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  1. Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader says:

    Five generations of women, some unrelated, share the same home in Sugar House, Utah The most recent resident, Ivy, tries to piece together the history of the house Each of the women have their own heartaches and struggles, and through their strength they make amends This book started a little stronger for me than how it finished however, it remained enjoyable throughout The author writes well, and I look forward to readingfrom her.


  2. Vanessa S. Vanessa S. says:

    I won this through a Goodreads Giveaway, and what a great debut novel it is The story interweaves the lives of five women who all share a home in common, and the house is a linking thread throughout the book Ella Joy Olsen did really well creating unique voices and personalities for each of the women, and the side characters were also enjoyable and memorable There is a wonderful mixture of happy, sad, and simply human moments in the story, all of which make the women relatable and real I enj I won this through a Goodreads Giveaway, and what a great debut novel it is The story interweaves the lives of five women who all share a home in common, and the house is a linking thread throughout the book Ella Joy Olsen did really well creating unique voices and personalities for each of the women, and the side characters were also enjoyable and memorable There is a wonderful mixture of happy, sad, and simply human moments in the story, all of which make the women relatable and real I enjoyed this novel very much and recommend it to historical fiction lovers and any who love realistic fiction


  3. LuAnn LuAnn says:

    I received this book yesterday, hardly put it down and finished it up earlier today It s that good.We start out with Ivy in the present day Her husband Adam was killed recently, leaving her with two children to raise alone and try to pick up the pieces of her life in her spare time While she works on remodeling projects she and Adam had started or planned, she finds Easter eggs , or mementos of previous female residents of the house, spanning from 1913 when the house was built until the p I received this book yesterday, hardly put it down and finished it up earlier today It s that good.We start out with Ivy in the present day Her husband Adam was killed recently, leaving her with two children to raise alone and try to pick up the pieces of her life in her spare time While she works on remodeling projects she and Adam had started or planned, she finds Easter eggs , or mementos of previous female residents of the house, spanning from 1913 when the house was built until the present There is an unfinished needlework announcing the temple marriage of Emmeline and Nathaniel, as well as letters back and forth between the couple while Nathaniel was on his LDS mission to Manchester There was a memory book started by Cora, Emmaline s sister, and continued by her young daughter Bitsy after Cora s death There is Eris Gianopolous, an immigrant mother who so desperately wants to keep her son from joining the military during WWII that she takes liberties with her son s medical exam records There is Lainey, a single mother struggling with bi polar disorder I lived in the Sugarhouse area of Salt Lake City for a number of years while I attended and graduated from Westminster College I ve eaten pizza at The Pie restaurant on 2nd South Street by the University of Utah I got sick in Liberty Park after a morning of tennis, Tilt a Whirl and root beer My family moved to SLC in 1972, when my father was transferred by his employer I was in the 5th grade Over the years it seemed like there were two kinds of people in Salt Lake Mormons, and anti Mormons I do not know Ms Olsen s spiritual traditions, but was heartened by one of thebalanced portrayal of the particular culture of Salt Lake City I ve ever read.The cover is, of course, GORGEOUS The stories of Emmeline, Cora, Bitsy, Eris, Lainey and Ivy are warm and pulsing with lifeand eventually with death We must remember that during these years, the US was involved in two World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, the Great Depression, and manyearth shaking events Each woman must push through the depths of their individual heartbreaksand each of them does.I would like to bring attention to the portrayal of bi polar disorder in Lainey s character I don t have experience with that particular issue, but I have suffered from depression for most of my life I have bristled over the years at the stigma attached to mental illness and the prejudices that blanket people with mental as opposed to otherwise physical ailments Most of the time you can t see where a mental illness hurts I applaud Ms Olsen s sensitive telling of Lainey s tale.The characters are crisp and individual any by that I mean they are not cookies cut from a mold and applied to various years in the 20th century But they each share life s joys and sorrows with their families and friends It s like an Everywoman of the 20th Century Reading Root, Petal, Thorn was like wrapping up in one of Mamaw s quilts so comforting, so full of memories, and so inspiring.I loved this book Wait, backspace, revise I LOVED THIS BOOK It can be enjoyed by every one with a beating heart and a soul


  4. Tiffany Tiffany says:

    I am so fond of this book, for so many reasons I love that it explores the history of the area I happen to live in I love that it focuses on multiple generations of inhabitants within the walls of one historical home I love the humanity and heart of it And I think I love this new author So exciting I will be looking forfrom her in the years to come


  5. CL CL says:

    Ivy Baygren has lost her husband and does not know how she will be able to carry on She cannot get out of bed, her children have contacted her brother their uncle to try and coax her back into the land of the living As she tries to rebuild her life by trying to finish the home improvement projects Adam had started and never finished she becomes interested in the history of her house and those who have lived there before her As she learnsabout those who helped make her house what it is Ivy Baygren has lost her husband and does not know how she will be able to carry on She cannot get out of bed, her children have contacted her brother their uncle to try and coax her back into the land of the living As she tries to rebuild her life by trying to finish the home improvement projects Adam had started and never finished she becomes interested in the history of her house and those who have lived there before her As she learnsabout those who helped make her house what it is today she starts to realize her journey is not as over as she had once thought after the loss of Adam Great read I would like to thank the Publisher and Net Galley for the chance to read this ARC


