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"Roseflower Creek is a compelling, fast-paced narrative that captivates from the first page to the last. It is beautifully written and sensitively told. Don't miss it!"

-Haywood Smith, author of Queen Bee of Mimosa Branch and The Red Hat  Club


"The morning I died it rained. Poured down so hard it washed the blood off my face."


It seems everyone in young Lori Jean's life

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Kindle Edition, 252 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Cumberland House (first published 2001)
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Kristen
Feb 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Roseflower Creek by Jackie Lee Miles was offered for free for the Kindle on Amazon, so I decided to give it a try. The story involves the life, murder, and afterlife of a 10-year-old girl named Lori Jean, written from the point of view of the little girl. (Note: This is not a spoiler as it tells you that in the very first paragraph.) It is set in the 1950's in a very poor part of Georgia.

Even though the story itself deals with a tough subject matter, it is very engaging. It is written as though
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Cristy Hunter
Jan 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With a book that begins with the words: "The morning I died it rained. Poured down so hard it washed the blood off my face." It immediately pulled me in and I wanted to see what had brought on this horrific outcome.

You very quickly learn that you are reading a first person tale, told by an innocent 10 year old little girl with broken speech and a thick southern accent. As she tells her story you laugh, you cry, you shake your head, you feel sorry for her and her family...but you also feel her
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TheReadingKnitter/ Kasey
Feb 26, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook, 2011
"The morning I died it rained. Poured down so hard it washed the blood off my face."

Thus begins the story of ten-year-old Lori Jean, whose short life and early death are woven into this affecting novel set in the 1950s rural South. Abandoned by her father when she was just five years old, Lori Jean's world consists of a weak-willed mother and an alcoholic stepfather who can't keep a steady job. Yet Lori Jean is filled with the curiosity and hope common to all children.

When Lori Jean uncovers her
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Jennifer
Jul 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
From My Blog...[return][return]There are certain novels that stay with the reader long after the story is completed and Roseflower Creek by Jackie Lee Miles is such a book. The book is narrated by 10-year-old Lori Jean, who from the beginning, is deceased. Lori Jean takes the reader through her young life, specifically her last two years on Earth before reaching the end of her story. Lori Jeans life is filled with tragedy, hardship, and cruelty no child should witness; yet in her sweet narrative ...more
Polly Gill
This was a difficult book to rate, let alone, read. It was dark, disturbing, and yet, poignant. The story begins with the death of the main character. Miles took some poetic license, as she uses flashback liberally and even allows the dead character to resume the story. The main character is Lori Jean, a 9 year old poor, white girl growing up in the South during the 1950's. She dreams like all children, but her biggest dream is simply to have a normal family life, but tragedy is abundant. The ...more
Cherrybomb
Jan 19, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 100-in-2011
I'll admit that this book hooked me from the first sentence. A sentence, as it turns out, that the author borrowed from a real life event. It's too sad to think about that these kind of things happen in real life.

As engaging as it was, I only gave it three stars because the whole story left me with a sick feeling. Too much bad and not enough good. I was also very annoyed at the way the abuser's actions were excused by his violent past. I don't think this was intentional. I believe the author was
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Cassie
May 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I gave this book 5 stars because it definitely deserved more than 4...but I would actually give it a 4.75. I liked the author's second book, Cold Rock River, a tiny bit better. But with that said, this book was excellent and I really did love it. The book is narrated by a 10 year old girl and the narration is so sweet and innocent and at times downright comical. Her narration helps lighten the dark theme of abuse that runs through the book. I can't wait to read more from this author. Too bad she ...more
Chocolate & Croissants
I wanted to like this book. It is written from the voice of a 10 year old who is dead. I just could not get into the book. I understand that the characters live in the south, they are poor and probably not educated. I just do not enjoying reading books that have poor grammar and English. I comprehend it is their voice it is just not the voice for me. Aside from not enjoying the voice, I found the flow of the book to be unbelievably slow.
Candice
May 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
Another book that I "bought" as a free title for my Kindle back in January. It was an easy, quick enough read and it wasn't a bad novel, really--just so basic that it reminded me of something I could have written in college (a perception that was aided by the fact that I wrote a short story for a writing class in college that had several similarities to this novel).
Rebecca Valentine
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book broke my heart, but I fell in love with 10-year-old Lori Jean. She will live in my heart right alongside Owen Meany.
Stephanie
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book! I picked it up at the library on a whim. You will instantly fall in love with Lori Jean. I couldnt put the book down! It is a very powerful, wonderful novel. ...more
Sue
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The morning I died it rained. Poured down so hard it washed the blood right off my face. That opening set the pace and tone of this book. Lori Jean recounts the events that led to this day and even though I knew what was coming, I wished for her dream of a normal, loving family to come true. Loved this book! ...more
Terry Goodger
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A sad gripping tale told through the eyes of a young girl in rural GA. Very well written, painting a picture of love, family, friendship abuse and tragedy in a small community.
Wendy Hines
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is AMAZING! It made me cry, laugh, hope, and believe. I read it in one sitting, and even after I closed the book, the main character, Lori Jean stayed with me. Jackie Lee Miles is a gifted writer.

