By Maggi Myers
Publisher: Amazon and Lake Union Publishing
Publication Date: 6/24/14
My Rating: 4 Stars
Caroline used to have it all: she was madly in love with her husband, Peter, and they worshiped their beautiful baby girl. But as Lily grows into a toddler, Caroline notices that her daughter seems to live and act with a disconnect, and soon the perfect future Caroline had envisioned, along with her marriage, begin to crumble.
Now she and Peter are no longer lovers, they’re plaintiffs in the throes of divorce while still struggling to care for Lily. After years of blame and overwhelming despair, Caroline’s chance encounter with a stranger at University Hospital opens her eyes to the prospect of accepting new support, new loves, and new dreams.
From the acclaimed author of The Final Piece comes a story of a family broken and unable to cope with a daughter’s disability. And a mother who finds that letting go of the life she imagined may be the only way to get to the life she was meant for.
A special thank you to Lake Union/Amazon Publishing,and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Maggi Myers's LILY LOVE, is a poignant story of losing something, in order to realize how mysteriously beautiful life can be! A powerful novel about the power of love. When you are at the end of your rope, sometimes God brings a ray of hope in our lives, which makes life worth living! A fast-paced, poignant novel of loss, love, hope and self-discovery. Set in North Carolina, LILY LOVE begins with Caroline, at Duke Hospital, a woman who has desperately waited, her entire life to be a mother. Caroline has a mini stroke while delivering (predclampsia). Now she will be unable to have any more children, and has weakness in one hand/arm due to the stroke. Later, at eighteen months, she and husband, Peter receive the painful news, their beautiful daughter Lily, has a development disability. After so many years of struggling with infertility, they have finally gotten their happy ending – or have they?
Quote: “We’ve been conditioned to believe that things always have a way of working themselves out and that happily ever after is within our reach, if we just work hard enough. The truth is that none of us are immune to tragedy. No matter how hard you work, no matter how good you are, life isn’t obligated to give you a fairy-tale ending.”