Root, Petal, Thorn
Ella Joy Olsen
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"Provocative in the way it explodes and expands the category of historical fiction." --Salt Lake Tribune
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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Surprising but satisfying ending...
I was worried five voices would make this a confusing story but I love the history of an old house so I bought it. I'm so glad I did! It was easy to read and though there were ups and downs and I worried for the characters, I was never dragged so low. Really I just loved it! Every page!
Root, Petal, Thorn
This is a beautiful debate book by Author, Ella Olsen. She intertwines the different characters in an ingenious way into the history of the home in which they have all lived. We follow these characters highs and lows over the years as they move through and are tied together through this house. It's warm and wonderful and I can't wait to read more from this up and coming talented author.