From the 1.5 million copy bestselling author of Lilac Girls comes Sunflower Sisters, the incredible story of three very different women set during the American Civil War: Georgeanna Woolsey, a Union nurse who pushes the boundaries of society; Jemma, a young enslaved girl given a choice between family and freedom; and Anne-May Wilson, a southern plantation mistress who follows her ambitions when her husband leaves to enlist.
Publishing on 30 March, this is bound to become a favourite among historical fiction readers. Martha Hall Kelly has established herself as one of the best in epic historical fiction, a writer with a keen eye and passion for research. Lilac Girls was the story of Caroline Ferriday, an American philanthropist who helped young girls released from Ravensbruck concentration camp. In her research of Caroline's family, she discovered Caroline had preserved her Woolsey ancestry: letters, photos and memorabilia. From this, the story of Georgeanna Woolsey was formed, one of Caroline's inspirational ancestors.
Inspired by true accounts, Sunflower Sisters is a rich and sweeping story of remarkable women, while vividly capturing a war-torn America grappling with nationalism and unspeakable cruelty.
It's a powerful and moving page-turner for readers everywhere.
Praise for Martha Hall Kelly
'Sunflower Sisters weaves an exquisite tapestry of women determined to defy the moulds the world has made for them.' - New York Times bestselling author Lisa Wingate
'Kelly's vivid prose, stunning historical research, and heartfelt, compelling characters make this a gripping, page-turning read.' New York Times bestselling author Allison Pataki
'Kelly's gift is bringing to life and to light the untold stories of women and families far away from the war front.' – Booklist
Author: Martha Hall Kelly
Penguin Random House Australia