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The Flowers of Reminiscence

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The Flowers of reminiscene, by Ronnie Ray Jenkins

She needs her memories to survive–you will never forget her. When an elderly woman wakes in a nursing home, she finds herself not only in a strange place, but discovers she is a thousand miles from her home. There seems to be only hopelessness for Nellie Bell. There is that box in the corner of her small room that someone was kind enough to leave, and among the scant mementos of her life, she finds her journal.

This journal begins in 1901, with the first entry written before her birth by her mother. The book of dried flowers and inscriptions unlocks the past, and becomes her escape from Beacon Manor. Each trip back in time strengthens her ability to remember. Will it be enough to help her gain her freedom, and to solve the mystery of how, and why, she ended up in Beacon Manor located on the outskirts of some town in Texas? Nellie, fiercely independent and stubborn refuses to give up. She will not forget her West Virginian roots, and is determined to escape the confines of the home, even if it means seeking a more permanent solution. “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” meets, “Fried Green Tomatoes,” in this historical, vivid, and literary novel that will have you cheering for Nellie Blue Bell, and the characters at Beacon Manor. A young black nursing aide who befriends Nellie, along with a retired school teacher who teaches invisible students and a veteran of World War One round out this cast of folks who have been…all but forgotten. There’s magic in that old journal, not just for Nellie, but for the other residents of Beacon Manor. Join Nellie on her voyage of self-discovery, and escape with her in the yellowed pages of her journal, as you travel along through, The Flowers of Reminiscence.

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