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.
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About the Author
Maggi Myers is the celebrated author of the novel The Final Piece and the mother of two special-needs sons. Before beginning her career as a novelist, she studied social work and worked as a family resource coordinator. She was born in Iowa, raised in Miami, and currently resides in Annapolis, MD, with her family.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Dedication at the beginning of this book says it all to me: “For CJ and Cameron: Every day you teach me, and everyone you meet, that different does not mean less. I love you more than life. Ugga Mugga, always, Mama” Maggi is a teacher – not the kind in the classroom, but the teacher of life and how to overcome what life has dealt her again and again. Some may be bitter, some may give up, some would not have lived through it at all, BUT NOT MAGGI, she teaches us that whatever obstacle is thrown at you in your life – you can still find your happily ever after, it may not be the one you once dreamed of and thought you would have, but it is your everything now and you would not change a thing if you were given the chance, as this is exactly where you were meant to be. I love any time that I ever get to spend with Maggi, I just want her optimism and overall love-of-life zen to rub off on me. She is a supportive, patient, fun, loving and amazing mama, and I am sure her husband would say that she is his #DreamGirl, she is a supportive friend, and a true inspiration to all. I personally admire her love for life and of others, her strength, and the messages she conveys in her stories to us, all while putting that contagious smile on her “pretty” face. I <3 YOU MAGGI! What do you do when life takes a turn that you had not expected? How do you deal with the feeling of loss, not of life, but rather the life you thought you would have? As Maggi is the mother of two special needs children, she certainly pours herself into Lily Love and gives us an inside look into her world with what I am sure are a lot of first-hand experiences. I appreciate the truth in her writing, I felt like I was inside Caroline’s mind, I could feel her heartbreak, anger, confusion, guilt, self-doubt, dedication, nervousness, love, hope and even the weight of the world on her shoulders. Maggi’s writing is beautiful and every word is perfectly scripted. Caroline’s journey is REAL, it is LIFE, this story is full of a mother’s love, friendship, beauty, witty banter, acceptance, hope, fate, love and second chances and finding the true beauty in life. I can’t wait to see what is next for Maggi, I will be one of the first in line to grab a copy! “This love story is never going to be “normal,” but I think that’s exactly why it’s got potential. We both know how cruel life can be, and we’re both learning that you can’t let the hard stuff keep you from living.” So folks, never take the future for granted, make the most of today AND go pick up your copy of this story today!
A special thank you to Lake Union/Amazon Publishing and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Maggi Myers's LILY LOVE, is a poignant story of losing something, in order to realize how mysteriously beautiful life can be! A powerful novel about the power of love. When you are at the end of your rope, sometimes God brings a ray of hope in our lives, which makes life worth living! A fast-paced, poignant novel of loss, love, hope and self-discovery. Set in North Carolina, LILY LOVE begins with Caroline, at Duke Hospital, a woman who has desperately waited, her entire life to be a mother. Caroline has a mini stroke while delivering (predclampsia). Now she will be unable to have any more children, and has weakness in one hand/arm due to the stroke. Later, at eighteen months, she and husband, Peter receive the painful news, their beautiful daughter Lily, has a development disability. After so many years of struggling with infertility, they have finally gotten their happy ending – or have they? Through countless doctors, tests, demands, struggling, hospitals, and ongoing stress, Peter and Carolina grow further apart—bitter and cynical. As with any disabled child, the mother becomes overwhelmed with the demands, and care to the point of obsession and fear. Somewhere along the line, she and Peter could not make their way back to one another and they get a divorce. When Caroline is at her lowest, she relies on her friend Max, a guy she meets at the hospital and her funny, bohemian sister, Paige. Caroline cannot even imagine how she will share custody of their daughter, and how her husband will cope and manage with Lily, as sometimes she can be violent and out of control. She begins to wonder if her life will ever be normal again. Then one day, she meets a guy, a stranger, Tate in the hospital cafeteria and her world changes. This new found time she has alone, her secret moon garden to meditate, and time to write her thoughts for a book she has thought about for years— as Peter shares in the custody and caring for Lily. This time has offers her new strength and courage to face what lies ahead. She is able to balance her life for the first time and finds comfort in the growing relationship with Tate. A very special and unique novel which dives into the painful struggles and raw emotions of a mother, a marriage, and an adorable special-needs child, melting your heart; yet inspiring and uplifting. I enjoyed the part about starting over, dating, and finding love as a single mom with a special-needs child, as well her journey to self-discovery, as Caroline begins to view her life in a different more positive way. Myers writes with humor and sensitivity with warm-hearted and realistic characters— fans of Lisa Genova “Love Anthony”, and Jodi Picoult will enjoy LILY LOVE. I was delighted to learn the author is from South Florida, where I currently reside, and she now resides in Greensboro, NC (as I am a native of the Triad area, with sons in Winston-Salem, NC). Wow, cannot wait to tell all my NC friends about this thought-provoking novel. Maggi Myers, a talented author and one to follow. Looking forward to her many future bestsellers!