Root, Petal, Thorn

Root, Petal, Thorn

eBook - 2016
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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...
Publisher: New York : Kensington, 2016.
ISBN: 9781496705631
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Feb 24, 2018

I found this book an excellent read....mixed with humour, seriousness, tragedy, love and lives of house residents.

Nov 16, 2016

In the “About the Author” notes, Ella Joy Olsen lives in a hundred-year-old bungalow with her family in Salt Lake City. I imagine that her home was the inspiration for this sweeping saga of the five women who have called the on Downington Avenue home since it was built in 1913.
I LOVED this story. It weaved back and forth between the women, never in any particular order. It’s a saga of moving on when it seems you can’t even get out bed. Olsen could have easily made a five-novel series from these stories. I sort of wish she had. I missed the each character as the sections changed, and I was sad when I reached the end. Can’t wait to read more from this debut novelist.

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