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Monday, May 16, 2011

Lilies in Moonlight book review

Lilies in Moonlight, but Allison Pittman
Book cover synopsis:

"He’d lost his zest for life. She was just lost. Will they find the healing and love they long for?
After a roaring night on the town, fun-loving flapper Lilly Margolis, dazed and disoriented, twists her ankle and falls into the backyard of a wealthy family where the effects of the Great War—over for more than half a decade—are still endured. Inside the walls of the Burnside mansion, Cullen Burnside, a disillusioned and disfigured veteran, and his widowed mother, Betty Ruth, who daily slips a little further into dementia, lead a lonely existence … until Lilly. Whimsical, lighthearted, and beautiful, she rejuvenates their sad, disconnected lives and blossoms in the light of their attention.
But Lilly, like Cullen, is hiding from a painful past. And when Cullen insists on returning her to her faraway home, their budding attraction seems destined to die on the vine. The resulting road trip becomes a journey of self-discovery—but what will Cullen and Lilly find at journey’s end?"

I didn't love this book.  It kind of surprised me, actually, because I've liked all the other books I've gotten to review from WaterBrook Multnomah.  But that may just be me, since other reviews I've seen have sung praises.  
I had a hard time liking the heroine.  I finally warmed up to her by the end of the book, but that's mostly because I liked Cullen, our hero, and wanted him to be happy.  Perhaps that should be a lesson to me about seeing the best in people...Cullen obviously saw the best in Lilly, whereas I did not.  I will say Pittman's characters felt real, believable, vivid even.  I think she is a very good writer....I just didn't care for this book.  
I think the book is supposed to be about forgiveness and redemption, which I supposed it was; however it seemed a little lukewarm. 
I did find the author's descriptions of the 1920's very interesting though.  Her research seemed thorough.    
And that's all I have to say about that.  Better luck next time!
I give this book 2.5 out of 5 stars.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.   
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