The Awesome Indies Seal of Excellence for Outstanding Independent Literature has been awarded to Rosette by Cindy Rinaman Marsch!
About The Book: Almost-spinster schoolteacher Rosette Cordelia Ramsdell married Otis Churchill on a Michigan farm in 1857. Her real-life journal recounts two years of homesteading, history hints at the next six decades, and the novel explores the truth. We meet Rosette in 1888 as she revises the wedding-day page of her journal. In lush detail, in the voices of Rosette and others, the novel traces how we both choose and suffer our destiny, how hopes come to naught and sometimes rise from the wreckage.
One of Our Assessors Said: Rosette offers fascinating insights into the daily lives and concerns of early American pioneers, inspired by contemporary diaries, interwoven seamlessly into Marsch’s fictional narrative that adds an imagined back-story behind the diaries. Combined, these elements create a poignant and compelling novel that hangs together like a vintage patchwork quilt. Ideal for anyone who has loved Laura Ingalls Wilder’s fictionalised childhood memoirs, but with the focus on adult characters.
Another Said: A fine example of historical fiction that brings a little-known or non-historical character and an era to life, and I wholeheartedly recommend it for a Seal of Excellence.