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"Flowers for Alys" is a story from another time and another place. The time is in the past, a time when life was much simpler than our modern-day version. Although it could become complicated in its own different ways.

The place is a village, and a wood, full of sights and sounds and scents, and weather. Lots of weather, not always the kind you would want to be out in. Some
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ebook, First e-edition
Published September 28th 2010 by Redpath Books
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Ellie
Flowers for Alys by Irene M. Redpath is a lovely, lovely story simply told with prose that is limpid and straightforward. It is structured as a kind of fairy tale but the character designated as the witch will surprise you. The time is unspecified but appears to be medieval, or at least somewhere in a simpler, non-technological past and the setting, for the most part, is a cottage in the woods.

Alys is a young unmarried woman who gives birth to an exceptionally beautiful child who is later named
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Ice Bear
Jun 06, 2011 Ice Bear rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: one-off-reads
A touching short story. Gentle, even with the tragic elements.

A tale of the outsiders in society, injustice and beauty craftily mixed up.

When and where might not be clear excepting the one mention of Beverely and an estimate of 17th/18th century.

After reading it there seems so much more detail that I might want to fill in, yet the story is complete.

Katie
Jan 08, 2011 Katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, 2011, 2010s
This is a quiet, simple, heartfelt book, which refreshingly abandons lengthy descriptions and elaborate prose in favour of a more straightforward writing style which really suits the little tale that Redpath tells. For all its simplicity, her writing conveys strong emotions, particularly in the first chapter when we learn the origins of the abandoned baby. The closing lines of this chapter, intriguingly titled 'The End', are heart-wrenching and I think that more complicated prose would have spoi ...more
Jennifer Peterson
Nov 03, 2010 Jennifer Peterson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
I got this book as a Goodreads giveaway and I read it in basically one sitting. It is a short book, maybe classified as a novella. It starts with an intriguing beginning which makes you want to find out the end. If you read the first page (which the author has for it on both Amazon and Goodreads,) you'll see what I mean. I can't say much else without it being a plot spoiler. I'd highly recommend this book if you are looking for something short and I would say that based on the readability and su ...more
Sally
Such a beautiful, beautiful book! It's short enough to read in the one sitting, and engrossing enough that you will want to do just that once you start. I love the gentleness to it, the simplicity of the story - we're never really given a time or a place, just a *feel*. Fleur is a delightful character and her story is a fascinating one to read about, from her beginning, through her life with Jenet, to the startling end. Loved it.
Veronica Pawson
Apr 28, 2011 Veronica Pawson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read
Natacha jarvis
Jan 31, 2011 Natacha jarvis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book...keeps you hanging on.Short storie that carries you away to a different time.I liked it and recommend it.
Irene
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I have several books in print, but they're a mixed bunch!

I have some on family history, one on the history of a church and community in the Scottish Borders, and some fiction and poetry. So I don't seem to fit into any particular genre - I write what takes my fancy and / or comes into my head at the time.

Six are now available at Amazon, in Kindle format, or at Lulu.com in paperback or e-editions:
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