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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  890 ratings  ·  121 reviews
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’r ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published June 24th 2014 by Lake Union Publishing (first published January 1st 2014)
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Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
DNF at 50%

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Unfortunately this book wasn’t for me. The book moved as fast as a snail (sort of reminded me of Coming Home) and by 50% the hero and the heroine haven’t really been acquainted yet. Quite frankly, I started getting annoyed at the heroine – I thought her whole outlook on life was morbid. I never understood how Caroline was willing to give others a chance (like Tate and Max) but just gave up on her husband Pete. He may have physically left their house but Caroline left him emotionally a
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Melissa Brown
Oct 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites-shelf
A poignant story about reconciling your expectations, making peace with your past and moving on to the possibilities of your future. Lily Love will grab your heart and never let go.

And don't even get me started on Tate....
sue
Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
This is a book I HAVE to give 5 stars for.

Its true to life, its honest, it got inside both parents minds, mostly the Mother as she spent more time with Lily.

Picture this, Caroline, the Mother of Lily. Married to a husband she not only loves but adores.
As Lily grows a little, Caroline notices some milestones in Lily that is most definitely not there like in other children her age, and as time goes on, we see Lily Love developing not only some "syndromes" that the medics cannot put a name to, bu
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AJ
Aug 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama, romantic, netgalley
Maggi Myers’ The Final Piece absolutely blew me away when I read it, so I have been very eager to get my hands on this book. While dealing with a very different subject matter, she manages yet again, to convey a huge level of emotion and a very touching story about a woman who is crumbling under the shattered expectations that she had for her life, and the reality of her present.

No one tells you how divisive crisis really is. How you’re forced to take on roles that you never intended, thus beco
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Willow Aster
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm hooked when authors can write about heartbreaking topics and insert humor in the middle of it all. Maggi Myers does this throughout the book!
Kristal & Charmaine
Full Review at www.onceuponabookblog.com

***4 Stars***

This story managed to simultaneously break my heart and repair it. The author approached this subject matter beautifully and managed to do justice to a situation that no parent wants to contemplate yet many live every single day.

This story follows Caroline as she wrangles her relationships with the people closest to her and learns slowly, to let herself live just a little. Caroline is the recently separated mother of a little girl named l
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Jo
Jan 21, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
hmmm - I have mixed feelings about this one.
One one level it really hit home, especially the things that happened with regards to Lily and the diagnosis process. I've been there and felt that frustration when no one can give you the answers.

But then there's the romance - I just couldn't get my head around how quickly Caroline changed her outlook. The transition from being a newly separated wife, and a single mother to a disabled child, to declarations of love with a new guy was just a tad too
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Andrea Randall
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What if things had been different? What if I'd taken that job, married that boy, or said "no"?

Many of us have pondered the "What If's" in our own lives, and author Maggi Myers courageously dives into another oft not discussed "What If". What if your child and your marriage were diagnosed as "disabled" all at once? What if "for better or for worse" meant "if the kids are healthy and we still like each other"?

Take this journey with protagonist Caroline as she navigates through despair to self-di
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Michelle Kannan
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This will be posted on my blog on Monday but I just couldn't wait another minutes.

Guys.



This book.



You have to read it.



Lily Love is so amazing. Ok- let me get my shit together so I can tell you why it's so amazing.



I've had the pleasure of not only meeting Maggi Myers, but actually having a real conversation with her. Now- she's a total delight. But beyond that- she's also one of the strongest women I have ever met. And if you never get a chance to meet her- just meet Caroline- our main charact
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Brandee - Brandee's Book Endings
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1qxhliF

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
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K3
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a beautiful story. 5 star review coming soon!

Kismet : a power that is believed to control what happens in the future; Fate

No matter how hard you work, no matter how good you are, life isn’t obligated to give you a fairy-tale ending.

Nothing in life is guaranteed. Not even life itself. Things are thrown at us throughout our lives. Some people get the worst of it, some barely touched by it. Some people are able to make it through. Getting bruised and scared along the way, falling down more tim
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Ash Luna
Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition





Heartbreaking isn't really even the word to describe this book it goes way beyond Heartbreaking. Not in a bad way just I have no idea how Maggie wrote such a touching story with such intimate content. She proved to me she knows what she is doing. This was my first read by her and it touched me in ways I didn't know possible! 





Lily Love starts off with the story of with Caroline a Wife  to her college sweetheart and Mother of a beautiful daughter Lily. As Lily grows Caroline notices that
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D
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely stunning story!
Lily Love is one of those stories that I cannot express in words how beautiful a story it truly is. This is one of those books you need to read and experience for yourself. I love the story of self discovery as a woman and knowing our worth. We set the expectations for ourselves so high (unachievable at times) that I think we forget who we are. Lily Love is a story where a mom had these expectations and when one point failed she let her worth become of no value.
Lily Lo
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Lee
I knew going in to this book that it would touch me personally, deeply, completely. After reading Maggi Myers first book, The Final Piece I knew that it would evoke all kinds of emotions. What I didn't expect out of Lily Love was the complete connection to Caroline, the overwhelming sense that I was not alone in my personal experiences of having a special needs child. On top of that Lily Love is also the most beautiful story of two souls finding their soulmate, the one true love that understands ...more
Melissa
Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
"You make the rest of the world disappear."

After years of fertility treatments and miscarriages, Caroline's wish came true. She has a daughter. But it's not exactly the dream she pictured it to be. Lily her 5-year old daughter suffers from a developmental disability and a seizure disorder. The doctors don't have a clear diagnosis and Lily is a toddler developmentally.

