When I started Longing for Lily by Tara Grace Ericson, I was expecting a light fun read with maybe a minor thread that was more serious, but this story is definitely on the heavier side all the way through. While I enjoyed the writing style, as I always do with Ms. Ericson’s books, the heavy material and the main character had me struggling a bit.
First, what worked for me. In a word, Josh. He was kind, thoughtful, patient, loving, and forgiving. Boy, was he forgiving. He was a picture of Christ’s love for us and I loved him! That being said, I really struggled with Lily. She was very short with Josh and at times, just plain rude to him. After awhile, I struggled to like her let alone sympathize with her. I was hoping for a redemption arc so my feelings would change, but, in my opinion, there really wasn’t one.
While this story was a miss for me, I do want to say that my biggest pet peeve is a main character that is not nice. Also, I know I am in the minority as many have said it’s their favorite of this series. I'm looking forward to reading the next story in this series which is Rose’s story!
*I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own. The faith thread is medium.
A rift twelve years in the making, and a second chance to do it right.
Lily Bloom is confident, capable, and better off alone. She experienced true love once, and she thinks she’ll never find it again. Instead, she throws her energy into building her event business at Storybook Barn, helping others take the dive into happily ever after.
Josh Elliot is the life of the party, with a successful photography business and wonderful friends. But there is something missing. He never had a doubt about the woman God made for him, but he failed her twelve years ago. Forever isn’t in the cards for them, but since she started hosting weddings at Bloom’s Farm, he is tortured with the unobtainable love of his life nearly every weekend.Lily’s wedding venue and Josh’s photography business bring their worlds colliding once again, bringing old wounds to the surface and forcing the question: is what happened twelve years ago going to keep them apart forever? Or can God rescue the pieces of the love they once shared?