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Salting Roses

3.28  ·  Rating details ·  1,061 ratings  ·  219 reviews
“A Southern Cinderella story with heart, soul, and humor. As sweet and tart as summer lemonade.”—Christie Ridgway, USA Today bestselling author

A delightful new voice in Southern fiction, Lorelle Marinello makes a truly dazzling debut with Salting Roses—a novel that immediately places her in the esteemed company of Elinor Lipman, Loraine Despres, and Stephanie Gayle.

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Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 30th 2010 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published November 23rd 2010)
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Oct 16, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: crap, blog, arc
**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
Dale Harcombe
Mar 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Three and a half stars.
Gracie Lynne Calloway was left in a coal bucket on her uncle’s porch in a small town in Alabama. Enclosed is a note asking him to watch the child for a while? When she is 25, Gracie receives a shock visit announcing that she is the kidnapped daughter of the late and extremely wealthy Conrad Hammond. Some people might consider it good news to find they are suddenly an heiress. But not Gracie! So the first thing the reader needs to accept is that anyone would turn down an in
Nov 03, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: southern-lit
This has been described as a southern Cinderella story. It fits that description for sure. At the age of 25,Gracie Calloway finds out that she is actually Katherine Hammond, a long lost heiress. Having been raised by her great-uncle in Alabama she has grown into strong, stubbornly independent young woman.This serves her well when long lost relatives and the tabloid press descend on her in an wanted flurry.
The story is predictable and fluffy. The insertion of a few sex scenes were an unnecessar
Lydia Presley
Nov 30, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Jennifer Rayment
Nov 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Twenty-Five year old Gracie Calloway was left behind as an infant but she was raised with all the love in the world from the small town who adopted her as her own. When a man with a mission comes to town it changes everything and Gracie doesn't want any of it. Small town girl Gracie is an heiress to a family she knows nothing about.

Gracie was a charmer throughout the story. This was a sweet romance that had a ton of wit attached. Loved all the side characters too. Great read.
Zoë Danielle
Dec 04, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, review-copy
"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
Nov 23, 2010 added it
Shelves: fiction
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
Nov 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Staci by: TLC Book Tour
Shelves: 2010-reads

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 foun
Dec 21, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Sara Morcom
Oct 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Very easy read. Great when you just want a nice, light, easy book to read.
Oct 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.

Nov 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
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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
Amy Brown
Apr 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 28, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-jackets, 18-tbr
This book didn't suck. I didn't hate it. But it made me sad. Not in the, girl-struggles-with-her-identity type of sad. Sad, as in, author-had-a-good-idea-but-didn't-know-what-to-do-with-it. Nobody was as likable as they should have been, especially Gracie and Sam. If they had both driven off a cliff, I would have been glad hat Gracie's whining had finally stopped. Poor girl gets rich... And she bitched about it for 300 pages... And I didn't care. I didn't care that I didn't care either.
Skip it!
Sharon Huether
Oct 03, 2010 rated it it was ok
Salting Roses By Lorelle Marinello This story seemed to go in circles, round and round, characters entered and reentered. They were keeping a childs identy secret, so that her mother could not have custody of her; all a plan of her father. When all were revealed she was twenty-five years old and didn't want her inhertance from her deceased father. She liked the life she was accustomed to. Wealth meant nothing to her. ...more
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Jan 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
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. ...more
Apr 20, 2015 rated it liked it
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. ...more
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Laura Black
Dec 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Basically this is the story about Gracie Calloway who grew up parentless as a white girl in Alabama raised by a family of color. When she's twenty-five she learns they weren't her real family and that she was actually the abducted heiress to a wealthy Connecticut family. Gracie doesn't want the millions she is entitled to inherit and with it comes the sexy and seductive Sam Fontana, who worked for Gracie's father. He's there for her all the way, and she's attracted to him. I liked the flow of th ...more
Apr 21, 2018 rated it liked it
I wanted a light hearted book to read and Gracie Lynn’s story was a perfect choice. Salting Roses is a feel good story. The small town of Shady Grove, Alabama becomes the home of an abandoned baby girl late one night. Gracie’s growing up years were filled with love from three interesting adults who taught her to be strong, independent and caring. These lessons take her through a most difficult period when she discovers she is actually a kidnapped heiress who was believed to have died as a baby. ...more
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
When Gracie finds out that her mother Rita isn't her mother and that she is really an heiress kidnapped as a baby, she doesn't believe it. Secrets from the past are revealed as she eyes the handsome Yankee, Sam. This is a charming story of family, honor, and love set in Alabama. Fans of southern contemporary novels with strong female perspective and characters, plus a little romance, will be delighted. A very satisfying read. ...more
Sam Pinter
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have had this book on my shelf for ages. It took me a global pandemic to start making a dent in my to be read pile. I did enjoy this story. I liked how the story unfolded and how the characters were developed.
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a hidden gem! My bookcase had been hiding this one from me for way too long. What a great read! Loved the story. Loved the characters. (Loved their sayings!) Loved the setting.
Dec 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
Ugh, this book was awful. I enjoy a lighthearted, "junk-food" book just as much as the next person, but this was just bad. ...more
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. What would someone do when they unknowingly find out they are from a wealthy family and now have millions. Enjoyed this book. Give it a try.
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was an enjoyable story that held my interest throughout.
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