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The Coach House

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3.64  ·  Rating details ·  534 ratings  ·  62 reviews
2012 BRAG Medallion honoree!

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Paperback, 351 pages
Published April 27th 2012 by CreateSpace (first published April 26th 2012)
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Tiffany Wacaser
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
I wanted to give this book a higher rating, but the flow of the story was very choppy and I think the writing could have been improved. I thought the story was very intriguing but the author's style seemed juvenile--lacking sophistication or at least more skill.

The Coach House tells the store of Marie, a young woman who has grown up with a loving single mother and without knowledge of her father. The story is set in Chicago immediately following World War II. Marie has recently completed design
Jun 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Marie lives with her single mother until her death and then lives with some beloved neighbors. When she decides to go to college, her education is paid for. Her mother never discussed who her father was, just that he loved them very much but could not be with them. Marie meets a dashing man after college who sweeps her off her feet. They marry but she catches him in lies and is beginning to wonder about him.

I couldn't get enough reading time for this book until about 3/4 of the way through, then
Jun 14, 2012 rated it liked it
This is the first novel from Florence Osmund and those who grew up in Chicago and its surrounding suburbs will especially enjoy walking through familiar streets with Marie, the main character. To me, this book seemed to be split into two parts: The first introduced Marie and her new marriage to charming yet shady Richard. The second part of the story follows Marie as she flees from Richard, suspecting he is mixed up with the mob. Her first stop on her journey finds her hopping a train bound for ...more
Nola Arganbright
Jun 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
An excellent read. Thought provoking. Marie is a professional woman married to a man who seems to love and cherish her. Richard becomes involved in a life that makes Marie have to find her own way. Great twists and turns as she seeks answers to her life.
Susan Weintrob
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Coach House and its sequel, Daughters are a novel and its sequel that deals with identity grounded in so many areas—family, race, ethnicity, religion. What happens when you don’t know who your father is or what his race is? Those around main character Marie Costa seem to be confronted with the same issues—missing parents, spouses that leave, unidentified children. Add organized crime and corrupt police officers and you will find yourself enjoying two well-written novels that explore all of ...more
Marie (UK)
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have had this on my TBr for so long it is gaining dust on my kindle. I don't know why or how i got it but never felt enamoured enough to start it. It was however a decent read. Ok it is not high literature but the the author keeps your interest throughout there are plenty of twists and turns - it can be a bit predictable but i was invested in how it would turn out
Lynne Dooner
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this book, definitely a page turner. Few twists and turns, although at times a little predictable, still thoroughly enjoyable. The story follows Marie, the main character, through marriage and discovery, My only complaint is the abrupt ending, luckily I had the follow on book to hand.
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There was just too many sub-stories. It made the book disjointed.
May 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Finish time – 3 days. It was a quick, page-turning read. I enjoyed the book overall for the story, but there were a few things that really bothered me. First, the title – The Coach House. I guess I had in my head that the Coach House would be some historical house (like my favorite book The Swan House) and would be the center of the story where all the events took place. Instead you don’t even find out until 2/3rds of the way through what the Coach House even is, and even then it is ...more
Pete Loveday
Mar 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review: The Coach House

Author: Florence Osmond
Published: - Published April 27th 2012 by CreateSpace
ISBN: 1467946516
Reviewed - Monday, 11 March 2013

Synopsis: 1945 Chicago. Newlyweds Marie Marchetti and her husband, Richard, have the perfect life together. Or at least it seems until Marie discovers cryptic receipts hidden in their basement and a gun in Richard's desk drawer. When she learns he secretly attends a mobster’s funeral, her suspicions are confirmed. And when she inadvertently
Jul 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Things aren’t always what they seem.

Tall, dark, and handsome describe the two men in Marie Marcheti’s young life. Besides being from different ethnic groups, they are worlds apart in character, moral, and ethical strength.

Marie lost her mother when she was a young girl and never knew her father. The only information her mother shared was that her father was tall, dark, and handsome. Marie had no idea until she was in her late twenties that ‘dark’ meant Negro. Realizing she was a Mulatto in the
Charline Ratcliff
Jun 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Having just finished reading “The Coach House” I can tell you it was a captivating story. “The Coach House” is set in Chicago circa 1945. That’s a different world from what we know today, and I always enjoy being able to “go back in time” and experience pieces of the past; hence my desire to read it.

We first glimpse Marie Andrea Costa, one of the main characters in “The Coach House,” as she is decorating a window display for the Marshall Field’s department store where she works. We view her
Terry Palardy
Jun 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Coach House by Florence Osmund is a beautifully written story of the immediate years following WWII. Marie is a young college graduate who has studied Interior Design and is using her skills at Marshall Fields in Chicago during the store's heyday. She is a window dresser, but is soon recognized for her talents and work ethic and is promoted to assistant buyer and ultimately to store manager. Richard is a medical supply salesman who is smitten with Marie's beauty and grace when he sees her ...more
Feb 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
I insert an aspiring author's novel into my reading list each month. Being an undiscovered writer myself, I think everyone should do this. Having grown up in Illinois and intrigued by the book's description on Amazon, I selected Florence Osmund's novel The Coach House this month.

