Ñ War Flower || ↠ PDF Read by ↠ Mary-Anne O'Connor

By Mary-Anne O'Connor | Comments: ( 973 ) | Date: ( Oct 14, 2019 )

From the political upheaval of sixties Sydney to the killing fields of Vietnam, an epic story of love, war and forgiveness.The 1960 s are beating a fresh pulse of political and cultural upheaval through Sydney but for sheltered convent schoolgirl Poppy Flannery such changes seem redundant But that doesn t stop her from longing to join in, especially if it means spending tFrom the political upheaval of sixties Sydney to the killing fields of Vietnam, an epic story of love, war and forgiveness.The 1960 s are beating a fresh pulse of political and cultural upheaval through Sydney but for sheltered convent schoolgirl Poppy Flannery such changes seem redundant But that 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 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 that you need Through her sensitivity, beautiful writing and gift as a storyteller, O Connor s readers come to know and love her characters Weekly Times


  • Title: War Flower
  • Author: Mary-Anne O'Connor
  • ISBN: 9781489241146
  • Page: 439
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Mary-Anne O'Connor

Mary Anne O Connor nee Best grew up in Wahroonga in the Bushland Shire of Hornsby Kuringai, northern Sydney The youngest of six children, her childhood was spent exploring the local bush and playing music with her siblings and close neighbours An avid reader, she devoured her mother Dorn s extensive library and was often found trying to finish a chapter by torchlight late at night She also began to fill every blank piece of paper in the house with stories and drawings of her own and dreamt of becoming a writer one day.When she was twelve her father Kevin Best left his established career in the stock market to become one of Australia s best loved artists The perseverance and ultimate triumph she witnessed during those years left her inspired to follow in his footsteps and pursue her own creative aspirations A multi faceted career path followed in marketing and teaching, along with the completion of education arts degree with specialities in literature, music and environment During this time she also co wrote two books with her father, A Brush with Light and Secrets of the Brush Work then began on her first major novel, Gallipoli Street This work gained critical acclaim and finished at 3 for debut novels in Australia in 2015 Her second novel Worth Fighting For was published in October 2016 and has also become a bestseller Her third war story Warflower is due out in October 2017 Mary Anne has drawn on her love of the Australian bush, her fascination with her own family history and her deep, abiding respect for the men and women who carried our nation through turbulent, formative times to produce these novels They were written in her office at home beneath a long window that overlooks her beloved gum trees She still lives in the Bushland Shire with her husband Anthony, their two sons, Jimmy and Jack and their very spoilt, gorgeous dog, Saxon.



Comments War Flower

  • Veronica ⭐️

    War Flower follows the lives of twins, Poppy and Rosemary. The girls were wall flowers, growing up in a strict Catholic family, often bullied by the cool girls at school. However after graduating high school and moving to University campus they discover a new life in a blur of alcohol, drugs and parties.Ben comes from a well to do family with a long line of military men. He knows that duty comes before anything, even love.Angus is the worry wart whilst his brother Spike is spontaneous and often [...]


  • Brenda

    Poppy Flannery and her twin sister Rosemary were kept under a tight rein by their strict Catholic parents – so much so that when they finally went to a school dance, their naivety and old-fashioned ways made them immediate wallflowers. The bullies from school didn’t leave them alone, continuing the taunts wherever they were. When the school excursion for their choir went to Surfers Paradise, both girls were there. The swinging sixties with the pot, the dance moves, the hippies – Poppy and [...]


  • Leanne Francis

    A beautiful sweeping love story


  • Deb M

    Thank you to Harlequin Books & Beauty & Lace Bookclub for the opportunity to review this book, War Flower by Mary-Anne O’Connor.When I signed up to review this book, I initially had the impression that War Flower would be the usual romantic tale of a lovely young couple who overcome family difficulties or some travesty only to become husband and wife to live happily ever after; a sugary sweet romance. My goodness, I stand corrected. This is a romantic wartime novel that packs one hell [...]


  • Michelle

    Original review posted at: bookgirlautyandlace/booWar Flower is the third Mary-Anne O’Connor release, the third set against a backdrop of war and the second I have read. The more of her work I read, the more I know I need to go back and read Gallipolli Street. The books are all stand alone but tied together by the common theme of war, and they progress through wars. Gallipolli Street was a tale of the ANZACS, Worth Fighting For is set in World War II and War Flower is set in the late 1960s aga [...]


  • Lani

    In 1965, 18 year old Poppy meets a beautiful boy named Ben on a Sydney train. Poppy is instantly besotted with him,but disappointed when Ben begins dating Poppy's arch nemesis Barbara. Barbara and her squad have always made Barbara and her twin sister Rosemary, feel like wallflowers, teasing them mercilessly throughout their high-school years.Ben's life is all planned out for him. Become an officer, be sent to Vietnam, and if he makes it back alive, he'll follow in his fathers footsteps and beco [...]


