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Lily of the Valley (Jack's Story): A Flowering Novel [Kindle Edition]

Sarah Daltry
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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  • Length: 340 pages
  • Word Wise: Enabled
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Book Description

Jack’s story isn’t pretty. He’s suicidal, depressed, and he uses meaningless sex and alcohol to survive. However, the story is about finding light in the darkness, but sometimes the road there isn’t always easy to walk.

“No one tells you about pain. They tell you that it hurts, that sometimes it’s consuming. What they don’t tell you is that it’s not the pain that can kill you. It’s the uncomfortable numbness that follows, the weakness in your body when you realize your lungs may stop taking in air and you just can’t exert enough energy to care. It’s the way taste and color and smell fade from the world and all you’re left with is a sepia print of misery. That’s when the shift starts – the movement from passive to active. I fall asleep, hoping that the morning will bring back the pain. At least the pain is a thing.”

I’m a plague, a cancer. My mom is dead – and my father is in prison for it. I survived high school because college was my way out. I needed to escape, to get away from my family and the people who tortured me, but it hasn’t grown any easier.

I don’t pretend that I’m a good person. I drink far more than I should, and I use my best friend, Alana, because together, we thrive on destroying each other – as well as the parts of us we hate. I don’t believe in love, but sex is fun and it also makes me feel something.

The morning I see Lily, the beautiful princess who smells inexplicably like strawberries every time I see her, I realize I’m in trouble. I should hate her. I want to hate her, because the alternative terrifies me. However, as she continues to crash into my life (often literally), I can’t avoid feeling something that is the one thing I swore I would never feel. I can’t fall in love, because people like me don’t live in a world where love saves anyone.

She just won’t go away, though, and I don’t know if I can keep running. The voices and the darkness hover over me and they threaten to bring me back to the safety of my hate, but the stupid scent of strawberries lingers on the horizon, as something like hope.

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Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 757 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Publisher: SDE Press (6 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F5MN7H6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #141,616 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Sarah Daltry is a varied author, known best for the series, 'Flowering', a six-title series that explores the complexities of relationships, including how we survive the damage from our pasts with the support of those who love us. Although the books are not currently available, they will be reworked - and improved - in the next few months.

As a former English teacher and YA librarian, Sarah has always loved Young Adult literature and 'Dust', an epic fantasy novel where romance blends with the blood and grit of war, is her second official foray into YA, following the gamer geek romantic comedy, 'Backward Compatible'. Most of Sarah's work is about teens and college students, as it's what she knows well.

Sarah's passion in life is writing - weaving tales of magic and beauty. The modern and vast social networking world is an alternative universe that she makes infrequent trips to, but when she does, readers will find her attentive, friendly and happy to discuss the magic of stories and reading. Please stop by and say hello anywhere Sarah is online!

Sarah has moved back and forth between independent and traditional publishing. Her first novel, 'Bitter Fruits', is with Escape, an imprint of Harlequin Australia, and she signed with Little Bird Publishing in the spring of 2014.

Sarah has also written 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,' a reimagining of one of her favorite poems in a contemporary setting.

Keep up to date with any happenings on Sarah's blog. She is an obsessive Anglophile who spends more time watching BBC TV than any human being should. Find out more and read samples of Sarah's work at

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jack is dark but still hot 2 Oct. 2013
By Irene R
Format:Kindle Edition
If you haven't read Forget Me Not don't worry. Lily of the Valley takes place at the same time. Only it is in Jack's point of view. That being said I loved it just as much as I loved Forget Me Not.
We get to see what makes Jack tick. We get to learn more about his family and how he truly feels for Lily. Jack comes from a dark place and Lily is his light. Alana is there for support but she would follow Jack into the darkness quicker than you can say stop. Jack and Alana boy they sure do know how to tear each other apart but love one another in the way that they need at that time.
I have to say their relationship starts off rocky but then it smooth's out as they begin to learn about one another. Their sex if freaking awesome, I mean who wouldn't want to try what they did? I can't get enough of Jack.
I don't want to give too much away because if you haven't read either book then I might spoil it. I can tell you that Jack is in college when he meets Lily. Everyone makes the wrong impression of him. Yes he is a bad boy but he is a hard worker trying to get by like everyone else. I didn't go to college so in a way I got a glimpse of how it could have been. I highly recommend this book as well as Forget Me Not
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody brilliant 15 Sept. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Oh my. I am an emotional wreck after reading this book. It was so well writen it hurt. I was with Jack the whole time. I cried and laugh and everything in between.
This book is pure genius. You experience a hurricane of emotions during a storm of the past and present. It was developed in a way that drew me in, grabbed my heart and didnt let go.
One of the best reads I had this year.
Bloody brilliant
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE JACK! Give Me More! 9 Oct. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Have you ever just LOVED a character in a book, not just because they are sweet, rich, and handsome, along with all the other fantasy characteristics that we all love in our `Book Men'...but what about the characters that are REAL, they have real problems, real emotions, real life tendencies...these are my favorite kinds of characters and that is why I love Jack!

