You know how I love books with unforgettable characters - the kinds of people (men, women, and children) who stick with you long after the story is done. And Lily has done just that. She isn't famous. She doesn't have some kind of abnormal super powers. She doesn't even have an uber-cool job - she's a kindergarten teacher. (Though, come to think of it, that may take some super powers I don't have!)
Instead, Lily has a trial she must get through, and she does it like I would. What do I mean by that?
I mean that she doesn't do it very well at first. But, once she has wallowed for a while, she pulls up her big-girl britches and gets on with life, stumbling on occasion, doubting herself, willing to be introspective, putting herself out there, and eventually, succeeding. We see Lily struggle with relationships with her children, her husband, her brother, her parents, and her friends. We see her struggle with her own insecurities. But we also get to glory in her triumphs.
I love that Jill wrote a book that touched on sensitive topics like assault and addiction without reverting to stereotypes - and allowing us to feel, with Lily, the pains and victories associated with life when all appears to be unraveling.
I finished the book a week ago and still wake in the morning hoping that Lily is doing okay today. And, for me, that makes a great book.
A Life Unraveled is launching today, but I was lucky enough to read the ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) given to me by Jill Hannah Anderson. I hope you will all head over to Amazon and pick yourself up a copy. Here's why: I can't forget Lily.
Teri M Brown, author of Sunflowers Beneath the Snow, connects women with characters they'd love to invite to lunch.
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