The Handkerchief Tree
A delightful romance, The Handkerchief Tree follows the dreams of Shona Murray, raised in an orphanage in Dean Village, Edinburgh, during WWII. She befriends the local doctor’s young son, Mark Lindsay, one day in the garden, where he shares with her the rare “handkerchief tree.” This is the inspiration and the beginning of her dream to someday work in a florist shop rather than take the conventional route as a domestic servant upon leaving the orphanage. Her talents and enthusiasm for the florist business do not go unnoticed, with the new owner taking both a professional and personal interest in her. To marry Fraser Kyle would give her the security and allow her to work in the career that she so loves, but she is not in love with him. Two other men become a distraction to her, one of them the now-adult Dr. Lindsay, and they help her make up her mind about what direction her life should take.
The author brings Edinburgh alive for the reader, and she has a rich cast of characters who interact at many levels with one another. This is a wonderful read and hard to put down.