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Salting Roses: A Novel

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3.26 of 5 stars 3.26  ·  rating details  ·  813 ratings  ·  190 reviews
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 kid
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ebook, 336 pages
Published November 30th 2010 by HarperCollins e-books (first published November 23rd 2010)
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Amanda
**This was an advance reader's copy from Library Thing**

Salting Roses purports to be a novel brimming with Southern charm. Oh, it's brimming alright. Ridiculously so. Welcome to the land of Southern stereotypes and Bible Belt cliches. This is right up there in Sweet Home Alabama territory and if Reese Witherspoon is looking for another romantic jaunt in a charming make-believe South, here it is. If you haven't guessed by now, I'm not the target audience for this novel, so maybe it's unfair for m
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Lydia Presley
I've only recently (as in this year) become a fan of "Southern" fiction, books set in the south and ranging from Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind to Kathryn Stockett's The Help to more modern stories such as Beth Hoffman's Saving CeeCee Honeycutt. I've been incredibly lucky to have read some fantastic titles, but also have read some.. not so fantastic ones.

So when I saw the description for Salting Roses I jumped at the opportunity to read it. A sort of "Cinderella/Coming-of-Age" story? Yes
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Jennifer Rayment
The Good Stuff

* A sweet charming, beautiful and wise book
* Don't let the slowness of it make you put the book down, the characters slowly grow on you and you realize how much you have grown to care about them
* Bloody brilliant and realistic character development
* It's the perfect book for a cold winter's night. You want to curl up, grab a tea (or a nice Australian red wine) and lose yourself in a delightful small town full of quirky and all too real characters
* Some nice humour and fun dial
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Staci
Dec 07, 2010 Staci rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Staci by: TLC Book Tour
Shelves: 2010-reads, tlc-tour

Why I wanted to read this book: I love southern fiction and seem to be attracted to books that take place down south.

What worked for me:

* Gracie is this person that you just want to know. I loved how devoted she was to her two uncles and aunt. She struggles with feeling like a nobody and the being labeled "the unwanted child of Rita." She's never really felt worthy of anything and is afraid of what changes will occur in her life if she accepts the reality of who she is "biologically."
* I found
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Briana
The idea of this book is good. Marinello wrote a few compelling characters and set up what could have been a really great story. However, the book falls apart and, unfortunately, ends in quite an unsatisfying and bad manner.

Gracie is dealing with a surprise forced on her that changes her present and her future. She is faced with demons from the past, an upside-down present, and the unknown future. Her story started out strong, but she wasn't really allowed to grow. I was presented with conflicti
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MissSusie
I so enjoyed this book I read it in a day. This is the story of Gracie Calloway who was found on a doorstep in Alabama and raised with love by the people she was left with who thought she was their niece. They didn't have much money and Gracie was treated pretty badly as a child by other children whose families looked down on her. (No Spoilers it’s on the back of the book) Gracie is now 25 and happy with her life and family when she finds out she was kidnapped and is the heiress to a fortune.

Thi
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Megan
Gracie Calloway has spent her entire life trying to make herself invisible. Teased and mistreated for being an abandoned "love child" of a runaway mother, she was the subject of unwanted notoriety in her small Alabama town. But Gracie's grown up to be a strong, independent young woman, thanks to the love and upbringing she received from two uncles, an aunt, and a couple other town misfits. She'll need that strength and independence, however, when she finds out that she is in fact a kidnapped hei ...more
Shannon
Giveaway from Goodreads First-reads~
Gracie Lynne Calloway is not who thought she was, an abandoned bastard baby left in a coal bucket on her great-uncle's porch. She's a missing heiress kidnapped twenty-five years ago. Soon her life is overflowing with the media, scheming relatives, and a town full of people who flat-out refuse to treat her as the same old Gracie. There's also Sam Fontana, the Yankee commissioned by her late father to ease her transition and persuade her to accept her massive in
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Zoë
"She was letting go of a dream she’d had since she was a child- her very own mama- and she didn’t have anything to replace it with."

