Story Plant hardcover

ISBN: 978-1-61188-223-0

Fiction Studio Books e-book

ISBN: 978-1-943486-81-6

Publication date: April 19, 2016

288 pages

Zoe Rutherford wasn't sure what she was expecting when she returned to Sullivan's Island. The house on Sullivan's hadn't represented home to her in decades. It was the place where she endured her father's cruelty. It was the place where her mother closed herself off from the world. It was the place where her sister disappeared. But now that her parents are gone, Zoe needs to return to the house, to close it down and prepare it for sale. She intends to get this done as quickly as possible and get on with her life, even though that life seems clouded by her past, both distant and recent. But what she discovers when she gets there is far beyond her imagining and will change her in profound ways.

The Girl Who Stayed is a remarkable exploration of the soul by a writer with a rare talent for reaching into the hearts of her characters and her readers, a novel of transformation that will leave you moved and breathless.


The Girl Who Stayed 

Tanya Anne Crosby

“A beautifully written, page-turning novel packed with emotion.”

– #1 New York Times bestselling author Barbara Freethy


“Thought provoking, emotionally engaging and filled with psychological twists…. If you enjoy contemporary fiction, this is a book you’ll certainly enjoy.”
– Queen of All She Reads

“I couldn’t stop reading. The Girl Who Stayed is a compelling and enjoyable read.”
– Book by Book


“A really great read – it was entertaining, suspenseful and tragic all at once.”
– Ms. Nose in a Book


“A gripping, multi-layered story.”
– Laura’s Reviews


The Girl Who Stayed is a girl who will stay with you.”
– Worth Getting in Bed For


“The ending surprised me and made the book memorable for me. If you enjoy suspenseful novels with a lot of depth, this is the book for you!”
– Palmer’s Page Turners


The Girl Who Stayed is a raw, sometimes gut wrenching, emotional read. Powerful and compelling.”
– CMash Reads

“The ending was brilliant. The dramatic tension soared in the last section, building to a completely unguessable and unforeseen twist which grips the reader and completely holds your attention until the very very last page.”

“I thought this book was incredible, it was heart-pounding, intense, and really bittersweet.”
– Comfy Reading

“A captivating novel of new beginnings. Beautifully rendered and quite atmospheric, this poignant yet ultimately uplifting story will stay with readers long after the last page is turned.”
– Book Reviews and More


“This book is really good. Really really good.”
– Good Girl Gone Redneck

The Girl Who Stayed is a deeply moving story. I am fascinated by the concept and by Tanya Crosby's stunning storytelling.”

– Stella Cameron, New York Times bestselling author


The Girl Who Stayed defies type. Crosby’s tale is honest and sensitive, eerie and tragic. It’s a homecoming tale of a past ever with us and irrevocably lost forever. A haunting vision of that chasm between life and death we call ‘missing.’”

– Pamela Morsi, bestselling author of Simple Jess


“An intense, mesmerizing Southern drama about a young woman who returns to her coastal home to put to rest the haunting ghost of her sister’s tragic past. Told in the rich, lyrical style of Siddons and Conroy, The Girl Who Stayed is a woman’s story of discovery and acceptance, redefined by Tanya Anne Crosby’s dramatic storytelling, sharp characters, and well-defined plot. A must read for any woman who believes she can never go back home. Fabulous, rich and evocative!”

New York Times


Tanya Anne Crosby is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-five novels. She has been featured in magazines, such as People, Romantic Times and Publisher's Weekly, and her books have been translated into eight languages. Her first novel was published in 1992 by Avon Books, where Tanya was hailed as "one of Avon's fastest rising stars." Her fourth book was chosen to launch the company's Avon Romantic Treasure imprint. Known for stories charged with emotion and humor and filled with flawed characters, Tanya is an award-winning author, journalist, and editor, and her novels have garnered reader praise and glowing critical reviews. In 2013, she penned her first romantic suspense novel, Speak No Evil, which appeared on the USA Today list. The Girl Who Stayed brings her full circle to work with Lou Aronica, President and Publisher of The Story Plant, who first published Tanya at Avon Books. Tanya and her writer husband split their time between Charleston, SC, where she was raised, and northern Michigan, where the couple make their home.