  • Lynda

    Wow, wow, wow! To say that this is an amazing book is an understatement. It is not often that a book can make me laugh out loud, hold my breath with suspense and tension, cry with grief, and still feel the exuberance of youth and change by the people. This book made me feel all of that and more.War Flower follows the lives, trials and triumphs of the Flannery twins, Rosemary and Poppy, and yet it does so much more than that. It transports you up and down the east coast of Australia and over to V [...]


  • Talking Books

    Set amongst the back-drop of the technicolour sixties, moving through the seventies all the way to the eighties. Revolving around the characters of Poppy Flannery, Ben Williamson and Angus Tanner. The story has multiple stories within that wove together in what was an attention grabbing story. Ms O'Connor's third book is heartfelt and full of controversial moments.Review copy received from Harlequin Australia via Netgalley


  • Marcia

    Thank you Beauty and Lace and Harlequin Books for the opportunity to read and review Mary-Anne O'Connor's book War Flower.This is the first of O'Connor's books that I have read, but I am extremely impressed by her ability to accurately capture the period of which she writes.War Flower is set in Sydney Australia in the mid to late 1960's early 1970's and follows the lives of twins Poppy and Rosemary as they move from their strict religious upbringing and catholic education to their first interact [...]


  • Michaela

    War Flower was a pleasant surprise for me. Not my typical read at all but it certainly hit the spot for a bit of holiday reading. Set in the backdrop of 1960's Sydney we meet Poppy and her twin sister Rosemary, finishing up high school and embarking on a new journey of university and flourishing with new-found freedom from their strict parents, starting with a trip to Queensland. Boys, politics, drugs and parties the girl fins themselves in a different world and loving life. Until the Vietnam wa [...]


  • Claire

    4.5* A great story of love and war, of hopes, dreams and responsibilities. This story was a journey from innocence to the harsh realities of life and love and the beauty and heartache that can be experienced. Following the characters from Sydney and to the Vietnam war and the relationships that form and change through the experiences each live and the decisions they make. This was a book that I really enjoyed with real characters, ones you like and ones you don't like so much. Each played their [...]


  • Lara Swaab

    Even though I only rated this one a 3, I would still recommend it and must say I did enjoy it.It read a bit like a melodramatic episode of Home and Away, set in 1960's Australia, and war-torn Vietnam- but that is exactly the kind of book I was in the mood to read.The impact of the war is felt heavier in the second half of the book, where the story progresses on from it's main love triangle and onto the darker themes of the impacts of war on the human psyche.If you want a 'light summers read' wit [...]


  • Tracy

    This story is set in the 1960's during the Vietnam war and is told from the perspective of a few different characters. Twin sisters Poppy and Rosemary Flannery have just finished school and take a school trip to Surfers Paradise where they both fall in love. Sadly both of their guys are soon off to fight in the war and the story that follows is one of both joy and sadness. This is my first book by Mary-Anne O'Connor and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I highly recommend this book.


  • Miss Book Dependent

    Thank you to Harlequin Books Australia for sending me a copy of this beautiful story to read and review. I will definitely be reading more from the author in future! Mary-Anne O'Connor's historical fiction novel 'War Flower' follows the emotional whirlwind of the Vietnam War. I particularly loved the way O'Connor tracks the journey of not just the soldiers but also the women waiting at home for their return. I found the story very easy to fall into! Highly recommended for a summer read!


  • Kathy

    A great love and war story set in Sydney & Vietnam as we follow the twins Poppy and Rosemary in their journey from innocent Catholic School girls and finding their paths in life through the 60’s, 70’s and into the 80’s. I enjoyed this story from not only the sisters, but their boyfriends also from meeting the girls and then in the Vietnam War. This is a heartfelt read with a climatic ending with characters that you just love. Great read…….


  • Sharon

    An interesting read and a reflection on the 60"s and 70's in Australia. The integration of a Vietnamese refugee into Australian society could have been better handled. Migrants who can use English contractions also speak excellent English.


  • Mandy Young

    The Authors sensitivity, and her beautiful writing is a great gift. the storyline was lovely. reminded me a little of the movie Australia, A epic tale of love and war.


  • Sammie Moon

    I throughly enjoyed this book. After about 1/3 of the way in I just couldn’t put it down I needed to know how it all played out. A really, well written, enjoyable book.


  • Bernadette

    Mary-Anne O'Connor's third book is a beautiful tale set during the 1960's. I cried and laughed throughout and would thoroughly recommend it. Such a pleasure to read her work.


  • Bitchezwhobrunchwithbookz

    A beautiful Australian read with strong female voices and insight into a part of our history. I loved this book and can't wait to discuss it at our next bookclub.


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