After Rosanne’s parents were killed in an accident, she moved into the house of the vineyard owners where her parents worked.
Celine and Truman Calvert were always good to Rosanne and her family, but Celine said Roseanne couldn’t be treated like family but could be their domestic help.
Rosanne enjoyed her time as the family’s domestic until she was betrayed by their son when he told the Calverts she sees colors and which during this time society didn’t accept people who were different.
Seeing colors was considered different and a defect.
Another misfortune fell on her when she became pregnant by a member of the household.
Rosanne was sent to a home, but not one for unwed mothers. This home sterilized young women who had defects.
Meanwhile the Calvert’s daughter, Helen, was working in Europe as a nanny and kept in touch with Rosanne even though the contact lessened over the years.
When Helen came home after WWII and found out what happened to Rosanne nine years ago, she was saddened and shocked thinking of her young charge in Austria who was not perfect and was killed because of her defects.
Beautifully written with the main character, Rosanne, who you will love and who will pull at your heartstrings.
You will also become fond of Helen and praise all the good she did to help during WWII and when she came back to America.
ONLY THE BEAUTIFUL is another marvelous, marvelous read by Susan Meissner that fans will not want to miss and one I didn’t want to put down.
Enjoy, and have some tissues ready!! 5/5
This book was given to me by the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.