What You Said to Me

What You Said to Me

When a sliver of hope turns up in long-ago words in plain sight, shrouded assumptions fall away and reveal where everything went wrong in the first place.

November 1, 2020. When 15-year-old Tisha Crowder gets caught shoplifting, attorney Nolan Duffy tries to protect her from consequences that could rattle her already troubled life. His daughter, Jillian, feels like she’s the one being punished instead—by having Tisha assigned to work with her on a backlog of genealogy files. Tisha doesn’t seem interested in taking the job seriously, and Jillian’s patience wears thin. Besides, everyone in Canyon Mines knows the Crowder family has experienced generations of brokenness. Then a sliver of hope turns up in long-ago words in plain sight, challenging shrouded assumptions about Tisha’s family. Now Jillian is the one who can walk with Tisha back to 1893 and uncover where everything went wrong in the first place—and save her from the past.

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About the Book

What You Said to Me is part of the Tree of Life series that also includes:

The Inn at Hidden Run

In the Cradle Lies

When I Meet You

Series: Tree of Life, Book 4
Genres: Contemporary, Historical Fiction
ASIN: 1683229975
ISBN: 9781683229971
"Olivia Newport’s storytelling is smart, smooth, and sassy in What You Said to Me. A cast of endearing characters, a small-town setting, and perfectly woven contemporary and historical threads make for a fast-paced read that ties time and family together. Thank you, Olivia! I couldn’t put What You Said to Me down!"
– Leslie Gould, Christy-award winning and #1 best-selling author
“So few of us truly know our ancestors—their dreams, their challenges, their disappointments, their secrets. In fact, we often don't know those important things about the living because we are experts at hiding, deflecting, and stoically carrying on. In What You Said to Me, Olivia Newport unfolds the story of a family nearly lost to the ravages of time and forgetfulness. The result is a tender tale of a troubled girl discovering her unique past and finding hope for a better future. Perfect for fans of historical fiction, genealogy buffs, and anyone who wishes they knew who the people in all those old family photos were.”
– Erin Bartels, award-winning author of We Hope for Better Things
“As her Tree of Life series continues, Oliva Newport once again delivers complex characters and cross-generational storylines that show us how words can wound … and yet can also heal. In What You Said to Me, Newport examines the depth of human frailties at any age, reminding us that truth has a way of coming to the surface and that what we choose to do with it will make all the difference. Add the fascinating historical threads of the 19th century collapse of the US silver market, and readers will enjoy this well-crafted story.”
– Julie Cantrell, New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of Perennials
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