Monday, March 19, 2012

Lily by B.J. Bassett -- A General Review

California, 1900-Nestled in the foothills of the northern California coast, the town of Laurel Springs is home to high-spirited Lily Blair, the daughter of Rev. William Blair. Lily delights in being spoiled by her grandmother and father, and even though she lost her mother to childbirth, she glories in life itself and continuously pushes the bounds of propriety. Having her every whim indulged as a child leads to a tough road as an adult. Lily falls in love with James Conti and wants to marry him, but James heads off to fight in the Great War, leaving Lily alone and heartbroken. When her father wants to send her off to boarding school, Lily makes yet another rash decision and marries a man she does not love. In the ensuing years, Lily endures hardship and loss, a sharp detour from the pampered existence she once enjoyed. Yet as Lily struggles to cope with these unexpected changes, she discovers just how powerful God's love and forgiveness can be. But will it be enough to get her through the darkest days yet to come? Full of vivid historical detail, Lily is an emotional coming-of-age story that celebrates the strength of the human spirit.

The Review:
My Ranking: 2 out of 10
Ages 17 & up

This was my first book by B.J. Bassett, and I was eager to read her novel Lily which looked to be an interesting historical fiction. Since it was a shorter book, it didn't take me long to finish it.
Sadly, I did not enjoy this book. I had a lot of personal problems with it involving the way Lily treated her husband and I disapproved of just about every single one of her actions. While in the end Lily recognized her wrongs, it wasn't specific at all about what it was she knew was sinful nor does it suggest any regret for many of her wrongdoings.
There was also a lot of a suggestive sensual material. Nothing excessively explicit, but there are scenes where it is indescriptive yet obvious two individuals are consummating their relationship, both inside a marriage and outside. Lily also at one point tempts another guy by tricking him into going to an abandoned cabin and then disrobing.

Overall, I'm sorry to say that I really did not enjoy this book at all. I'm sure there are some out there who would like it, but for me, my convictions and beliefs contradicted with it in every aspect.


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