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

The Chicken Sisters by KJ Dell’Antonia

Pages: 341

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Published: December 1, 2020

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Public Library

The Chicken Sisters is a tale of two estranged sisters competing against each other to win $ 100,000 for those they love.

Overall I enjoyed the book. Each chapter is told from the viewpoint of each sister, Amanda, or Mae. I really liked that as it let me get to know each sister more intimately. It was easy to keep track of whose viewpoint we were getting as the chapter is titled with the name of the sister. We get to really understand how a situation can be seen and understood in many different ways. How our past experiences play a role in our reaction to the situation.

I had a strong reaction to one scene with Mae’s children. The goldfish scene caused me to fume in frustration. Such little brats.

The Chicken Sisters read at an easy pace. There is very mild cursing and no detailed scenes (a heavy petting/kissing scene). I would recommend it to any reader who enjoys fiction, contemporary women fiction, and romance. Although the romance was a very small part of the book.

Taken Too Soon (Quaker Midwife #6) by Edith Maxwell

Pages: 236

Publisher: Beyond the Page Publishing

Published: September 8, 2020

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

My Review: I admit I have not made a point to read many historical cozy mysteries like I do historical fiction. I accidentally found this series not long ago and have fallen in love with Rose. Her tenacity is admirable.

I keep saying I need to back and read the ones I have missed and have yet to do that. I’m very interested to see how Rose started out.

Taken Too Soon has quite a bit of romance but one would expect that with Rose getting married. I am excited to see how the marriage progresses.

Reader beware it is written with a lot of “thee” and “thou” but once you get used to it you don’t notice the antiquated way of speaking. I appreciate the author in keeping with the time period. It makes the story real.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed in the above review are entirely my own.

NetGalley: A new book in the Agatha Award-winning series by Edith Maxwell!

Quaker midwife Rose Carroll must turn her investigative skills on her own family when a young woman’s murder stuns a New England community . . .

Following a long betrothal, midwife Rose Carroll and her beloved David are finally celebrating their marriage with friends and relatives, when a most disturbing telegram interrupts the festivities: the young ward of Rose’s aunt has suffered a mysterious death, and Rose’s help is needed urgently on Cape Cod. Reluctantly agreeing to mix her honeymoon plans with murder, Rose embarks on an investigation that will expose family secrets and a community’s bigotry.

As Rose does her best to comfort her aunt in her loss and also learn as much as possible about the poor young victim’s death, she discovers that each new clue points to a confounding list of suspects: a close friend of the victim who may have harbored secret resentments, an estranged brother of David’s with an unsavory reputation, and the son of a Native American midwife who supposedly led the young woman astray. And as Rose grows closer to identifying the perpetrator, the solution will rattle her assumptions about her own family and faith . . .