Salting Roses

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Marinello's debut attempts, with minimal success, to marry a suspense plot to Southern fried wit. As an infant, Gracie Lynne Calloway's mother left her on her uncle's doorstep in Shady Grove, Ala. She grows up to be an outspoken tomboy with a killer pitching arm, a foul mouth, and a deep love for her sleepy hometown, but on her 25th birthday, private investigator Sam Fontana shows up with the news that Gracie was actually kidnapped from a wealthy Connecticut family and stands to inherit million. Gracie wants nothing to do with the money, aware that it will only complicate the life she loves, and she's proven right once paparazzi and greedy relatives descend. Then there's the matter of handsome yankee Sam, who Gracie is undeniably attracted to. Though the tiresome trope of the headstrong tomboy waiting to be tamed by the right man is mitigated somewhat by Gracie's quick wit, the typecast supporting characters--meddlesome aunt, wise uncle, sassy friend--do little to distinguish this from the magnolia-scented pack. (Dec.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061443749
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/30/2010
  • Pages: 313
  • Sales rank: 1,398,899
  • Product dimensions: 8.16 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Lorelle Marinello is a native of southern California. She makes her home with her husband and three children in an avocado grove in the mountains of San Diego. She received a B.A. in Fine Arts from San Diego State University. When she is not writing, she enjoys landscape gardening and researching her Southern genealogy.

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  • Posted November 11, 2010

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    Sweet Home Alabama

    In Shady Grove, Alabama, a desperate woman abandons her baby on her brother's porch. Grace Lynn Calloway is raised by her maternal uncle. She loves her small-town and is noted for being the best pitcher in the area. Gracie Lynn is also known for her descriptive language rarely heard from a Southern belle.

    When Gracie Lynn is twenty-five years old, private investigator Sam Fontana arrives in Shady Grove. He informs her that she is the lost heir of an affluent Connecticut family; someone kidnapped her when she was an infant. She would prefer to ignore the money and her Connecticut roots as she knows her heart belongs in Alabama, but is a realist as she knows her life as she likes it is over. Soon the paparazzi and her avaricious relatives invade Shady Grove while the only thing she likes about her new status is Sam.

    Grace and Sam are an engaging couple as she is fried chicken and he is pizza; yet the tomboy and the P.I. fall in love. Although the support cast is 200-proof stereotyping, fans will enjoy Sweet Home Alabama as the character driven story line is fun to read due to the lead duet.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2014

    Highly Recommended - loved it!

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I read constantly and every once in a
    while a great books comes along. This is one. Funny, sad and with lots
    of meaning.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2011

    Sweet sweet sweet

    Great read. Mystery,family.... some romance. A good clean read with purpose.

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  • Posted April 24, 2011

    Enjoyable

    Fun read and a good book club selection. I really enjoyed it.

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  • Posted April 23, 2011

    disappointed

    As a true southerner, the book reads like someone not from the south writing how they think southerners talk and act. It's very stereotyped and distracting. I'm half way through the book and not sure if I'll finish it. I gave it 3 stars because maybe it'll get better, and anyone able to write a book should be given some credit.

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  • Posted October 17, 2010

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    Fun Southern Fiction Great Characters

    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. This book is about making choices and what it really means to be family. I loved all the characters in this book with Artie being my favorite. There is a little romance, which I thought was a cute love story. But it is mostly about discovering who you are versus who you were meant to be. How would you deal with these life-changing events if you were in Gracie's shoes? Gracie is a strong stubborn woman set in her ways taking care of everyone around her but not thinking much about herself. I liked that she was a tomboy and played baseball, she has flaws and low self esteem and you will cheer for her to find her true self. I highly recommend this book to people who enjoy southern fiction and great characters. Thank you so much Library Thing Early Reviewers for the chance to read this book! 4 1/2 Stars

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