Tears of the Willow

Tears of the Willow

by Marie Murphy Duess
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Tears of the Willow by Marie Murphy Duess

Lillian Phelan is a beautiful, independent writer who is still haunted by the abuse she suffered at the hands of a mentally ill mother.

Ann Hagan, a young widow with two small children, faces a crisis in her life that she realizes she cannot handle alone.

When cousins Lillian and Ann are reunited after 22 years at their ancestral home along the banks of the peaceful Delaware Canal, they discover an antique chest in the attic of Willow Wood that is filled with letters, diaries and journals written by the women who had lived there from the time of the American Revolution until the 20th century.

Through the stories and secrets they uncover, Lillian and Ann learn that in every generation life is not easy-people suffer, cry bitter tears, and lose loved ones. With the help of the women who once graced the home they now share, Lillian and Ann try to find meaning in their own lives.

But is their bond of blood and friendship powerful enough to give them the strength they need to face another of Willow Wood's tragedies?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780615761367
Publisher: Waterfall Publishing
Publication date: 04/10/2013
Pages: 290
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Marie Murphy Duess is also the author of two non-fiction history books, Colonial Inns and Taverns of Bucks County and The Delaware Canal: From Stone Coal Highway to Historic Landmark (The History Press) and two historical novels, River Pines and Rone Daniels, written under the pseudonym Patrice Garfield.

She has also collaborated on a non-fiction book titled Joshua's Ring that will be released in spring, 2013.

She and her husband reside in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Duess is a member of the International Women Writers Guild.

For more information about this author's other books, visit her website at www.MarieDuess.com

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a spectacular job Marie Murphy Duess has done!  I could NOT put this book down!  "Tears of the Willow" leaves you wondering how your ancestors lived and what their lives were like.  For days after finishing it I found myself regretting why I hadn't paid more attention when being told stories about my own grandparents and relatives (where they came from, what they did for a living, how they raised their families).  The author brings the characters of Lillian and Ann to real life, making you feel as if you have known them forever.  The sassiness of Lillian and the gentleness of Ann are a dynamic pairing bringing both laughter and tears to the reader.  Don't we all have a someone in our families that we can say are a Lillian or an Ann?  This book is a winner!  A must read!  Looking forward to reading more from the fabulous author.  They need to a make a movie from this book!