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Perennials von Julie Cantrell
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Perennials (2017. Auflage)

von Julie Cantrell (Autor), Brittany Pressley (Erzähler), Blackstone Audio (Publisher)

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" 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 seemed to change everything. Her older sister Bitsy blamed her for the fire--and no one spoke up on her behalf. Bitsy the cheerleader, Bitsy the homecoming queen, Bitsy married to a wealthy investor. And all the while, Lovey blamed for everything that goes wrong. 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. She becomes a successful advertising executive, a weekend yoga instructor, and seems to have it all together. But she's alone. And on her 45th birthday, she can't help but wonder what's wrong. When she gets a call from her father--still known to everyone as Chief from his Ole Miss football days--insisting that she come home three weeks early for her parents' 50th wedding anniversary celebration, she's at wits end. She's about to close the biggest contract of her career, the one that will secure her financial goals and set her up for retirement. But his words, "Family First," hit too close to home. Is there hope for her estranged relationship with Bitsy after all this time? Eva's journey home, to the memory garden her father has planned as an anniversary surprise for her mother, becomes one of discovering roots, and truth, and love, and what living perennially in spite of disappointments and tragedy really means. Eva thought she wanted to leave her family and the South far behind. but she's realizing she hasn't truly been herself the whole time she's been gone"--… (mehr)
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Titel:Perennials
Autoren:Julie Cantrell (Autor)
Weitere Autoren:Brittany Pressley (Erzähler), Blackstone Audio (Publisher)
Info:Blackstone Audio (2017)
Sammlungen:Audible Plus Library, Audible Plus Heard
Bewertung:****
Tags:Audible Plus, family relationships, southern fiction

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Wow, older sisters can be witches and that was certainly true of Bitsy. Wow!! Heartless and cutthroat to her younger sister, she has more barbs than a blackberry bush. Ha!

This was a tale of family. The ups, downs, love, traditions, heartbreak and just plain old Southern charm. I resonated with these characters pretty early in the book and sped my way through this highly dysfunctional family's troubles. I do have to admit, I did have to skip a few pages of Lovey's "self talks".

I did use several tissues at the end of this book. A great family saga that I truly enjoyed!

Thanks to Thomas Nelson and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. ( )
  debkrenzer | Jan 18, 2018 |
Eva is running from the past. She has created a new life for herself as an ad executive in Arizona. She is about to sign a huge account and then she is going to retire to the mountains. But, her parents have called her home for their anniversary celebration. She is not ready to face her past or her family, especially her sister.
I adore this book!! The story, the location, the family traditions, it all hits home! There were spots I had to put the book down and just sigh. I live an hour outside of Oxford and I graduated from Ole Miss so of course, this book became special the first time Oxford is mentioned.
Even though I gave this book a 5 star rating, it is not without problems. Eva, to me, came off as a little whiney and she doesn't stand up for herself when she should. There were places I wanted to GIBBS SLAP her. She is an ad executive and she didn't get there by being mousey. So when her sister treats her like crap and she takes it, that grates on my nerves.
Outside of that one minor flaw, this is a just an all around great tale about family and life's ups and downs. This story is full of southern charm. Julie Cantrell nailed Oxford, the south and it's traditions. She is a masterful storyteller and creates a true world which everyone should experience.
"There's no point in telling her the truth-that my hometown is a literary mecca filled with poet laureates and Pulitzer winners, a university community more diverse and well-read than any she's probably visited, much less called home" (quote about Oxford,MS.) ( )
  fredreeca | Dec 31, 2017 |
PERENNIALS
Julie Cantrell

MY RATING ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️▫️
PUBLISHER Thomas Nelson
PUBLISHED November 14, 2017

A poignant and moving Southern family saga of an errant daughter that returns home again.

SUMMARY
Lovey and Bitsey Sutherland were the closest of sisters when they were young and catching fireflies on the farm. But that was a long time ago and a lot has changed. At eighteen, after years of her beauty queen sister’s hostile attitude, Lovey fled the farm, leaving behind one of her favorite things, her mother’s beloved perennial garden. The sisters rarely speak to each other anymore, and now Lovey, an advertising executive in Arizona excited about closing the biggest contract of her career. But her father, Chief calls on her 45th birthday demanding that she come home three weeks early to help him prepare a memory garden for her parents 50th wedding anniversary. Upon arrival back in Oxford, Mississippi, Lovey realizes that despite the passage of time, Bitsey’s immense hostility has not changed. What was the cause of such long lasting bitterness? Can it ever be resolved? Can Lovely ever truly come home again to a place she loves?