From the first lines, I was captivated.

"The morning I died it rained. Poured down so hard it washed the blood off my face."

Roseflower Creek is told from the perspective of Lori Jean. The only thing she remembers of her dad is the dust his truck raises as he's driving away. She is raised by
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J
Jul 19, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
(FROM JACKET)"The morning I died it rained. Poured down so hard ti washed the blood off my face".

Thus begins the story of Lori Jean, whose short life and death are woven into this poignant, heart-wrenching novel set in the rural South of the 1950s. Told from the point of view of ten-year-old Lori Jean, a sensitive dreamer of a child who longs for a "normal" family, "Roseflower Creek" is raw with the emotions of a child burdened by the harshness of her life. Abandoned by her father when she was
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April
Feb 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Free Kindle download.

This is a bit like Lovely Bones, in that it's narrated by a dead girl, but with less emphasis on what happens to the family after the death. That in itself can be hard to accept  anytime a book is narrated by the dead, it's much harder to suspend disbelief and really get into the story. But the girl is alive for much of the story in this case, so it's easier to accept.

The death is mentioned at the beginning, but it serves to provide the suspense since most of the book builds
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Alaine
Apr 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A story told by a ten year old girl that had been physically abused so badly by her step father that she died. He did feel remorse for killing her but not enough to take any responsibility as her threw her body in Roseflower Creek. This was a difficult book to read as it is full of violence and abuse. Whilst Lori Jean's life is filled with fear and heartache her life was also touched by people who showed kindness, compassion and love. These where tough times in the 1950's where the world was a ...more
Rhonda
May 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
The story is written in the voice of 10 year old Lori Jean... who just happens to be dead. The book begins in a very graphic scene where it's clear to the reader that Lori Jean was beaten to death and then just left in Roseflower Creek. For the next 220 pages, Lori Jean tells her story, including what happened on the day of her death. She also gives some details about what took place after she died -- when she was looking down at her loved ones from Heaven.

