FROM THE PUBLISHER
Ivy Walcott is a midwife. She understands the mysteries of birth, the wonder of babies--yet she doesn't know if she's ever had a baby. Because Ivy only remembers the last ten years of her life.
Then, unexpectedly, she learns that her real name is Gina Till. As Gina, she went missing from a West Virginia town and showed up in Colorado with no idea how she got there.
She goes back to Cullen Till, the husband she can't remember, and their daughter, Gabriela. She begins to discover that Gina Till did things Ivy Walcott doesn't like. And she falls in love with Cullen, the man she's still married to--the man whose heart she broke all those years agoà.
This novel is about Ivy, a midwife from the boondocks of West Virginia who turns up in Colorado with complete amnesia and no ID. She is "adopted" (as an adult) by a midwife named Francesca, who already has a daughter who is a young midwife. This book is the story of Ivy's discovery of her lost identity and reunion with her husband, Cullen, in West Virginia and their 12-year-old daughter, Gabriela. Gabriela starts out committed to becoming a ballerina, but by the end of the book she is considering becoming a midwife someday.
The type of amnesia Ivy (whose original name was Gina) has is defined as utterly, irreversibly permanent. Although Ivy does discover some things about her past, not all of her (and our) questions are answered by the end of the book. Ivy's in-laws are a pack of semi-dysfunctional adults, enmeshed in a variety of relationships to each other. Much of the book deals with their problems and Ivy's attempts to help them make sense of their lives.