A Fall of Marigolds Book
Score: 4
From 25 Ratings

A Fall of Marigolds


  • Author : Susan Meissner
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2014-02-04
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101625545

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A Fall of Marigolds Excerpt :

A beautiful scarf connects two women touched by tragedy in this compelling, emotional novel from the author of As Bright as Heaven and The Last Year of the War. 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. What she learns could 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. But a chance reconnection and a century-old scarf may open Taryn’s eyes to the larger forces at work in her life. “[Meissner] creates two sympathetic, relatable characters that readers will applaud. Touching and inspirational.”—Kirkus Reviews

A Fall of Marigolds Book
Score: 4
From 24 Ratings

A Fall of Marigolds


  • Author : Susan Meissner
  • Publisher : Center Point Pub
  • Release Date : 2014
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 500
  • ISBN 10 : 1628990112

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A Fall of Marigolds Excerpt :

Two women living 100 years apart experience similar tragic losses of love, Clara's in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, and Taryn's in the collapse of the Twin Towers, are connected through time by a scarf. (historical fiction). Simultaneous.

A Fall of Marigolds Book
Score: 4
From 24 Ratings

A Fall of Marigolds


  • Author : Susan Meissner
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2014
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 370
  • ISBN 10 : 9780451419910

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A Fall of Marigolds Excerpt :

Two women living 100 years apart experience similar tragic losses of love, Clara's in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, and Taryn's in the collapse of the Twin Towers, are connected through time by a scarf. Original. 50,000 first printing.

The Shape of Mercy Book
Score: 4.5
From 55 Ratings

The Shape of Mercy


  • Author : Susan Meissner
  • Publisher : WaterBrook Press
  • Release Date : 2012-07-10
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 340
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307731555

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The Shape of Mercy Excerpt :

Lauren breaks from family tradition and accepts a job from Abigail Boyles to transcribe a diary written by Marcy Boyles, allegedly killed during the Salem witch trials, but finds herself affected by the diary more than she expected.

A Bridge Across the Ocean Book
Score: 4
From 15 Ratings

A Bridge Across the Ocean


  • Author : Susan Meissner
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2017-03-14
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9780698197862

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A Bridge Across the Ocean Excerpt :

Wartime intrigue spans the lives of three women—past and present—in this emotional novel from the acclaimed author of The Last Year of the War. February, 1946. World War Two is over, but the recovery from the most intimate of its horrors has only just begun for Annaliese Lange, a German ballerina desperate to escape her past, and Simone Deveraux, the wronged daughter of a French Résistance spy. Now the two women are joining hundreds of other European war brides aboard the renowned RMS Queen Mary to cross the Atlantic and be reunited with their American husbands. Their new lives in the United States brightly beckon until their tightly-held secrets are laid bare in their shared stateroom. When the voyage ends at New York Harbor, only one of them will disembark... Present day. Facing a crossroads in her own life, Brette Caslake visits the famously haunted Queen Mary at the request of an old friend. What she finds will set her on a course to solve a seventy-year-old tragedy that will draw her into the heartaches and triumphs of the courageous war brides—and will ultimately lead her to reconsider what she has to sacrifice to achieve her own deepest longings. CONVERSATION GUIDE INCLUDED

As Bright as Heaven Book
Score: 4
From 36 Ratings

As Bright as Heaven


  • Author : Susan Meissner
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2018-02-06
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9780399585982

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As Bright as Heaven Excerpt :

From the acclaimed author of The Last Year of the War comes a novel set during the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, telling the story of a family reborn through loss and love. In 1918, Philadelphia was a city teeming with promise. Even as its young men went off to fight in the Great War, there were opportunities for a fresh start on its cobblestone streets. Into this bustling town, came Pauline Bright and her husband, filled with hope that they could now give their three daughters—Evelyn, Maggie, and Willa—a chance at a better life. But just months after they arrive, the Spanish Flu reaches the shores of America. As the pandemic claims more than twelve thousand victims in their adopted city, they find their lives left with a world that looks nothing like the one they knew. But even as they lose loved ones, they take in a baby orphaned by the disease who becomes their single source of hope. Amidst the tragedy and challenges, they learn what they cannot live without—and what they are willing to do about it. As Bright as Heaven is the compelling story of a mother and her daughters who find themselves in a harsh world not of their making, which will either crush their resolve to survive or purify it.

