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Red Clover Paperback – February 22, 2014
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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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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.
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.
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
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.
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.Read more ›
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An refreshing read, especially as I haven't read a book for some time. No actual sex or romance. Deep feelings by the author for the prominent character and his interests, and the... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
I loved the story. I loved the concept, the mystery, the love, the friendship, the trust, the untrust, the turns of events, the success of a man gaslighted to be a failure.Published 15 days ago by Oley
I loved this book! I thought the characters were extremely developed and interesting. It was a realistic glimpse into the wealthy, stoic way of life and it's affects on the... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Rula14
Rich boy meets the real world. Nice change from ordinary. I was rooting for Lee all the way through..Happy ending.Published 1 month ago by Janet Watzke
From an early age, Lee could sense he was different from the rest of his family. Born into a world of wealth and privilege, he questioned how he fit in with his mother, father,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by plasteredkat
From the time Lee was a small child he didn't feel he fit in with his high class family. With two older brothers & father who never showed he cared about Lee. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Helen Potter
I completely enjoyed this book. Loved the character development and story line. I stayed up till 3:00 A.M reading it!Published 1 month ago by E. Witham