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307 E. Lake St.

Petoskey, MI 49770

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Wednesday, July 22nd at 6:00pm join us for an event with Wade Rouse to celebrate the release of his latest book, The Heirloom Garden.

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We are thrilled to welcome Wade Rouse back to McLean & Eakin on Wednesday, July 22nd at 6:00pm to celebrate the release of his latest Viola Shipman novel, The Heirloom Garden. This is a free event at the store, reservations are requested. to RSVP please call us at 231-347-1180, email us at events@mcleanandeakin.com or through Facebook or Eventbrite.

In her inimitable style, Viola Shipman explores the unlikely relationship between two very different women brought together by the pain of war, but bonded by hope, purpose...and flowers. Iris Maynard lost her husband in World War II, her daughter to illness and, finally, her reason to live. Walled off from the world for decades behind the towering fence surrounding her home, Iris has built a new family...of flowers. Iris propagates her own daylilies and roses while tending to a garden filled with the heirloom starts that keep the memories of her loved ones alive. When Abby Peterson moves next door with her family--a husband traumatized by his service in the Iraq War and a young daughter searching for stability--Iris is reluctantly yet inevitably drawn into her boisterous neighbor's life, where, united by loss and a love of flowers, she and Abby tentatively unearth their secrets, and help each other discover how much life they have yet to live.

With delightful illustrations and fascinating detail, Viola Shipman's heartwarming story will charm readers while resonating with issues that are so relevant today.

VIOLA SHIPMAN is a pen name for Wade Rouse, a popular, award-winning memoirist. Rouse chose his grandmother’s name, Viola Shipman, to honor the woman whose charm bracelet and family stories inspired him to write his debut novel, which is a tribute to all of our elders. Rouse lives in Michigan and writes regularly for People and Coastal Living, among other places, and is a contributor to All Things Considered.

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