"A heartwarming and affecting novel… of loss, love, heartbreak, and, ultimately, forgiveness."
—Karen White, New York Times bestselling author of A Long Time Gone and the Tradd Street Series
"A novel about the legacies women pass to their daughters—and the price of the secrets they keep."
—Jenna Blum, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Family and Those Who Save Us
"Tori Whitaker’s characters sparkle with warmth and humanity."
—Tara Conklin, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Romantics
About Millicent Glenn's Last Wish
Three generations of women—and the love, loss, sacrifice, and secrets that can bind them forever or tear them apart.
Millicent Glenn is self-sufficient and contentedly alone in the Cincinnati suburbs. As she nears her ninety-first birthday, her daughter Jane, suddenly moves back home. Then Millie’s granddaughter shares the thrilling surprise that she’s pregnant. But for Millie, the news stirs heartbreaking memories of a past she’s kept hidden for too long. Maybe it’s time she shared something, too.
My dream of writing a book first took root in my twenties, and some forty years later, I've seen that dream come true. Millicent Glenn’s Last Wish—part historical fiction and part contemporary family drama—is my debut novel. I love stories that shift between the past and present. Maybe that’s because my family had five living generations upon my birth, and when my own grandchildren came along, my family had five living generations again. This experience has also given me a sense of what we observe in those who've come before us ... and what we pass down from one generation to the next.
Praise for Millicent Glenn’s Last Wish
“I loved this story. A meticulously crafted debut.”
—Lynn Cullen, bestselling author of The Sisters of Summit Avenue and Mrs. Poe
“Tori Whitaker explores the depths of mother-love with heart-wrenching honesty in this post–World War II story brimming with exceptional historical detail.”
—Susan Meissner, bestselling author of The Last Year of the War
“Tori Whitaker moves
deftly forward and back in time in a lyrical exploration of motherhood and longing, secrets and regrets, mistakes and, ultimately, absolution.”
—Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Never Have I Ever and The Almost Sisters
“This book broke my heart—and then stitched it back together again.”
—Colleen Oakley, author of You Were There Too
“I dare you to read without shedding a tear. Readers will think on these characters long after turning the last page.”
—Sarah McCoy, New York Times and international bestselling author of Marilla of Green Gables
“Tenderly told and full of heart, Millicent Glenn’s Last Wish is a deeply satisfying story that hooked me from the first page.”
—Lynda Cohen Loigman, bestselling author of The Wartime Sisters and The Two-Family House
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