1914. To the delight of her parents, Violet Prideaux is set to marry local squire Weston Penruth, until an incident during their engagement party sees her leaving behind her friends and family and fleeing to London. There she meets artist Jack Fairling, and it is not long before they have fallen in love. But when Jack enlists, can their happiness survive the horrors of war? 1936. When Violet's daughter Aster reaches the age of twenty-one, she receives a letter that turns her world upside down. With the support of her childhood friend Harry Penruth and the comfort of her mother's treasured flower book, she travels to London to discover her destiny. And as Aster unearths the lies and secrets of her childhood, a future of love and hope may be closer than she realises...