Lily by B.J. Bassett
iUniverse ~ 2011
About the book:
California, 1900-Nestled in the foothills of the northern California coast, the town of Laurel Springs is home to high-spirited Lily Blair, the daughter of Rev. William Blair. Lily delights in being spoiled by her grandmother and father, and even though she lost her mother to childbirth, she glories in life itself and continuously pushes the bounds of propriety.
Having her every whim indulged as a child leads to a tough road as an adult. Lily falls in love with James Conti and wants to marry him, but James heads off to fight in the Great War, leaving Lily alone and heartbroken. When her father wants to send her off to boarding school, Lily makes yet another rash decision and marries a man she does not love.
In the ensuing years, Lily endures hardship and loss, a sharp detour from the pampered existence she once enjoyed. Yet as Lily struggles to cope with these unexpected changes, she discovers just how powerful God's love and forgiveness can be. But will it be enough to get her through the darkest days yet to come?
Full of vivid historical detail, Lily is an emotional coming-of-age story that celebrates the strength of the human spirit.
Lily was a good novel that I enjoyed reading- although there were a few things I didn't like.
Because Lily Blain was so spoiled and self-centered, she was kind of annoying to read about and definitely not my favorite character - that would probably be James Conti.
There are a few curse words in Lily, including d*** and b****. Also, God's name was used at least once in a way that didn't seem to be talking to or about God, just saying His name - I really don't like when novels use God's name irreverently.
I liked the story, though, and found it to be interesting to read. Especially seeing all of the things Lily did to get her way and how some of them backfired. Some of the things Lily did I did not expect (I won't name them because I don't want to spoil the novel it you decide to read it).
While I wish there would have been a few more chapters (some things didn't seem finished), I am happy with the ending and how things turned out. Lily is a good novel that, aside from a few things, I enjoyed reading.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions express are my own.*