On Tour 12/15/21-01/29/22 ”Sunflower Sisters” by Martha Hall Kelly


Paperback Release Date:
December 28, 2021

About The Book:

Georgeanna “Georgey” Woolsey isn’t meant for the world of lavish parties and the demure attitudes of women of her stature. So when war ignites the nation, Georgey follows her passion for nursing during a time when doctors considered women on the battlefront a bother. 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 Plantation 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.

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.https://marthahallkelly.com/ 

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Book Blurbs:

Vibrant . . . The vivid, impeccably researched saga briskly sweeps across war-torn battlefields, New York City, and Southern plantations, highlighting the struggles endured by her women characters. This page-turning work is sure to please Kelly’s fans.”—Publishers Weekly

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 

Bloggers On Tour:

Dec. 15th  – Adrianna Reads https://instagram.com/adrianna.reads

Dec. 16th – She Just Loves Books https://instagram.com/shejustlovesbooks

Dec. 20th – Laura’s Next Chapter https://instagram.com/laurasnextchapter

Dec. 20th- Reading Is My Remedy https://instagram.com/reading_is_my_remedy

Dec. 27th- Emily Is Overbooked https://instagram.com/emilyisoverbooked

Dec. 29th-  Reading With My Goldens https://instagram.com/reading.with.my.goldens

Dec. 29th- Shooks Books https://instagram.com/shook_sbooks

Jan. 6th – American Lit Teacher https://instagram.com/americanlitteacher

Jan. 7th- Reading With Remy https://instagram.com/readingwithremy

Jan. 10th- The Book Club Mom https://instagram.com/thebookclubmom

Jan. 10th – Bookish Heidi https://instagram.com/bookish.heidi

Jan. 10th – Tashia Reads https://instagram.com/tashia.reads

Jan. 11th- Book Low Down https://instagram.com/booklowdown

Jan. 12th- Idaho Girl Reads https://instagram.com/idahogirlreads

Jan. 14th- Bookworm Struggles  https://instagram.com/bookworm.struggles

Jan. 15th – Novels and Latte Book Club –https://www.facebook.com/groups/357651988042629

Jan. 17th- ML Book Love https://instagram.com/mlbooklove

Jan. 18th – Rajivs Reviews https://instagram.com/rajivsreviews

Jan. 19th – Rachel Loves Books- https://instagram.com/rachellelovesbooks

Jan. 20th – Subakka Bookstuff https://instagram.com/subakka.bookstuff

Jan. 20th – Delightfully Booked https://instagram.com/delightfullybooked

Jan. 21st- Books and Bites Roc https://www.instagram.com/booksandbitesroc/

Jan. 24th – Eli Loves Books 16 https://instagram.com/elilovesbooks16

Jan. 27th- Read With Katelyn https://www.instagram.com/readwithkatelyn

Jan. 29th- Infinite Readlist https://instagram.com/infinite.readlist

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