  6. Theresa Alan Theresa Alan says:

    This is a beautifully written book, told from five different generations of women who live in the same house over the course of one hundred years It begins in the present day with Ivy, who is mourning the death of her husband, who was killed in a car accident As part of trying to deal with her pain, she finishes the house renovation projects she had been working on alongside her husband This leads to small discoveries about the people who lived in the house before them.As readers, we go back This is a beautifully written book, told from five different generations of women who live in the same house over the course of one hundred years It begins in the present day with Ivy, who is mourning the death of her husband, who was killed in a car accident As part of trying to deal with her pain, she finishes the house renovation projects she had been working on alongside her husband This leads to small discoveries about the people who lived in the house before them.As readers, we go back in time through the first and second world wars and the Great Depression We also go through the sixties, but that women s story isabout her battle with manic depressive disorder and not about what was going on in society as a whole.The stories of the different women were engaging for a variety of reasons Once I started a chapter from one of the women s points of view, I was completely lost in her story and was sad when I had to start a new chapter but then I d promptly get engrossed in this other woman s tale.The book is set in Salt Lake City, which is obviously heavily Mormon, so the women who live in the house in 1913 sisters Clara and Emmeline are Mormon The practice of polygamy had been outlawed, but it was still practiced by some members who should have then been excommunicated Emmeline s love interest comes from a family that is known for practicing polygamy, but Nathaniel assures her that he doesn t share his father s views He goes off to his two year mission and asks her to wait for him, but war overseas puts an obstacle in their plans to marry I found all of the women s stories compelling, and have to say the ending took me by surprise in a good way I definitely recommend this book It s unique and beautifully told Please read all of my reviews at


  7. Susan Peterson Susan Peterson says:

    Riveting, emotional storyRoot, Petal, Thorn is a sweeping story about five amazing women who had lived in the same house beginning with Emmeline, who lived there with her sister and father in 1913, and ending with Ivy, its current resident Ivy is grieving the sudden loss of her husband, trying to get her house in order and her life back on track When she discovers a needlepoint, old photographs, and other relics left behind by the house s previous residents, she is determined to know their st Riveting, emotional storyRoot, Petal, Thorn is a sweeping story about five amazing women who had lived in the same house beginning with Emmeline, who lived there with her sister and father in 1913, and ending with Ivy, its current resident Ivy is grieving the sudden loss of her husband, trying to get her house in order and her life back on track When she discovers a needlepoint, old photographs, and other relics left behind by the house s previous residents, she is determined to know their stories perhaps by uncovering the past, she will be ready to face the future The women in this book are fascinating their lives are filled with joys and sorrows, triumphs and tragedies, and each of them faces the challenges in their lives with courage, determination, and love This novel takes the reader through the beginning of the 20th century, WWII, the Great Depression, and one life filled with the anguish of mental illness A very emotional, riveting book, which will leave you understanding that with every rose comes a thorn, that every story contains sadness along with the joy Without the thorns the beauty would be too easy It would be underappreciated


  8. Ella Olsen Ella Olsen says:

    I am the author of this novel, and yes I did purchase it and read it again on my Kindle Of course, I will give it five stars I will say that reading Root, Petal, Thorn on the e reader, just like all of the other actual books out there, was a surreal experience I cried in the right places, but I won t lie, there were parts where I wanted to edit, to delete, to change phrasing, and to throw the Kindle against the wall because I can t It s out there for the world to see and I wrote it to th I am the author of this novel, and yes I did purchase it and read it again on my Kindle Of course, I will give it five stars I will say that reading Root, Petal, Thorn on the e reader, just like all of the other actual books out there, was a surreal experience I cried in the right places, but I won t lie, there were parts where I wanted to edit, to delete, to change phrasing, and to throw the Kindle against the wall because I can t It s out there for the world to see and I wrote it to the best of my abilities at the time It s still the book of my heart But would I like to take the red pen to it Here and there, yes


