Can love prevail, when horror becomes too much to bear?
The 1960s are beating a fresh pulse of political and cultural upheaval through Sydney. For sheltered convent schoolgirl Poppy Flannery such changes seem irrelevant. But it doesn’t stop her from longing to join in, especially if it means spending time with the popular boy she secretly loves, Ben Williamson. So when the opportunity for a dream escape to Surfers Paradise arrives, Poppy and her twin sister Rosemary seize it and find themselves in the midst of the swinging sixties at last.
Rosemary embraces their secret new life with a vengeance, discovering drugs, boys and radical politics in a haze of parties, music festivals and protest marches. But such freedom is stolen when Rosemary’s great love, Angus, is sent to Vietnam, along with Ben.
Soon a war fought thousands of kilometres away will arrive on the twins’ door in the form of orphaned refugee Thuy. As many more victims begin to appear, including shattered versions of Australian soldiers, they must decide how far they will go for the men they adore, and ask themselves whether love really is all you need.Praise for WAR FLOWER:
"As we reflect on the lasting impact of a war that occurred a hundred years ago, Mary-Anne O’Connor brings us a story celebrating the good that can spring from war—love, hope and courage. In the heart-warming and heart-wrenching Gallipoli Street, the lives of three families will be irrevocably altered by the politicians and the powerful who send the nation’s youngest and strongest to fight wars on their behalves. Some will never return from the battlefield, some will never be the same but throughout it all, from one Great War to the next, family and faith provides the ultimate reminder of what it truly means to be human." — Meredith Jaffe, The Hoopla, on Gallipoli Street
"War Flower by Aussie author Mary-Anne O’Connor was utterly, heartbreakingly brilliant! Written with compassion, understanding, love and caring, the author has blended the facts of a horrific war with a heart-warming fiction to make War Flower a “real” story." — Brenda Telford, NetGalley
"[Mary-Anne O'Connor] wove the different characters together beautifully, and each character felt like a friend very early on." — Elle Thorpe, NetGalley
"...a poignant story for adults." — Renee Glass, NetGalley, on War Flower
"What a lovely story! It gripped me from the start and took me on a journey with the characters" — Angela Spinks , NetGalley, on War Flower
"The story has multiple stories within that wove together in what is an attention grabbing story. Ms O'Connor's third book is heartfelt and full of controversial moments." — Talking Books
"The author's sensitivity, and her beautiful writing is a great gift. The storyline was lovely." — Mandy Young, NetGalley