About the Book
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 like Lily as a person until the last 1/4 of the book, but I adored her as character. I suppose you can say it was an intriguing love-hate relationship. Lily is immature, materialistic, and an opportunist but beneath the Flapper veneer of liner, powder, and rouge, she is just a broken soul wanting to be love, cherished, and appreciated. It took a while to chip away and discover who the real Lily was because she changed her mask so effortlessly, which added to my fascination of the Flapper mindset and motivation.
I enjoyed how the point of views switched between Lily and Cullen because it revealed depth to their characters that each tried to conceal from the other. Cullen clearly loves Lily but I think Lily was more in love with the with Cullen she got the package deal of him and his mother, whom she loved as her own. Cullen’s heart is scarred just as much as his physical body and, above everything else, I wanted him to find the happiness that he deserved.
Lily wasn’t bombarded with religious overtures or persuasion; instead Betty Ruth ministered to her heart by demonstrating love and giving her words of encouragement. This sweet mentorship planted the seed for Lily’s spiritual journey of redemption.
At the end of the book Lily and Cullen still have a lot of obstacles to face, but the hardest decisions are behind them and they have the God’s strength to lean upon.
**review copy provided by the publisher**