LILY OF THE SPRINGS by CAROLE BELLACERA
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SYNOPSIS

The 50’s…Drive-in Movies, Doo-wop Music…and Love in the Back Seat of a ’51 Plymouth In 1952 Kentucky, 18-year-old Lily Foster, the daughter of strict Southern Baptist parents, becomes pregnant by the town “bad boy”-and just like that, she finds herself married to a man who doesn’t want to be a husband. Jake has no intention of letting the inconvenience of marriage stop him from what he believes is his due.

In actuality, Lily is the one who is trapped. She loves Jake-always has, since they were children playing in the woods on adjoining properties–and she’s convinced she can eventually make him love her.

All it will take is desire and patience.

Once the baby arrives, they will be the perfect little family. From Lily’s home on Opal Springs Ridge to a four-year stint at an army base in New Boston, Texas, and finally, to life on their own in Bowling Green, Kentucky, Lily struggles to maintain a rocky marriage with a moody, immature husband while raising two daughters.

Set during the “American Dream” period of the ’50s and into the turbulent ’60’s, LILY OF THE SPRINGS is a story of a woman’s indomitable spirit and her fight for independence and identity in an “Ozzie & Harriet” society.

♥ ♥ ♥

Reviewed by Jenny

5 Stars!

This was such a heartbreakingly, emotional read and every character is so well written and explored that you feel everything the story has to offer.

Lily was a fun, tragic, inspirational character and I connected with her immediately.  There were times I really questioned her sanity regarding her decisions over Jake but I could understand where she was coming from because this is set in very different times to now and she didn’t have the choices available to her.

“I knew my marriage was in trouble the night my husband brought home a streetwalker to teach me how to satisfy him.”

Jake…..oh wow, this guy was such a contradiction! Just when I felt settled with him, I would be on the edge of my seat just waiting for him to mess up again and when he messed up, boy was he an absolute dick!

I loved the colloquialism’s in this book and Lily certainly had some of the funniest ways of describing a situation that had me giggling.  I really did love Lily so much and wanted only the best for her.

Where this book really shone was in the way the author managed to transport  you to the era’s with music, fashion,historical events and how women were perceived during these times.

The way the author wrote as the children was nothing short of amazing – these interactions really tore at my heartstrings.  Yes, I cried a few times during this book.

The author explains how this book came to be and I think that’s when I lost it – what an absolutely beautiful way to end what was a truly wonderful read. You can tell her heart was on EVERY page! I felt it and I believed it!  This was such a poignant and moving story and it’s one you don’t forget in a hurry!

 

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