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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."
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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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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!
I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and was pleased by the tone of the stylish prose and dialog, which carefully avoided anachronisms, making the wistfulness of the story even more poignant. In this way the author gives the reader an opportunity to recognize familiar feelings and motivations across the gulf between ourselves and Rosette. Mrs. Marsch allows us to read between the lines a fuller story of the heart of a woman constrained by the customs and proprieties of her time and place.
Her story interests us with fascinating details of frontier life that we have encountered in the works of Laura Ingalls Wilder but with the voice of an adult woman more reminiscent of Willa Cather. At times quite moving, the author’s best work manages, in simple scenes with well-chosen dialog, to capture the dynamics of personality and emotion between a man and a woman in a real marriage. The motivations and characters fleshed out by Mrs. Marsch ring true.
Rosette is a thought-provoking yet pleasant read that should be savored.
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