Simon & Schuster, 2000 (1999)
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Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
otal disbelief sets in for music teacher and cabaret singer Lily Blake when she is accused of having an affair with a Catholic Bishop who has recently been elevated to the position of Cardinal. Lily's nemesis Terry Sullivan, an unscrupulous newspaperman, seems determined to destroy her life. To escape the unwanted and unwarranted attention of the press, Lily flees back to her hometown of Lake Henry, New Hampshire.
urious, resentful, and confused after being fired from her jobs and losing her privacy, Lily tries to seclude herself in a lakeside cabin inherited from her grandmother. The editor, chief cook and bottle washer of the local newspaper, another returnee to Lake Henry, promises to help Lily in an almost sure-to-fail attempt to win back her good name - by any means necessary. Unsure whether to trust John Kipling, Lily is cautious about their growing attraction for each other.
t the same time, Lily hopes to improve her relationship with her mother. The story's accounts of the running of her mother's orchard and cider mill make one wish for a juicy apple or a glass of freshly pressed cider to enjoy along with the book. As I read, I found myself growing ever more indignant about the treatment Lily receives from the press. I hoped for John to rise to the occasion and be a true blue participant in Lily's defense.
arious story lines run through the novel, introducing the reader to Lily's sister Poppy and her mother Maida. These are good characterizations which work nicely into the main plot.
is a well written book that entertains while it makes you think about your own relationships with the important people in your life - definitely one I would recommend.
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