Roseflower Creek [NOOK Book]

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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 has a ...

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Roseflower Creek

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Overview

"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 has a secret, but only one secret will cost her everything.

A surprising tribute to our ability to heal and love in the most difficult circumstances. Roseflower Creek will stay with you long past its final page.

What Readers Are Saying

"This is the most touching and poignant novel I have ever read. I will remember Lori Jean for a long time and her outlook on life and forgiveness."

"This story will break your heart and you will fall in love with Lori Jean."

"Lori Jean's take on so many adventures has you smiling and laughing out loud at times. This character is a keeper and she will be in my heart along with Ellen Foster, Emma, Lily, and many other children that endear themselves to me through their creators."

"The story will make you laugh and cry, touch your heart and soul, and linger on with you when the book is finished. You won't want to put it down."

Praise for Roseflower Creek

"Roseflower Creek is a deeply felt novel. The spirit of protagonist Lori Jean transcends the tragic boundaries of her life...and death."
-Walter Sorrells, Edgar Award-winning author of Proof of Intent

"Jackie Lee Miles has created a powerful work in Roseflower Creek. It gripped my heart and like a small angel flying close to my soul left a mark like no other story has ever done."
-Dennis H. Christen, film producer, writer for TV series M*A*S*H

"A powerful, extraordinary novel. The characters haunt the reader long after the last page is turned."
-Earl Hamner, creator of The Waltons

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402252730
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 604,602
  • File size: 723 KB

Meet the Author

Jackie Lee Miles
Jackie Lee Miles lives in Georgia with her husband, where she is a featured speaker at book clubs, schools, and writer's workshops. The author of three novels, Roseflower Creek was her first, published to critical acclaim. When not writing, Ms. Miles tours with the Dixie Darlins, four nationally published book-writing belles.
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The morning I died it rained. Poured down so hard it washed the blood off my face. I took off running and kept going 'til my legs give out and I dropped down in the tall grass by the creek. The ground was real soggy; my shoulders and feet sunk right in. I curled up on my side and rocked my tummy and sucked in that Georgia red clay 'til it clung like perfume that wouldn't let go. Mud cakes and dirt cookies, some I'd baked in the sun just yesterday, filled my nose. They danced all blurry above me, inviting me back to their world a' make-believe. That one mixed with laughter and pretend, sugared all nice with wishes and dreams. I reached out to grab 'em, to get back to that place where they was, but the pain held me tight in a blanket of barbed wire. And them cookies, they plumb disappeared.

My arm was busted. My spleen was teared. My 'testines was split and my windpipe-it was pretty much broken up, too. I didn't know most of those words, not then. I saw 'em in the paper the very next day. I stood over my mama and watched her cry on the newspaper the sheriff man brought to her cell. All I knew was it hurt, that day in the grass. It hurt so bad, it like ta' killed me. I prayed for it to end-I did. I sure enough did.

He come looking for me then, my stepdaddy, Ray. Called out to me, his voice filled with liquor.

"Lori Jean! You git back here! Ya' hear me?" he said. I heared him, but I didn't answer. It made him crazy in the head.

"Ya' hear me, girl? You ain't had a beatin' like I'm gonna give ya'," he said. 'Course, he was wrong. He just give me one.

He found me then; stumbled over me in the grass. He yanked me up by my hair, but I didn't move. Then he grabbed my arm, that broken one. It was twisted like a bent stick. He must not of seen it though, 'cause he didn't pay it no mind. But, not to worry. It didn't hurt no more. Nothing hurt-it was mighty peculiar. Truth be known, I felt pretty good right about then. Kind of floating on a cloud, I was. "Why do ya' do this to me, huh?" he said. He was so mad. He tried to drag me back to the trailer where we lived. That's when he seen-I couldn't walk. I couldn't breathe. He sure changed his tune. He started crying and carrying on, shaking me all about. "Lori Jean, honey, wake up! Wake up, honey!" he yelled.

Then he dropped on down to his knees; he was holding me so nice. He had his arms wrapped all around me and he was hugging me to his chest, just like a regular daddy, just like I always wanted him to. He was crying real tears. He was! And he was praying, too, right out loud.

"Oh Jesus!" he said, and he cried even harder. It was so sad.

"Oh my girl, my sweet baby girl," he said over and over. He was carrying on and hugging me so nice. I wanted to hug him right back, but my arms and legs-they wouldn't move nohow.

"What have I done to you, girl?" he asked, maybe thinking I could answer. And then he started praying again and that was really something 'cause he never been one to pray much, even though my mama tried to get him to and drug him off ta' church ever' chance she got.

"Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, what have I done?" he said, and he picked me up.

