Upon Stella Rose’s death, her best friend, Abby, moves to rural Vermont to take care of her sixteen-year-old daughter, Olivia. But Abby struggles to connect with Olivia, and she soon finds guardianship of a headstrong teenager daunting beyond her wildest misgivings. Despite her best efforts, and the help of friends old and new, she is unable to keep Olivia from self-destruction. As Abby’s journey unfolds, she grapples with raising a grieving teenager, realizes she didn’t know Stella as well as she thought and discovers just how far she will go to save the most precious thing in her life.
This is a debut novel for Tammy, who works full-time as an international coffee trader. She has been telling stories all her life, refining her skills at age ten through marathon tag-team storytelling with her best friend, honing her craft through decades of business writing, and ultimately finding joy in extracurricular creative writing. She has published short stories in Your Teen Magazine, Blue Ocean Institute’s Sea Stories, and Route 7 Literary Journal.
It’s no surprise Tammy’s first novel, STELLA ROSE, features enduring friendships among women. She has spent much of her personal life and career helping women see their potential. In 2009, she received the Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition’s Pioneering Woman Award for coaching and mentoring women in the workplace.