Salting Roses by Lorelle Marinello has a rags to riches premise- Gracie Calloway discovers on her 25th birthday that she is actually the heiress to a 650 million dollar fortune. Gracie was kidnapped as a an infant and left on a porch in a coal bucket in Alabama where she grew up. Gracie's biological father never gave up searching for her, and when dies she is left
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Ilona
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Amy Brown
Gracie Lynne Calloway has been raised in Alabama by her great-aunt and uncle after her Mama left her on their doorstep. Now, twenty-five years later, Gracie finds out she is really Katherine Hammond who was kidnapped from wealthy parents in Conneticut and her Daddy has just died. Gracie is the sole heir to Conrad Hammond's fortune of $650 million. Gracie must decide if she will stick with her roots in Alabama and turn down the money or embrace the life in Conneticut she should have had all aong. ...more
Eilonwy
A foundling left in a quiet southern town grows up to discover she's the kidnapped heiress to a fortune. The colorful characters liven this Cinderella story.
M. Ables
If there ever was a book I want to say I loved, this is it. The premise is fantastic, but it just sort of all fell flat for me. I didn't connect to the characters like I wanted, however likeable most of them were. I like books that take me somewhere and challenge me to think and feel. This was comparable to getting excited about a vacation and ending up halfway across town....you know it like the back of your hand and you haven't really seen anything new. I'll say the southern charm was the savi ...more
Beverly
The promise of a Cinderella story made me check this novel out of the library. I only finished it so I could review it. The writing is barely mediocre. The heroine is 25, but the writer makes her behave like a 15-year-old. Other characters are caricatures of either poor yet wise southerners or wealthy, greedy, cold northerners. The narration accidentally slips away from the close third person part way through the novel, and the narrative voice shifts in and out of some sort of stereotype dialect ...more
Pam
Really liked this story. It is kind of a southern Cinderella story except this Cinderella is feisty and strong. I love Gracie's large heart and strength that makes her who she is, and I really love the fact that the author doesn't do the usual girl gets money and is immediately happy to be rich. Gracie is a wonderfully written character and is very easy to like. There are also a number of other very likable characters in this book as well.
Kathy
This is the story of a small town girl who was dropped off on a door step as an infant and who was raised by Ben, Alice and Artie. Turns out the child was kidnapped from a wealthy Connecticut family. Now a young woman must confront a past that she didn't know existed. It was an OK book.
penelopewanders
This was sent along with some books I'd mooched, and I really didn't know what to expect. I picked this up before setting out on a trip, thinking to just take a literary sip, but I was so taken with the taste that I took it along for the journey. I hadn't read anything, not even the back cover, so was not expecting to be plunged into small town Alabama. The characters and the atmosphere are wonderfully described and cling like a film of dampness in deep south humidity! I found the story very mov ...more
Meryan
A decent book about how money can change people.Gracie Lynne Calloway find out that she isin't who she thinks she is.She is really Kathrine Hammond,the kidnapped daughter of Conrad Hammond,a New Englan Financier,and is the heiress to a fortune.She was thought drowned,but her father found her and keept her hidden with a family in Alabama.Her father had been living in the same town as her without her knowlege.Her Grandmother sends a PI that finds her and try to convince her to accept the money or ...more
Beth
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Diana
I had a hard time deciding what type of book this was. At first, I thought it was a romance, but the more I read I realized it had more meat than most romance books. There are a lot of characters and as the story develops, you realize that the characters are either not exactly what they seem or they are in transition in their lives. That includes the main character, Gracie Calloway. Gracie is white, but lives closely with 3 people who are Afrian-American.....and this makes no difference to any o ...more
Christine
Abandoned on a porch as an infant in small town Alabama, 25 year old Gracie Lynne Calloway discovers she was kidnapped from a wealthy family and is now heir to a $600m fortune. Protective of her family and small town southern roots, Gracie Lynne rejects her northern biological family and wants nothing to do with the money.

Like most people, I've fantasized about winning the lottery. I have different scenarios depending on how much the jackpot is (I don't actually buy lotto tickets, but it's fun t
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Stephanie
This was a nice light-hearted read. Gracie has just found out that she is not the unwanted baby left on her mother's uncle's porch but a multimillionaire heiress who was kidnapped 25 years ago. Growing up, people with money never treated Gracie right, and so she has learned to view money as something which can bring no good.

Along with the news of her newfound fortune is Sam, the man who delivered this life changing news. Now Gracie must find herself again and come to terms with all the secrets t
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Linda
Gracie Lynn Calloway was left on a doorstep in her small Alabama town as a baby. She was raised by her two "uncles", Ben and Artie and by her "aunt" Alice, Ben's wife. Although her upbringing was unusual, she never doubted that she was loved. Now, at 25 years of age, she learns that Ben, Artie and Alice aren't related to her at all. In fact, she is a kidnapped heiress. In addition, she learns that her real father has been watching her over the years and that Ben knew it all along. Now Gracie fee ...more
Beth
I loved this story. Gracie Lynne Calloway was abandoned on a front porch as an infant. She is raised by her "uncles" who found her. Artie and Ben raised Gracie along with the help of Alice, Ben's wife who lives next door. Gracie thought she knew exactly who she was until the day Sam Fontana comes to town to tell her she is a missing kidnapped heiress. Gracie has to figure out who she really is and what is the truth about who her parents really are. The story is full of wonderful, well-developed ...more
Ricki Jill Treleaven
"Money all by itself didn't make folks happy. Happiness was something that came from having the freedom to be who you really were~ not someone else's version of your ideal self but the deep down you, with all the food and bad mixed up thick."

~my favorite quote from Salting Roses


This week I read Salting Roses by Lorelle Marinello. This book needs to be on your beach reading list. It is a fun, easy, entertaining, and touching read. Its theme is also one that resonates with most readers: forgivenes
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Jillian
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 ...more
Laura
Gracie Calloway has spent her whole life wondering about the mother who left her on her uncle's front porch when she was just a baby. Although raised by a loving relatives she wondered why she was abandoned. It didn't help that the whole town new about it as well. Much to Gracie's surprise, she learns on her 25th birthday that what she thought was true really wasn't. She's the kidnapped daughter of an extremely wealthy family and is now the heiress to 650 million dollars. All of a sudden everyon ...more
Amanda
I received this in a Goodreads Giveaway a couple of weeks ago. When I first read the synopsis (which made me enter to win) I was happy to see a "Southern" fiction as a giveaway. I started reading it after finishing up something else and for the most part I enjoyed it.

My only "complaint" if it can be called that, is that being from the South, I kind of felt unsure about the dialogue (the phrasing, the 'southern speak') when this is a modern day book. Sometimes it seemed too forced and over the t
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DH
Salting Roses hits the spot as a charming and delightful southern novel. There’s just something about winter and holidays that makes me want to cozy up under the warm covers and read a warm and fuzzy southern novel.

What really made this book for me though were the characters. From Gracie Calloway to her surrogate family and her grandmother in Connecticut, all of the characters felt real and added their own eccentric charm to the book. As a protagonist, Gracie was endearing and easy to fall in lo
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