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Florence Osmund has written a wonderfully detailed story about a man overcoming his upbringing and becoming his own man. The finished product, both the man and the story, are exemplary.
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Evanston, Illinois. Lee Oliver Winekoop is born into extreme wealth and is given extraordinary opportunities to grow and prosper into a pillar of society--just like his two older brothers. But as heʾs growing up, Lee struggles with even the simplest of efforts, and the increasing feeling of inadequacy he endures eventually affects everything he does.
 
When Lee finally starts to find his way, his world is turned upside-down when he learns shocking family secrets--causing him to rethink who he is and where he is going.
 
Leeʾs decisive invention of himself is surprising; the roadblocks he confronts are unnerving; and the cast of characters he befriends along the way is both heartwarming and amusing.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Florence Osmund (February 22, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0991518500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0991518500
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (368 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,069,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Red Clover by Florence Osmund is a well-written and interesting story of the childhood and young adult life of Lee Winekoop.

Lee, having a near genius IQ and a condition akin to Asperger's, as well as many other issues in his wealthy family life make it hard for him to connect to just about everyone. But with perseverance and a hopeful attitude, Lee conquers his feelings of isolation and loneliness and graduates college with a degree in horticulture - much to his father's dismay.

The story gets very interesting when Lee's uncle dies and leaves him a sizable inheritance that includes over 600 acres of land in Illinois. The land comes with many bizarre stipulations and Lee must make certain that he follows them to a tee or risk getting the inheritance taken away by the trustee of the estate.

Along the way, Lee grows into a mature young man with a heart of gold and a new found willingness to stand up to his mother, father and other family members as he finds his own way in his own life. He does quite well for himself until the family secrets come out and threaten to derail his stable life.

All families have secrets, some more tragic than others. Red Clover deals with the family secrets in a realistic, heart-warming way that is certain to tug at your heart strings.
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This incredible book is very much character based, and Florence Osmund is a brilliant wordsmith, who paints such a rounded picture of each one that the reader feels he is in the book with them.

The central character is Lee Oliver Winekoop, who is undoubtedly moulded by the complex characters within his family. His emotions are beautifully described, and so understandable that a strong empathy is quickly built with the reader.

Lee is a true victim of serious wealth and a clear example of the cliché, money can’t buy you love. His family may be awash with the stuff, but it is no benefit to him as a child, and he is not adept at dealing with it as an adult.

What he really suffers from is a dearth of love, with no real idea of why that should be.

Lee’s journey through life, and the obstacles that it throws at him, is the very essence of this book.

Florence Osmund writes at a perfect pace, and with a very pleasing style, and once you pick up this book, you will find it hard to put down.
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Reflecting back on this book, if I had first heard about it via the blogging community I’m pretty sure I would’ve said it wasn’t for me. However, I spoke to the author directly and I’m so glad I did because it’s a beautiful, moving story that gently absorbs you into the lives of the characters.

Having to endure a life full of criticism and isolation, one would assume Lee, the main character, would be more damaged and unable to cope with adult life. Instead, he is inspiring: generous, helpful and, in the end, wonderfully astute as he negotiates life at its very best . . . and worst.

At times I felt desperately sorry for Lee, wanting to soothe his child-self and move him on to happier times. The characters surrounding him are bittersweet – a few drag him down, whilst other lift him up – and it’s with them that you begin to witness his transition into a man learning to be comfortable in his own skin. It’s an uplifting tale that left me feeling a sense of peace once finished – although I would love (and hope) to see Lee’s story move on even further in a follow-up novel – and I encourage others to read this book and enjoy his journey.

Reviewed by Charlotte Foreman on behalf of BestChickLit.com
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A story of a child who never fit in and spent years in a therapist office to find out why. The path he takes to discover himself and eventually family secrets that revolve around him. Having no experience in relationships or the real world life gets complicated. An interesting side trip into the research of plants and their medicinal value.

Not a story that will make you laugh or cry or both, or even a story you'll remember for a long time but it does have psychological merit that one should value and is well written. Light reading.
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I sincerely have thought long and hard prior to giving this review. I am troubled by the effort... Florence Osmund's previous two books, The Coach House and Daughters were my absolute FAVORITE books of last year. Filled with a wealth of side information involving historical knowledge, they gave me fodder to fill many long hours for months, long after having finished the last pages of the book itself, simply looking up and reading more about our Nation's History that Ms. Osmund had ever so graciously tantalized me with within those two books. The books themselves were richly written, beautiful, in fact, and it is REALLY saying something that it has been well over a year since I read them, have read literally hundreds, if not thousands of short stories and books since then and still still recall with clarity the wonder of those two books. The essence of experiencing what the heroine (Marie) went through stays with me today. She was able to describe in detail the feelings of a breeze... and Marie's life's adventures as well. That is something that makes a book stand out for me - to FEEL what is being written about.

With that said... perhaps it is because of that that I was left with disappointment inside of me from this reading, Red Clover. To be blunt, the main character's character fell flat. He seemed extremely non-interesting, and not-quite-there... Most notably, I did not ever feel as if I got the chance to really know the boy nor him as a man.
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