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Lily Love [Kindle Edition]

Maggi Myers
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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.

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About the Author

Maggi Myers is the celebrated author of the novel The Final Piece and the mother of two special-needs sons. Before beginning her career as a novelist, she studied social work and worked as a family resource coordinator. She was born in Iowa, raised in Miami, and currently resides in Annapolis, MD, with her family.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1608 KB
  • Print Length: 263 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477822429
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (24 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HDY0N1W
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #83,847 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I received a review copy of this book via Netgalley in return for an honest review..............

Lily is four years old and has an undiagnosed learning disability along with epilepsy and Caroline is learning how to cope with this, on a day to day basis. Her marriage has crumbled, her husband, Peter, has filed for divorce and her future seems uncertain. Until she meets a handsome stranger in the hospital coffee shop and suddenly there is light at the end of the tunnel.

This novel started with the details of Lily illness and the lead up to the disintegration of Caroline and Peter's marriage. Support comes from Caroline's friend, Max, who I would have liked to have read more about. He was a great character and yet the author brushes him aside the moment Caroline meets her stranger. This is a shame as he seemed to have more substance than the new guy. Peter, the ex-husband, does not really get a look in either and the reader has no idea how he feels about the whole break up or even what he does on a daily basis. The lack of physical descriptions also make it hard to connect with the individual characters, especially Lily. We learn very little about her as a person, only as a victim of her illness. There is very little dialogue between herself and her mother so the relationship is also hard to picture.
I think the author has written a love story, with Lily being a side effect. However, I believe had she approaches it from another angle, giving Lily more attention, and less on the over-described, inner voice of a woman falling in love, at breakneck speed, this could have been a very different novel.

Overall, not a bad book, but could have been so much more appealing, to me, with more focus on Lily and Peter and less on new love.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By Ismay1012 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Lily was the child Caroline and Peter had waited so long for. She was their dream come true, their perfect family, destined to be their treasured only child. Caroline had suffered a stroke during her delivery and had been advised not to have another child, although in the main she had made an almost complete recovery. They were so in love, so in tune and their life together as a family; life seemed just perfect.

When Lily started to toddle around the house she missed out the crawling stage and just heaved herself up to standing position and ran with joy. But at her developmental assessment Caroline was told some news that she was totally unprepared for. All of the minute signs that something was wrong had not warned her to prepare for this revelation. Lily was developmentally delayed; she had special needs and as yet, an undiagnosed condition. Caroline could not bring herself to disclose this information to Peter, she had to assimilate and come to terms with the news herself, but as Lily started to suffer disturbing epileptic fits and the truth was revealed so their marriage began to crumble.

With the help of her sister Paige and Max, who was a health care professional at the University Hospital where Lily received her support, Caroline struggled when she was served with divorce papers, slowly coming to terms that her marriage was over. Peter still wanted to be a big part in Lily’s life but he had been feeling shut out by Caroline’s remoteness and dedication to being the mother that Lily needed.

Caroline’s despair about the overwhelming responsibility she now had as a primary carer and the guilt that she carried with her about her inadequacies as a mother were crippling her.
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3.0 out of 5 stars THE MANY FACES OF LOVE 30 July 2014
By Red Rock Bookworm TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
There are all sorts of love - the love you have for your child, the love you share with your significant other, the special love that sibling's share, the love that grows from chance encounters and the fleeting love of caring strangers who come in and out of your life. With LILY LOVE author Maggi Myers has touched on all of the above as she takes the reader on a voyeuristic journey into the life of a woman dealing with a special needs child while simultaneously attempting to find some peace and comfort in her own life.

Since this book explicitly details the daily challenges faced by a woman with a special needs child and since Ms. Myers other novel THE FINAL PIECE also deals with the same subject matter and also because her novel's dedication page contains the same message as the one penned by Lily's mother Caroline in her novel, I am fairly certain that either Ms. Myers or a close friend or family member does indeed have a special needs child that has provided the author with an up close and personal view of struggles and obstacles confronting all caregivers.

Ms. Myers must also be a pop music enthusiast hence her use of various appropriate song titles as the headings for each and every chapter (she even devotes two pages at the end of the book to recognizing the recording artists who made each ditty a hit).

There are a few instances early in the book where Caroline's angst over her daughter's situation and her somewhat selfish need to be Lily's one and only caregiver, the trauma of her divorce from Peter, and her self-imposed guilt trip take on a maudlin and mawkish tone but Ms. Myers manages to regroup, diverting her protagonist and re-directing her onto a more positive path. This is a graphic illustration of overcoming the hurdles that confront each of us before we learn to accept and appreciate how mysterious and beautiful life really is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it what a good gripping story could not put ...
Loved it what a good gripping story could not put it down. Want spiol it for others by going into detail read it and you won't be disappointed.
Published 15 days ago by janet sands
5.0 out of 5 stars Very refreshing, captivated from beginning to end shall read ...
Very refreshing, captivated from beginning to end shall read more of her books. Different from anything I have read before.
Published 2 months ago by val dobson
5.0 out of 5 stars Too descriptive
I enjoyed the story line of the book and the characters were likeable and realistic. I thought there was a lot of unnecessary descriptions, which were just there to bulk out the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mme turk
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A well written story which I found very moving and I had a job to put it down
Published 3 months ago by W M Young
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Rather diaappointing. I expected a book about a child with special needs and most of the book seemed to be about her mother's romance- not quite what I expected.
Published 3 months ago by Judy Moss
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
enjoyed the different twist within the book well worth a read
Published 3 months ago by CHRISTINE BRIGGS
4.0 out of 5 stars lots of feeling
I found it very good it was wrote with feeling and thought I enjoyed it very much.
Published 3 months ago by ronald wasden
4.0 out of 5 stars Different to what I expected!
I was expecting this book to be much more about Caroline's life in dealing with her disabled daughter Lily. Read more
Published 3 months ago by MD
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Didn't really grab me but not the worst !
Published 8 months ago by Julie M Hosty
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay
Story OK but I thought it went on too long in some areas.
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