Book Review: ROOT, PETAL, THORN by @ellajoyolsen
Genre: Historical Fiction
Grief stricken from the sudden loss of husband Adam, Ivy tackles home improvement projects as a way to deal with the pain and discovers items left behind by the past inhabitants of her century old home. What will she find out about Emmeline (1913), Bitsy (1933), Eris (1944), and Lainey (1968)? Do the five women have more in common than just an address? “Every house I remodel and every person who lived there had a story… it makes me feel less significant and somehow less… alone.” Told from five different points of view, I was intrigued by all five women and all five story lines. I found the portrayal of loss, grief, and mental illness (specifically manic depressive disorder) raw, real, and powerful and teared up several times. Each of the women dealt with love and loss in a different way, and discovering more about them helped Ivy on her own road to recovery. After all, “a rose without thorns is like love without heartbreak; it doesn’t make sense.” – Unknown
Lastly, this book crosses paths and characters with the author’s second novel, Where the Sweet Bird Sings.
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Book Club – January 2020