She held the letter that she had found in the garden, and noticed the distinctive curls of her father’s handwriting etched on the worn paper. Her life had already been turned upside down by one family secret, would his last words force her to leave her childhood home forever?
When Caroline left Lake Summers thirty years ago, she thought she’d never go back to the place where she lost her parents. But when she finds out that the town’s lily garden lovingly built by her mother is going to be destroyed, she knows fate is calling. Dropping everything at her office in Chicago, she knows she is the only person who can save the garden.
Caroline and her daughter Lee are welcomed home by the warm smile of her mother’s best friend Maxine, and piles of pancakes at her cozy little restaurant in town. And Caroline soon learns that she isn’t the only person invested in saving her mother’s legacy, when she meets handsome historian Aaron. As she gets to know him, strolling along the sparkling lakeshore, she can’t imagine anywhere else she’d rather be.
But then Caroline learns a terrible secret about the day her mother died. And soon the real reason Aaron is in Lake Summers comes to light. Will the truth about the people she loves force her to give up a future with Aaron, and the beautiful town that has always been in her heart?
An utterly uplifting and heart-warming story about forgiveness and family. Perfect for fans of Carolyn Brown, Debbie Macomber and Mary Alice Monroe.
What readers are saying about The Lily Garden:
“I devoured this beauty in a day! Talk about being hooked to a book! This one did it to me! Had me from the first page and didn't let go! I loved these characters they were realistic and raw! The story also had me wrapped. Looking for a light-hearted read that will tug at the heart? Read this book!” Goodreads reviewer
“A feel-good summer romance… an uplifting book and a great summer read.” NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars
“I really enjoyed this story… filled with warmth, and happiness.” B for Book Review, 5 stars
“A sweet summer romance… Such a heart-warming story. It's about family, forgiveness, second chances, and new beginnings… After reading a story like this one there is always something that stays with me. This time it's the thought that there is no right or wrong way to live your life, as long as you are healthy and happy you can do whatever you like... The Lily Garden is a book that will fill you with happiness.’ Nana’s Book Reviews
“An uplifting, refreshing romance novel that leaves you with a fuzziness after you finish reading it… a story of family, friends, forgiveness and second chances. A refreshing summer read.’ Netgalley reviewer
“Heart-warming… an emotional journey.” Netgalley reviewer
“Absolutely loved this book! Beautifully written. I highly recommend!” Netgalley reviewer, 5 stars
“Another uplifting, and heart-warming book about small-town life, families, and friendship. It’s perfect for a light summer read, and you’ll fall in love with the small town of Lake Summers and the townsfolk who inhabit it… sweet and realistic. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a sweet summer romance.” The Bashful Bookworm
Amazon link: https://bit.ly/39PgndH
Barbara Josselsohn is an award-winning writer who loves crafting stories about strong protagonists facing a fork in the road. Her novels include The Bluebell Girls, The Lilac House, The Last Dreamer, and her newest release, The Lily Garden. She has published hundreds of articles about family, home and relationships in national and regional publications, and also teaches novel writing at the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. She lives just north of New York City and enjoys escaping to the beach or the mountains whenever she can. Other than writing, her biggest passion is her family: her husband, her three kids, and her indefatigable shih-poo! Visit her online at www.BarbaraSolomonJosselsohn.com, @Barbara_Josselsohn_Author (Instagram), @BarbaraJoss (twitter) or Facebook.com/BarbaraSolomonJosselsohnAuthor
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