A Love Like Lilly

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Reviewed by Dayna Davis, LDSFiles.com Staff Writer

A Love Like Lilly by Kay Lynn Mangum. Published by Deseret Book.

This story is about 15 year old Jamie, who discovers her Grandfather's old 1930's photo album, while helping him clean out her Grandma Lilly's things after her funeral. She begins a summer of learning about her grandparents through her Grandfather's stories about the CCC or Conservation Civilian Corps. She also learns to deal with her shock when her Grandfather starts "dating" again, and how to cope with her emotions when her childhood friend Kyle, suddenly starts to change toward her.

This was a hard book for me to get into. I tried it a couple of times, but the first chapter just didn't grab my attention. However, when I got past the first chapter, I was truly hooked. And while I have never had any interest whatsoever in the CCC, I was amazed by what I learned from reading this novel. I now wish my own grandparents were around to answer some questions for me. This story was a fabulous way to make history come alive and I enjoyed it. I loved the ending and thought it was just perfect. I hope there will be another book about Jamie, not because this story wasn't complete but because her character came alive for me and I would like to hear the rest of her story.