Sunday, May 5, 2024

THE ELUSIVE TRUTH OF LILY TEMPLE by Joanna Davidson Politano, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"Of all the women in the world . . . why one I cannot trust? . . . Why have you embedded her in my heart?"

"I didn't ask you to trust her. I asked you to trust me."

The truth. "I hadn't decided if I'd tell the whole truth or not . . . . I however, never let facts hinder the power of a good story." And a good tale she would tell. Silent film star Lily Temple was in fact a masterful storyteller for she depended on the power of fanciful words both to conceal and to reveal . . . incidentally, the one person who seemed to listen unconditionally was Peter . . . Peter Driscoll. A solicitor. A man whose occupation required digging deep for the facts, living his life sacrificially to pen story endings . . . for others. Now he wanted to write hers. Peter's chapter one began with a valuable sapphire necklace, while Lily's had begun long ago in a garden oasis.
The wonder of it all! Tantalizing us with whimsical, cyclical, twistings of what was, and is, and might become; this story sang a melodic rhapsody of knowing and being known, of searching and finding what was never lost, of freeing one's soul of chains that had never bound. It's a garden story, a love story, a "rescuer of our souls" story  . . . for "the more fiction wove through my heart, the clearer the truth became".

"He has written eternity on our heart, and in every story we tell."
*I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. I also purchased a copy. The opinions stated above are entirely my own. 

BackCover Blurb:
Peter Driscoll, an underground investigator to the wealthy, has never met anyone like Lily Temple. The beautiful silent-film actress spins fairy tales and plays frivolous roles in front of the cine-camera, but beneath the costumes and stage makeup is a woman with a quick wit--and a murky past.

Peter has been tasked with locating the legendary Briarwood Teardrop, an exquisite sapphire, which Lily wears beneath her gown. In order to stay close to her and hopefully unravel the mystery of her story--and the sapphire--Peter employs Lily's help on a case, which leads to a useful partnership. But as they are investigating together, Peter is also investigating Lily. The closer he gets to the truth, the more danger they face. And the closer he gets to Lily, the clearer it is that he needs her even more than she needs him.

Award-winning author Joanna Davidson Politano whisks you away to Edwardian England in 1903 for a whimsical and layered tale that treads the crooked line between real and make-believe.

Revell Publishing, April, 2024
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