Lonely Lily Phelps is orphaned and in debt at seventeen - but that's not the worst of her problems. Her dark past, hidden even to her, causes her to see ghosts. This scared, naïve girl must grow up fast in a rural community if she is to find work, love, and build a future. She learns to cope, but the weight of the past threatens everything she loves. Because of her terrible secret, Lily must protect her family from the worst danger of all - herself.
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"Purple Trees" was a surprising delight. Ursula Wong has created a complex character in a deceptively simple world. The story is narrated in the first person voice of Lily Phelps and tells us her life from parentless teen, to wife of a dairy farmer, to protective grandmother. Lily is poor, down-trodden, and a survivor of abuse. She also sees ghosts. Her story is told to us with a straightforward acceptance that life just is, despite its often cruel realities. I enjoyed the journey of this story even if it was predictable. With heart and tremendous insight into rural life and family secrets, Lily brings us into her world and allows us a front row seat as she grows and heals. Ms. Wong touches on difficult subjects with an unflinching eye and a deft hand.