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Clover Blue

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  1,150 ratings  ·  292 reviews
Set against the backdrop of a 1970s commune in Northern California, Clover Blue is a compelling, beautifully written story of a young boy's search for identity.

There are many things twelve-year-old Clover Blue isn't sure of: his exact date of birth, his name before he was adopted into the Saffron Freedom Community, or who his first parents were. What he does know with ce
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 28th 2019 by John Scognamiglio Book
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Diane S ☔
Jun 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: lor-2019
3.5 Mid 1970s, located near Santa Rosa, the Saffron Freedom Community is a commune, like many that appeared during this time period. All members refer to each other as sister or brother, everything is shared, sex, drugs, chores, but despite this, thx ere are many who hold secrets. Clover Blue is a young boy, best friends with Harmony, and one day they witness a birth, which causes Clover to wonder who his birth mother was. Goji is the leader, and this birth and s new arrival will cause this smal ...more
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Eldonna Edwards is a brilliant, master story teller. I was really impressed with this book and her message. Clover Blue is a wonderful piece of writing. The characters are authentic, vulnerable, and flawed. The dysfunctional family dynamics are painful and real. Ms. Edwards addresses relevant issues: family, loyalty, love, relationships, judgment and forgiveness. She asks the reader to look at the complexities of situations. To examine multiple points of view and invites you to wit
Jamie Rosenblit
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
Oh, Eldonna Edwards, you’ve done it again. Your characters captured my heart in This I Know and again in Clover Blue. Set at a commune known as The Saffron Freedom Community, young Clover Blue is desperate to know about his birth parents, the ones who left him at SFC, and head of the commune (or cult leader, you decide) Goji tells him he will tell him when he’s older.

Clover Blue (the book, not the character) raises an interesting question about finding family where we can, even if it’s not fami
As a child of the 70’s with hippie parents that often lived outside the “norm”, I was eager to read Clover Blue. Saffron Freedom Community is a peaceful, nature loving commune in the 1970’s when the world was in turmoil with the Vietnam War. Every member has their own reasons for living off the grid and we find out a bit about each one. Clover Blue is a young boy adopted by the group as a toddler. At 12, he starts questioning how he came to be in the commune and who his real parents are. Blue st ...more
Susan's Reviews
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Utopia! Paradise! Clothing Optional!
Saffron Freedom Community is one of the "hippie communes" that were so popular during the 60's and 70s. Clover Blue is a boy with a mission: he yearns to be told which of the women in his communal family is his birth mother. He also has vague memories - flashes of another life, another identity.
I fell in love with Clover Blue: with his youthful innocence, his seriousness, his craving for knowledge, his love of reading - and just his over all inner and outer b
Susan Peterson
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I cried hard at the end of this book. The beauty of this story took my breath away. Clover Blue is such an extraordinary character; he is loving, intense, devoted; he overcomes his own doubt and trepidation with bravery and goodness. This is the kind of story that seeps into your emotions were all over the place. I felt great joy and deep sorrow; I could laugh at the antics of Harmony while fretting over Gaia. I celebrated the great love and closeness of the Saffron Freedom Community ...more
Donna Everhart
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Eldonna Edwards has crafted a unique coming-of-age story in CLOVER BLUE.

