Willa’s Grove

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What to expect

You are invited to the rest of your life.

Three women, from coast to coast and in between, open their mailboxes to the same intriguing invitation. Although leading entirely different lives, each has found herself at a similar, jarring crossroads. Right when these women thought they’d be comfortably settling into middle age, their carefully curated futures have turned out to be dead ends.

The sender of the invitation is Willa Silvester, who is reeling from the untimely death of her beloved husband and the reality that she must say goodbye to the small mountain town they founded together. Yet as Willa mourns her losses, an impossible question keeps staring her in the face: So now what?

Struggling to find the answer alone, fiercely independent Willa eventually calls a childhood friend who happens to be in her own world of hurt—and that’s where the idea sparks. They decide to host a weeklong interlude from life, and invite two other friends facing their own quandaries. Soon the four women converge at Willa’s Montana homestead, a place where they can learn from nature and one another as they contemplate their second acts together in the rugged wilderness of big sky country.

Critics Review

  • “So what’s next? That’s the big question in the fiction debut from memoirist Munson…Readers will be able to relate to the themes of female friendship and personal growth.”

  • “This novel is intended to be an inspirational story, and it delivers. Many women readers will find themselves represented by one or more of the characters…Men, too, can learn from the characters’ experiences. They might come to understand the women in their own lives better, as well as find their own secret anxieties represented and tackled through the story…Willa’s Grove offers a pathway to writing one’s own new story.”

    New York Journal of Books
  • Willa’s Grove is an easy read with a captivating premise: what happens when four women, each in a mid-life crisis, gather for a week in rural Montana to ponder the answer to the question: so now what?”

    San Francisco Book Review
  • “Women have always searched for community during life’s critical crossroads, but it’s the rare novel that nails the tone and tempo of what it feels like to embed with kindred spirits and share stories, joys, and fears from the heart. Every reader will relate to this beautiful story in powerful and personal ways. I cherished my time with Willa’s Grove, sitting in this circle of women who, by the end, felt like best friends.”

    Lee Woodruff, #1 New York Times bestselling author
  • “This is the novel we need right now. Willa’s Grove is an affirmation of creativity, sisterhood, and the power of belonging. The simple act of taking care of one another moves mountains. Don’t tell anyone, but I think Laura Munson might have just made me a better person.”

    Chelsea Cain, New York Times bestselling author of Heartsick and others
  • “I love this wonderful novel about women, friendship, and our deep-rooted need for community. Laura Munson has created a memorable and deeply relatable character in Willa Silvester. You’ll want to give this book to your best friend the minute you finish reading it.”

    Ann Leary, New York Times bestselling author of The Good House

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