Purple Trees

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Lonely Lily Phelps is orphaned and in debt at seventeen. Her dark, hidden past causes her to see ghosts. This scared, naïve girl must grow up fast if she is to find work, happiness, and build a future, but the weight of the past threatens everything she loves. Because of her terrible secret, Lily must protect her family from the worst danger of all – herself. More

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About Ursula Wong

Ursula is a retired engineer who writes gripping stories about strong women struggling against impossible odds to achieve their dreams. Her work has appeared in Everyday Fiction, Spinetingler Magazine, and the popular Insanity Tales anthologies.

Her award-winning novel, Purple Trees, exposes a stark side of rural New England life in the experiences of a young woman who struggles for normalcy despite a vicious and hidden past. After losing her parents, Lily Phelps grows up fast to find work and build a future, but her secrets threaten every one she loves, and even her very life.

Ursula taps her Eastern European heritage in her WW II novel, Amber Wolf. Destitute after her parents are taken by Russian soldiers, young Ludmelia Kudirka joins the farmers fighting for freedom in a David-and-Goliath struggle against the mighty Soviet war machine.

For more about Ursula and her prize-winning flash fiction stories, visit her Reaching Readers Blog on http://ursulawong.wordpress.com.

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Review by: Vlad V. on April 17, 2014 :
Purple Trees is a story about a young girl who loses both her parents at a young age. Forced to fend for herself, Lily is in too deep, and she finds herself in financial trouble, surrounded by people she’s not sure she can trust. Some seem reliable, but others …

Relationships aren’t her forte either, but in order to satisfy her deceased father’s wish for her to marry and settle down, Lily ventures out into a world she is ill-equipped to navigate, encountering a variety of struggles that force her to look deep into herself. Sometimes she wins, and sometimes she loses, but the stress is too great, and soon she starts to see ghosts … or is she losing her mind?

At times sad, poignant, disturbing and amusing, this tale set in the rural New England of yesteryear is coupled with the stark, beautiful background of farming life, creating a compelling atmosphere in which to explore the grittiness of a life uncensored. Wong doesn’t pull any punches when dealing with family issues, so I’d say this book is not for the faint of heart. However, Lily’s struggles, family life, and the dark secret that defines her make for compelling reading.
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