Monday, June 16, 2014

Blog Tour: Lily Love by Maggi Myers

Title: Lily Love
Author: Maggi Myers
Expected Release: June 24th

Caroline used to have it all: she was madly in love with her husband, Peter, and they worshiped their beautiful baby girl. But as Lily grows into a toddler, Caroline notices that her daughter seems to live and act with a disconnect, and soon the perfect future Caroline had envisioned, along with her marriage, begin to crumble. Now she and Peter are no longer lovers, they’re plaintiffs in the throes of divorce while still struggling to care for Lily. After years of blame and overwhelming despair, Caroline’s chance encounter with a stranger at University Hospital opens her eyes to the prospect of accepting new support, new loves, and new dreams.

From the acclaimed author of The Final Piece comes a story of a family broken and unable to cope with a daughter’s disability. And a mother who finds that letting go of the life she imagined may be the only way to get to the life she was meant for.

5 star review by Alison East
Maggi Myers is one of my favorite authors, I loved The Final Piece. It was hands down one of my favorite books of all time. The writing was emotional, and gut-wrenching- I devoured every line, paragraph and page. So I expected great things for Lily Love- and I was not disappointed. In fact, it is right up there with The Final Piece.

Caroline, is such a strong heroine. She has to be, there is no other way TO be. Her husband Peter- took all of her other options away by fading from her life when they discovered that Lily can't be defined by any medical spectrum. After a diagnosis like that one- it is hard to ever acclimate.  Caroline has to be everything to Lily, and while Peter does take on some of Lily's needs, Caroline is a mother- and is constantly worried. Their marriage used to be perfect, and they used to have it all, now they have shared visitations, and separate lives. And so much pain. The pain of knowing their marriage will never be the same- the pain of getting divorced and having shared time. The pain of discovering their child will need help for the rest of her life.

"I want to smack every person who has told me the pain reminds you that you're alive. Idiots. The pain only reminds me of everything I have lost."

She has had to put her life, and all the dreams she has on hold- and willingly so. But she still wants to believe that there is someone out there for her, and her alone. And thats what happens when she meets Tate at the hospital over coffee. She starts to believe, she might have a chance at happiness. Tate- super swoony book boyfriend. I shall take him. Almost as good as Ryan- almost. Tate seems to get that Caroline is super quirky. And he likes all of her idiosyncrasies- everything that comes with Caroline too. Even when he is going through his own hell.

One of my favorite things about Maggi is her ability to intricately weave a story. One minute I am laughing out loud, the next I am bawling my eyes out. And by the end of the story, I am usually a hot mess, but so happy. It is one of those books I wish I could un-read, just so I can read it again for the first time, to experience it all over again.

"The world is but a speck of light beneath us on this tightrope. Whether thereĆ¢€™s a net to catch me is no longer material. The fall is inevitable, and when I do, I want to fall feeling just like this."

This is a story about love, loss, and second chances at life. Forgetting about your past, and not letting it shape your future. Its about living. And I am so proud and happy for Maggi- this is a phenomenal book, one you won't want to put down from start to finish.

Born in West Des Moines, IA and raised in Miami, FL, I have an appreciation for the heartland and really good cuban food.

I want to write stories that make people think. The things you thought you knew about other people and their lives? I want to twist those perceptions and make you question everything.

I am a big fan of the underdog. The one that everyone else has written off? That's where my heart is and where my most inspired writing happens.

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