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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (169 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jetta Carleton Narrator: Natalie Ross Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2012 ISBN:
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Complex and daring.... One of those books that readers wish had a sequel. -Jane Smiley on Jetta Carleton's The Moonflower Vine

The time: 1941, at the cusp of America's entry into World War II. The place: southwest Missouri, on the edge of the Ozark Mountains. A young single woman named Allen Liles has taken a job as a junior college teacher in a small town, although she dreams of living in New York City, of dancing at recitals, of absorbing the bohemian delights of the Village. Then she encounters two young men: George, a lanky, carefree spirit, and Toby, a dark-haired, searching soul with a wary look in his eyes. Soon the three strike up an after-school friendship, bantering and debating over letters, ethics, and philosophy - innocently at first, but soon in giddy flirtation - until Allen and one of the young men push things too far, and the quiet happiness she has struggled so hard to discover is thrown into jeopardy.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelley | 2/19/2014

    " Another rediscovered work from the author of the Moonflower Vine, and a Missouri native. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 2/6/2014

    " I felt this book was a good read. It was rather light, easy to follow, and subject matter not too deep. Fun reading a young woman's ambivalent move from irresponsible childhood, to the maturity of a junior college teacher in a small town in southwest Missouri. She did have some rough spots and also had the "usual small town "witch" who felt her job was to monitor all young women in the community for any "errows of her way" Much to Anna's benefit, Anna did have a dear old,retiring professor who in his kind, compassionate way, helped Anna to recognized the recklessness of some of her behaviors. He was also responsible for protecting her against the usual gossip, and make it possible for Anna to continue her job. This was very important during the times of the War in the 1940's.i "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wesley Paine | 2/6/2014

    " Lovely book, a coming of age story--or maybe coming to wisdom is a better phrase--that's a little different from the typical. Somewhat sweeter than The Moonflower Vine, the only other book I know by Carleton--and that's not necessarily better. In fact, I liked Moonflower Vine more. But the writing is very good; I don't understand why this author is relatively unknown. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristi | 1/24/2014

    " The last half was utterly impossible to get through. It's never taken me this long to get through a book, especially considering all the time that I made in which to read it. This book should have just remained undiscovered. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 1/21/2014

    " A simple yet complex story - well written and interesting. A mixture of innocence and freedom. This story was completed after the death of the author and is a bit uneven at the end. But the ending stays true to the character in the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anne | 1/20/2014

    " Probably quite daring for its time, but I didn't think it held its own as a piece of timeless literature. I enjoyed The Moonflower Vine, but not this novel which was unpublished until recently. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 1/16/2014

    " Luminous. I can't wait to read this again. I'm not an underliner, but if I were I would've marked many beautiful passages in this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 12/31/2013

    " There is a reason Jetta didn't publish this book while she was alive! Lots of potential in the story line, but clearly unedited, rambling, and unfocused. Should have left it where she did, unpubished. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggi | 12/8/2013

    " Simply enchanting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Poonchka | 12/5/2013

    " This was a great book! Knocked it out in a couple of days. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsey Brannen | 10/31/2013

    " I felt that I identified significantly with the main character in ths book. I actually liked it more than Kate Chopin's The Awakening, which I felt, at times, it was trying to parallel. Albeit, it is not as dramatic, and certainly not the classic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Micki Meadors | 6/20/2013

    " Not a bad book, but I've got a problem with adults (even YOUNG adults) in positions of power getting involved with students. Well written, but this is the 2nd book of hers which has had this scenario. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clnordberg | 3/22/2013

    " I liked parts of this book, but hated the ending. It was an interesting coming-of-age, but slightly older than most, as the main character was in her early twenties. I'd like to try the author's more famous book, The Moonflower Vine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Libbet | 3/7/2013

    " Interesting one. Apparently she was a Harper Lee type with one big publication until this was discovered long after she died. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 1/19/2013

    " Sweeter and slighter than The Moonflower Vine but worth reading all the same. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele | 12/24/2012

    " Not as good as the Moonflower Vine, her only other book, that we read for book club. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 8/23/2012

    " I also enjoyed The Moonflower Vine. Seems shame this author was forgotten. Glad her books have made it back into our hands. Enjoyable read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pjgould | 8/22/2012

    " I checked this out as I had read The Moonflower Vine - same author. I found it slow moving and also could not believe the innocence (or ignorance) of the main character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula Byra | 6/9/2012

    " Quick and easy read. Set in Missouri in the late 30's. a coming of age novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jorene | 6/4/2012

    " The many beautiful passages and quotes brought back past literature studies and discussions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/29/2012

    " Interesting look at the gender roles (and rules) during WW2 era, especially for teachers, but not a page turner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 5/10/2012

    " 3.5 stars. I couldn't connect with this book even though it was so beautifully written. More to come. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 4/2/2012

    " I thought Moonflower Vine (which I loved) was Jetta Carleton's only book so I was thrilled to find that a second book had recently been discovered. I enjoyed it and its look into the past but it wasn't nearly as well developed as her first one. "

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About the Narrator

Natalie Ross is an actress and voice-over artist whose acting credits include multiple appearances in the television series All My Children, among others. She is an AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator.