Finding Lily

Finding Lily

by Lisa D. Ellis
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Finding Lily 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lisa Falk EllIS comes across as a wonderful story teller in her enchanting novel FINDING LILY, a very tender, inspirational story which pulls at one’s heart strings.  In trying to find Lily, her little daughter ,who was only a few hours old when her small heart stopped breathing, Claire, the protagonist, eventually finds herself, her immense love for her husband and the beautiful, compassionate world that undulates all around her. So completely devastated by her tragedy, she forgets that this is as much a loss for her husband, as it is for her and despite Jim, her husband’s rationale that they “should try to deal with this thing together, “she decides to go to the Lighthouse at Brady point Beach which had fascinated her as a seven year old twenty-five years back.  So in one escapist leap, she finds herself in the lighthouse away from her husband, away from everything that reminds her of her daughter. Her husband Jim’s cold rationality, his calm demeanour in the face of the colossal tragedy, piques her no end. Why can’t he show his emotions, why does not he cry? In her cocoon of intense grief, she fails to realise that he has his own way of dealing with the tragedy, where emotional outbursts do not figure. He wants her to plunge into work, to paint, which she was so passionate about, but she finds the very suggestion callous! The two bedroom apartment in Boston Is so filled with memories of her little one that she simply cannot stay there with all those memories, but these memories follow her even to the Lighthouse, so much so that Lily becomes a palpable reality in the island, who sleeps next to her, who listens to her lullabies, who talks to her, and listens to her love story with Jim. In the course of her novel, we come across well etched characters, like the octogenarian Sophia Henderson, who is delusional and thinks that she is a” princess”. Living in a house which is almost like a mausoleum, cared for by a young girl Diana who has a delightful son, Carlo, she lives in her own world of make believe. What if Claire becomes delusional like her, what if her time warped existence slowly mutates her heart into a mausoleum, where she preserves her memories of her lost child, I found myself shuddering at the possibility.  My favourite character is six year old Carlo, who comes to Claire one fine day and on coming to know that she has lost a daughter,says,”.lady,you can share me. My momma won’t mind. Don’t be sad”. Tears stung at my eyes at the instinctive compassion of a six year old.  Finely tuned and intensely moving, her prose almost borders on the lyrical at times, I found myself crying, smiling, and frowning, feeling each bruise, each jarring bump with the same intensity as Claire. The ghosts that apparently inhabit the Lighthouse are actually her own demons, her own phobias, her misgivings and apprehensions plaguing her, morning and night. The lighthouse which she believes is her beacon which brings her good luck and turns old things into new is instrumental in making her realise the folly of leaving her husband to his own devices. It is the light of the Lighthouse that illuminates her life with a new meaning, a new understanding, a new perspective and with this realisation the ghosts are finally exorcised. The Lighthouse has finally pulled her to safety. A storm that strikes the island and the chaotic scene at the beach in the aftermath of the storm is symbolic of the turbulence and ambivalences in her heart. As she stands watching the scene, for the first time, after a long time, she again wants to paint-something new, something beautiful. It is pregnant with new possibilities. The novel sparkles in its intensity. The writer seems to have inhabited the skin of Claire, and we feel bursts of unexpected empathy for her, crying, frowning, smiling and feeling devastated along with her.  Sensitively handled, it is deeply engrossing from the first page itself. A must read for all sensitive souls. And yes, the cover design of a beautiful girl with wistful eyes is mesmerising.
Teddy_Rose More than 1 year ago
Claire brought forth emotions in me I didn't know I had. That of a mother losing her child. Lily had a very short life as an infant and both Lily and her husband, Jim grieve for their loss. However, Jim feels very cold and distant to Claire, she wants him to share his feeling but he can't. Claire decides to go stay at the lighthouse where her and Jim met to try to work through her grief along. She had always been drawn to the lighthouse since she was a little girl and it called for her to live there for awhile. Claire met some interesting characters while living at the lighthouse but most of the time she was alone, so this book was mostly narrative. I usually prefer a lot of character interaction however, the structure of Finding Lily worked well for me despite that. Claire had to be alone to work through her feelings and to find a way to say goodbye to Lily. I found Finding Lily to be a refreshing change of pace to challenge me on what I may do if I were in Claire's position. It was surprising to me how much the narative style drew me in. I commend Lisa Ellis for the well written story and hopes she keeps working at her craft. I highly recommend Finding Lily!
kbaby920 More than 1 year ago
One of the most heartbreaking occurrences in life is to lose a child. While the storyline brought me to tears, I followed Claire as she struggled to grasp the inevitable, her crumbling marriage, her grief and her future. Who could really see what their future will be when they have lost something as close to their soul in nature so drastically? I loved the flow of Lisa’s writing style and how she capitalized on the exploration of grief and loss and how it affects one’s life, relationships and purpose. It was a delicate topic to touch but she did so eloquently. This is definitely a book where tissues should be close at hand. It is also one that opens the mind to situations and occurrences one would not dream possible, but knows it happens. I loved this read.
