Monday, December 6, 2010

'Salting Roses' TLC Tour Stop

Genre: Southern Fiction
About the book (from TLC) :
Gracie Lynne Calloway—once left in a coal bucket on a front porch in a small Alabama town—discovers on her twenty-fifth birthday that she is the kidnapped daughter of a late New England financier and heiress to a fortune. When the tabloid press and her unwanted greedy relatives descend on her, she has to admit the quiet secure life she’s known and loved is gone for good. As Gracie struggles to stabilize her world and come to terms with her new identity, she learns that belonging is not about where you came from but who you are.

Why I wanted to read this book: I love southern fiction and seem to be attracted to books that take place down south.
What worked for me:

  • Gracie is this person that you just want to know. I loved how devoted she was to her two uncles and aunt. She struggles with feeling like a nobody and the being labeled "the unwanted child of Rita." She's never really felt worthy of anything and is afraid of what changes will occur in her life if she accepts the reality of who she is "biologically."
  • I found myself drawn to the  special connection that Gracie has with Artie. I loved it when he would try to help her see all the good that she could do with the money. He had a special way of getting his point across without being forceful. Artie reminded me of my Grandpa and that's probably why I loved his character so much.
  • Watching Gracie fall in love for the first time....made me almost want to experience that feeling once again myself!!!
  • The writing made me feel comfortable and as if I was among family. I often think that I should've been born in the South. I love the cadence of the speech, the southern hospitality, the laid-back atmosphere of their day to day happenings. Heck, I love all things southern...bring on the sweet tea and mint juleps!! 
Recommend?  Yes! I loved every minute that I was immersed in this story. I found it charming to the nth degree and am looking forward to future books from Marinello!

My Rating: 4/5

Thank you to TLC Book Tours. for sending me a review copy. I was not compensated for my review. My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author or publicist. They are my personal reflections based solely on MY experience while reading this novel.

About Lorelle Marinello

After receiving my B.A. in Fine Arts, I developed an interest in children’s book illustration. It wasn’t long before I became hooked on the idea of words to go along with the pictures in my head. Little did I know, that the tales I’d heard of my grandfather’s boyhood in rural Alabama would feed my need to tell similar stories of small towns and family relationships. When I picked up my pen to write, my voice leaned toward the familiar ones from my childhood.
The bond between my stories and my family history has grown stronger over the years. I’ve found a wealth of inspiration from my ancestors, whom I now dub my story angels as bits and pieces of the places they lived weave their way into my fiction.
I try to incorporate humor, warmth, and I hope, a bit of my grandparents’ wisdom into my stories. I can’t guarantee I won’t make you cry, but I hope I will give you an entertaining story that will live long in your memory.

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  1. I love the cover and what you had to say about this one. Hopefully down the road this one will cross my path :)

  2. wowwwwwwwwwwww! This sounds good! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  3. I *totally* feel the same way whenever I read a "first love" story - I want to do it again too! I think that's why I like YA so much!!!

  4. I can't wait to read this! One of the Harper Collins reps at SIBA raved over it too.

  5. I fell for the cover of this one and it is one on my wishlist. It sounds great. Glad you enjoyed it Staci.

  6. Sounds great to me :D I wish someone told me I was an heiress, but yes it would be a hazzle too

  7. I love the cover of this one too and I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed it! Another one for the endlessly long wish list!

  8. I absolutely have to read this one. Great review. It has that curl up and read feel to it.

  9. What a very unique premise. Dealing with new found wealth has to be hard but to realize that part of the life you thought you knew was a lie has to be very difficult to manage. Great review.

  10. Well, I will be reading this one! Great review Staci.

  11. I have a soft spot for Southern fiction as well. I love the cover on this one.

  12. I've developed a love for southern fiction and this one sounds wonderful. I love that cover and the story sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing this one with us.

  13. what a nice review, I'm glad I stopped by for this one.

  14. I also have enjoyed the Southern fiction I have read, and this seems to be another one I should rad. Thanks Staci! REfreshing idea for a story too :)

  15. I love southern fiction, but I don't read enough of it. I'll have to look for this one.

  16. I'm totally with you on that falling in love thing - whenever I read a well written story about a first true love it makes me all nostalgic and I want to do it again myself. :)

    Thanks for being a part of this tour!

  17. I have this one on my TBR list. I enjoy Southern fiction, and I'm glad to see that this one was a winner for you.

  18. Adding it to the wish list now!

  19. Glad to hear you enjoyed the book so much. I just love that title...


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