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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written story full of insight and empathy
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars THE MANY FACES OF LOVE
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...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written story full of insight and empathy, 24 Jun. 2014
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This review is from: Lily Love (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. One day a stranger made a small move to help her by bringing over to her the coffee that she had left on the counter of the café. He was sympathetic and carrying worry of his own. They meet accidentally a few times and gradually Caroline came to trust him and accept his support and with this she is enabled to accept her new live and move forward, determined to build a new life for herself and Lily.

Maggi Myers has written a gentle and compassionate novel about acceptance, trust, love and redemption. Herself a mother of two sons with special needs, her characterisation of Caroline is perfect, her own experiences and empathy a guiding light. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and especially loved the story wrap.
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3.0 out of 5 stars THE MANY FACES OF LOVE, 30 July 2014
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This review is from: Lily Love (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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3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better if approached from different angle, 13 July 2014
This review is from: Lily Love (Paperback)
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. The writing was full of great descriptive passages, but they were a bit repetitive. Looking at other reviews, other readers have really like this book so please read their reviews to get a balanced viewpoint.
I would like to mention the cover as an afterthought. Just stunning.
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1.0 out of 5 stars poor, 15 Aug. 2014
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Didn't enjoy this at all kept reading thinking it would get better! But no good idea for a story but poor ending
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 16 July 2014
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Brilliant, kept me wanting more, but had to keep stopping to recover my composure! theres hope for everyone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable story with a lot of meaning to it ..., 18 July 2014
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An enjoyable story with a lot of meaning to it, giving an insight into caring for a special needs child.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars don't bother, 3 July 2014
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Awful, sickly sweet, had to force myself to read to the end. Not sure how this got such positive reviews.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Was not disappointed at all, 9 Sept. 2014
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Brought this book because it was on offer. Was not disappointed at all.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 27 July 2014
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A good read but wld have liked to hear more on Lily's progress.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay, 9 Sept. 2014
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Story OK but I thought it went on too long in some areas.
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