A Fall of Marigolds

  • by Susan Meissner
  • Narrated by Tavia Gilbert
  • 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 Center 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?


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Customer Reviews

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This book was very beautifully written and narrated! It held my interest throughout. I absolutely loved the parallels between the Triangle Shirtwaist fire and 9/11. The imagery and the symbolism of the marigolds on the scarf were lovely.

If you like fiction that alternates between two time periods and seamlessly weaves them together, then you will enjoy this book.

One last note: Tavia Gilbert is an excellent narrator! I've listened to several other books she narrated and enjoyed them as well.
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- R. Burnham "mom2cdb"

I couldn't finish it.

Would you try another book from Susan Meissner and/or Tavia Gilbert?

NO! Tavia Gilbert's quivering voice was maddening and I couldn't listen to it. I didn't finish the book. The story was soap operaish and contrived.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Something intelligent.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator's voice shook with phony emotion and she attempted accents that were beyond her capability. As a result, the narration was both silly and grating.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The story had possibilities. Perhaps if it was better narrated I would have enjoyed it more, as the book had been recommended to me by someone whose reading tastes I respect.

Any additional comments?

It would be better for a narrator to NOT ATTEMPT a foreign accent than to do one badly.

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- jggedd

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-11-2015
  • Publisher: christianaudio.com