box’ by Cynthia Hilston


The wedding bells for Lorna and Tristan Blake toll doom right as the honeymoon begins with an unexpected turn in Tristan’s health. While World War II winds down, Lorna receives a letter from the War Department informing her that the brother she thought killed in action is still alive. She is overjoyed, but his return will dredge up a devastating secret about their parents’ tragic death –a secret that could destroy her new marriage and threaten her husband’s physical and mental well-being. What unfolds is balancing act of keeping the faith and shattering the pieces of the life she’s worked so hard to put back together.


My Review

As well as being a book geek I am also a history nerd, with a particular fondness for stories set during the Second World War.  So I hope you can see why the synopsis of ‘Rocks & Flowers In A Box’ was talking to me encouraging me to read the book.  I couldn’t wait to start reading so I grabbed a cup of tea, grabbed my Kindle and settled down to read.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Rocks & Flowers In A Box’ but more about that in a bit.

When I was invited to take part in the blog tour for ‘Rocks & Flowers In A Box’, I hadn’t realised that it was actually the second book in the ‘Lorna & Tristan’ series.  That didn’t put me off reading the book though.  As I enjoyed reading this book so much, I will definitely be reading the first book in the series, which is called ‘Lorna Versus Laura’, as soon as I can.

It didn’t take me long at all to get into this story.  In fact by the time I got to the end of the first couple of chapters, I knew that once I picked this book up I would find nigh on impossible to put to one side for any length of time.  I just felt so in tune with the characters that I cared what happened to them and of course I had to keep reading to see what fate had in store for them.  The pages kept turning at a reasonably quick pace.  At one point the pages turned that quickly that it was almost as if they were turning themselves.  This wasn’t a book that I could read in one burst but I binge read it over the course of a couple of days.  I soon reached the end of the story which I was disappointed about.  I was enjoying the author’s writing style, the characters and the storylines so much that I wished the book had been longer.  I soon cheered myself up when I realised that I had the first book in the series to read.

‘Rocks & Flowers In A Box’ is well written.  Cynthia has a writing style that is easy to get used to and easy to get along with.  She draws you into the story from the first word onwards and you are soon swept along by the story of Lorna & Tristan.  Like every relationship, theirs goes through ups and downs and is tested on more than one occasion.  I felt so convinced by Cynthia’s writing that I found myself going through every single emotion that the characters were going through.  I also loved the fact that Cynthia has described the post Second World War world so well.  I didn’t know my grandparents so I can only guess at the conditions that they had to live under following the cessation of hostilities. So by reading books such as this I have a new found appreciation of what they went through and how they had to live.

In short, I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Rocks & Flowers In A Box’ and I would definitely recommend this book to other readers.  I will definitely be reading more of Cynthia’s work in the future.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 4* out of 5*.



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