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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?
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: NAL Trade
Publication Date: 2013
|Dimensions: 8 X 5 (inches)|
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 shes made. Will what she learns devastate her or free her?
September 2011. On Manhattans 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 Taryns eyes to the larger forces at work in her life?
“Meissner has crafted a thoughtful story about lost loves and times past, illustrating how quickly disaster can take away what we hold most dear, and how ultimately we must move forward with hope in our hearts.”—Margaret Dilloway, bestselling author of The Care and Handling of Roses With Thorns
“A transportive, heartwarming, and fascinating novel that will resonate with readers in search of emotionally satisfying stories connecting past and present, and demonstrating the healing power of love.”—Erika Robuck, bestselling author of Call Me Zelda
“Weaves a compelling tapestry of past and present, of love and loss and learning to love again, of two women connected through time in a rich and unique way.”—Lisa Wingate, bestselling author of The Prayer Box and Tending Roses
“Susan Meissner knits the past and the present with the seamless skill of a master storyteller. A beautifully written, moving novel that had me gripped from the first page.”—Kate Kerrigan, New York Times bestselling author of Ellis Island
“Deftly weaves a story of love and loss... an inspiring story of hope and the belief that with tomorrow comes a new day full of promise.”—Lorie Conway, author/producer of “Forgotten Ellis Island”
“Susan Meissner has written a courageous novel, moving with great insight between the haunting parallel stories of two women trying to recover from the losses of a terrible fire in 1911 New York City and the unforgettable fall of the twin towers on 9/11. An uncommon celebration of the human spirit in the face of unspeakable tragedy, A Fall of Marigolds is a beautiful reminder that although life is perilous, love is a powerful healer.”—Kimberly Brock, 2013 Georgia Author of the Year and author of The River Witch
MagisterMichiganAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Love and Loss in New YorkMarch 29, 2017MagisterMichiganAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is the first book I've read by Susan Meissner, but it certainly won't be the last - couldn't put it down! I love the way she wove together the stories of two women, 100 years apart, whose lives were touched by painful loss and united by a beautiful, silken scarf of marigolds. Each is given the opportunity for a fresh start - will they be brave enough to let that new life include love?
Meissner's characters are achingly honest and persons you somehow feel you already know. Clara and Taryn both protect themselves from pain by hiding behind a thick layer of scar tissue over their broken hearts. They wrestle with wondering about providence, and their own feelings of responsibility for the deaths of men they loved. In time, each is given an opportunity, not to turn back the clock as they'd hoped, but to peek into the past and find hope and healing.
I loved the plot twists and unexpected history lessons in this tightly written gem. Read it yourself and be transported to New York City then and now. This book is worth every tear you'll shed reading it!
susanmsjOdessa, TXAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great storyAugust 25, 2014susanmsjOdessa, TXAge: 55-65Gender: femaleI liked the way the story moved back and forth between the two women who lived a century apart. I kept waiting to see how the scarf connected them, and didn't expect how it turned out. It was a great story of healing. I loved this story and I would recommend it.
I won this book in an online giveaway.
CaseyOregon4 Stars Out Of 5Emotionally ProvokingFebruary 28, 2014CaseyOregonQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4At times emotionally overwhelming, a woven thread of character stories that tore at my heart - and then proceeded to put it back together again - "A Fall of Marigolds" is sure to impact lives and remind readers of what they have to be grateful for.
Set between two American tragedies in 1911 and again on 9/11 there were scenes throughout the book that were so emotionally evoking that I almost wanted to set the book down and breathe a different breath of air. I was taken to the streets of Manhattan on both of these tragedies that tore at my heart.
Clara and Taryn are two women, separated by one hundred years and yet tied together with this piece of cloth, a scarf that has seen them through some of the hardest points of their life. While the story has much going on within our characters, there is a tremendous level of hope. The story is told so both spectrums are well balanced and I found I didn't want to put the book down. I wanted to find out what happened to these women that came alive on the page.
This novel is written for the secular market, but one no less powerful with a story line that I think will connect with so many readers. It takes a great deal of emotional energy to write an emotionally impactful story and that was certainly accomplished within this novel.
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the author and publisher for my copy to review.
Cara PutmanIndianaAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Lyrical contemporary tied with historicalFebruary 21, 2014Cara PutmanIndianaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleMeets Expectations: 5A Fall of Marigolds is a perfect example of that skill. This story invites us into the stories of two women who experienced tragedy in New York City, one on 9/11 and the other in the early 1900s. The tragedies have amazing similarities not the least of which is a scarf that is decorated with marigolds that ties the heroines together. The stories flow seamlessly back and forth and propelled me easily through the book. I longed to know what was going to happen to both women.
This story will grip you and pull you in whether you prefer historical or contemporary novels. Give this book a try...I don't think you'll be disappointed.
cthomsonCentral OhioAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Beautifully ToldFebruary 13, 2014cthomsonCentral OhioAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Susan Meissner is a master storyteller. Once again I was drawn quickly into her story. Clara Wood knows she's escaped from the traumatic event of witnessing someone she cared about jumping to his death during the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire by taking a job on Ellis Island. She prefers to stay in what she calls her in between place but when an immigrant arrives wearing his recently deceased wife's scarf, she is drawn to their common experience of grief. Fortunately for Clara, there are others around her who see that she needs to heal rather than escape from her trauma. The scene where the doctor helps her board the ferry to go to Manhattan is so descriptive I felt Clara's anxiety while I rooted her on. The parallel modern story, which gets much less coverage in the novel but is equally powerful, involves Taryn who happens to have that same scarf with her when the World Trade Towers collapse, killing her husband before she has a chance to tell him something important. Ten years later a photo of her is published, bringing back painful memories but also propelling Taryn into finally sharing the story with her daughter. I loved how Meissner tied this up in such a satisfying loving way.
I truly loved this book and highly recommend it to readers of both historical and contemporary novels who like stories about overcoming pain to love again.
I received a complimentary copy from Berkley/New American Library, a division of Penguin Group for an honest, unbiased review.