Saturday, July 12, 2014

Review: A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner

"A beautiful scarf, passed down through the generations, connects two women who learn that the weight of the world is made bearable by the love we give away.... 

September 1911. On Ellis Island in New York Harbor, nurse Clara Wood cannot face returning to Manhattan, where the man she loved fell to his death in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. Then, while caring for a fevered immigrant whose own loss mirrors hers, she becomes intrigued by a name embroidered onto the scarf he carries…and finds herself caught in a dilemma that compels her to confront the truth about the assumptions she’s made. Will what she learns devastate her or free her?

September 2011. On Manhattan’s Upper West Side, widow Taryn Michaels has convinced herself that she is living fully, working in a charming specialty fabric store and raising her daughter alone. Then a long-lost photograph appears in a national magazine, and she is forced to relive the terrible day her husband died in the collapse of the World Trade Towers…the same day a stranger reached out and saved her. Will a chance reconnection and a century-old scarf open Taryn’s eyes to the larger forces at work in her life?



Received for review.

This was a lovely tale of two intertwining stories of love and loss.  The characters left a bit to be desired in that they were not particularly easy to identify or sympathize with.  Both women felt very aloof to me and I never really connected with them.  Their stories were interesting though and the way the author wove them together was quite brilliant.

It actually took me quite a while to make my way through this simply because of the writing.  It just felt very dense and old fashioned, as if I were reading an actual historical book rather than historical fiction.  It certainly added to the experience of making you feel like you really were in the early 1900s with the characters but it made reading somewhat of a chore.

This was a very interesting read that women's fiction fans should enjoy and I certainly recommend it.

★★★☆☆ = Liked It


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1 comments:

Becca Lostinbooks said...

You'd think with a plot this powerful the characters would be written to invoke a lot of empathy. How odd!

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