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My great-grandmother’s name is bold across the cream envelope, now golden at
the seams with age. I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen graceful,
purposeful handwriting with a fountain pen and not the hasty scrawl of
Alice Hirshhorn, Astoria Hotel, Seattle Washington.
“Letters to Great-grandma Alice,” I say with wonder, tracing my fingers over the
faded postmark and foreign stamps.
December 1915. Philippine Islands.
I turn the thick envelope in my palm, slide out the tightly folded pages, and
unfold the thin paper, taking care not to tear the letters that were important
enough to keep for a century.
My dearest Alice
“Great-grandpa was in the Philippines?” I ask.
“Oh no. Not your great-grandfather,” answers Grammie, her eyes twinkling with
her mother’s secrets. “Elliott.”
At thirty-three and with her future unclear, Ali Waller finds her way home
again. A box of long-forgotten love letters written to her great-grandmother
holds the unlikely key to Ali finding her new path.
As she tracks down the letter writer and his descendants, Ali learns the magic
of love, hope, and resilience.
Told by three characters, and across century and an ocean, Genealogy is
an enchanting story about love and loss, taking chances, and embracing the
surprises that life brings.
Mae Wood is a mommy, bookworm, and lawyer (in that order).
A while ago Mae decided that she needed to give up the fear that she couldn’t write “great literature” and write what she wants to read.
And she wants romance. And laughter.
She wants heroines who are brave. Brave enough to be themselves and brave enough to fall in love.
She wants men who are strong and kind.
Mae lives in the Southeastern United States and sets her books in hot and steamy Memphis, Tennessee.