As I’ve mentioned several times on the blog, I love being on the Advisory Board for the INSPYs because I encounter books that don’t normally cross my radar. I don’t know what to expect and often times that’s when I’m surprised the most. A Fall of Marigolds is the perfect example of this.
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?
This was such a thoughtful and unique story. It was a different reading experience for me, in that I vividly remember September 11th. While I wasn’t in NYC at the time, I remember everything about that day, from when I first learned what happened to dealing with my Grandpa’s death (unrelated to the Towers, but it happened during the early morning hours), everything. This was the first novel I’ve read that deals with it. The other story of Ellis Island was also incredibly interesting, having been there, I could picture many of the areas Meissner described.
From the experience of falling in love (or at least immediately connecting with a person), to overcoming grief, to living a full life and the process to getting there – each story, Clara and Taryn, had me captivated. There were things I didn’t expect and it was a beautiful story of two women and a scarf that saved them both.
What’s a book that took you by surprise recently?
(I was provided a copy of this book for the INSPYs)