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Rosette: A Novel of Pioneer Michigan Paperback – February 24, 2016
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"With every successive wave of joy and sorrow, loss and longing, regret and resolve, broken hearts and healing hearts, readers will be swept into this powerful story and its intimately drawn cast of characters. . . . This is a provocative and delightful novel, not to be missed."
--George Grant, author of "The Courage and Character of Theodore Roosevelt" and many other titles
"A wonderfully written, engaging book. I am amazed at Cindy Marsch's ability to voice each of these characters believably, with light but appropriate use of metaphor, and I enjoyed living in their time."
--Cindy Ward Rollins, recipient of the 2016 Russell Kirk Paideia Prize, CiRCE Institute
"A poignant and compelling novel that hangs together like a vintage patchwork quilt"
--Debbie Young, in her review for the novel being awarded the Awesome Indies Badge of Approval
"Upon finishing this book, I can imagine most readers . . . will eagerly want to know more about this world, as well as the nameless gravestones that dot the American countryside. Cindy Marsch has brought these forgotten names to light, and for a brief moment, given them center stage as the heroes, rather than the stagehands of history."
--Joshua Grasso, Professor of English at East Central University and author of "The Astrologer's Apprentice" and other titles
"This is a close-up look at the struggles of real men and [women] who lived in difficult times and difficult places--not sugar-coated or sanitized, but a small celebration of the quiet victories in their lives."
--Karen Glass, author of "Consider This: Charlotte Mason and the Classical Tradition"
About the Author
Cindy Rinaman Marsch was born in Jacksonville, Florida at the end of the Baby Boom, became a Seminoles football fan at Florida State University, taught at Auburn University, and in 1986 married Glenn Marsch, a professor of physics. The Marsches have four grown children and keep a garden and hobby winery in Western Pennsylvania. For the last thirty-odd years Marsch has homeschooled and taught through Writing Assessment Services, begun online in 1996. With her nest emptying, she now has time to write as she has always desired, and her debut novel ROSETTE offers an episode of unknown history with imaginative speculation. Also planned are a companion short story, "Blizzard," and novel, SOLOMON, and a transcription of Rosette's actual journal of 1856-58. Contact Cindy Rinaman Marsch via email@example.com and through her websites at MorainesEdgeBooks.com, RosetteBook.com, or WritingAssessment.com .
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Marsch then takes us back to an earlier life, introducing the journal of Rosette Cordelia Ramsdell in September 1856. Rosette is an amazingly literate woman, school teacher and accomplished seamstress living in rural Michigan. The story follows Rosette through the courtship, marriage and births of her children and introduces us to members of her family. Marsch uses the brief excerpts from Rosette’s journal to provide authenticity to the story. Marsch presents a story consistent with the journal, which she found and translated, and continues much of the language from it, inventing facts in the story only when necessary. Confessing that she is “fascinated by books that reveal whole persons by unearthing and sometimes embellishing the primary source materials," she has offered a gift to the memory of Rosette and her family. Other than the journal, she found only scraps of information. Rosette and her husband Otis have disappeared into history.
Although I wished for a little more mystery and drama as I read the story, I admire what Marsch has accomplished and followed the story to the end. Rosette gives us an authentic picture of rural life in Michigan in the last half of the 1800’s. That makes it fascinating for those of us interested in history.
Rosette was a stronger woman than even she realized. It seems that whole family had more hardships than most families did. I loved how they helped and visited each other and traded what they had for what they needed. Too bad we don't do that today.
Very interesting story.
Cindy Rinaman Marsch has done a wonderful job of fleshing out this novel around the journal entries of Rosette Cordelia Ramsdell Churchill. This is a novel you cannot put down, and it ends much too soon - I would love to be able to follow the lives of the remaining children.
The characters are complex, the details well defined and picturesque, and the time frame is spot-on. I found myself fascinated in following the trail of footnotes throughout this novel. I would recommend to anyone who enjoys history, the frontier, and early America. There are many extras offered with the purchase of this book - check them out!
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" A gentle story of family life in an era where life was hard and yet simple pleasures mean everything.Read more