Lily of the Valley shows us the side of Jack that we did not get to see in Forget Me Not. We get to hear his point of view, how he feels about Lily and what is really going on in his life when Lily is not present. I fell in love with Jack even more in Lily of the Valley. Jack is a broken young man that thinks he is worthless and is incapable of being loved, so he thinks. However through Lily of the Valley we can see that Jack is so much more than a dark, bad-ass bass player; he is sweet gentle kind soul that wants to be loved as much as he wants to give into loving someone.

What I truly enjoyed about both Jack and Lily's stories is that the characters are real, they are struggling with real life issues that many people all over the world can relate too, such as depression, anxiety, happiness, sadness, anger, confusion, etc. I think that this story will touch a lot of lives and for those who have already read this story understand what I mean, most of us can relate to Jack in one form or another.
Okay and lets not forget the fact that the sex scenes are HOT & STEAMY! If I have not said this so many times in the past ~ READ THIS NOVEL, I promise it will not disappoint!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jack, Jack, Jack - read more about Jack :) 26 Sept. 2013
By Vampy
Format:Kindle Edition
Jack, vulnerable and lovable Jack. How dare people look at him and judge him - so rude!

This is the same storyline as Forget me not but from Jacks POV, so includes his friends, band members and co workers.

It's very emotion pulling read jack really struggles with life and his history and certain scenes in the book bought tears to my eyes.

Alanna is Jacks best friend with benefits, it's something they agree on but Alanna still wants more than Jack wants to give, which adds more pressure sometimes to Jack as he beats himself up over there relationship, and it really shows up his true colours, he has a warm heart.

Enter Lily and his world is turned upside down by the feelings he has for her.

This is a fab read, really enjoyable, it was great getting to know Jack better.

You could read this on its own, but Forget me Not is a great read too so would suggest reading that first.

Ps. They have lots of sex as new young adult love does!

I'm giving this a strong 4.5 Vampy and a Racey stars.

I received this book via the author for an honest review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So much more than hot sex 24 Sept. 2013
By Debbie
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
When I read the author's first book, I saw far more than hot sex. The characters came alive and while I didn't much care for Lily, Jack walked right off the page. So in this second book, we get inside Jack's head and the author lives up to the potential I saw. I didn't read this as erotica at all - I read this as using sex as a means of expression. It's the only way Jack knows of communication. I'm not entirely convinced that telling the same story from a different point of view works, but regardless of that, I loved this book and I can't wait to see what the author comes up with next. I'm really hoping she's brave enough and has captured enough people's hearts and minds with the quality of writing (and not just the sex) that she'll go on and write something bigger and deeper.
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5.0 out of 5 stars JACK! JACK! JACK! 1 Oct. 2013
By lisa
Format:Kindle Edition
I just finished reading Lily of the Valley and I loved the book. I like Jack so much because throughout the story he develops and starts to understand how life as a survivor can go on. He can be happy. He learns that life isn't always about the darkness. He finds his hope after he meets Lily. She shows him there is someone who can love him completely and he shows her true love. This book was such a wonderfully written love story about acceptance, hope, deep respect and love for one another. I enjoyed reading Jack's POV, and I feel, as a reader, I was able to see his soul and in the process, he touched and stole my heart.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars TERRIBLE - AND I MEAN REALLY BAD
Terrible book, mainly just sex based and not erotic sex either. It is also pretty depressing so do not waste your time and money. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jane Stockdale
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Maybe if I had read the 1st book I would have enjoyed this more, I didn't realise this was a 1.5 book and not the first. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Niccis book blog
5.0 out of 5 stars Sexy
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What an amazing book

If you want a sexy male, and a read with lots of sex in it then... Read more
Published 18 months ago by MARIA LAZAROU Obsessed by Books blog
5.0 out of 5 stars Lily of the Valley
Jack is so wrong and so right at the same time. I love reading this book from Jack's point of view, this book is well written and thoroughly enjoyed, you just have to read the... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Reets
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it
This book was very depressing through most of the story I felt everything Jack was feeling the story was really good though
Published 18 months ago by L duke
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow wow wow
Wow ,,,this book all the sex all the emotion , I can't wait to read to read Lilly's story I think that's next one I have in my library by Sarah Daltry, but wow she really knows... Read more
Published 20 months ago by lollyp
3.0 out of 5 stars Daring.
It's heavily based upon sex. Yes it has a lot of pain and loss but that is revealed clearly at the end. The main scenes are sexual.
Published 20 months ago by JSH
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Please give this book a go, as I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it, which I have already done to a few of my friends.
Published 20 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!!
I read this book after I had read Forget me Not and it was sooo much better! I kind of can't believe that it is the same author because the book is so different. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Teaney
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This review is for both books as I didn't want to wait to read everything from Jack,s perspective. These books were touching sexy and just very enjoyable, would love a follow on... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Fm
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