Perennials

Perennials Review

When two estranged sisters reunite for their parents’ 50th anniversary, a family tragedy brings unexpected lessons of hope and healing amid the flowers of their mother’s perennial garden.


Eva—known to all as Lovey—grew up in Oxford, MS, surrounded by literary history and her mother's stunning perennial gardens. But a garden shed fire and the burns suffered by one of her best friends seemed to change everything. Her older sister Bitsy blamed her for the fire—and no one spoke up on her behalf. Bitsy the cheerleader, Bitsy the homecoming queen, Bitsy married to a wealthy investor. And all the while, Lovey blamed for everything that goes wrong.


At eighteen, Lovey turns down a marriage proposal, flees from Oxford and the expectations of attending Ole Miss, and instead goes to Arizona—the farthest thing from the South she can imagine. She becomes a successful advertising executive, a weekend yoga instructor, and seems to have it all together. But she's alone. And on her 45th birthday, she can't help but wonder what's wrong.


When she gets a call from her father—still known to everyone as Chief from his Ole Miss football days—insisting that she come home three weeks early for her parents' 50th wedding anniversary celebration, she's at wits end. She's about to close the biggest contract of her career, the one that will secure her financial goals and set her up for retirement. But his words, "Family First," hit too close to home. Is there hope for her estranged relationship with Bitsy after all this time?


Eva's journey home, to the memory garden her father has planned as an anniversary surprise for her mother, becomes one of discovering roots, and truth, and love, and what living perennially in spite of disappointments and tragedy really means. Eva thought she wanted to leave her family and the South far behind . . . but she's realizing she hasn't truly been herself the whole time she's been gone.

Title:Perennials
Edition Language:English

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Suzanne Leopold

    Eva recently celebrated her 45th birthday and has a successful career at an advertising agency in Arizona. She supports herself, teaches yoga on weekends and is slowly recovering from a bad relationsh...

  • Lisa

    PERENNIALSJulie CantrellMY RATING ⭐⭐⭐⭐▫PUBLISHER Thomas NelsonPUBLISHED November 14, 2017A poignant and moving Southern family saga of an errant daughter that returns home again. SUMMARYLove...

  • Melissa

    4.5 stars Top Pick Cantrell has penned another quietly contemplative, thought-provoking novel. Her prose is so meaningful that every phrase begs to be mulled over. Hearts will break for Lovey, a some...

  • Karen

    A moving story filled with life lessons told in a lyrical Southern style. Loved all the lovely garden metaphors used to express a spiritual or inspirational message. They were fitting for the situati...

  • Staci

    Perennials is a beautiful novel. The writing style, the cover and the flower touches on beginning of chapter pages are elegant.In this novel, we get a window into the soul of main character Eva "Lovey...

  • Tania

    Every part has a purpose. The good, the bad, and the ugly.3.5 stars. I loved The Feathered Bone by Julie Cantrell, and was very happy that Netgalley approved my request for Perennials, to be released ...

  • Deanne Patterson

    A mesmerizing Southern coming of age story.Lovey and her three years older sister,Bitsy grew up in Oxford, MS. Theirs was a typical childhood catching fireflies and getting dirty with the neighborhood...

  • Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader

    A Perennial kind of love...Southern style, Life lesson with the greatest being love, all in one book. Why yes, I think I will devour this book in one sitting thank you.I was hooked from the very first...

  • Linda Zagon

    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------My Review of "Perennials" by Julie CantrellKudos to Julie Cantr...

  • Rebecca

    After woman (Eva/Lovey) returns to her hometown for parent’s (Chief/Jim and Laurel) 50th anniversary party, her life becomes uprooted. -- See what I did there? Uprooted, like a plant? The book made ...