Pub Date 25 Oct 2018
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Alice Hirshhorn, Astoria Hotel, Seattle Washington.
My great-grandmother's name is bold across the cream envelope, now golden at the seams with age. I can't remember the last time I’ve seen graceful, purposeful handwriting with a fountain pen and not the hasty scrawl of ballpoint.
December 1915. Philippine Islands.
“Letters to Great-grandma Alice,” I say with wonder, tracing my fingers over the faded postmark and foreign stamps.
I turn the thick envelope in my palm, slide out the tightly folded pages, and unfold the thin paper, taking care not to tear the letters that were important enough to keep for a century.
“Great-grandpa was in the Philippines?” I ask.
“Oh no. Not your great-grandfather,” answers Grammie, her eyes twinkling with her mother’s secrets. “Elliott.”
At thirty-three and with her future unclear, Ali Waller finds her way home again. A box of long-forgotten love letters written to her great-grandmother holds the unlikely key to Ali finding her new path.
As she tracks down the letter writer and his descendants, Ali learns the magic of love, hope, and resilience.
Told by three characters, and across century and an ocean, Genealogy is an enchanting story about love and loss, taking chances, and embracing the surprises that life brings.
Mae Wood writes a sweeping tale of love lost and found that crosses continents and generations.
—Lucy Score Wall Street Journal and #1 Amazon bestselling author
"Genealogy is an evocative love story. It claws at you, drawing you in. It's poignant and hopeful, and it's heartbreaking in the most perfect ways. Five fabulously emotional stars!” Kate Canterbary, author of The Walsh series
I adored this story and devoured the words. I had to know what would happen and couldn't wait to find out. I absolutely loved the final chapter! Perfect! - Goodreads, reviewer
This story dazzled me. … Seriously amazing. Well researched, beautifully written and quite touching. - Goodreads reviewer