The Daisy Children
Sometimes the untold stories of the past are the ones we need to hear…
When Katie Garrett gets the unexpected news that she’s received an inheritance from the grandmother she hardly knew, it couldn’t have come at a better time. She flees Boston—and her increasingly estranged husband—and travels to rural Texas.
There, she’s greeted by her distant cousin Scarlett. Friendly, flamboyant, eternally optimistic, Scarlett couldn’t be more different from sensible Katie. And as they begin the task of sorting through their grandmother’s possessions, they discover letters and photographs that uncover the hidden truths about their shared history, and the long-forgotten tragedy of the New London school explosion of 1937 that binds them. Inspired by true events, this unforgettable story is one of hope, healing, and the discovery of truth.
“Moving…a multilayered story of heartache, hope, and healing.”
“Relevant and timely, this novel will compel you to turn the pages until the secret at the heart of this family is finally revealed.”
—Lorena Hughes, author of The Sisters of Alameda Street
The Dress in the Window
World War II has ended and American women are shedding their old clothes for the gorgeous new styles. Voluminous layers of taffeta and tulle, wasp waists, and beautiful color—all so welcome after years of sensible styles and strict rationing.
Jeanne Brink and her sister Peggy both had to weather every tragedy the war had to offer—Peggy now a widowed mother, Jeanne without the fiancé she’d counted on, both living with Peggy’s mother-in-law in a grim mill town. But despite their grey pasts they long for a bright future—Jeanne by creating stunning dresses for her clients with the help of her sister Peggy’s brilliant sketches.
Together, they combine forces to create amazing fashions and a more prosperous life than they’d ever dreamed of before the war. But sisterly love can sometimes turn into sibling jealousy. Always playing second fiddle to her sister, Peggy yearns to make her own mark. But as they soon discover, the future is never without its surprises, ones that have the potential to make—or break—their dreams.
“Sofia Grant’s evocative prose sparkles with intensity and brings to life a bygone era of American vintage fashion—before it was considered ‘vintage.’ […] A remarkable story of sewing, sisterhood, reinvention, and redemption, as only Grant can tell it.”
—Juliet Blackwell, New York Times bestselling author of Letters From Paris
“In The Dress in the Window, Sofia Grant writes about sisters and mothers with a hand as deft as the needles her characters wield. This gorgeous novel transports and transforms, leaving the reader reluctant to step away from its pages.”
—Rachael Herron, author of The Ones Who Matter Most
Garden of Stones
In the dark days of war, a mother makes the ultimate sacrifice.
Lucy Takeda is just fourteen years old, living in Los Angeles, when the bombs rain down on Pearl Harbor. Within weeks, she and her mother, Miyako, are ripped from their home, rounded up—along with thousands of other innocent Japanese-Americans—and taken to the Manzanar prison camp.
Buffeted by blistering heat and choking dust, Lucy and Miyako must endure the harsh living conditions of the camp. Corruption and abuse creep into every corner of Manzanar, eventually ensnaring beautiful, vulnerable Miyako. Ruined and unwilling to surrender her daughter to the same fate, Miyako soon breaks. Her final act of desperation will stay with Lucy forever…and spur her to sins of her own.
Garden Of Stones is a harrowing tale of stolen innocence and survival that echoes through generations, reverberating between mothers and daughters. It is a moving chronicle of injustice, triumph and the unspeakable acts we commit in the name of love.
Target’s Book Club pick for March 2013
“This book is a searing depiction of what can happen when authorities have a captive population at their mercy; of how lives are altered forever, even after wars are long over. 5 stars.”
—San Francisco Book Review (Read more)
“Resonant and universal…a gripping story.”
“Mesmerizing…a story of unspeakable injustice and bitter sacrifice.”
—RT Book Reviews
“Suspense, mystery, and love drive the intricate plot in this moving drama…the shocking revelation is unforgettable.”