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Title: The Rosefields of Zion
Author: Marilyn Brown
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance
Publisher: Currawong Press (Walnut Springs)
Distributor: Deseret Book
ISBN #: 978-1-59992-890-6
Pages: 221
Cover: Paperback
Price: $17.99

Reviewed by Marilyn Arnold for the Association for Mormon Letters

Yes, Marilyn Brown has done it again. No surprise there. In her new book, "The Rosefields of Zion," she has skillfully combined history and fiction to produce a novel you will probably stay up all night to finish. It grips both the mind and the heart as intensity builds for this family of Rosefields living and farming on priceless property adjacent to Zion National Park. Brown has done her homework, as she always does, and we learn a good deal about the history of that stunningly beautiful area. We also get fictional glimpses of county government operations in the earlier days of St. George.

The story is gripping as tragedies strike the family and Brown unleashes anguish and surprises. The young protagonist, Marissa Rosefield, is called on to bear burdens that would shatter most of us. We watch her grow as she deals with deaths of loved ones, heartbreak over a love that cannot be, and betrayal by people she trusted. She must choose whether to go on or cave in to despair. Determined not to be defeated, she finds strength in the land, in her noble heritage, and in the magnificent rock towers of Zion. Marissa becomes more than a protagonist, she becomes a hero.

As a writer myself, I have to confess that Brown's skill with language impresses me at least as much as her gift for building a narrative that grabs the reader and won't let go. I love the way she crafts sentence after sentence. Every sentence is good, and some are pure poetry. Take this one, for example: "The absence of the mother was still like a mist hanging in their rooms, or floating over the red rocks in the canyon, and it was a cloud of sorrows and mystery Marissa could not seem to penetrate." We have to hope that Marilyn Brown lives a long time and never quits writing.
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