Thursday, July 7, 2011

Lilies in Moonlight by Allison Pittman

Rating: 5 Stars

Synopsis from the publisher: 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?

Review:   When I have a book by one of my favorite authors, I tend to put off reading it and just let it sit on my bookshelf for a time, while I anticipate the great story that lies within.  Allison Pittman is one of my favorite authors; and with the release of Lilies in Moonlight, she has hit another home run!  Once again she has crafted a well-written novel that drew me into a whimsical, yet meaningful story that I did not want to end.  As much as I wanted to proceed slowly, it's one of those books that kept me turning the pages for more until there were no more pages remaining!  Not only does Pittman have a way of bringing her characters to life, but she also has very original story-lines that are refreshing to read.  Set during the Roaring Twenties, Lilies in Moonlight  focuses on two individuals that seem to have very little in common.  Though living a life of wealth and privilege, Cullen Burnside is only a shadow of  the young man that he left behind before the war, and seemingly irrepressible Lily is really just searching for a place to belong.  I fell in love with each of the characters in this novel and experienced their emotions throughout the journey.  Betty Ruth, Cullen's mother, is such an endearing character that added dimension to the story.  While Lilies in Moonlight has its light and humorous moments, there is such depth and insight just beneath the surface. 

I know that I will continue to revisit Lilies in Moonlight in the future, and I eagerly anticipate Allison Pittman's next release, Forsaking All Others in October 2011. 

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