I watched him carry me on down to Roseflower Creek and dump me in the water. So here I am, floating on a cloud, floating in the river, right in the middle of the creek! It's real pretty here. A body might could grow to like this even. Real peaceful like, it is. If 'n my meemaw was here, she'd say, "This is plain out, plumb nice." And she'd be dead right. 'Cause that it is. That it sure enough is.

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  • Posted November 2, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    A MASTERPIECE!!!

    You'll laugh, cry, sigh...You'll be amazed! "The morning I died it rained..." What an opening line!!! The narrator is an unforgettable 10 year old girl from the other side, sharing her knowledge and her ability to forgive and understand....You'll become emotionally attached to this story and the characters!

    I also recommend EXPLOSION IN PARIS, by Linda Pirrung and WHISTLING IN THE DARK.....Two more to keep you feeling!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2007

    Loved It

    I couldn't put this down. Well written.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 14, 2011

    Lori Jean

    A life cut way too short by the hands of a step father. Lori Jean was a sweet girl growing up in the fifties, poor, and living in the South. I really enjoyed the story despite the tragic events. Found it to be a real page turner.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 1, 2011

    Good story but depressing

    This book was written very well. I grew up in the south also and I loved seeing the language incorporated into the book. This book made me remember the hope and innocence of being a child. It was a depressing read but I appreciate the story and work of the author greatly for being able to tell of a story like this.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2005

    Can you say awesome? I CAN.

    Oy, it's been so long since I've read it. The way this book is written, is it's intended to capture all types of people and audiences. A very, very good read. Way worth your time.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2011

    a must read

    this book was so good that i finished it in two days, it is a must read, i will recommend it to all my friends.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2011

    Heartbreaker!

    Couldn't put this down. Touched me deeply as a mother.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 11, 2011

    Well written, but disturbing

    This book was a quick read and hard to put down, but the subject matter was disturbing. It was thought provoking and I will read another book by this author.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 27, 2011

    Read this book!

    Hold on a second while I dry my eyes. This was one of the most heart wrenching books I have read in years. But don't let that scare you away. I knew I was a goner from the first page. Jackie Lee Miles has a voice that speaks like thunder from every page. I am putting this on the top of my favorite list. It will take quiet a book to knock it from that spot! I am a fan of Ms Miles for life!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 19, 2011

    Great read

    This book was hard to put down! A sad story that was filled with wisdom and warmth. The book stayed with me long after I finished reading it. I am anxious to read more by this author.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2002

    a beautiful story!

    You have got to read this book! The author did a great job speaking from the voice of a 10 year old. Such innocence and forgiveness even for those that did her wrong...We can learn much from Lori Jean.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2002

    I Couldn't put it down

    I was taken in with the first words... 'The morning I died it rained.' A truly unique perception of life and death through the eyes of a 10 year old. Although her story is sad, Lori Jean's ability to hold onto such optomism when facing life's trials, is truly inspiring. A must read!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2002

    A Novel of Heartbreaking Innocence

    I was hooked on Roseflower Creek from the first sentence. It is the haunting, heartbreaking story of a young girl in rural Georgia in the 1950's. Lori Jean is a wonderful, loving child, but is forced to fight a battle against hatred, abuse and family secrets she can never win. Her distinctive voice will stay with you long after you've finished the book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2001

    A beautiful, but sad story you don't want to miss!

    I read this book in one sitting. If only all people could forgive like Lori Jean the world would be a better place. A terrific book for the first time out.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2001

    Roseflower Creek

    Whoever said: 'A powerful extraordinary novel',meant it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2001

    Roseflower Creek

    My Husband loved it too. A memorable story of forgiveness and innocense lost. Lori Jean climbs into your heart and softens places you didn't know had hardened. Oprah where are you??

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2001

    Roseflower Creek

    J. L. Miles creates characters so real you feel they are. Lori Jean makes you laugh. And her story breaks your heart. Don't miss it. Impossible to put down. I love how she talks: That summer Digger run off. He done that once before we knowed of. He runned off from where he used to live; that's how we got him as our dog. MeeMaw said Digger was like some kind of men. 'What kind is that?' I asked. 'Kind you can't count on!' she said. See what I mean?

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2001

    Roseflower Creek

    Lori Jean enters your heart and stays there. Impossible to put down. I love how she talks: That summer Digger run off. He done that once before we knowed of. He runned off from where he used to live; that's how we got him as our dog. MeeMaw said Digger was like some kind of men. 'What kind is that?' I asked. 'Kind you can't count on!' she said. See what I mean?

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2001

    Roseflower Creek

    When Mr.Hamner said: 'A powerful extraordinary novel', he meant it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2001

    Roseflower Creek

    A book you will read in one sitting. I laughed and I cried. And I'm back on page one and reading it all over again.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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