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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?

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Review 1 for A Fall of Marigolds
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Emotionally Provoking

Date:February 28, 2014
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Casey
Location:Oregon
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At 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.
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Review 2 for A Fall of Marigolds
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Lyrical contemporary tied with historical

Date:February 21, 2014
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Cara Putman
Location:Indiana
Age:35-44
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A 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.
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Review 3 for A Fall of Marigolds
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Beautifully Told

Date:February 13, 2014
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cthomson
Location:Central Ohio
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Susan 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.
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