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Lovey, grew up in Oxford, Mississippi, surrounded by her mother’s stunning flower gardens. A shed fire, changed everything. She now served as the family scapegoat, always bearing the brunt of her older sister Bitsy’s blame.
At eighteen, suffocating in her sister’s shadow, Lovey turned down a marriage proposal and fled to Arizona and became a successful advertising executive and a weekend yoga instructor. Her father asks her to come home three weeks early for her parents’ 50th anniversary to work on a memory garden her father has planned as an anniversary surprise. While creating this sacred place, she 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 returned, she’s realizing things at home were not always what t,hey seemed.
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
|Publication Date: 2017|
"This is a book to read more than once." Karen White, New York Times bestselling author
"If Julie Cantrell isnt on your reading list, she should be." Lisa Wingate, national bestselling author
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 mothers perennial garden.
Eva Sutherlandknown to all as Loveygrew up safe and secure in Oxford, Mississippi, surrounded by a rich literary history and her mothers 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 sisters shadow, Lovey turned down a marriage proposal and fled to Arizona. Free from Bitsys 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. Shes about to close the biggest contract of her career, and theres a lot on the line. But despite the risks, her fathers words, "Family First," draw her back to the red-dirt roads of Mississippi.
Lovey is drawn in to a secret projecta 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 lifes many trials and tragedies.
Years ago, Lovey chose to leave her family and the South far behind. But now that shes returned, shes realizing things at home were not always what they seemed.
Julie Cantrell is an award-winning New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling novelist whose work focuses on relationships, resilience, and faith. As a writer, speaker, TEDx presenter, and teacher, she aims to build empathy and connection while inspiring others to live their best life.
Julie served as editor-in-chief of the Southern Literary Review and has received the Mississippi Arts Commission Literary Arts Fellowship as well as the Rivendell Writers Colony Mary Elizabeth Nelson Fellowship.
A certified speech-language pathologist (SLP), Julie is a literacy advocate who previously served on the board of her local literacy council. Dedicated to helping children overcome social, academic, and communication challenges, Julie has filled various gaps when called to serve her local public school system as an SLP, a reading interventionist, an ELL tutor, and a special education sub.
Julie also spent six years operating her familys sustainable farm where she tended organic crops while caring for a wide variety of furry and feathered friends. She is a certified naturalist who enjoys exploring this beautiful world. Additionally, she has operated a freelance writing business for almost twenty years.
Today, Julie writes fulltime from her home in Oxford, Mississippi. Perennials is her fourth novel.
'Cantrell captures the unbreakable bonds of family in this poignant story. . .Cantrell has a great understanding of family quirks and the nuances of family dynamics, and. . .the textured portrayal of Eva will leave readers inspired.'
'Cantrell examines the dynamics of a strong family driven apart by jealousy and falsehoods as her characters discover how love can conquer old hurts and unearth the deep roots of truth.'