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Women's Fiction | Inspirational
When two estranged sisters reunite for their
parents’ 50th anniversary, a family tragedy brings
unexpected lessons of hope and healing amid the flowers of
their mother’s perennial garden.
Eva Sutherland—known to all as Lovey—grew up safe and secure
in Oxford, Mississippi, surrounded by a rich literary
history and her mother’s stunning flower gardens. But a shed
fire, and the injuries it caused, changed everything. Her
older sister, Bitsy, blamed Lovey for the irreparable
damage. Bitsy became the homecoming queen and the perfect
Southern belle who could do no wrong. All the while, Lovey
served as the family scapegoat, always bearing the brunt
when Bitsy threw blame her way.
At eighteen, suffocating in her sister’s shadow, Lovey
turned down a marriage proposal and fled to Arizona. Free
from Bitsy’s vicious lies, she became a successful
advertising executive and a weekend yoga instructor, carving
a satisfying life for herself. But at forty-five, Lovey is
feeling more alone than ever and questioning the choices
that led her here.
When her father calls insisting she come home three weeks
early for her parents’ 50th anniversary, Lovey is at her
wits’ end. She’s about to close the biggest contract of her
career, and there’s a lot on the line. But despite the
risks, her father’s words, “Family First,” draw her back to
the red-dirt roads of Mississippi.
Lovey is drawn in to a secret project—a memory garden her
father has planned as an anniversary surprise. As she helps
create this sacred space, Lovey begins to rediscover her
roots, learning how to live perennially in spite of life’s
many trials and tragedies.
Years ago, Lovey chose to leave her family and the South far
behind. But now that she’s returned, she’s realizing things
at home were not always what they seemed.
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