A Book with a Type of Plant in the Title


For my second book in the challenge, I selected The Moonflower Vine by Jetta Carleton.

This book was published in 1962, concurrent with other simple stories of family and human nature, such as To Kill a Mockingbird and Joy in the Morning. With all the craziness in today’s world, the idea of going back in time to a simpler era is appealing.

There are those who feel this book is an unsung hero. At just a few pages in, I can attest that it is a loving depiction of the “ordinariness” of living that many of us who grew up in a rural setting will recognize. Perhaps its quiet and unassuming impression was overshadowed by more intensity in its peers.

So far, The Moonflower Vine is a lovely, gentle read, reminding me of the magical days when one could spend an afternoon lying in the grass gazing up at a summer sky and then awakening to find several decades have passed. Life feels so much like that at my age now.