Set in the 40s, it's the story of Marie Marchetti, a young woman from Chicago. Never meeting her father, she loses her mother at a young age and is taken in by her neighbors while still in high school. Knowing little of
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Osmund engaged me, from the showcase window of Marshal Fields, flagship store in Chicago through the touch of the untouchables in Chicago’s underworld of the 1940’s. More than that it was a pleasure to watch a young woman with so many strikes against her change and grow into a woman who could stand on her own two feet in a man’s world and say, I will survive and thrive against all odds. It was a pleasure to travel with the protagonist to New York and San Francisco, keeping in step with the era ...more
Harry Osborne
Aug 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: To anyone who loves a novel
The Coach House takes place in the mid 1940s. In begins in one of Americas' finest cities Chicago which by the mid-forties had a reputation as a gangster city.

We follow Marie Marchetti through her life in Chicago and later Atchison, Kansas. In the beginning she has what appears to be the perfect life. She's beautiful, smart, successful and married to Mr. Wonderful. But when she overhears her husband's late night phone calls and discovers cryptic receipts hidden in the basement and a gun in his
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Coach House both inspires and captivates as it explores the ins and outs of life as a mixed-race woman in the 1940’s. The manner in which Osmund depicts Marie’s career path is refreshing, as there is never any question about whether she can be successful, she just goes ahead and secures the career she wants. The reason why the book is so captivating is that it focuses on more than just the woman’s role and her relationship with a controlling man. We also gain an insight into what life would ...more
Aug 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
this book is well written in my opinion. marie is on a journey to discover her identity after a horrific acident her at one time deeply in love with her husband inflicted on her. after that day she was bound to be for herself because she was tired of the lies and shadyness of the man she once loved. she didnt want to feel like one of his business deals undr his thumb. but he proves to be a menace in her attempt to be free. not in like a horrific way or anything. stalkerish really. along the way ...more
Barbara Dzikowski
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Coach House is an historical tale, set in the 1940s, of many twists and turns. Just when you think you see a plot point coming to resolution, the author deftly changes directions by throwing another obstacle, unexpected development, or unresolved question into the mix. Her ability to create this ongoing tension keeps readers turning the pages and wanting to find out more about Marie’s personal pilgrimage to uncover the truth about herself and the mysterious man to whom she’s married. Taking ...more
Jan 22, 2014 rated it liked it
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Mar 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Definitely a page turner - not at all what I expected, and not my usual type of book, but the twists of the plot and the constant new developments drew me in. It's definitely a bit anachronistic, both in terms of some of the characters' (especially the main character) attitudes being a bit ahead of their time, and some of the technology in the background is a few years early - but that really doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things, since the characters are so well-written they kind of step ...more
Jean Browne
I liked this book, but I wish it had more substance. The themes were organized crime, relationships, growing up and learning responsibility and ethnicity. All great ideas but nothing was really fleshed out enough for me. Saying that, however, there was a certain appeal that kept me into the book. I was always waiting to find out more about the characters. Perhaps the author left out just enough that her readers would want to find out more about these characters and what happens to them. I know I ...more
Aug 08, 2013 rated it liked it
I have to say this was just an OK read, the setting was enjoyable and the time period intriguing. The story never really developed and at times stalled through the book. I trudged to the end but was unable to relate to the main characters as I never felt they were developed to the point that their fate became of interest to me. The slow pace did nothing to encourage me to continue with the sequel. Not a waste of time but much better mystery/suspense out there. Some resolution would have been ...more
Sep 09, 2013 rated it liked it
I kept thinking "where is the Coach House in the story". It did come along somewhere in the middle. It's fairly well written. Sometimes the character interaction and internal dialogue doesn't feel fully fleshed out. The moral/ethical/racial questions that come up are an interesting part of the book. I don't want to give away too much. The ending left me a little cold. It was quite abrupt and didn't feel like there was much closure or resolution. I'm going to have to read Daughters now. I'm not ...more
Aug 12, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Shannon Chiachiaretta
This book was a page turner- I was very interested in what would happen next. However disappointed in the way it ended. Many loose ends not tied up such as finalizing divorce, Richards "real deal", and even reconnecting with Esther? I was interested in the relationship with her father but wanted these other ends tied up first. If I read the sequel it would be to hopefully find closure to this book!
Debbie Murphy
Aug 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
I chose this book for its cover and title - much the way I chose wine. I was captured almost immediately when I realized it was set in Chicago. I thought it had a few stories going on at the same time, but they went together well. It was a little fairytalish, considering it was right after WWII. Everything just seemed so easy for this young women, clothes, jewels, trips.... But it was all that way. I couldn't put it down and immediately bought the sequel.
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
Marie and Richard Marchetti live a very good life in Chicago in 1946-- good jobs, trips to New York City, nice clothes, surprise gifts, but Richard has deep secrets. Marie sees that things are falling apart, she fears for her life, and she flees. She meets Karen Franklin and they become great friends sharing deep secrets and trying to understand the fears and tragedies they have experienced.

There are a few proof-reading issues.

No sex
Some non graphic violence
Jul 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
I really enjoyed this book except for the fact that it left me hanging at the end. You really want to know what happened to Marie and how She deals with Richard and gets on with her life. I had to buy the second book just to find out what happens. This book is about finding your true self an knowing who you are.
Sue Ann
Apr 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
Main character is likable but the first half about the marriage dragged out too long. Incongruities in the story were distracting, e.g., how does a telephone operator afford to fly to San Francisco in 1949? What are Richard's intentions? Is Marie in danger or not? I see there is a sequel, but I doubt I'll spend more time with these characters
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After more than three decades of working in a business career, Florence Osmund retired to write novels. Her notable website is dedicated primarily to helping new authors—offering advice she wishes she had received before starting her first novel. All of Osmund's novels have earned the BRAG Medallion, an honor awarded to less than 15% of books submitted. She currently resides on a tranquil lake in ...more

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