Salting Roses

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Salting Roses

A Novel

Many Shady Grove residents view Gracie Calloway’s history of arriving on her “uncle’s” doorstep in a bucket as an ignominious start to life. Despite desperately wanting a mother’s love, Gracie has never felt one iota different from everyone else, her family made sure of that. That changes on Gracie’s twenty-fifth birthday, though, when she learns that she is actually someone entirely else, someone worth 650 million dollars.

Gracie finds that amount of money inconceivable. Also inconceivable is the fact that she was kidnapped as a baby and has a mother, grandmother, step-mother and sister. But money, it seems, truly cannot create happiness, at least not for Gracie. No matter which way she turns a photographer is waiting to catch her in a scandalous act or a person wanting to hit her up for money.

The only person that appears even mildly trustworthy is Ben Fontana, the private detective sent to inform her of her real identity and bring her back to Connecticut. No matter what the problems she faces or the devastating turns her family’s history takes, Ben seems there to help. Is it possible that Gracie has found not only wealth, but love as well?

Salting Roses is a sweet tale of a woman who just wants happiness for herself as well as others. A cute tale of love, loss and finding one’s true self in a tumultuous time, the book’s plot is unique and interesting, and the opening pages start off with a bang. Sam, Gracie and the whole cast of Shady Grove characters are likable and identifiable even for readers lacking experience in with the lifestyle of small town Southerners. The one drawback is that the book never completely clarifies the events of Gracie’s kidnapping, abandonment and subsequent discovery, which results in the story never coming to a satisfactory conclusion. Nevertheless, Salting Roses is an entertaining read. 

Book Blurb for Salting Roses

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 kidnapped daughter of a late New England financier and heiress to a fortune. When the tabloid press and her unwanted greedy relatives descend on her, she has to admit the quiet secure life she's known and loved is gone for good. As Gracie struggles to stabilize her world and come to terms with her new identity, she learns that belonging is not about where you came from but who you are.

Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2011 3.25