Inspired by real, hundred-year-old love letters.

My great-grandmother's name is bold across the cream envelope, now golden at the seams with age. I can't remember the last time I’ve seen graceful, purposeful handwriting with a fountain pen and not the hasty scrawl of ballpoint.

Alice Hirshhorn, Astoria Hotel, Seattle Washington.

“Letters to Great-grandma Alice,” I say with wonder, tracing my fingers over the faded postmark and foreign stamps.

December 1915. Philippine Islands.

I turn the thick envelope in my palm, slide out the tightly folded pages, and unfold the thin paper, taking care not to tear the letters that were important enough to keep for a century.

My dearest Alice

“Great-grandpa was in the Philippines?” I ask.

“Oh no. Not your great-grandfather,” answers Grammie, her eyes twinkling with her mother’s secrets. “Elliott.”


At thirty-three and with her future unclear, Ali Waller finds her way home again. A box of long-forgotten love letters written to her great-grandmother holds the unlikely key to Ali finding her new path.

As she tracks down the letter writer and his descendants, Ali learns the magic of love, hope, and resilience.

Told by three characters, and across century and an ocean, Genealogy is an enchanting story about love and loss, taking chances, and embracing the surprises that life brings.


Genealogy contains a discussion guide, making it a perfect selection for book clubs. A printable version of the discussion guide is available at

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    Genealogy Reviews

  • Mary

    I received an earc for free to base my review on. Thank you so much for the opportunity Mae.I have to say I loved reading this book. There are a few POV's throughout the novel that takes us from Ali, ...

  • E.S. Carter

    Mae Wood has crafted a beautiful masterpiece that spans oceans and generations. It touches on war and loss, love and life, and hopes and dreams. It weaves its way effortlessly through timelines to cre...

  • Melanie Moreland

    Joy, heartbreak, and love captured in ink. Letters of a bygone era, when words promised and beckoned. The background which leads into Ali and Ben’s story was nothing short of magical for me. I loved...

  • Beth ~ Panda & Boodle

    IT'S LIVE.•Sometimes love burns slowly like a smoldering coal and sometimes it’s a flaming forest fire.It’s nearly impossible to properly measure the effect Mae Wood’s Genealogy had on my hear...

  • Theresa Smith

    Inspired by the real 100 year old love letters belonging to the author’s great-grandmother, Genealogy is a moving story of love, missed opportunities and destiny in action.‘Come with me, Alice. St...

  • Jane super booklover📚

    Loved it. Its not my genre but i read it for a challenge and really liked it. It reads fast and its sweet and loving and it doesnt drags it was really good!...

  • ItaPixie

    Genealogy was an interesting and intriguing book,slightely different from what I usually read.I have to be honest it was a slow read for me at the beginning but after a few chapters I changed my mind...

  • Jodi

    This story encompasses so many genres, it's hard to categorize it. It's difficult to explain what you'll feel and the experiences you'll get when you read it. History blends with romance. It is fictio...

  • Missie M

    I literally could not put this book down and read it straight through from start to finish. The love stories (yes more than one) combined together made this book instantly one of my favorites! The tra...

  • Shelly Reynolds

    "Marry me. Because when the ground gives way under my feet again, I don't want to have been the man who sent you pink roses, too afraid to buy the red ones that I wanted to give you."This was my first...