Secrets of a Charmed Life Book
Score: 4
From 25 Ratings

Secrets of a Charmed Life


  • Author : Susan Meissner
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2015-02-03
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101625552

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Secrets of a Charmed Life Excerpt :

The author of A Bridge Across the Ocean and The Last Year of the War journeys from the present day to World War II England, as two sisters are separated by the chaos of wartime... Current day, Oxford, England. Young American scholar Kendra Van Zant, eager to pursue her vision of a perfect life, interviews Isabel McFarland just when the elderly woman is ready to give up secrets about the war that she has kept for decades...beginning with who she really is. What Kendra receives from Isabel is both a gift and a burden—one that will test her convictions and her heart. 1940s, England. As Hitler wages an unprecedented war against London’s civilian population, hundreds of thousands of children are evacuated to foster homes in the rural countryside. But even as fifteen-year-old Emmy Downtree and her much younger sister Julia find refuge in a charming Cotswold cottage, Emmy’s burning ambition to return to the city and apprentice with a fashion designer pits her against Julia’s profound need for her sister’s presence. Acting at cross purposes just as the Luftwaffe rains down its terrible destruction, the sisters are cruelly separated, and their lives are transformed...

Once Upon a Marigold Book
Score: 4
From 49 Ratings

Once Upon a Marigold


  • Author : Jean Ferris
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release Date : 2004
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 275
  • ISBN 10 : 0152050841

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Once Upon a Marigold Excerpt :

A young man with a mysterious past and a penchant for inventing things leaves the troll who raised him, meets an unhappy princess he has loved from afar, and discovers a plot against her and her father.

The Nature of Fragile Things Book
Score: 4.5
From 15 Ratings

The Nature of Fragile Things


  • Author : Susan Meissner
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2021-02-02
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9780451492203

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The Nature of Fragile Things Excerpt :

April 18, 1906: A massive earthquake rocks San Francisco just before daybreak, igniting a devouring inferno. Lives are lost, lives are shattered, but some rise from the ashes forever changed. Sophie Whalen is a young Irish immigrant so desperate to get out of a New York tenement that she answers a mail-order bride ad and agrees to marry a man she knows nothing about. San Francisco widower Martin Hocking proves to be as aloof as he is mesmerizingly handsome. Sophie quickly develops deep affection for Kat, Martin's silent five-year-old daughter, but Martin's odd behavior leaves her with the uneasy feeling that something about her newfound situation isn't right. Then one early-spring evening, a stranger at the door sets in motion a transforming chain of events. Sophie discovers hidden ties to two other women. The first, pretty and pregnant, is standing on her doorstep. The second is hundreds of miles away in the American Southwest, grieving the loss of everything she once loved. The fates of these three women intertwine on the eve of the devastating earthquake, thrusting them onto a perilous journey that will test their resiliency and resolve and, ultimately, their belief that love can overcome fear. From the acclaimed author of The Last Year of the War and As Bright as Heaven comes a gripping novel about the bonds of friendship and mother love, and the power of female solidarity.

City Wolves Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

City Wolves


  • Author : Dorris Heffron
  • Publisher : Dundurn
  • Release Date : 2010-03-02
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 449
  • ISBN 10 : 1926577213

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City Wolves Excerpt :

A moving historical tale and remarkable literary achievement, City Wolves is the story of Canada’s first woman veterinarian, Meg Wilkinson. Born in 1870 on a farm near Halifax, Meg’s childhood experience with wolves makes her determined to be a veterinarian. Supported by the seemingly eccentric Randolph Oliphant and inspired by the ancient Inuit who first turned wolves into sled dogs, Meg surpasses the horse doctors at vet college and becomes the notorious ’dog doctor of Halifax’ in the 1890s. After her unusual marriage ends abruptly in Boston, Meg travels to Vancouver and up to the Yukon, seeking the legendary sled dogs. Arriving at the beginning of the Klondike gold rush, she makes her way amidst Mounties, dance hall girls, Klondike Kings, mushers, priests and swindlers...all the mangy and magnificent people, dogs and spirits that populated raucous Dawson City. Observed through the restless spirit of Inuit Ike, this is lively, insightful, historical fiction, subtly revealing the wolf-like nature of humans and the human nature of wolves. Both earthy and reflective, City Wolves is an important story told with compassion, humour and unflinching realism. In this her fifth novel, Dorris Heffron has created a wide range of unforgettable characters and achieved a breadth of vision exploring the deep conflicts and interconnection of social beings in a way that is uniquely Canadian and profoundly universal.

