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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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.
"Lots of surprises"
I enjoyed the historical perspective of this book and the continuous surprises around the corner. I always enjoy a "wrapped up" ending
This book was easy to get into and I couldn't put it down! I found myself taking notes of several passages in the book as there were some beautiful sayings that I will keep with me. Great read!
"Two stories connected by a scarf"
Having lived in NYC, I could visualize the characters in the locations where the story was set. the author brought two tragedies together that happened 100 years apart. the shirt factory fire in early 1900s and 911 collapse of the World Trade center. the scarf link was a bit weak but it was an interesting book.
"Superb On Every Level"
What beautifully, tender story woven seemlessly by a master craftswonan. The narrator was more than equal to the task. She indeed is the best audiobook narrator I have had the pleasure of listening to. Brava!
"Beautiful story and the voice of the narrator.....one of the best!"
I fell into this story as if I was there. Beautifully heartbreakingly full of grace and truth
"I couldn't finish it."
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.
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.
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.
It would be better for a narrator to NOT ATTEMPT a foreign accent than to do one badly.
I had to stop after chapter 10 .
I have loved other Susan Meisner audits but I feel the narrator 'a voice was no longer tolerable.
I will ask audible for a return credit.
The story was not appealing and too slow !!!
I was hesitant to read this because I was afraid it would be a sappy story, but I was wrong. The characters were well rounded, believable, and strong women (though vulnerable).
"Two Women . . . 100 Years Apart"
This is a beautiful story of two women, one in 1911 and one in 2011 . . . both going through the motions of life . . . but neither really living . . . after suffering broken hearts . . . Clara Wood had watched Edward jump to his death in the Manhattan Triangle Shirtwaist Fire . . . Now she works as a nurse at Ellis Island (her "in between" place) as she waits for her heart to heal . . . but really she is just numb, stuck in a place of no feeling . . . and fast forward to 2011, Taryn Michaels busies herself raising her nearly ten year old daughter and working in a specialty fabric shop, having tucked her heart away after losing her husband in the twin towers attack on 9/11 . . . and tying the two women together (by a thread, might I add) is a very old, beautiful scarf, with a tale of its own . . . the only weak point of the story, in my opinion is that I kept waiting for the author to link the two women via the scarf . . . it did eventually happen, but not as strongly as I might have hoped . . . however, the book is a wonderful one, that I won't long forget . . . and it blessed me immensely . . . the spiritual lessons are there, though subtle . . . evil lurks, but the Lord sees . . . He orchestrates through all our pain, nothing is an accident . . .
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