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Pub Date: 2010-11-30 Pages: 336 Language: English Publisher: HarperCollins US A young woman abandoned as an infant on an Alabama porch is horrified to discover that she is the missing heiress to a vast Connecticut fortune-a birthright she is desperate to reject in favor of her Peachtree Lane roots. Gracie Lynne Calloway-once left in a coal bucket on a front porch in a small Alabama town-discovers on her twenty-fifth birthday that she is the kidnapped daughter of a late New England financier and heiress to a fortune. When the tabloid press and her unwanted greedy relatives descend on her. she has to admit the quiet secure life shes known and loved is gone for good. As Gracie struggles to stabilize her world and come to terms with her new identity . she learns that belonging is not about where you came from but who you are.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Salting Roses is a delightful Southern story... 4 Mar. 2011
By Beth Hoffman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
All the right ingredients of this ever-popular genre are here: quirky characters, deep family ties, and secrets. The character of Gracie, a strong-willed young woman who gets the shock of a lifetime on her twenty-fifth birthday, is fully fleshed out, and the town of Shady Grove, Alabama is the perfect setting for this genuinely Southern tale.

Charming, witty, surprising, and a definite page-turner, Salting Roses is all those things, yes, but it's also something else. It is a story that on a deeper level poses questions about what true happiness is, the good and not-so-good aspects of sudden wealth (and the inevitable greed that follows), and the oftentimes confusing emotions of love.

Lorelle Marinello has crafted an enchanting debut!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Loved it! 5 Feb. 2011
By GenreReadr - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This was the first book I read on my brand new Kindle, and it will hold a special place in my heart. Loved tomboy Gracie, who takes on life the same way she plays baseball. And I loved the sweet chemistry with Sam. <Sigh>
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Southern wit at its finest 12 Mar. 2011
By J. Wolf - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Something I love about living in the South is the difference in propriety. There are things about Southern charm that aren't quite so charming. Rather, they can be downright disarming when it boils right down to it. Southerners often say exactly what is on their mind and don't exactly care for the same things that Northerners do. In Salting Roses by Lorelle Marinello, the differences in socioeconomic status, customs, and even speaking style are brought to the forefront in a novel that brings to life the what-ifs from childhood. What if our parents aren't really our parents but some celebrity or rich person that gave us up? Or, in Gracie Calloway's case, what if she were really a kidnapped heiress instead of a child that was found on a stoop in a coal bucket? What would happen if someone who never had money and was biased against it suddenly had more than she could handle? What if that money was brought to her by a shy, handsome Yankee?

Gracie's character is full of moxie and the handful of characters that surround her in her stereotypical Southern town, which is nothing like any Southern town I've experienced, are almost cartoonish in their portrayal. The plot was easy to guess in advance, so there wasn't any real mystery as to how things would go. Katherine Hammond, Gracie's paternal grandmother is perhaps the most compelling portrayal in the novel as both a mother who has lost her child and grandchild and yet is still to stilted as a character to really come together and show any emotion.

While Salting Roses isn't the most compelling thing I've ever read, and it did take me several hours to get into it, it was funny, interesting and, ultimately, a good story. It reminds me of a beach read and this book is the book I'd read when I needed a distraction. In other words, take it to the beach, while recovering from surgery, or while enjoying your Winter Break.

*Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in order to review it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Southern Charm 27 Dec. 2010
By Deborah - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
What would you do if you suddenly came into money? Would you go out and start buying everything left and right or would you try to refuse it? That's exactly the dilemma that Gracie is suddenly put through as she discovers that she's not the small town once abandoned baby she always thought she was and is instead the heiress to a grand fortune.

This is a very character driven story and there are a LOT of characters who have very distinct personalities. I really liked Gracie and Sam's characters. I felt the two to be very down to earth and easy to get along with. Even though they both could have taken the advantages and opportunities handed to them and turned them into something nasty they did not. I really liked how even though Gracie does not really want the money for herself, she does use it to help others including her uncles who have done nothing but show her love and kindness all these years. I also liked seeing Gracie's relationships with her new family especially her sister and grandmother. Her relationship with her birth mother is a bit odd. It's almost as if her mother never wanted her to begin with and then when she does discover her, there seems to be no love lost between the two of them.

While I did enjoy the overall story, some of the characters kind of annoyed me. The one that stood out most was Alice. I can understand her feeling protective of Gracie, her actions really got on my nerves. The buying of all the jeans in town simply to have Gracie wear dresses irked me plus the fact that she was pretty much planning Gracie's life without talking to her at all. Then there was Gracie's birth mother as well as Clare's mother as well. Money does strange things to people.

Overall though, it was an enjoyable story. Southern culture is alive and well throughout the book. It's nice to read that there are people in this world who do not feel as if money has to control them even when they are entitled to it. Gracie is a good character with a good heart. I enjoyed reading her story and getting to know her. The importance of family is also encouraged. It's a fine book to read if you want to experience Southern culture and get a good story out of it as well.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A so-so story 5 May 2013
By B. Youngblood - Published on Amazon.com
This book has been in my TBR pile for quite a while. Because of my love for southern fiction, I had to give it a try. It has a promising plot- a n'er do well girl from Alabama abandons her (supposed) love child on the door step of the uncle who raised her and is never seen again. Later, the child is found to be a missing heiress. I guess the story just runs a little too much toward a fairy tale for my tastes. It was certainly sweet- - just not all that believable in some parts. Why would Uncle Ben know Gracie's identity for eight years and keep it a secret? Why did Conrad live so near Gracie and never explain the truth? Would that really happen? And, really, would Rita have abandoned the child like that and never confessed to who she was? Some of the characters were a little flat (Chantel) and some were a little too one-dimensional (Alice). All in all, I'd call this a decent beach read, but don't expect reality and DO expect some things to occur a little too conveniently. Essentially this is a southern fairy tale romance and, if that floats your boat, jump in.

Read this book if....
*you love southern fiction
*you love romance
*you love fairy tales
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