Sunflower Sisters Tour – Review

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Review

Lilac Girls introduced readers to Caroline Ferriday, an American philanthropist who helped young girls released from Ravensbruck concentration camp. Now, in Sunflower Sisters, Kelly tells the story of her ancestor Georgeanna Woolsey, a Union nurse who joins the war effort during the Civil War, and how her calling leads her to cross paths with Jemma, a young enslaved girl who is sold off and conscripted into the army, and Ann-May Wilson, a southern plantation mistress whose husband enlists.

Georgeanne “Georgey” Woolsey isn’t meant for the world of lavish parties and demure attitudes of women of her stature. So when the war ignites the nation, Georgey follows her passion for nursing during a time when doctors considered women a bother on the battlefront. In proving them wrong, she and her sister Eliza venture from New York to Washington, D.C., to Gettysburg and witness the unparalleled horrors of slavery as they become involved in the war effort.

In the South, Jemma is enslaved on the Peeler Plantation in Maryland, where she lives with her mother and father. Her sister, Patience, is enslaved on the plantation next door and both live in fear of LeBaron, an abusive overseer who tracks their every move. When Jemma is sold by the cruel plantation mistress Anne-May at the same time the Union army comes through, she sees a chance to finally escape–but only by abandoning the family she loves.

Anne-May is left behind to run Peeler Planation when her husband joins the Union Army and her cherished brother enlists with the Confederates. In charge of the household, she uses the opportunity to follow her own ambitions and is drawn into a secret Southern network of spies, finally exposing herself to the fate she deserves.

Inspired by true accounts, Sunflower Sisters provides a vivid, detailed look at the Civil War experience, from the barbaric and inhumane plantations, to a war-torn New York City to the horrors of the battlefield. It’s a sweeping story of women caught in a country on the brink of collapse, in a society grappling with nationalism and unthinkable racial cruelty, a story still so relevant today.

Praise for Sunflower Sisters

From Southern spies to nurses on the northern battlefields, Sunflower Sisters weaves an exquisite tapestry of women determined to defy the molds the world has for them. The journeys of Jemma and the Woolsey sisters will have readers celebrating those who came before us, who fought for what they knew was right, and became timeless women ahead of their times.”—Lisa Wingate, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours and The Book of Lost Friends

“Sunflower Sisters marks the third installment of Martha Hall Kelly’s tales of the formidable Woolsey Women, with this chapter unfolding across the plantations, battlefields, and parlor rooms of one of history’s most dramatic moments. The Civil War roils as a sweeping backdrop and an era of both heartbreaking and inspiring humanity. Kelly’s vivid prose, stunning historical research, and heartfelt, compelling characters make this a gripping, page-turning read.”—Allison Pataki, New York Times bestselling author of The Queen’s Fortune

Review

To say I was excited for this book was a little bit of an understatement. I mean, I literally started reading it as soon as it came in the mail. There’s just something about this story that pulls you right in and forces you to become invested in the characters and their lives.

This book is just so beautifully written and I really love how all of the stories come together. And it’s such a timely story that is done artfully. There wasn’t a single main character that I wasn’t invested in and I really just enjoyed the setting. I don’t want to get into too much of the plot though because I want you to be able to just fall into it and let the story unfold around you.

Also, although this is technically the third book in this series feel free to read them out of order! While the books follow the same family they are set in separate time frames so you can run out to the bookstore and get Sunflower Sisters right now!

About the Author

Martha is a native New Englander who lives in Litchfield County Connecticut. She worked as an advertising copywriter for many years, and raised three wonderful children who are now mostly out of the nest. Her debut novel Lilac Girls, about Connecticut socialite Caroline Ferriday who championed a group of Ravensbruck Concentration Camp survivors known as The Rabbits who survived WWII Nazi experiments, was her first novel and an instant New York Times bestseller. The prequel to Lilac Girls, Lost Roses, was also an instant NYTimes bestseller. It features Caroline’s mother Eliza Ferriday and her fight to save a group of Russian women, former aristocrats who lost everything in the Russian Revolution. The Lost Roses paperback published March 3rd, 2020 and the third book in the series, a Civil War novel about Caroline’s great grandmother’s family, arrives spring 2021.

Tour Schedule

March 20th –  2 Babes And A Bookshelf https://instagram.com/2babesandabookshelf

March 24th – Cassie’s Book Reviews https://instagram.com/cassies_books_reviews  

March 25th – Bryant Park Books https://instagram.com/bryantparkbooks

March 26th – Chill Jill And Read https://instagram.com/chill_jilland_read

March 27th – Nurse Bookie https://instagram.com/nurse_bookie

March 28th – Read A Lot Write A Lot https://instagram.com/readalotwritealot

March 28th – Live Love And Leo https://instagram.com/liveloveandleo

March 29th-  Books Love And Understanding https://instagram.com/booksloveandunderstanding

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March 30th – In Literary Love https://instagram.com/inliterarylove

March 30th – Reecas Pieces Books https://instagram.com/reecaspiecesbooks 

March 31st- Noor The Bookworm https://instagram.com/noorthebookworm

March 31st- Bookoholic Cafe https://instagram.com/bookoholiccafe

April 1st – Rozier Reads and Wine https://instagram.com/rozierreadsandwine

April 1st – Jackie Loves Books https://instagram.com/jackieslovesbooks

April 2nd – Lindas Book Obsession https://www.facebook.com/lindasbookobsession/ 

April 3rd-  Whimsicaly Me https://www.instagram.com/whimsicalyme/

April 3rd –  Sealed With A Book https://instagram.com/sealedwithabook

April 7th – Marilyn Goncalves https://instagram.com/marilynjgon 

April 9th – Joannas Bookshelf https://instagram.com/joannasbookshelf

April 12th – Coffee Books Dogs https://instagram.com/coffeedogsbooks

April 14th – KP The Bookworm https://instagram.com/kpthebookworm

April 16th – Ya It’s Lit https://instagram.com/ya.its.lit

April 19th – The Mary Reader https://instagram.com/themaryreader 

April 21st –  Megs Book Club https://instagram.com/megsbookclub

April 22nd-  Reading Girl Reviews https://instagram.com/readinggirlreviews

April 24th – Carol Doscher https://instagram.com/carol_doscher_reader

April 26th – Bookish With Wine https://instagram.com/bookishwithwine

April 28th – Mrs Boom Reads https://instagram.com/mrsboomreads 

April 29th – Jennifer Tar Heel Reader – http://www.jennifertarheelreader.com
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May 2nd– Christina Stephanie Reads https://instagram.com/christinastephaniereads

May 3rd- The Crocheted Review https://instagram.com/thecrochetedreview

May 5th – Britt Reads A Latte Books https://instagram.com/brittreadsalattebooks

May 7th -Sweet Honey And Brei https://instagram.com/sweethoneyandbrei

May 7th -Cover 2 Cover Cafe https://instagram.com/cover2covercafe

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*