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on Oct. 17, 2012 :
I grabbed this book awhile back after getting a free download code for it, if you can believe it, off a radio show. My good friend, Alexandra Anthony, was on & Carole was another guest author. So, I downloaded it & loaded it to my iPad & there it sat.
I was in the mood for something different from the normal genres I read & while perusing my iBooks, the cover caught my eye. I am so glad I stopped to read it. Lily of the Springs is a fantastic read. It was heartwarming, funny, heart wrenching and so many other emotions. It tells the story of Lily, a teenager growing up in rural Kentucky (where I live now!) & her struggles to overcome the standards that were set for women back in the 50′s & 60′s. She married to an abusive with the man she thought she loved, who can only show any kind of real emotion towards her after he has hit her.
Most of the chapters start with a recipe & I recognized a lot of them, as my neighbor (who grew up here) makes them for my family from time to time. After talking to her & reading the book, it was amazing how much I related to the Kentucky of that time.
It is a deeply moving story & I was hooked from the opening line: “I knew my marriage was in trouble the night my husband brought home a streetwalker to teach me how to satisfy him.”
If you are looking for a read that you will never forget, one that will touch your heart & soul, this is it.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on July 23, 2012 :
I discovered the author on a Facebook promotional page for writers and as soon as I saw the book had been released as an e book I grabbed a copy. I absolutely loved this story. From the first page I was hooked; drawn in by the characters and the scene setting and the wonderful feeling of stepping back in time to seemingly innocent days. However, not so innocent for poor Lily who falls for the local bad boy. Pregnant, she's rushed into marriage to the reluctant Jake and is forced to live with his parents whose own marriage is no bed of roses either. Life's an uphill struggle for the young, mismatched pair. There is a surprise happy ending, but you'll have to buy the book and read it for yourself as I hate to give too much away with spoilers. The author intersperses her chapters with quaint recipes that make your mouth water. There are also illustrations throughout that bring the characters to life. Enjoy one of Elvis's first live performances at a country show, also starring Slim Whitman. Enjoy the do-wop days and fashions of the fifties and early sixties. Re-live the assassination of JFK and the first moon-landings. It's all in there and believe me; if like me you're a "baby-boomer",you'll love this trip back in time and won't want it to end. I certainly plan on reading more by Carole. I love her easy to get into style. It's right up my street.
(reviewed long after purchase)