A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner

Pages: 399

Published: February 4, 2014

Publisher: Berkley

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Sources: Kindle Book and Hoopla Digital Audio

4.5 stars

A story centered around a scarf that withstands more than 100 years and shows us how love can overcome anything. A Fall of Marigolds is set in 1911, 2001, and 2011. Clara is a nurse on Ellis Island after losing the love of her life in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire in New York City. She becomes the keeper of a scarf with marigolds when an immigrant becomes sick with scarlet fever. We follow her as she tries to return the scarf to the rightful owner and in turn starts the healing process of grief. Fast-forward 100 years and we join Taryn, a survivor of 9/11. On September 11, 2001, she was to meet her husband in the North Tower but a client asked for a meeting to discuss copying the scarf with marigolds. The scarf saves her from a terrible fate that day but it did not save her from losing the love of her life. Does the scarf have healing powers?

I was entranced from page one and found the world melted away while I listened/read. I went from listening to the story on Hoopla and reading on my kindle as I could not wait to find out what was next. The prose was beautiful and poignant.

I had never heard of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire in 1911 in New York City. I took the time to look up information regarding and could not imagine the horror. But again, I could not imagine the horror of 9/11 either. How can one city have such horror and heartache and still be so resilient?

Tissues are a must.

Warnings: death, 9/11

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