Tangled in Ivy

Southern Family Dysfunction


Ashley Farley writes books about women for women.
Her characters are mothers, daughters, sisters, and

wives facing real-life issues.

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Tangled in Ivy

A story of true love that spans decades.

Lillian Alexander’s father is dying of cancer. When he rambles on in a morphine-delirium, Lillian can’t ignore the feeling he’s trying to tell her something. At his funeral days later, she encounters ghosts from her past who stir long-suppressed memories from the day her mother died twenty-seven years ago. Why, if her mother’s death was an accident, does Lillian harbor guilt, as though she were somehow to blame?

When Lillian and her twin sister, Layla, learn the Stoney family fortune is gone, Lillian fights to save her ancestral home on Charleston’s prestigious East Battery. Desperate to resolve her money problems and get answers to her questions about the past, she tears her father’s study apart in search of clues. She discovers a thumb drive in a hollowed-out hardback copy of For Whom the Bell Tolls. The thumb drive, marked For Lillian in his handwriting, contains her father’s memoir. Secluded in the family’s cottage on Wadmalaw Island, she immerses herself in her father’s account of his stormy relationship with her mother. What she learns sets her on a journey of self-discovery.

Escape to the South Carolina Lowcountry for a tale of tortured souls and southern family dysfunction.

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An absorbing fusion of a searing family drama with an unusual love story . . . But the story is endlessly intriguing, with enough plot turns that readers who predict one or two may still be surprised . . . The ending befits this realistic portrayal of love, family, and all the complications those two often engender.

Kirkus Reviews

The novel’s exploration of family dysfunction is gripping, the characters are well-drawn and the setting real. It manages to balance intrigue and revelations in a manner that is fulfilling and ultimately satisfying. Entertaining reading.

Reviewer, NetGalley

This is one of the most heartfelt, and Intriguing books I have ever read. It is beautifully written, and the characters are portrayed in a way they feel real.


Reviewer, NetGalley

WOW! Absolutely brilliant! A true southern story with family drama and a shocking reveal . . . I didn’t see that coming. 


Reviewer, NetGalley

Such a dazzling novel that pulls you in with its compelling characters and horrifying mystery and keeps you in its thrall until the final page. The writing sizzles with menace, and darkness. I absolutely loved it.

Amanda Mae

Reviewer, NetGalley

This book hits all the feels and bases, multigenerational, family drama, mystery/thriller, love, angst, and so much more . . . I predict this will be your new favorite too!


Reviewer, NetGalley

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