Caroline thought she knew everything about her mother. She held onto the perfect memory of her rolling up her sleeves and planting wildflowers in the garden as the sun set. But there are family secrets hidden in her hometown that will change everything…
When Caroline left Lake Summers thirty years ago, she thought she’d never go back to the place where she lost her parents. But when she finds out that the town’s lily garden lovingly built by her mother is going to be destroyed, she knows she must return from Chicago to save it.
Caroline and her daughter Lee are welcomed home by the warm smile of her mother’s best friend Maxine, and piles of pancakes at her cozy little restaurant in town. And Caroline soon learns that she isn’t the only person invested in saving her mother’s legacy, when she meets handsome historian Aaron. As she gets to know him, strolling along the sparkling lakeshore, she can’t imagine anywhere else she’d rather be.
But then Caroline learns a terrible secret about the day her mother died. And soon the real reason Aaron is in Lake Summers comes to light. Will the truth about the people she loves force her to give up a future with Aaron, and the beautiful town that has always been in her heart?
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The Lily Garden by Barbara Josselsohn is a sweet summer romance.
Caroline Rantzen lived in Chicago with her teenage daughter Lee and worked at Rantzen Enterprises which belonged to her aunt. Caroline had scheduled a late summer vacation with her daughter. They were going to Boston and visit colleges. That plan changed when a person from her past sent her an article about the demolition of her mother’s garden. Lake Summers was the place she was born but she hadn’t gone
back there since she was twelve. It was going to be difficult to face the people she left behind but she had to try and save the Lily Garden. Everyone welcomed her there and tried to help her with her cause. She only had two weeks to create a plan. She made research and found ways to be heard from the right people. She had almost given up but Aaron Weldon, the man who captured her heart and showed her how it was to be loved in the same way her parents did, helped her understand what truly mattered in life…
It’s such a heartwarming story. It’s about family, forgiveness, second chances, and new beginnings. It’s well written with good descriptions that gave the words life and created beautiful sceneries you wish you could visit. The plot has an easy flow, it’s understandable and gives you food for thought. It covers subjects every person faces at least once in their lives and dilemmas that we all struggle with. The romantic part was sweet and the characters amazing. They didn’t seem like fictional characters but as the people, you see in your
home town. After reading a story like this one there is always something that stays with me. This time it’s the thought that there is no right or wrong way to live your life, as long as you are healthy and happy you can do whatever you like…
The Lily Garden is a book that will fill you with happiness.