Friday, May 20, 2011
Review: Lilies in Moonlight
Allison Pittman brings us the story of Lilly Margolis, a flapper in limbo in life, religion, and personality. Lilly has walked away from her mother's home and her mother's hellfire and brimstone philosophies. She has embraced a lifestyle of short hair, short dresses, and short relationships. If you could even call them relationships, usually she just flirts with men to see what she can get out of them. Her job as a door to door saleslady isn't going so well until she meets Betty Ruth. Her brief encounter with Betty Ruth changes her direction and when she is found literally down on her luck Betty Ruth rescues her. Well actually Betty Ruth's son Cullen rescues her but not without hesitation. Cullen could use a little rescuing himself. Although once he played major league baseball, now he lives with severe burns all over half of his body from serving in the war. He runs his deceased father's business although he prefers to stay behind the scenes as much as possible.
This unlikely group of people living in one house leads to some tense and some funny situations. Betty Ruth is lovable and full of God's love but is suffering from dementia. Cullen is rude and lacking in relationship skills because of his outward appearance. Lilly isn't sure how to handle either of them but since she doesn't have any other place to go, she is hanging on to her spot in the house as hard as she can. Eugenie the maid doesn't hide her disdain for Lilly's "modern woman" ways.
Lilies in Moonlight will keep you holding your breath to the end. You will alternately love and dislike every character in the book. The end is a surprise to the very end! Each time you thing you've figured it out, the storyline changes! It's a fun fiction read and a step back into time. Allison Pittman has done a spectacular job!
I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah for the purpose of this review. All statements and opinions are my own.