White Lilies by Samantha Christy
Series: The Mitchell Sisters #2
Also in this series: Black Roses
Published by Athena Books Publishing Group on August 25th 2015
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Fate . . . Faith . . . Family
Skylar Mitchell didn’t believe in any of them.
She never wanted a real boyfriend. She never wanted her own kid.
When she watched her sister get destroyed by the man she loved, she vowed it wouldn’t happen to her.
Don’t fall in love.
Don’t become attached.
Don’t let yourself feel.
Griffin and Erin Pearce had the perfect life. With the perfect house. And the perfect jobs.
What they didn’t have was the perfect baby.
Skylar never counted on meeting Erin.
She never imagined finding this wonderful best friend who would change the way she looked at the world.
And she certainly never dreamed of falling in love with her best friend’s husband.
Especially while being their surrogate.
She also never counted on fate ripping everything away from her.
A story about unconditional love, heartbreaking loss, and undying friendship.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Let me start this by saying: you want to read this book.
White Lilies is an incredible story of true love, family, grief and soul mates.
Skylar is somewhat of an immature egocentric girl. Influenced by her sister’s heartbreak in her late teens, she decided love wasn’t really worth being left broken. She is not a bad person per se, she just has a tendency to drink a lot and sleep around. The problem is that combining these two activities together doesn’t really lead to sound choices.
After a rather harsh wake up call, she finally wants to change her life around, this time for real. She has a job she loves and has great friends and family, but that’s pretty much it. For once she wants to do something selfless, to really help someone and do something meaningful with her life. What comes up then as kind of a joke turns into the one thing that would change her life.
She wants to stop drinking, stop having sex with random men all the time. Although she never wanted kids (she’s not really good with them), she’s a woman with perfectly good and functioning reproductive parts… so why not be a surrogate for a couple desperate for a baby?
It pretty much covers all her goals!!
She never counted on the amazingly hot grey-eyed stranger to be Griffin or finding Erin to be the best friend she would ever know.
Griffin and Erin were high school sweethearts. Because of her medical history View Spoiler »she had cancer and had to have an hysterectomy amongst other treatments in her late teens « Hide Spoiler Erin is not able to have her own baby, and is not considered a safe bet as a possible adoptive mother, which prevented them to having a child at all.
So when they meet Skylar, Erin is beside herself with joy. They soon forge an unbreakable bond, and the three of them embark in a journey that will lead them to unexpected places.
I don’t want to say much more about the plot itself afraid to give away too much. And besides, pretty early you realize where everything is going. But even guessing the twists to come, I found this a wonderful story. It kept me completely riveted and really couldn’t put it down. What’s more, when I read this, I was still on a KA high. I had picked up 3 books before this one that just couldn’t really keep my interest. Now, this one? This one had me from the very first line.
This story deals with terminal diseases, the topic is handled very well and delicately in my opinion.
Another thing that might give you pause is the fact that, as mentioned in the blurb, against all odds Skyler finds herself falling in love with Griffin. There is NO CHEATING in this story, so if that was a problem for you, there’s no need to worry. And that’s another topic I found Samantha Christy handled beautifully.
She made you feel everything Skylar went through. The happiness, the heartbreak, the guilt, the acceptance of everything that was going to happen and having to move on.
It was just… I have no words. Just read this book.
Now the book is set up in two parts. The first is from Skylar’s PoV and this I gave 5 full stars. The second part is Griffin’s PoV and I’m taking .25 on it. I think Erin and Skylar they built up Griffin so much, and while I understood the difficult place he was put in, I was kind of disappointed by some of his actions. I felt he was missing a little… alpha umph there at the end. Still I could only hope to get to meet a man as good, loyal and, let’s just call a spade a spade, freakingly hot as he is.
Now, I do want to complain a little about the epilogue (because that’s just how I roll people, you know it. It’s in my name description further down). While it had me tearing up, it’s very emotional and I would have liked to get to see Griffin and Skylar down the road, established as a couple and why not throw in a couple more babies.
This is a very emotional and moving story. If you tend to get caught up with characters, keep your box of Kleenex close. If you don’t, I’d still recommend keeping one close, it really is a wonderful tale that will touch your heart.
Give White Lilies a try, I promise you won’t regret it.
Sparkles’ Rating: 4.75 Top-Ten-Book-of-This-Year Stars
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