"Maggie Wilson has a rapid rise from daughter of a tenant farmer to leading political wife in early 20th century Florida, but faces many heartaches before she finds her way at last to herself. “I will be happy” she vows, and like the grand Goodwood estate she cherishes, she stands firm through war and depression and personal loss. With a chorus of voices adding depth to the story, Margaret: The Rose of Goodwood is a deeply researched work of historical fiction about a beloved home, the people who made it, and its place in a developing Tallahassee."
—Valerie Nieman, author of In the Lonely Backwater
"What is the cost of being a rose? With skill and humor, Donna Meredith traces the rags-to-riches life of historic figure Margaret Wilson, caught in an all-too-common trap known to women of the twentieth century’s first half. Meredith explores issues of fidelity, freedom, and societal expectation in the setting of upper-class Tallahassee. Rich in colorful fabrics, rife with the scents of flowers and home-cooked meals, and thick with Southern gossip, Margaret: The Rose of Goodwood takes readers on a delightful romp with a woman who graces an entire community when she dares to be herself."
—Betsy Reeder, author of the “New River trilogy” and Tupper’s Coins
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Margaret Wilson and her first husband William Hodges.