A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner is a novel about love, loss and the bonds that connect us through generations.
Nurse Clara Wood is working on Ellis Island in New York Harbor in September 1911. She has suffered the loss of the man she loved in the horrific Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. While caring for a sick immigrant, she notices a name embroidered on his scarf and finds herself in a dilemma that forces her to re-look at her life.
In September 2011, Taryn Michaels, a widow, is living a good life, raising a daughter and working in Manhattan. Like Clara, she has suffered the loss of a loved one, her husband who died in the collapse of the World Trade Towers. A chance reconnection and a century old scarf has the potential of changing her life.
This book is described as beautifully crafted and captivating as it weaves together two devastating New York tragedies, the fire and 9/11. The story confronts the fact of life we all live with - disaster can quickly take away what we hold most dear, yet we can still go forward with hope and renewed love.