Lily Love by Maggi Myers
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.
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.
Reading Lily Love had me living through Caroline’s struggles and trials of accepting and moving forward with having a child with special needs. The communication between Lily and Caroline took my breath away it was so heartwarming. I found myself missing Lily throughout the middle of the book, but understood Caroline’s need to care for and love herself again. This is a journey of self-discovery and understanding for Caroline that she can’t hold back anymore. This story is inspiring and real as I found myself crying during touching and sometimes difficult times on Caroline and Lily’s journey. Peter made a huge turn around for me, where I was first bitter regarding his actions and them warmed by his protection for his daughter (Lily) and Caroline. Tate has a beautiful heart and you can see how he and Caroline got together perfectly, almost too perfectly. Some of the lines he said to Caroline seemed kind of corny, yet we’re cute at the same time. I also found myself missing Max (Caroline’s friend). I thought he played a large role in helping Caroline look at herself through less foggy eyes and shortly after Caroline met Tate, he was gone. So I would’ve liked to have seen more of his continued involvement in Caroline & Lily’s journey. This was a great family and love story. Give this a try!! Rating: 4 stars