If you love a book that makes you cry, that has real emotions, this needs to be on your to-read list, and preferably at the top of it. A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner is a beautifully written story full of heart and strong characters.
The book is set in two time periods, 1911 on Ellis Island (mostly) and 2011 still in NYC. With major devastation in both of the main characters lives, you watch as they learn that not everything can be explained, somethings are no one’s fault. The love stories here are beautiful. The characters feel incredibly real.
And maybe it’s because I lived just outside of NYC on 9/11/2001. Maybe it’s because I remember not hearing from my father, who worked in the city, all day. I remember the heartache and the families torn apart. That part of this story feels incredibly real, sometimes too much so, as we watch the characters in 2011 flash back to the tragedy of 9/11.
I can’t say a lot without ruining the story because it takes so many unexpected turns, but if you love historical fiction, this is for you. If you love a good love story, this if for you. If you love watching characters climb out of despair and find themselves, this if for you. If you have any attachment to the tragedy of 9/11 in NYC, this is for you. But be warned, you may need tissues.