Tuesday, June 2, 2009
61. The Moonflower Vine
By Jetta Carleton
Rated 5 Stars
This was a surprise book that I can't remember who recommended but I think it must have been Kathleen. It's just recently been reissued after being out of print for many years. But the writing isn't dated and it has a twisty surprise ending. Or at least it surprised me anyway. I loved it.
On a farm in western Missouri during the first half of the twentieth century, Matthew and Callie Soames create a life for themselves and raise four headstrong daughters. Jessica will break their hearts. Leonie will fall in love with the wrong man. Mary Jo will escape to New York. And wild child Mathy's fate will be the family's greatest tragedy. Over the decades they will love, deceive, comfort, forgive-and, ultimately, they will come to cherish all the more fiercely the bonds of love that hold the family together.