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The Rose-Garden Husband Paperback – February 22, 2016
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Margaret Widdemer is a witty writer, I found myself reading portions aloud, just so people would understand why I was laughing. She also brilliantly captures the feelings and emotions of the characters. I know exactly how Phyllis feels, even if I've never worked a thankless job that makes you feel worn out before your time. I understand her desire to be pretty and useful and appreciated and to have something lovely and to have a moment to herself.
I'm so surprised that this is the first time I've heard of this book and this author. The book is lovely and the author quite excellent.
I read one review where the reader was offended at the phrase "dirty foreigners", however, the phrase is actually: "...yet they had really cared for her, those dirty, dear little foreigners of hers." I don't really believe this is meant to be insulting or rude, rather truthful. The children are foreign, in a way, they think and act and talk differently than she does and she mentions that, not an insulting manner, but rather a manner that acknowledges that they are different and she is different and there is nothing the matter with that. However, she does wish that she could be with people who are like her, people her own age, people who think as she thinks, people who dream as she dreams. She can't with these little children, these children who are different from her and who are so very young.
The statement of being dirty is factual. They are dirty and sticky and grimy, children today are often dirty, children are simply attracted to dirt! In that day and age they would have been even dirtier, not bathing as often or washing their clothes as often and perhaps not even having access to running water. Phyllis isn't belittling her dear little dirty children, but rather acknowledging that they are different and dirty and she wonders if they ever really love her, if they ever really appreciate her. Does her life have any meaning? Is there anyone like her? Is there anyone who feels trapped as she does? Is there anyone she could simply sit down and talk to and relate to and understand? Or will she constantly be pulled on by sticky hands and treated as an object rather than a person?
I think this book is lovely and poignant. Perhaps not as politically correct as we are used to, but I never felt that the book was meant to insult anyone or anything, rather it was about a girl who had dreams and wonders if they ever will come true. In the midst of this wondering, realizes that her life is not all she would wish and she feels saddened and trapped. But all is not lost.
This romance has none of that but it is so worth your time!
It is a sweet romance and short but the author has such a way with words, the entire story is all there. You aren't left wondering about anything.
Some of the elements of this story parallel her own life such as being a minister's daughter and a librarian. I felt uplifted after reading this. The heroine is so unrepentantly cheerful and, of course, there is a wonderful happily ever after.
The story is about a young woman, left all alone in the world after the death of her father, who goes to work in a city library, working her way up to being in the children's section. She lives in a boarding house and works many hours so her youth is slipping away. She doesn't have time for socializing. She wishes for a husband who won't take up too much of her time and a rose garden.
Because she is so cheerful, an opportunity comes her way to marry a man she has never met......
I'm going to stop there because I don't want to spoil this story for anyone reading this review. Download this story. It won't take much of your time and is well worth the little bit of time it takes to read it. I liked this story so much I had to know more about the author.
Margaret Widdemer wrote this story in 1915 and they actually made it into a film in 1917! She was born in 1884, married at the age of 35 in 1919 and that same year she won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry for her collection "The Old Road to Paradise". She was a fairly prolific author of both poetry and fiction, both adult and children's.
In her memoir "Golden Years I Had", written in 1964, she wrote of her friendships with such literary greats as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thornton Wilder, Ezra Pound and more.
I highly recommend this story and I'm just sorry it's taken me so long to discover her works. I actually like her work as much as Kate Chopin's (though it's very different. I found Chopin to be much "darker".)
Best of all, you can find much more from this author here on Amazon and much of it, if not all, is FREE!
Give her a try. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.
The story was charming and very sweet, problems and resolutions were handled well and the plot was also very good, the only comment, I can make is some of the descriptions of the childrens ethnic background would be viewed as politically incorrect today. If you feel that it will offend you, I would not read this.