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Genealogy Mae Wood

Praise for Genealogy

Equal parts bittersweet, haunting, hopeful, and lovely, this story is one that will stick with you long after you’ve read the last page. 


- Claire Kingsley, Top 10 Amazon bestseller

It claws at you, drawing you in. It's poignant and hopeful, and it's heartbreaking in the most perfect ways. Five fabulously emotional stars!

- Kate Canterbary, USA Today bestseller

Genealogy is a big story with even bigger heart.


- Lucy Score, Wall Street Journal and #1 Amazon bestselling author

Joy, heartbreak, and love captured in ink. ... I loved every word.  


- Melanie Moreland, New York Times bestseller 

Inspired by real, hundred-year-old love letters.

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Genealogy Mae Wood

My great-grandmother's name is bold across the cream envelope, now golden at the seams with age.  I can't remember the last time I’ve seen graceful, purposeful handwriting with a fountain pen and not the hasty scrawl of ballpoint.


Alice Hirshhorn, Astoria Hotel, Seattle Washington.



“Letters to Great-grandma Alice,” I say with wonder, tracing my fingers over the faded postmark and foreign stamps.


December 1915. Philippine Islands.


I turn the thick envelope in my palm, slide out the tightly folded pages, and unfold the thin paper, taking care not to tear the letters that were important enough to keep for a century.


My dearest Alice


“Great-grandpa was in the Philippines?” I ask.


“Oh no. Not your great-grandfather,” answers Grammie, her eyes twinkling with her mother’s secrets. “Elliott.”



At thirty-three and with her future unclear, Ali Waller finds her way home again. A box of long-forgotten love letters written to her great-grandmother holds the unlikely key to Ali finding her new path.


As she tracks down the letter writer and his descendants, Ali learns the magic of love, hope, and resilience.


Told by three characters, and across century and an ocean, Genealogy is an enchanting story about love and loss, taking chances, and embracing the surprises that life brings.

Learn about the real letters behind Genealogy here.


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