The Moonflower Vine
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...more
What is wrong with these people that they think it's okay to spoil the secrets? If I were you I wouldn't even read the Foreword by Jane Smiley. Better to go in without any preconceived ideas about what's coming.
I liked it even more the second time through and found that I'd mellowed towards some of the things that bothered me about the characters the first time. Really appreciated the writing - beautiful narrative, the author really brings us inside the characters, dialogue is well-placed. A book I'm sure to return to again.
I almost passed this one by because of the title, which brings to mind something sappy and "romantic" from, say, Nicholas Sparks.
This was a really good read, most...more
Durante a primeira metade do século XX, os recém-casados Matthew e Callie Soames se mudam para uma fazenda no oeste do Missouri. Lá, tocam a v...more
It made me stop to think about how each member of my family views the events that...more
The novel is set in southwest Missouri in the early part of the 20th century. This is territory f...more
Unhurried pace matches the 1950’s rural Missouri-setting in this character-centered novel.
Book opens on a summer day. Mattew & Callie Soames have been enjoying time with...more
'Children want to love their parents, but parents make it so hard sometimes. She was guilty of that herself, no doubt. Looking back, she could see mistakes. Still and all, maybe she hadn't done too bad. The children had left, but they found their own way back. Like the old nursery rhyme, "Leave them alone and they'll come home." The harde...more
The Moonflower Vine made me glad that I recently joined book club! I don't know if I would have found this treasure otherwise. It also made me want to plant some moonflowers of my own just to see what would happen.
Obviously, I relished this book and would recommend it. Nostalgic and sweet, it is a realistic portrait of family life in a bygone era from several points of views...more
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It isn't until you are fini...more