on June 9, 2011 :
Wow I couldn’t have imagined Lillian could get into so much trouble is a short period of time. Although it starts off slowly it does pick up and becomes a real saga through the years.
After escaping from her psycho grandmother and then getting away from her equally psycho father she meets up with Richard Parker and his strange wife Judith. Richard promises to help her get back to her beloved Jasper Island but first she must hide out from the law with him in New York City. Seriously that girl is so naïve it is almost frustrating.
Whilst living with Richard, he introduces Lillian first to alcohol and then later to hard core drugs. Maybe I am as naïve as Lillian, but I didn’t realise cocaine was around in the 1870’s. Poor Lillian, she really didn’t stand a chance. As she is so trusting she believes him when he tells her that he loves her, wants to draw her picture and thinks she should star in a Burlesque show. All the time Judith is staying at her family’s estate and leaving Richard to shower Lillian with gifts, dinners and clothes. He is the ultimate manipulator.
After a couple of years with Richard, and having fallen in love with him she finds herself again alone and looking for a way to get back to her beloved Jasper Island. Enter Ned the man that Richard hates the most in the whole world. Yet again a man bestows what Lillian believes to be love on her and again she gets hurt.
Finally making it back to Jasper Island she appears to be happy with Ayden, until Heath returns, followed by the Assistant Keeper and his family. More dramas and problems arise for Lillian and then when she and Heath have to return to New York City where she has her heart broken yet again. Some good and bad news greets her upon her return and again everything seems to be working out until her life is again thrown into turmoil.
Honestly this poor girl goes through so much in her life that I couldn’t possibly imagine how she survived it all. I was bawling like a baby by the end of this book and I generally don’t cry when reading books but this one just got to me.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)