Amy Engel is the author of the YA novels THE BOOK OF IVY and THE REVOLUTION OF IVY. She lives in Missouri with her family. THE ROANOKE GIRLS is her first novel for adults.
Born: Kansas, United States
No one controls who we turn into but us.
I just want to be with you. Walk next to you, Ivy, wherever you're headed. That's all.
Is it still manipulation if you know it's happening, but it works anyway?
I’ve grown accustomed to the stars above my head as I sleep, the ache in my muscles as we walk the land. The freedom that comes with defining your world instead of letting it define you.
The scars are just something that happened to me. They aren't me. Not anymore.
I'm not sure how we got to this place, where a girl's only value is in what kind of marriage she has, how capable she is of keeping a man happy.
Are you happy, Ivy?' he asks, surprising me.
In my whole life, I don't think anyone ever asked me that question.
You don't stop loving someone just because they disappoint you.
Often, when I am able to check out a book, I read it a dozen times before returning it, desperate to remain lost in the magic of someone else's story.
Maybe I’ll be okay. Maybe I’ll make it to the ocean.
I want to be someone strong and brave enough to make hard choices. But I want to be fair and loving enough to make the right ones.
He didn’t save me, though. He allowed me the freedom to save myself, which is the very best type of rescue.