REVIEW
She had me at the fireflies! One of my favorite memories as a child was catching fireflies in a large pickle jar with holes punch into the lid, right alongside my big brother. PERENNIALS is a beautiful story about family relationships, and is stocked full of engaging characters.

Julie Cantrell writes exquisitely about family love, facing difficulties and returning to our roots. Cantrell’s writing is both descriptive and inspirational. The memory garden, where every bloom is tied to a past memory is a charming idea, complete with hydrangeas, gardenias, black-eyed-susans and a labyrinth. You can practically see the fireflies and smell the fragrances in the air at the anniversary party big reveal.

Those facing family adversity will truly appreciate this poignant story. Other books by award winning Cantrell include: The Feathered Bone (2015), When Mountains Move (2012) and Into the Free (2011).

“No matter how bad life gets, we must always, always, always continue to grow, preparing ourselves for our next big bloom.”
—Perennials
Julie Cantrell ( )
  LisaSHarvey | Dec 27, 2017 |
This was my first book by Julie Cantrell and I enjoyed it so much that I just ordered her older books. Perennials is a heart warming story about an estranged family that is trying to become a whole family again. Plus, it has beautiful descriptions of flowers and gardens - if it wasn't winter, I'd be out planting flowers after reading it.

Eva (known by her family as Lovey) is 45 years old. Right after high school, she left her home in Mississippi to make a life for herself in Arizona. She is single, very successful in her advertising career and teaches yoga to seniors on the weekends. She has been hurt by her older sister and felt that her parents never took her side when they were growing up. Her parents have a 50th anniversary and they ask Lovey to come home early and spend time with them before the anniversary party that her sister is arranging. Lovey continues to be rebuffed by her sister when she tries to be friends with her again.

This is wonderful novel about family and love and forgiveness. You CAN go home again but it's never exactly the way you remembered it from years before. Wonderful! ( )
  susan0316 | Nov 19, 2017 |
Eva recently celebrated her 45th birthday and has a successful career at an advertising agency in Arizona. She supports herself, teaches yoga on weekends and is slowly recovering from a bad relationship. She grew up in Mississippi but hasn't been back since leaving for college. Eva is avoiding bad memories of a broken engagement and a volatile relationship with her sister, Bitsy.

Her parents 50th wedding anniversary is nearing and Eva receives a plea from her father to help plan the party. It's an odd request but he is insistent that she return home. Eva is in the midst of landing one of the largest accounts in her career and the timing is poor. She has mixed emotions about going back to Mississippi but she acquiesces to her father's demands. Once home, she faces friction from her sister along with pressure from her parents to reconcile their differences. She also finds time to reconnect with childhood friends and her onetime fiancé. Eva starts to fall back in her old habits and finds that life in Mississippi is better than expected

Eva’s trip home as an adult enables her to view life from a different perspective. She uncovers truths about her sister, friends, and parents. She also learns a lot about herself and what it takes to be happy. This novel by Julie Cantrell explores family relationships from many different angles. ( )
  leopolds | Nov 12, 2017 |
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" 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 seemed to change everything. Her older sister Bitsy blamed her for the fire--and no one spoke up on her behalf. Bitsy the cheerleader, Bitsy the homecoming queen, Bitsy married to a wealthy investor. And all the while, Lovey blamed for everything that goes wrong. 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. She becomes a successful advertising executive, a weekend yoga instructor, and seems to have it all together. But she's alone. And on her 45th birthday, she can't help but wonder what's wrong. When she gets a call from her father--still known to everyone as Chief from his Ole Miss football days--insisting that she come home three weeks early for her parents' 50th wedding anniversary celebration, she's at wits end. She's about to close the biggest contract of her career, the one that will secure her financial goals and set her up for retirement. But his words, "Family First," hit too close to home. Is there hope for her estranged relationship with Bitsy after all this time? Eva's journey home, to the memory garden her father has planned as an anniversary surprise for her mother, becomes one of discovering roots, and truth, and love, and what living perennially in spite of disappointments and tragedy really means. Eva thought she wanted to leave her family and the South far behind. but she's realizing she hasn't truly been herself the whole time she's been gone"--

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