VickiLN More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most emotional books I’ve ever read. I could feel Claire’s pain, and it brought back memories of when my sister lost her baby when he was a few months old. I could see the pain my sister felt in Claire. Her emotions were so raw, and she had to cope in the only way she could, which was to move to the lighthouse she had visited many times as a child. She felt a connection there, and that gave her a bit of comfort,  and ultimately helped her heal.  I love the beach and lighthouses, so that aspect of the book really interested me too. Reading about them gave me a very needed break from all the emotions I felt while reading about Claire and Lily, her healing, and her relationship with her husband Jim. The book was a short read, but it made such an impact on me that I won’t forget it for a very very long time. I hope the author writes a second book to let us know how the years unfold for Claire. I also think a spin-off book about the lighthouse and the people we met in Finding Lily would be very interesting. This would be a great choice for a book club read. I can’t imagine any woman not loving this book. Better make sure you have a box of tissues handy!
itsJUSTme-wendy More than 1 year ago
This story is hauntingly sad and eerie. It is also one of the most heartfelt books I have read. The plot is very simple but the writing is very complex. This book was so honest and raw it was almost painful to read at times. I love sad books so this story was really just the thing for me. My daughter and I are so close now to have lived a life without her... I wonder what I would have felt if I too had lost my only child. The character development is amazing. The author really gets into the heart of Claire. There is such a mixture of sadness and deep insight into her feelings. I really disliked the husband. You don't get to know him as much but you do get the feeling of his un-support. And Claire's mother just wants her to stop and just come home. Its not that simple! I know that she had to think, feel, and get over some things before she could return home. She needs a "turning point" a sign. There are parts in the book that make you wonder if there is a ghost or is Claire just seeing things that aren't there because of her state of mind? This part reminded me of the movie - "Half Light" with Demi Moore (great movie!). I also loved that this story took place at a lighthouse. I love books about lighthouses. Here is a quote that shows you the emotion in this book - "And then I'm forced to lie here, too tired to move or even to think anymore, and I listen to the sound of the waves crashing outside the lighthouse in steady beats that remind me of a funeral song. Ironically, that thought, even more than the memory of the dress and all the flowers, plunges me over the edge and draws warm tears across my cheeks even as I tell myself I will not cry. But I can't help seeing Lily in that little casket. Watching her in my mind, I see her chest move and then suddenly I start thinking that maybe, somehow, she is still alive." This book is beautifully written, so in-depth, and emotional. This is a very clean book (no sex, no swearing, that I can recall).
BookwormBrandee More than 1 year ago
Finding Lily is a tender and touching journey through a young woman's grief following the loss of her child. Claire and Jim had been envisioning a happy and fulfilling future with their daughter. Instead, they are drowning in their grief. This puts a strain on their relationship, particularly as Claire feels Jim isn't grieving along with her. So she escapes to the lighthouse in an attempt to put her life back in order. The lighthouse is a character in its own right in this story. Claire grew up visiting the lighthouse and its beach every summer. The lighthouse has played an important role in her life, so it seems fitting she stay there while working through her grief. The lighthouse seems to have a history is saving people. And it's here that Claire is able to see things in a new light and fight through the emotions that have been immobilizing her. Finding Lily is an emotional read. As a mother, this story felt very realistic. I sympathized with Claire in her struggle to deal with Lily's death. I think Ms. Ellis was true to the plight parents would face with the loss of a child. I loved Claire's narration, loved getting to know her and Jim, and traveling the emotional ups and downs with her. In the end, Claire's story left me hopeful and very satisfied.
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EWF More than 1 year ago
I'm enjoying reading FINDING LILY. The author's words paint wonderful pictures as I'm reading. Her characters are very believable. I've never suffered the death of a child, but Claire's handling of her grief makes me feel such empathy for her. Lisa Ellis's descriptions make me feel as though I'm right there at the lighthouse with Claire. If you like fiction that deals with women's issues, then this would be a great book for you!