Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Lilies in Moonlight

From the back of the book: 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?

This is another book that I really enjoyed. It was fun getting to know each of the three main characters. I especially enjoyed Betty Ruth. The reader never quite knows what Betty Ruth will do next. Toward the end of the book the author had me a little worried about an idea that Betty Ruth presented. I was afraid the book was going to end in an unbelievable way, but Mrs. Pittman managed to pull away from the unbelievable and end in a satisfactory way. I was very glad that she did!

Mrs. Pittman also painted a very realistic picture of Lilly's background. The absence of grace and love in Lilly's growing up years is unfortunately common in many fundamental circles today. Lilly finds that the picture her mother painted of God is not accurate. Through the character of Lilly, Mrs. Pittman does a great job portraying true forgiveness. This is a great book to read! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Multnomah Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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