Lori Jean is an absolutely wonderful
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Robin
Apr 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, favorites
Roseflower Creek by Jackie Lee Miles is a wonderful novel told from the point of view of a 10 year old girl. She lives in a family deprived of money and with an abusive, drunken step-father. Tragedy seems to fall upon this family like apples falling from a tree. It's one thing after another but this child has such a good heart and holds hope for their family to one day become a happy family. I'm going to leave it at that so as to not spoil the read. This author has a terrific writing style that ...more
Tanya
Jan 28, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011
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Kirsten
Feb 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I downloaded this book onto my iPhone not really knowing what to expect. It is written from the view of a child but done in such a way that I couldn't put it down. I read this book in one day. Not the norm for a busy Mom of 3! I would caution readers because the content is so tragic it's difficult to take in... understandably so after reading the very first sentence of the novel. It must be noted however, that there is not a lot of description and detail into the trauma, but as a Mom, I still ...more
Jayci
Jan 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know where to begin. I really, really enjoyed this book. Taking place in Alabama in the 1950's we are introduced to a family who is so terrible poor and troubled. A step-father that is extremly abusive--a mother who is often wrapped up in her own problems--and a young girl who finds herself dead on a day that it rained. Glimpsing back at her life, this 10 year old shares her discovery of tragic circumstances in the lives of those she is a part of. There is a lot of love and hope mixed ...more
Shari Larsen
Jan 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story is told from the point of view of 10 year old Lori Jean, a little girl growing up in poverty in rural Georgia during the 50's. Lori Jean survives the abandonment of her biological father, and the deaths of her grandmother and best friend. Despite these tragedies, Lori Jean clings to faith and hope. When she discovers that her abusive and alcoholic stepfather was a victim of abuse himself, she struggles to forgive him, and to "fix" his problem, but his problems run too deep for a ...more
Angie
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Roseflower Creek is a story about a 10-year-old little girl named Lori Jean who dies in the very beginning of the story but she goes on to tell about how she ended up that way. She recalls all the people in her life and the happy and sad times. Lori Jean lives in poverty, her father leaves her, she loses the two people she loves most in life, her MeeMaw and her best friend Carolee, and she has an abusive step-father but she has some great memories too. She has a wonderful aunt and uncle who are ...more
Jovita
Jan 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-reads
This is the most touching and heartbreaking novel I have ever read. From the moment Lori Jean begins her story, with "The morning I died it rained. Poured down so hard it washed the blood off my face, I was emotionally attached and couldnt stop reading. The story is told from the point of view of a recently deceased 10 year old girl who had been beaten to death by her alcoholic step father. Lori Jean takes you on a journey of her life, her love, her losses and ultimately her sad untimely death. ...more
Melinda
Now I can handle a tragedy but this was over the top, in fact everything was so sad and turned out so poorly for this family that towards the end I wasnt even surprised with every horrible happenstance! It became too much, almost blase. With that being said, this story is endearing. I loved this little girl that was dealt such a bad hand and was interested in the outcome even though you know what happens in the first chapter, as it is told to you that this child is beaten to death by her ...more
Monica Spencer
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013-reads
My physical reaction to reading this book? A shrug of the shoulders.

Honestly, it shouldn't be given the content (intergenerational violence/child abuse) but this reminds me of the voyeurism of most modern police procedurals: plot-driven with a clear view of violence happening to the victim(s) and a lukewarm attempt of character development at the end. The author gives us violence but what is the reader supposed to do with it other than feel sorry for the victims? As endearing as Lori Jean's
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Mary
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
pg77 - When you see me smiling don't think I'm not missing you something awful cause I am. It's just that I don't want your heart crying as bad as my heart's crying.

pg 140-It's called wisdom. You git it by makin' a whole lotta mistakes and remembering them.

pg 144--It's best to let the Lord do the correcting. He's the one keeping score and he surely don't need my help.

pg 148-Lori Jean, enjoy every moment you can 'cause you'll get plenty you can;t.

pg160-"He probably's fixin' to bless ya' good.
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Christina
Jan 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, southern-lit
Popping WOW! I could not put this novel down and yet there were times I wanted to step away because I was frustrated that I could not enter the novel and stop the abusive situation. I wanted to scream at all the characters who could have stopped it but did not. J.L. Miles delivers a heart-wrenching story about a girl who endures an abusive situation that ultimately leads to her death. Thus the whole novel is told from her view, while she is dead. The only downside is at times the dialect seem to ...more
Laura
Jul 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a wonderful and heartbreaking read set in Georgia in the 1950's about ten year old, Lori Jean, who narrates the story of her short life. When a novel begins "The day I died it rained" you know you're in for a bittersweet one. This book deals with child abuse and the devastating ripples it makes in the lives around it. The copy I have states that the author wrote the novel after hearing of the beating death of a a little boy. Roseflower Creek is a must read because of the authentic voice ...more
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Jackie Lee Miles, a resident of Georgia for thirty years, hails from Wisconsin via South Dakota. She considers herself a northern girl with a southern heart. Her paternal grandfather was christened Grant Lee by her great-grandmother in honor of the many fallen soldiers on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line.

Ms. Miles is a former D.I.A.L. Systems Engineer for Baker/Audio Telecom, one of the premier
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