Finding Lily - Lisa D. Ellis

4.5 Stars!

When her newborn baby Lily dies suddenly, Claire Edwards runs away to live in a lighthouse she had fallen in love with as a young child. The lighthouse is reputed by some to have magical powers, but Claire isn't looking for a miracle. She just wants an escape from her husband Jim's colder way of grieving, and from their apartment filled with the tiny clothes and stuffed animals they had collected over the past few months. But once Claire is situated in the lighthouse, it begins to illuminate things for her in a new way and she’s suddenly forced to rethink her views on life, death, and her marriage. 

Lisa Ellis is a writer whose short fiction has appeared in a number of literary journals and magazines. FINDING LILY is her first novel. She has a master's degree in journalism from Boston University and provides health content regularly for hospitals and websites in New England and the tri-state area.
Visit her at her website - HERE
And her facebook page - HERE

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).

Thank you "Premier Virtual Author Book Tours" for sending me this e-book to read and give my honest review.

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  1. As you know I loved this book as well. It just hit an emotional chord with me. I wonder too if there really was a ghost or just her imagination playing tricks on her. I'm a believer in that kind of stuff so I lean more towards there being something there. Like you I like sad stories. I know a lot of people don't but the world doesn't revolve on only the good happening and it was nice to see a book that dealt with raw emotion so well.

  2. Thanks for taking part in the tour. I'm glad you loved Finding Lily so much!

  3. Thanks so much for your review. I am very honored by your kind words and glad you enjoyed the book and really "got" it! To respond to your thoughts and Darlene's about the ghost, I have had readers interpret it both ways... When I wrote the book, my literal intent was to show that things do go on beyond death, and Lily was still living in Claire's heart and this helped her to continue to exist in the universe as long as Claire needed her there. Thank you again for hosting me!
    Lisa Ellis

    1. Wow Lisa, thank you so much for for taking the time to come visit my blog I appreciate your comments!