1920s Historical Fiction
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 liked this book so much because it shows what acceptance and noncommittal friendship can blossom into: trust and caring. I really liked the character, Betty Ruth, with her physical body impairment, she gave out of childlike affection, the kind of love we all desire. To be accepted and cared for, someone we can trust with who we are. And Cullen, with his physical body impairment, was eventually able to be received and come out of hiding to find his true self.
Lilly! Our heroine! Despite her flaws, shines! Lilly is a go-getter. She is humorous in her innocence of societal protocol. Lilly is Lilly. She is unassuming and takes life in fully. She seems gullible though thinking she can dazzle others. I liked Lilly's overcoming defeats in her life. She is drawn by real love she has never known before. Allison Pittman has brought to light generational forgiveness that frees us in the present.
Read the first two chapters of Lilies in Moonlight here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/52598445/Lilies-in-Moonlight-by-Allison-Pitman-Chapter-1-Excerpt
Another fun thing I enjoyed was the "placards" like the kind placed in Vaudeville to show change of action. This was a very novel idea! Allison Pittman has a winner here, in her Lilies in Moonlight.