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 has never understood why her twin sister hates her so. Layla’s animosity stems from childhood, from their mother’s death twenty-seven years ago. But Lillian remembers nothing about that day. Why, if her mother’s death was an accident, does Lillian harbor guilt, as though she were somehow to blame?

Lillian discovers a thumb drive, marked for her eyes only, in her recently deceased father’s study. Graham’s account of his stormy relationship with her mother stirs long-suppressed memories and reveals information about Lillian’s past that sets her on a journey of self-discovery.

After a whirlwind courtship and fairy-tail marriage, Graham’s honeymoon with Ivy is short-lived. When tragedy strikes, Ivy sinks into the depths of despair, refusing to see anyone but childhood best friend, Alice. Resentful of the strange hold Alice has over his wife and discouraged by Ivy’s persistent despondency, Graham turns elsewhere for comfort, spawning events that forever alter the courses of their lives.

When the Alexander twins learn the family fortune is gone, the rift between Lillian and her sister deepens as Lillian fights to save her family’s ancestral on Charleston’s prestigious East Battery. Ghosts from the past resurface and truths are revealed, leading to a dramatic conclusion.

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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

Tangled in Ivy is an intriguing novel from beginning to end! Rooted in Southern family ties, set in Charleston, the unraveling of secrets is done through a diary left behind. Love abounds throughout this story through so many lives intertwined within the ivy that binds them together. A must read!

Jade, NetGalley

This is a fantastic book that kept me reading long past my bedtime. There are twists and turns and several truths uncovered that were shocking and I never saw coming. It’s a book about family, love, secrets and sisters. This is a southern fiction novel that you don’t want to miss.

Susan, 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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