From a near-death experience at age 16, C.J. returns home to fall in love with her friend, neighbor, band-mate and 'fellow revolutionary' of the 1970's only to suffer at the hands of his out-of-control alcoholism.
After a divorce and frightening abduction at gunpoint by a stranger, she embarks on a journey with her toddler son, seeking an education and a better life for both of them in Utah.
While there, she meets and marries a decorated but troubled
Vietnam Veteran from Tennessee. When they move back to his
hometown, she tries to cope with the demons of his past but in the end, it is he who can't deal with them, taking his own life.
After returning to graduate school in an attempt to ease her grief, a freak accident results in a brain injury that changes her life dramatically.
Although she had been a professional musician and actress, well on her way to a Master's degree and a 'respectable day job with benefits,' the book's title, Roselady, refers to the one occupation which she found herself capable during her miraculous but lengthy recovery; selling roses in the night clubs and honky-tonks of rural East Tennessee.
There is much to identify with in this compelling story, and in spite of the hardships and heartbreak, it is told with a refreshing candor and humor that readers will find heartwarming and inspiring.