  9. Leslie Lindsay Leslie Lindsay says:

    What an amazing read Five fascinating women The same historic home One hundred years Interconnected stories of love, courage, and heartbreak I absolutely fell in love with the premise of ROOT, PETAL, THORN forthcoming from Kensington August 30, 2016 Ella Joy Olsen writes beautifully, tracing the lives of Emmeline, Cora, Bitsy, Lainey, Eris, and Ivy through tumultuous times, from two World Wars the first inhabitant of the house is Emmeline, 1913 , the Great Depression, Korean war, Vietn What an amazing read Five fascinating women The same historic home One hundred years Interconnected stories of love, courage, and heartbreak I absolutely fell in love with the premise of ROOT, PETAL, THORN forthcoming from Kensington August 30, 2016 Ella Joy Olsen writes beautifully, tracing the lives of Emmeline, Cora, Bitsy, Lainey, Eris, and Ivy through tumultuous times, from two World Wars the first inhabitant of the house is Emmeline, 1913 , the Great Depression, Korean war, Vietnam war, and present day ROOT, PETAL, THORN begins in present day with Ivy Baygren, a woman with two great loves, her husband, Adam and the brick bungalow they share with their two children, Porter and Naomi But Adam is dead, a freak car accident has left Ivy grief stricken and unable to cope with the renovations they began, let alone to properly mother their two children She has to be strong, for her self and her children Together, with her physician brother, she devises a plan to keep grief at bay and move forward Part of this plan involves getting her house in order, and with renovation projects halted in the midst of death, Ivy slowly begins picking up loose ends, finding Easter eggs in the mix Easter eggs is what her husband used to call these hidden gems of previous inhabitants newspaper clippings shoved between walls, broken toys and wine bottles An unfinished needlework embroidery appears in the attic, a concrete hand print in the garage floor, buried wine bottles, a memory book, and a rose bush mysteriously named Emmeline All of these objects link generations of women who lived in the same house a young Mormon woman torn between her heart and anti polygamist beliefs, a Greek woman in the midst of WWII unwilling to send her fighting age son to war, a single mother in the 60s fighting her own dark demon of mental illness, andI must applaud Ms Olsen for her accurate and sensitive portrayal of bipolar disorder It s such a stigma, especially in the 1960s, but even today and she handled it with aplomb Same, too can be said about the Mormon beliefs, which were handled with a balanced view, insight, and understanding.However, I was hoping for just a tiny bithouse history and architecture anddetailed vignettes of the house Still, ROOT, PETAL, THORN is a delicate blend of mystery and history, and ultimately grief, intertwining love and hope for future generations An excellent offering from a delightful writer.For all of my reviews, including author interviews, please see www.leslielindsay.com To meet Ella Joy Olsen and learn about her process and inspiration for ROOT, PETAL, THORN, please see


  10. Terri Terri says:

    Review also found at received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher Kensington via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review The expected publication date is August 30th, 2016 I am in complete and utter disbelief that this novel is a debut for Ella Joy Olsen The way that the multiple stories intertwine seamlessly is not something you would expect from a rookie novel The way that she capture the emotion of each and every woman featured in Review also found at received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher Kensington via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review The expected publication date is August 30th, 2016 I am in complete and utter disbelief that this novel is a debut for Ella Joy Olsen The way that the multiple stories intertwine seamlessly is not something you would expect from a rookie novel The way that she capture the emotion of each and every woman featured in this story was that of a seasoned writer and I must admit it is a great surprise that this was a first As someone who has read many debut novels this one stands as being one of the most polished that I have read I loved the concept of this story A kind of a if these walls could talk approach where the reader learns about the many lives that lived in the home As someone who has a fascination with history and historic dwellings this captured me right away Some stories I preferredthan others but all of them captured me My favorite as seems to always be the case was the first one in 1913 It always seems the older the story theit captures me I believe the love story along with the moral dilemma attached is what drew me in and kept me captive Since the book would go back and forth between the multiple stories I had feared that this one was forgotten after the beginning as the focus moved to the other storylines Alas I was rewarded for my patience as this story served somewhat as the opening and closing of the story The story of Ivy, the present day resident on the house was where I found I was least interested I think it may be that luckily I have never been in her shoes so I can t really identify with her reality, and I hope I never have to I grewattached as the story went on so if anyone reading the story feels the same, stick with it, her story gets better That is all I am going to say about this book I feel this is a read it and make your own judgment type of story and anything I say will not capture it s essence or do it justice I really enjoyed this one I hope there isto come from Olsen in the future


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Root, Petal, Thorn ❮PDF / Epub❯ ☉ Root, Petal, Thorn Author Ella Joy Olsen – Thomashillier.co.uk In this beautifully written and powerful debut novel, Ella Joy Olsen traces the stories of five fascinating women who inhabit the same historic home over the course of a century braided stories of lov In this beautifully written and powerful debut novel, Ella Joy Olsen traces the stories of five fascinating women who inhabit the same historic home over the course of a century braided stories of love, heartbreak and courage connect the women, even across generations Ivy Baygren has two great loves in her life her husband, Adam, and the bungalow they buy together in one of Root, Petal, ePUB ½ the oldest neighborhoods in Salt Lake City, Utah From the moment she and Adam lay eyes on the home, Ivy is captivated by its quaint details the old porch swing, ornate tiles, and especially an heirloom rose bush bursting with snowy white blossoms Called the Emmeline Rose for the home s original owner, it seems yet another sign that this place will be Ivy s happily ever after Until her dreams are shattered by Adam s unexpected death Striving to be strong for her two children, Ivy decides to tackle the home improvement projects she and Adam once planned Day by day, as she attempts to rebuild her house and her resolve, she uncovers clues about previous inhabitants, from a half embroidered sampler to buried wine bottles And as Ivy learns about the women who came before her the young Mormon torn between her heart and anti polygamist beliefs, the Greek immigrant during World War II, a troubled single mother in the s she begins to uncover the lessons of her own journey For every story has its sadness, but there is also the possibility of blooming again, even stronger and resilient than before.