I’m inviting you to join me in 1960 rural North Carolina, where a fifteen-year-old girl named Ivy Hart wants only two things: to hold the tattered remnants of her family together and to one day marry and have children with the boy she’s loved since she was a little girl. I’d like you to see how hard she works on a tobacco farm to keep a roof over her family’s heads, and how the neighbor kids who are her friends on the farm cannot be her friends off the farm because they are black and she is white. I’d like you to feel what it’s like to know that your ability to have a family of your own could end in a heartbeat. I’d like you to see that Ivy is full of goodness and love.
And then I’d like you to join me in a well-to-do neighborhood in Raleigh, the capital city of North Carolina, where a twenty-two-year-old social worker named Jane wants only two things: to make her new husband happy and to work for a while before having her own family. I’d like you to imagine how she feels when she discovers that those two powerful longings are in opposition to each other. I’d like you to understand her humiliation when she needs her husband’s permission to get a prescription for birth control. I want you to see how hard she works to help people less fortunate than she is. I’d like you to see just how much she’ll risk to do what she believes is right. I’d like you to see that Jane is full of goodness and love.
I’m inviting you to see what happens when Ivy and Jane’s worlds collide.
Necessary Lies has already been available for a month in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, and the reader reviews have warmed my heart. I can’t wait to hear what my American and Canadian readers think of this story I’ve been dying to tell for years. Do let me know your thoughts, and remember that I love visiting book clubs via Skype and speakerphone. I hope to hear from you soon!