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Monday, February 1, 2016

A Fall of Marigolds...Review

About the book:
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?

Two women. Clara is a nurse on Ellis Island in the early 20th century and lost the man she loved when he fell to his death in a famous fire. Taryn lost her husband when the twin towers fell on September 11th. Both struggle to come to terms with their losses; both come to understand their new meaning and purpose. They each realize the importance of the people left in their lives. Two women, separated by one hundred years, but whose stories are similar, are linked by a simple scarf. A scarf that figures prominently is each woman's life.

Susan Meissner is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. Her writing is beautifully lyrical and descriptive. She has an amazing way of capturing emotions in words. The story is multi-faceted and compelling. I read it in nearly one sitting.

I need to purchase my own printed copy of this beautiful story, just so I can mark it up and underline sentences and phrases that I absolutely loved. Our book club enjoyed the story and highly recommended it.

Thanks to my local library for having a copy I could borrow. You can purchase your own copy here.

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5/5 Stars


  1. I read this book and enjoyed it very much. I loved the back and forth in time. I remember being so wrapped up in the characters. Thanks for sharing it at Party at My Place.

  2. I missed this one and I love her books; off to find it.