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?
- A great book about two different stories at two different times but so many similarities.
I liked this book very much. It was my first audio book after having surgery. It was nice to have a story read to you. I became interested in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911. The historical photographs and individual stories are very interesting. We know much more about Sept. 2001. One question I did have: What was the significance of the inspector and the necklace and the trip to the boarding house to retrieve Lilly's trunk? Did it really add or subtract anything from the story? I liked Edmund's part and how he helped Clara conquer her fears. Overall, a great story!
- Great story, great narration
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was very well written. The story of the two women with similar stories 100 years apart captivated me. I loved the way the storyline weaved between them. I liked the way the story was unpredictable and had some twists and turns. I also loved the deeper message. The narration was excellent. Tavia Gilbert brought the book to life. I even cried in a couple of places because of the emotion that she conveyed was so realistic. I highly recommend this book and her other books Mercy and A Charmed Life.
- I loved this book!
I loved this book! The sweet story of 2 parallel lives in different times was fascinating. The story of love and loss of both of the main characters touched my heart to the point of tears several times.
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- Lovely concept- but ....
I have just begun the audiobook and am so disconcerted by the narrator's mispronunciation of both the word "Marigold" and the word "Challis" that I am doubtful whether or not I can continue. Perhaps I will find it in print and be able to avoid the sensation of "fingernails-on-a-blackboard" each time one of those words appears. Assuming the title one will appear again and that the subject fabric of the search will appear again, I may have to abandon it. Perhaps you should have a little better editing/direction, because I can't be the only one out here that is cringing! It is "shallee" not "shaylee" and "marragold" not "marreegold". You don't even need an actual dictionary these days...you can get this info on your phone! Please try to eliminate these easily preventable errors...it diminishes the overall listening experience and contributes to continued "dumbing down" of our literature in general.
I really enjoyed this lovely audiobook from Susan Meissiner and I especially enjoyed the way the two stories were interlinked with the scarf.
Tavia Gilbert's narration was perfect for this story and her voices for all the different characters worked brilliantly for me. I liked both main characters and got really involved in their stories, with the twists and turns that I wasn't expecting.
I enjoyed the setting on Ellis Island for the 1911 story and found myself easily transported into Clara's world. I'd definitely prefer to listen to this rather than read the print version as I enjoyed hearing and experiencing all the emotions performed so well by the narrator.
I would definitely recommend this to all listeners, probably more so to women, as it is an excellent story with a lovely thread of love and acceptance through out. Thanks to christianaudio.com Reviewer's Program for this copy.
- I was completely entertained – twice!
A Fall of Marigolds is an amazingly good book - SO good that I listened to it twice this week. I did this for a number of reasons with the first being I enjoyed Susan Meissner's storytelling immensely! Her descriptive writing amplified every sight, smell, and sound her characters perceived. The audience is privy to characters Clara Wood and Taryn Michaels eyewitness accounts of two tragedies in New York history. For me it was Taryn's first person point of view recollection of events during the fall of the World Trade Centers that brought me to tears.
The second reason I revisited this story was due to it's complexity. The way Meissner wove Clara and Taryn's stories together with the marigold scarf was interesting, and by listening a second time I was able to pick up on subtleties in character dialog that foreshadowed the journey of the scarf. As a fan of historical fiction, I was intrigued by the details surrounding the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire and the operation of Ellis Island's hospital. Despite the grievous losses that both Clara Wood and Taryn Michaels suffer, the book was not depressing. Instead, I found it to be an uplifting story of healing – where the main characters seem to emerge from heavy fog into a hope filled tomorrow.
Finally, for audio book listeners, the narrator Tavia Gilbert delivers an award worthy performance that really brings this story to life!! I delighted in her crisp diction as well as her effortless transition between characters. This would have been an impossible task for a less gifted narrator given the author’s choice of setting – New York and more specifically, for the historical piece, Ellis Island. Gilbert convincingly gives voice to English, Welsh, Irish, and French characters (among others). I was completely entertained – twice! Therefore, I give this audiobook 5 shiny stars.
**I received this book for free as a member of the christianaudio reviewers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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