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The Moonflower Vine: A Novel (P.S.)
by Jetta Carleton

Published: 2009-03-24
Paperback : 318 pages
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A timeless American classic rediscovered—an unforgettable saga of a heartland family

On a farm in western Missouri during the first half of the twentieth century, Matthew and Callie Soames create a life for themselves and raise four headstrong daughters. Jessica will break their hearts. ...

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Introduction

A timeless American classic rediscovered—an unforgettable saga of a heartland family

On a farm in western Missouri during the first half of the twentieth century, Matthew and Callie Soames create a life for themselves and raise four headstrong daughters. Jessica will break their hearts. Leonie will fall in love with the wrong man. Mary Jo will escape to New York. And wild child Mathy's fate will be the family's greatest tragedy. Over the decades they will love, deceive, comfort, forgive—and, ultimately, they will come to cherish all the more fiercely the bonds of love that hold the family together.

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Who was the character that you changed your mind about as you read the book?
Why do you think she chose this title for this book? How does it relate to story or this family?
by maril (see profile) 05/23/12

The change in attitude of "what will others say" and how that change affects our decision making..
The change in limited choices based upon the role of husband and wife, men and women, had during that time vs today.
What brought about the change in a sense of personal identity with our neighbors and how it has led to a sense of anonymity or disconnect.
by Angeletti (see profile) 09/22/10

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Book Club Recommendations

Have some background on moomflowers and on hawthorne trees etc that are referred to in story.
by maril (see profile) 05/23/12
Compare similar social values depicted in "To Kill a Mockingbird" and reasons for the changes we see today. Also discuss the possibility of changes in decision making had the story been set in today's period of time.
by Angeletti (see profile) 09/22/10

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  "The Moonflower Vine"by maril (see profile) 05/23/12

This is the second time that I have read this book. I liked it the first time I read it and this time I loved it. Her way of describing relationships, events and people are insightful. Her scene... (read more)

 
  "The Moonflower Vine"by Sara17 (see profile) 10/06/11

 
  "Moonflower Vine"by KimMeyers (see profile) 10/20/10

 
  "The Moonflower Vine"by Angeletti (see profile) 09/22/10

An easy read, brilliantly written story of a family and each member's depth of moral values which were rooted in the religious and social structure of that time and their affect upon the direction of each... (read more)

 
  "Moonflower Vine"by Leeny (see profile) 03/29/10

We had varying opinions about this book. I found the book to be a little slow and boring for my taste.

 
  "moonflower vine"by branhamjmb (see profile) 03/28/10

Interesting, great vocabulary,although somewhat repetitive

 
  "The Moonflower Vine"by hamilbird (see profile) 07/14/09

A beautifully written story about what seems like an average Midwestern family during the 30s,40s,50s. Appearances are deceptive as each character has a surprise in store for the reader. The book has... (read more)

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