For Clover Blue, how he came to be among the members of the Saffron Freedom Community was never a question in his mind until he witnessed one of his "sister-mothers" giving birth at age 12. Edwards chose this profound, natural act to capture a young boy's curiosity about his own beginnings. After the baby is born, he innocently asks who gave birth to him, and the answer he receives from Goji, the quasi-guru/leader of the co
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Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved the timeline being in the 1970's. Set in Northern California at Saffron Freedom Community a peace and love community compound run by a guru that holds a deep secret. I was pulled in from the first page. A coming of age novel about a little boy named Clover Blue who was adopted into this peace and love community but, Blue wonders where he comes from. He wonders what mother gave birth to him. I just loved Blue and watching him grow. Blue resembles Leif Garrett my childhood crush and his be ...more
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This was such a good book. It was so well written and obviously researched or lived it one. Maybe both. It touches on a few subjects that existed back in the late 60s and early to mid or late 70s. I was a teen in the 70s but living where I did we didn’t see a lot of free love. We did have us a wonderful senior class president who had very long hair. He was perfect for the job. My now husband had the hair too. It was just the thing back then along with the bell bottoms that covered your feet. Hal ...more
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes when you read a book, you are aware that it's a story that you are watching from the outside. Very, very rarely is a book written that consumes you totally and makes you feel like you are part of the story. Clover Blue is one of those books. I felt like it was the 70s and I was living in a commune with all of the people who lived there. I laughed with them and cried with them and understood their feelings about the outside world. I read the last 50 pages very slowly because I wanted to ...more
Donna Davis
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those that love historical fiction.
Edwards is the author of This I Know, and here, once again, she creates a powerful story based on a youthful yearning for identity. My thanks go to the author and her publicist for the printed galley, and to Kensington and Net Galley for the digital copy. It will be available May 28, 2019.

Our setting is a small commune in California in the early 1970s. Our protagonist, Clover Blue, sleeps in a tree house with some of the other commune members. There’s no running water or electricity, but we don
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books I have read all year. I responded to each of the characters from the depths of my heart. Eldonna is a masterful storyteller. I loved this I know, but this one is only better. My friends know I rarely give 5 stars to a book, but I would give 10 to this one if I could. Clover, Harmony, Rain are all etched in my heart.
I listened to it on Audible and heard it almost non stop. I could not stop reading!!!
I have book club today and am going to select it for our July book.
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a great peek into life of a commune in the 1970's. In the beginning it was hard to get used to the members' names: Gaia, Moon, Sirona, Harmony, Rain.

Basically a coming of age story of a young boy, Clover Blue, who can only ever remember living in the commune. Lots of secrets to discover.

I always enjoy a book where I learn something. While the structure and way of life in a commune was not high on my things that I would like to learn more about, I found it very interesting.
Simply w
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 Eldonna Edwards is one of my favorite authors, creating realistic, interesting characters. I was quickly drawn in to the life of Clover Blue and his family at Saffron Community. The setting is the 1970s and Clover witnesses one of his sister mother's giving birth. This makes him think about who his "real" parents might be. He came into this loving hippie family as a toddler, and now questions how he got there. I could easily picture the characters of Doobie, Jade, Willow, Wave, Goji and his ...more
Bibiana Krall
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Clover Blue is a fantastic coming of age novel that made me laugh, cry and feel deeply for the tumultuous journey to adulthood, as a young man searched for the truth hidden from him by the people he looked up to and totally trusted.

The opening lines gave insight into a tribe of sorts that exalted in the cycle of life, the joys of birth, freedom and held a deep connection to nature.

An important character (Harmony) is introduced, one who became a heroine to the protagonist later on in the novel,
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Clover Blue, the book, is a coming-of-age story, it is a story about love and friendship and it is a reminiscence of an era which was defined by the longing for individuality, freedom, and peace. Clover Blue, the character, is faced with the difficult task of learning how to define “family.” Blue grows up in the Saffron Freedom Community, a peaceful California commune, in the mid-1970’s, where he is surrounded by a cast of loving “brothers and sisters.” As Blue grows, he begins to be curious abo ...more
May 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways
Won this in a Goodreads giveaway. It’s a story about finding oneself. Interesting plot but slow at times and I didn’t always feel connected to the characters but I’d recommend it
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Clover Blue by Eldonnna Edwards is heartwarming and heart wrenching story about growing up in an alternative style family and the difference between tribe and family. It is an emotional story of a boy’s search for identity and coming to terms with what he has been told and reality. This is a story with many ups and downs and held me from the start.

