Ivy Lee’s Rue is a novel about a warm, compassionate, and joyous woman who, when her life took a tumultuous turn, found herself at a crossroads, and was unable to make decisions for herself. This life altering “condition” forced her to give up the only thing she loved that brought her peace, moments of clarity, and immense joy. Although the circumstances of Ivy Lee’s life were not ideal, Ivy Lee made an ultimate sacrifice. She held some hope at the cliff of the psychological madness that would consume her throughout her life. The one thing that she loved ran so deep, but long kept family secrets and hushed decisions kept it close at heart, but just out of reach.