The Hedgerow highlights life in 1949 and what it was like for women seeking a career path.

4-STAR REVIEW: THE HEDGEROW by Anne Leigh Parrish

The Description

Publication Date: July 9, 2024

It’s 1949, the freedom granted women by the Second World War is over, and stifling social conventions are once more at play. Edith Sloan, the rebellious, well-educated heroine of An Open Door returns in The Hedgerow to pursue her dreams of owning a thriving bookstore on Harvard Square and establishing a poetry press to publish the silent and underserved. Free of her dreary marriage to Walter, she receives a proposal from Henry, a wealthy British peer and the man who made the purchase of her bookstore possible. When she accepts, is it from love or gratitude? Will being his wife help or hinder her plans? Edith soon finds herself at the intersection of free expression and censorship. Duty competes with desire, while serious endeavors are undermined by trivial pursuits. As she tries to balance the competing demands in her life, troubling facts from Henry’s past come to light. Edith also discovers that being a pioneer in publishing comes with consequences she hadn’t foreseen. The decade draws to a close and delivers one more surprise Edith must summon extraordinary courage to face.

The Review

Leaving one failed marriage behind and poised to enter a new one, Edith Sloan tries to determine her path forward.

Anne Leigh Parrish’s The Hedgerow depicts an independent woman in 1949 who has big dreams about her bookstore.

Having not read the first book in the series, I felt a sense of disconnection from Edith and didn’t fully appreciate her as a character. I did appreciate her determination to become a book publisher.

Edith is on a search to find herself and make decisions about the future. Along the way, she encounters some unexpected surprises that cause her to change direction.

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About The AuthorAnne Leigh Parrish is the author of thirteen previously published books, including the novel A Summer Morning (October 2023) and poetry collection If The Sky Won’t Have Me (April 2023). Anne’s fourteenthThe Hedgerow (July 2024), is forthcoming from Unsolicited Press. She lives with her family amongst the evergreen trees in Olympia, Washington.



Amy Wilson
Amy Wilson
My name is Amy W., and I am a book addict. I will never forget the day I came home from junior high school to find my mom waiting for me with one of the Harlequin novels from my stash. As she was gearing up for the "you shouldn't be reading this" lecture, I told her the characters get married in the end. I'm just glad she didn't find the Bertrice Small book hidden in my closet. I have diverse reading tastes, evident by the wide array of genres on my Kindle. As I made the transition to an e-reader, I found myself worrying that something could happen to it. As a result, I am now the proud owner of four Kindles -- all different kinds, but plenty of back-ups! "Fifty Shades of Grey" gets high marks on my favorites list -- not for character development or dialogue (definitely not!), but because it blazed new ground for those of us who believe provocative fiction is more than just an explicit cover. Sylvia Day, Lexie Blake, and Kristin Hannah are some of my favorite authors. Speaking of diverse tastes, I also enjoy Dean Koontz, Iris Johansen, and J.A. Konrath. I’m always ready to discover new-to-me authors, especially when I toss in a palate cleanser that is much different than what I would normally read. Give me something with a well-defined storyline, add some suspense (or spice), and I am a happy reader. Give me a happily ever after, and I am downright giddy.


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The Hedgerow highlights life in 1949 and what it was like for women seeking a career path.4-STAR REVIEW: THE HEDGEROW by Anne Leigh Parrish