Clover Blue is a 12-year-old boy who has lived in the Saffron Freedom Community, SFC, for as long as he can remember. Clover Blue knows that he is lo
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Clover Blue was my first read by author Eldonna Edwards. It definitely will not be my last. This book was very well written and researched. It was so good it pulled me right in and I did not want to put it down. The characters were well written and likeable. Clover Blue was a quick and easy read and it will stay with you for a long time. This book made me laugh and it made me cry. I felt as if I was right there with the characters. I was a teenager in the 70’s and I remember Rock and Roll, free ...more
Lesley Kagen
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such a lovely story that was beautifully told. I am always impressed when a writer is able to capture the true essences of children and Miss Edwards knocked my socks off. I highly recommend!
Linda Zagon
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Eldonna Edwards, Author of “Clover Blue” has written an intriguing, captivating, compelling, emotional and memorable novel. I love the way Eldonna Edwards writes her story and vividly describes the characters, community, and landscape. The Genres for this story are Fiction and Mystery. This is also a Coming of Age Novel. The author has written an amazing and thought-provoking story. The story takes place in Northern California in the 1970s in a small commune. The music that is described takes me ...more
Margaret Duke-Wyer
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The opening of Clover Blue introduced us to a ten year old boy who is part of the Saffron Free Community, a group of people living ‘off the grid’ in the 70’s. Within the group there is a surfer, a Vietnam deserter, a groupie, a mid-wife, and Clover’s friend Harmony – the leader of the commune is Goji. Each are termed brother or sister and decisions are generally made by consensus and debate. It is a harsh life, no electricity, no running water; accommodation is in a tent or tree house and everyb ...more
Linda Smith
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I graduated from high school in the mid 70's so many parts of this book resonated with me; the longing to make a difference, the creating community within whatever tribe you're part of, the loosening of stifling rules, etc. Eldonna Edwards writes coming of age novels full of the intensity and angst that accompany that stage of life so well. This one is no exception.
Clover Blue, the main character lives in a commune where all are considered one big happy family - until questions about who his re
Barbara Conrey
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'll be honest: cults have always scared me. Reading Clover Blue led me into the minds and hearts of people who find peace and love in a culture that not only terrifies me but also intrigues me.

It was hard not to love the characters; they came alive on the page as if an artist had sketched them.

The story of Clover Blue, the boy, is filled with love and pain. He is incredibly intelligent, honest, and filled with faith in the people who become his family. His need to know leads him down a path n
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Everything happens for a Reason."
I was quickly engaged in this novel where the setting takes place in a commune during the 70's.
The peace of the characters made me take my time reading each page.
I immediately felt a serenity and became a part of the this group living and loving in nature.
The main character Clover Blue, is a ten year old with many questions for his "family". How did he get to this fabulous residence? Who are really his parents? Does he have other family members?
Will he find t
Kay Richard
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As in her debut novel, This I Know, Eldonna Edwards has once again given us an unforgettable cast of characters in Clover Blue. In this coming of age story set in a California commune in the mid 1970’s, we learn what it was like to be a member of the free spirited hippie counterculture that gave us open love, dirty feet and flowers in our hair. From the surprising revelation mid-way to the unexpected plot twist near the end, her talent as a writer will have you turning the pages of this story lo ...more
Mary S. R.
I received an ARC of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to the publisher, A John Scognamiglio Book!

Set against the backdrop of a 1970s commune in Northern California, Clover Blue is a compelling, beautifully written story of a young boy’s search for identity.
Very excited for this literary historical fiction!
Karen Trosterud
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing story!! You will fall in love with these characters right from page 1... just adore her writing💕 highly recommend
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Blue is not quite 11 when one of his mothers in the communal family gives birth. Made to watch the process, it makes him ask which one of the women he came out of. The Olders get uncomfortable; the leader of the commune, Goji, tells Blue that he’ll find out when he turns 12. On Blue’s 12th birthday, the commune is disrupted by the arrival of two people. After, Goji tells Blue that he didn’t mean exactly on Blue’s birthday; he’ll tell him when it’s time. Blue finds this odd, because Goji normally ...more
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Eldonna Edwards grew up in a large family nestled between cornfields and churches in the provincial Midwest. She eventually escaped the harsh winters, moving to California where she expanded her career from journaling teacher to author to beloved writer's conference instructor and public speaker. The voice in her best-selling debut novel THIS I KNOW, comes straight from the heart and has won over ...more

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