Perennials by Julie Cantrell
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—known to all as Lovey—grew up in Oxford, MS, surrounded by literary history and her mother’s stunning perennial gardens. But a garden shed fire and the burns suffered by one of her best friends changes everything for Lovey after her older sister Bitsy blamed her for the fire.
At eighteen, Lovey turns down a marriage proposal, flees from Oxford and the expectations of attending Ole Miss, and instead goes to Arizona—the farthest thing from the South she can imagine.
When she gets a call from her father insisting that she come home three weeks early for her parents’ 50th wedding anniversary celebration, she’s at wits end. Is there hope for her estranged relationship with Bitsy after all this time?