On Sale: August 30, 2016
Featuring: Ivy Baygren
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Women's Fiction Historical | Saga
In this beautifully written and powerful debut novel,
Ella Joy Olsen traces the stories of five fascinating women
who inhabit the same historic home over the course of a
century—braided stories of love, heartbreak and courage
connect the women, even across generations.
Ivy Baygren has two great loves in her life: her husband,
Adam, and the bungalow they buy together in one of the
oldest neighborhoods in Salt Lake City, Utah. From the
moment she and Adam lay eyes on the home, Ivy is captivated
by its quaint details—the old porch swing, ornate tiles, and
especially an heirloom rose bush bursting with snowy white
blossoms. Called the Emmeline Rose for the home’s original
owner, it seems yet another sign that this place will be
Ivy’s happily-ever-after…Until her dreams are shattered by
Adam’s unexpected death.
Striving to be strong for her two children, Ivy decides to
tackle the home-improvement projects she and Adam once
planned. Day by day, as she attempts to rebuild her house
and her resolve, she uncovers clues about previous
inhabitants, from a half-embroidered sampler to buried wine
bottles. And as Ivy learns about the women who came before
her—the young Mormon torn between her heart and
anti-polygamist beliefs, the Greek immigrant during World
War II, a troubled single mother in the 1960s—she begins to
uncover the lessons of her own journey. For every story has
its sadness, but there is also the possibility of blooming
again, even stronger and more resilient than before…
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