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Nancy's Notes - April 17, 2014

A Fall of Marigolds, by Susan Meissner, All For a Story by Allsion Pittman, A Promise Kept by Robin Hatcher.

I have three quick reads this week that should be of interest to many of you. The First is, A Fall of Marigolds, by Susan Meissner. The story begins in September of 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 an ailing immigrant whose own loss mirrors hers, she becomes intrigued by a name embroidered onto the scarf he carries. In September of 2011, on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, widow Taryn Michaels has convinced herself that she is living fully, working in a 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?
    Monica Brisbaine loves being a modern girl in the Roaring Twenties in Allsion Pittman’s, All For a Story. Her job writing a gossip column allows her access to all the local speakeasys in Washington, D.C., where she can dance the night away and find gossip for her next article. But when the owner of the Capitol Chatter newspaper passes away, Monica wonders what will happen to her job. When Max Moore learns that his great-uncle has passed away, leaving him all his earthly possessions, he heads to D.C. Determined to take over the Capitol Chatter and turn it into a respectable paper. Max is soon bumping heads with the equally determined Monica Brisbane.
    Robin Hatcher is a favorite with readers of Christian fiction. Her latest is, A Promise Kept.     Tony Kavanagh had been Allison’s dream-come-true. They were in love within days, engaged within weeks, married and pregnant within a year. But years later, that joy had been extinguished by unexpected trials. The day Allison issued her husband an ultimatum, she thought it might save him. She never expected he would actually leave. Now, living in the quiet mountain cabin she inherited from her Great Aunt Emma, Allison must come to terms with her grief and figure out how to adapt to small town life. But when she finds a wedding dress and a collection of journals in Emma’s attic, a portrait of her aunt emerges that takes Allison completely by surprise: a portrait of a heartbroken woman surprisingly like herself.
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