I love Holly’s work so much. She has created maps for Lilac Girls and Lost Roses and this is her final one, for Sunflower Sisters, the last book about the Woolsey-Ferriday family. Since the book is not out yet–the pub date is March 30th– here’s a bit of context. There are three main characters: Georgeanna Woolsey, Caroline Ferriday’s great aunt, who aspired to being a nurse during the Civil War, wealthy Anne-May Watson, owner of Peeler Plantation, and Jemma, an enslaved young woman who suffers unimaginably at the hands of Anne-May and her overseer.
The map shows Jemma’s world–Peeler Plantation, based on the actual Sotterley Plantation, located in Hollywood, Maryland, a former tobacco plantation now a museum. It features Anne-May’s house, the cabin where Jemma and her family live, and several of the outbuildings like the smoke house where important scenes in the book take place. The fictitious Ambrosia Plantation next door is where Jemma’s twin sister Patience is enslaved, harvesting indigo.
It’s the end of an era but I hope it provides a sense of place for when you’re reading the book, a little sneak peek into Jemma’s life at the fictional Peeler Plantation.
I have loved both books and eagerly look forward to March for sunflower sisters. It was March 2019 just before pandemic panic arrived when I was at the tea in Saratoga where Ms. Kelly spoke about Lilacs and Roses. I pray for another visit to share her wonderful presence for Sunflowers. Waiting patiently for the copy my daughter ordered for my birthday gift!
That was such a fun event, Connie, wasn’t it, in Saratoga? Feels like forever ago. I hope you enjoy Sunflower Sisters…not long to wait now! (What a nice daughter you have.)
I can’t wait to come to Saratoga again…that was such a fun event!