Stars Over Sunset Boulevard Book
Score: 4
From 10 Ratings

Stars Over Sunset Boulevard


  • Author : Susan Meissner
  • Publisher : Berkley
  • Release Date : 2016
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9780451475992

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Stars Over Sunset Boulevard Excerpt :

In this novel from the acclaimed author of A Bridge Across the Ocean and The Last Year of the War, two women working in Hollywood during its Golden Age discover the joy and heartbreak of true friendship. Los Angeles, Present Day. When an iconic hat worn by Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With the Wind ends up in Christine McAllister's vintage clothing boutique by mistake, her efforts to return it to its owner take her on a journey more enchanting than any classic movie.... Los Angeles, 1938. Violet Mayfield sets out to reinvent herself in Hollywood after her dream of becoming a wife and mother falls apart, and lands a job on the film-set of Gone With the Wind. There, she meets enigmatic Audrey Duvall, a once-rising film star who is now a fellow secretary. Audrey's zest for life and their adventures together among Hollywood's glitterati enthrall Violet...until each woman's deepest desires collide. What Audrey and Violet are willing to risk, for themselves and for each other, to ensure their own happy endings will shape their friendship, and their lives, far into the future. CONVERSATION GUIDE INCLUDED

A Sound Among the Trees Book
Score: 4
From 83 Ratings

A Sound Among the Trees


  • Author : Susan Meissner
  • Publisher : WaterBrook
  • Release Date : 2011
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 327
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307458858

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A Sound Among the Trees Excerpt :

When Marielle marries Carson Bishop and moves into Holly Oaks, his dead wife's Virginia family home, she investigates stories that the house is haunted by her ancestress, Susannah Page, who is rumored to have been a Civil War spy.

The Last Year of the War Book
Score: 4
From 23 Ratings

The Last Year of the War


  • Author : Susan Meissner
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2019-03-19
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9780451492173

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The Last Year of the War Excerpt :

From the acclaimed author of Secrets of a Charmed Life and As Bright as Heaven comes a novel about a German American teenager whose life changes forever when her immigrant family is sent to an internment camp during World War II. In 1943, Elise Sontag is a typical American teenager from Iowa—aware of the war but distanced from its reach. Then her father, a legal U.S. resident for nearly two decades, is suddenly arrested on suspicion of being a Nazi sympathizer. The family is sent to an internment camp in Texas, where, behind the armed guards and barbed wire, Elise feels stripped of everything beloved and familiar, including her own identity. The only thing that makes the camp bearable is meeting fellow internee Mariko Inoue, a Japanese-American teen from Los Angeles, whose friendship empowers Elise to believe the life she knew before the war will again be hers. Together in the desert wilderness, Elise and Mariko hold tight the dream of being young American women with a future beyond the fences. But when the Sontag family is exchanged for American prisoners behind enemy lines in Germany, Elise will face head-on the person the war desires to make of her. In that devastating crucible she must discover if she has the will to rise above prejudice and hatred and re-claim her own destiny, or disappear into the image others have cast upon her. The Last Year of the War tells a little-known story of World War II with great resonance for our own times and challenges the very notion of who we are when who we’ve always been is called into question.

Lady in Waiting Book
Score: 4
From 72 Ratings

Lady in Waiting


  • Author : Susan Meissner
  • Publisher : WaterBrook
  • Release Date : 2010
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307458834

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Lady in Waiting Excerpt :

After her husband leaves her, Jane Lindsay finds an old ring in a box of relics from a British jumble sale and discovers a Latin inscription in the band along with just one other word: "Jane." Feeling instant connection to the mysterious ring bearing hernamesake, Jane begins a journey to learn more about the ring--and perhaps about herself and the lives of a sixteenth century dressmaker, Lucy Day, and the innocent young woman known in history as Lady Jane Grey.

Marigolds and Murder Book

Marigolds and Murder


  • Author : London Lovett
  • Publisher : Wild Fox Press
  • Release Date : 2018-07-19
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 250
  • ISBN 10 : 978186723xxxx

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Marigolds and Murder Excerpt :

Lacey 'Pink' Pinkerton has left behind a six figure job and her reputation as the million dollar nose—a nickname her super sense of smell earned her within the perfume industry. With her pet crow Kingston and a tabby cat named Nevermore, she is settling right into her new life in the small coastal town of Port Danby. With a flower shop opening soon and a full cast of quirky neighbors and friends, her new digs are exactly what she's been looking for. Away from the hectic hustle and bustle of the city Lacey has found peace and happiness. However, her heightened sense of smell proves to be of use once again when a Port Danby neighbor turns up dead. Lacey finds herself caught up in an unexpected murder investigation alongside the handsome local detective, James Briggs. She’s determined to find the killer and solve the murder mystery before any more bodies turn up. Book 1 of the Port Danby Cozy Mystery Series. More in the series: 1. Marigolds and Murder 2. Carnations and Chaos 3. Mistletoe and Mayhem 4. Roses and Revenge 5. Tulips and Trouble 6. Dahlias and Death 7. Peonies and Poison 8. Hyacinths and Homicide 9. Crocuses and Crime 10. Sunflowers and Sabotage 11. Lavender and Lies 12. Freesias and Foul Play 13. Cornflowers and Corpses 14. Jasmine and Jealousy 15. Shamrocks and Shenanigans 16. TBA