The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy #1)
Published: 4th November, 2014
After a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual.
This year, it is my turn.
My name is Ivy Westfall, and my mission is simple: to kill the president’s son—my soon-to-be husband—and restore the Westfall family to power.
But Bishop Lattimer is either a very skilled actor or he’s not the cruel, heartless boy my family warned me to expect. He might even be the one person in this world who truly understands me. But there is no escape from my fate. I am the only one who can restore the Westfall legacy.
Because Bishop must die. And I must be the one to kill him…
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“Are you ready to go?” Bishop asks me. “I don’t think I can stand one more handshake.”
I’m as ready as I’ll ever be. Part of me wishes I could just kill him right here and now. Grab the knife off the cake table and bypass all the steps in between, jump straight to the final result.
“Yes,” I say. “I need to say good-bye to my family.”
Bishop nods and I breathe a sigh of relief when he doesn’t follow me. I want to say my farewells in private.
“Well,” I say, once I’m next to my father and Callie again. “This is it.”
“You can do this,” Callie says. Her hand grabs mine and squeezes until my bones grind together.
“He’s good looking. He seems nice enough.” Her sneering voice belies her words. “Just get through it. Get through tonight and tomorrow will be easier. I promise.”But how can she promise me that? She is not the one who has to go home to a strange house with a strange boy and let him…
My father catches my gaze. “Remember the plan,” he says, voice barely a whisper. “And remember I love you.”
I can count on one hand the number of times he’s said that to me. I don’t doubt his love, but a bitter, angry part of me I try hard to silence questions what that love is tied to—my obedience, my allegiance, my success? Will he still love me if I fail?
I nod, lips pressed together, because I’m not sure what will come out if I open my mouth.
About the Author
Amy Engel was born in Kansas and after a childhood spent bouncing between countries (Iran, Taiwan) and states (Kansas; California; Missouri; Washington, D.C.), she settled in Kansas City, Missouri, where she lives with her husband and two kids. Before devoting herself full-time to motherhood and writing, she was a criminal defense attorney, which is not quite as exciting as it looks on TV. When she has a free moment, she can usually be found reading, running, or shoe shopping. The Book of Ivy is her debut YA novel. Find her online at http://amyengel.net/ or @aengelwrites.
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