Perennials, a novel by Julie Cantrell, is the touching story about Eva (also known as Lovey) Sutherland. Raised in Oxford, Mississippi she had deep Southern roots, but due to a problematic relationship with her older sister she left her family once she turned eighteen. Now, in her forties and having accomplished much in her life, she is planning to return to her family home for her parents anniversary party. But, she is summoned home early for reasons that are vague. Reunited with her family she remembers all that was once so good and that which is still wrong. She hopes to right old wrongs and struggles to reconcile choices in her life. Can she finally make peace with the past and move forward?
This wonderfully readable novel is infused with lush imagery of the gardens that are a vital part of the story line. The author skillfully manages her characters multiple points of view to tell the story and gracefully fuses the past with the present. In addition to being a story about family bonds, this is a story of hope, second chances and enduring legacies. Highly recommended.
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