The Moonflower Vine

The Moonflower Vine

Audiobook CD - 2012
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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 years they will love, deceive, comfort, forgive, and come to cherish all the more fiercely the bonds of love that hold the family together.
Publisher: [Grand Haven, MI] : Brilliance Audio, p2012.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781455861262
145586126X
Branch Call Number: CDAUDIO FICTION Carleton Jetta 06/2012
Characteristics: 11 audio discs (ca. 780 min.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Ross, Natalie

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SuzeParker
Mar 12, 2013

The Moonflower Vine is a beautifully rendered story of a family's dreams, commitment, loss and secrets. I loved this book's honesty. The Soames family is tightly woven, but as Jetta Carleton unfolds the story one at a time from each member's perspective, she captures the struggle to both hold fast to and break free from familial bonds. Carleton masterfully explores the lens through which we view ourselves and the oh-so-human process of evaluating what we want and what we'll settle for. The book's characters are well developed and very real. In so many ways, they're just like us. The Moonflower Vine was written in 1962, but I'd never heard of it until recently. I'm so glad I didn't miss it. While the story moves through several decades (and I loved the depiction of life in a "simpler" time, as well as mentions of familiar Kansas City landmarks), the characters' emotions and thoughts are completely contemporary. Read The Moonflower Vine if you haven't. It's deep, rich and nearly perfect.

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