Caroline has given up her career, she in the midst of divorce and all she's left with is guilt. Guilt for wanting a different l
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Shannon
3.5 mixed emotion stars.... the first half was slow, sad, and a bit troubling for me to read. The heroine's emotions were raw, and very real. She pushed everyone away because of her overwhelming need to take care of her disabled daughter, which made her seem bitter and emotionally unstable. Then, the second half she had an awakening when she met Tate. She was no longer self deprecating, she started to realize how beautiful life is and her overall outlook changed.

It's a slow, but well written st
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Ashley
Jun 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Lily Love stars!!!!!!

Beautifully written and every character in the book, I loved. What bugged me most was how Caroline isn't so strong and seems to always cry in every chapter...? But then again I know nothing about having a child with special needs, but I wish she was just stronger.
Debra

**ARC courtesy of the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
Sarah - Books to Breathe
Let me start out by saying that this story was truly phenomenal. Not phenomenal in a way that left you on the edge of your seat, gasping for breath, wondering what would happen next. Not phenomenal in a way that had you swooning and claiming your next book boyfriend. No, this story was phenomenal in a way that touches your soul; in a way that days and months later has you questioning everything and looking within yourself. No drama. No over the top romance. Just life. And you know what? Sometime ...more
Judy Collins
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 be
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All Romance
Jun 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

MICHELLE'S REVIEW


Guys.

This book.

You have to read it.

Lily Love is so amazing. Ok- let me get my shit together so I can tell you why it's so amazing.

I've had the pleasure of not only meeting Maggi Myers, but actually having a real conversation with her. Now- she's a total delight. But beyond that- she's also one of the strongest women I have ever met. And if you never get a chance to meet her- just meet Caroline- our main character in Lily Love. Seriously, Maggi has poured so much of her real li
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The Wife Reads
Wow. I am speechless after reading this book. I couldn't express it enough how heart warming the story felt. It made my heart swell and cry at the same time. Bittersweet tears. Because I may have preferred another ending to this story, but I accepted the wariness and felt good in it somehow. And in the end I learned to love it as well.

"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
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Laura
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Do you ever find a book that makes you just….think? Or maybe it makes you admit things that you’ve always thought but hate to say outloud? Well, for me, Lily Love is just that. I have a daughter, while she doesn’t have a diagnosis, she has many of the classic symptoms of a high functioning Aspie. Now, that being said, I think that ANY parent can relate to Caroline on some level. Whether it be a broken marriage, a child who has an “ism,” or even someone whose life didn’t turn out as planned, Lily ...more
Francine Petro
Oct 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lily Love by Maggi Myers touched me very deeply on so many levels. This story is about love, loss, struggle, doubt, acceptance, rediscovery of self and moving forward. Caroline, the main character, is facing all of this in a very realistic and brutally honest way. Let's face it, all of us at one time or another have experienced these emotions. Our situations may not be the same, but the feelings evoked are.

I cried ugly tears for Caroline. I can relate to how she is feeling as a woman dealing wit
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Pamela Carrion
Oct 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Liiiiillllllyyyyy Love! Yes, I am singing that while I write. Beautiful on so many levels, Lily Love is a story for the caregivers. That forgotten person that stands strong daily. Suffers in private. Breaking down alone, controlled, and as quick as the tears come they are wiped away. Why? Because there is no crying when you are the one left holding all the pieces together.

We are taught that after the “I do” in order to complete the happily ever after, two become three. What happens with the thir
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Cheryl
Sep 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lily Love is an awesome book. The author drew me into Caroline and Lily's world instantly from the first page. I like Caroline thought that her ex-husband, Peter was going to be a jerk. He turned out to still be a loving husband and father. He was kind to both Caroline and Lily. Which made me like him as well. Plus what I really liked about this book is that the author did not dwell much on the battle between Caroline and Peter for custody of Lily. The author just wrote the story as two parents ...more
James Mertz
Jul 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book from good reads first reads. This book was not in my typical genre I usually read, and I loved it. There are not many books out there that I read that I feel something for the characters but this is one that I did. Everything this book had to offer seemed real almost like it was happening to a friend or family member you cared about. It is deffinally sad at times but also very uplifting. It shows the true strength some people need to show day in and day out when life doesn't ...more
Saylee
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I am a first reads winner of "Lily Love"
When I first started this book I was completely in love with it the only reason I gave if four stars instead of 5 is because personally the relationship with Tate was a little weird for me to connect with. she was a little dramatic and felt sorry for herself but with this story she had the right to. This book brought me to tears I really loved it. I wish that she would have talked about Lily even more. I also wish if she was going to welcome a rebound rel
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Shanita Akhtar
Jun 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Tara Humphrey
Jul 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic book! I have a cousin that is a special needs child so this book was even more interesting to me. It really gave me a glimpse into my aunt's life and what she goes through on a daily basis to be there for her daughter every day.
Where did Max go? I get it, we were supposed to think she might end up with Max but he just kind of disappeared when it became obvious that Tate (Tater!) was who she wanted.
I thought that I was going to hate Peter but I felt so sorry for him as well. I'm glad
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Maggi was born in West Des Moines, Iowa and raised in Miami, Florida. She has a deep love for The Heartland and really good Cuban food.

Maggi likes to write about characters who've suffered well, lived on despite it, and find beauty beyond the obstacles we all face. When she's not writing, you can find her reading or singing into the end of her hairbrush. She is a steel magnolia and a mischief mak
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“It took a long time for me to accept that I was never going to find that something I’m really good at. I spent a lot of time wandering in college for that reason. When I finally did find my passion, it was for other people’s writing, not my own.” 4 likes
“Pain is such a personal thing. I wear mine like a cloak of protection, keeping people at bay. Max just casually removes it from my shoulders and drops it to the ground. If that weren't intimidating enough, he lays it out like a picnic blanket, waiting for me to take a seat and join him.” 3 likes
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