Perennials, by Julie Cantrell: A Must-Read for Fall

“If Julie Cantrell isn_t on your reading list, she should be.”—Lisa Wingate, NYT bestselling author of Before We Were Yours
I am so excited to tell you about my friend Julie Cantrell’s brand new novel, Perennials. I had the pleasure of reading an early copy and I have to say that while I needed a box, or two, of tissue, it lifted my heart to read such a well-written novel with a beautiful story. I will post a review later this week, but since it released today, I wanted to tell you about it now. Grab your copy today!
Other Reviews:

“Family drama, small-town pressures, and life’s unexpected turns are all set within the charming parameters of a Southern perennial garden.  Add the literary links to Faulkner and Welty, a soul-stirring romance, and Cantrell’s lyrical story-telling skills and you’ve got a heart-warming tale that is sure to outlast the seasons. You’ll love Perennials!”

—Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author of Beach House for Rent

“With languid prose and vivid description, Julie Cantrell’s novel unfolds as beautifully as one of her protagonist’s favorite flowers. Cantrell weaves moving and inspirational stories that make her one of today’s most beloved storytellers. Perennials may be her most breathtaking yet.”

—Kristy Woodson Harvey, bestselling author of Slightly South of Simple

“Like the perennial plants that give the story its namesake, Julie Cantrell’s characters survive drought and flood, sunshine and storm. Readers will see reflections of their own lives as they travel along with Lovey when she returns to the rich Mississippi soil to bloom again. If Julie Cantrell isn’t on your reading list, she should be.”

—Lisa Wingate, New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours

“Full of southern charm, this evocative family saga delves into the weight of our relationships and the roles played by fate, redemption and love. Beautifully written, Julie Cantrell’s Perennials is a must read, especially for those who believe in the power of second chances.”

 —Karma Brown, bestselling author of In This Moment

“In Perennials, Julie Cantrell offers a modern Southern family saga brimming with traditional family values and contemporary problems. Cantrell’s well-paced story, beautiful prose, and lush descriptions effortlessly carry you through the estranged, yet enmeshed, lives of sisters Lovey and Bitsy. The novel is deftly woven with bits of Mississippi history, literature, and landscape, adding to this immersive read that goes right to your heart, and makes you remember what’s truly important.”

—Amy Sue Nathan, author of Left to Chance

“In Perennials, Julie Cantrell has written a love letter to her home state of Mississippi, Deep South summers, and flower blooms that can heal the soul. Through main character Lovey’s return trip home, we see what it means to keep “Family First” no matter what. And her journey home is much more than just miles traveled–it’s a glimpse into a life full of heartache and longing, the illuminating light of truth, and the redemptive power of love.”

—Lauren Denton, author of The Hideaway

“With her proven ability to peel back the layers that expose the frailty of the soul, Julie Cantrell has created another evocative tale that tackles tough themes like trust, loyalty, truth, and the familial ties that bind us, whether we want them to or not. A story that will settle in and stay with you, Perennials is a masterpiece not to be missed.”

—Catherine West, author of The Things We Knew & The Memory of You

“Oxford, Mississippi–In the span of only a few pages, author Julie Cantrell, in her new novel of the South, took me from a place I’d never been to a place I now feel I need to go. With tender hearted prose and characters full-to-blooming, Perennialsis a poignant family drama that reminds us all what it means to return to our roots and come back home.”

—James Markert, author of The Angels’ Share

“Perennials is much more than a testament to the South and the healing power of family, it is a love letter that speaks to the deepest longings within us all. Julie Cantrell is a master.”

—Billy Coffey, author of Some Small Magic

“You can leave home—but does home ever leave you? That’s the question at the heart of Julie Cantrell’s stunning new novel. With a story that’s at once classic and unlike anything you’ve read before, Perennials is as lush and entrancing as the gardens described within its pages.”

—Camille Pagán, bestselling author of Life and Other Near-Death Experiences


“From the lush Mississippi setting and lyrical writing, to the flawed yet engaging characters, Julie Cantrell’s Perennials is an engrossing reading pleasure.  I loved this story of a fractured family and a prodigal daughter, and the healing power and connections that tending gardens brings to their lives.  Like an artist, the author uses a delicate brush to carefully illustrate the joys and pains of life’s growing seasons, and of learning how to surrender old hurts to find forgiveness.  This is a book to read more than once.”

—Karen White, New York Times bestselling author of The Night the Lights Went Out


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The Truth About Thea: A Review


This is Amy Impellizzeri’s best novel yet! I loved Lemongrass Hope and was hoping for another story from Impellizzeri with as many twists and turns. I got them, and more.

Set mostly at Juniper Lane, a treatment center for addiction, Thea discovers that the people in her support group might have a bigger impact on her life than she expected when a judge first sentences her to spend time there. Not a drug addict herself, Thea’s other addiction, if it really is one, is quite different and intriguing, inviting the reader into the web of deceit that Thea has made a career out of up until now.

There were many times in this novel when I thought I had the plot figured out, only to be surprised as the characters’ lives intermingle and shed light on the truth. The Truth About Thea is well-written, engaging, and intense.

The Truth About Thea is out now, wherever books are sold. Be sure to grab a copy!

Highly recommended!


Reading Suggestion: Left to Chance, by Amy Sue Nathan


Release: November 2017

Every now and then I read a book whose characters stay with me long after I turn the last page. Left to Chance by Amy Sue Nathan is one of those books. I always love how real to life her characters are and before I even turned the first page, I was hoping for a story that I would recognize as a little bit complicated, but that would also lift my spirits. These are the aspects I loved about her first two novels. I’m happy to say I wasn’t at all disappointed.

Teddi Lerner returns to Chance, Ohio after leaving with no notice five years earlier, breaking already torn hearts and leaving a path of confusion after her best friend’s death. When she gets an opportunity to go back and make things right with her friends, and especially with her best friend’s daughter, twelve-year-old Shayna, she returns amidst feelings of obligation, dread, and nostalgia for her home town. It isn’t clear if Teddi will be able to set things right, but as she opens up to the pain and grief in her own heart over the loss of her friend, we learn more about the real reason that she left.

With well-drawn, complex, and emotional characters that have become trademark for Amy Sue Nathan’s novels, Left to Chance drew me into the lives and community of Chance. I love how Nathan depicts family and relationships realistically and beautifully, rarely shiny and perfect, but always revealing the kind of depth of emotion that makes life worth the journey.

I highly recommend this book!


The Rowdy Cowgirl: Cheyenne Frontier Days

I’ve been having such a great time at the 2017 Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo! One of the best parts was stopping by The Rowdy Cowgirl to visit with the owner, Rebecca O’Leary, who is selling copies of my books! I also met Lindsey Brashear who was working the store and telling folks about my books. Rebecca and Lindsey are both from Oklahoma! Even better than that, the home store, The Hitchin’ Post, is in Colcord, Oklahoma where I grew up. It’s a small world, that’s for sure.

If you are at Frontier Park in Cheyenne this weekend, be sure to stop by The Rowdy Cowgirl and The Hitchin’ Post.