‘This book was laugh-out-loud hilarious and give-me-a-box-of-tissues heartbreaking. I loved it so much!... I literally went back and reread some parts a few times just because they were so funny! It’s a beautiful story and I’m sure it’ll stick with me.’ Tales of a Bookbound Mum, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The must-read book of 2019! Equal parts heartwarming and heartbreaking, fans of Jojo Moyes, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine and One Day in December will love this special novel by Drew Davies.
It’s me, Joy, your much wiser and (very slightly) older sister. I thought I’d start a new tradition of letter writing – now that we’re long distance.
On the plane over here, I began to cry in seat 21C. I think the magnitude of it finally hit me, after everything that happened…
I haven’t even unpacked yet – the only thing I’ve taken out of my suitcase is Harville, your beloved childhood teddy. Sorry for stealing him, but I need him more than you do. Every time I look at that little brown bear I think about our childhood. Remember that dance we made up to Annie’s ‘It’s a Hard Knock Life’? (Remember the broom choreography?)
I’m also sorry for abandoning you – I’ve always been your agony aunt, and a buffer in your infamous shouting matches with Mum. But I had to leave, Lily, I had to.
Anyway, I’m here now. I’m here to start over, and to face up to the past. I want to learn to laugh again, and to find someone to love who will maybe even love me back. You always told me I was just getting by, not actually living, so I’m finally doing it. Wish me luck, little sister.
A beautiful book-club read for anyone who has ever hit rock bottom, longed for a fresh start, or needed to heal a broken, aching heart.
Readers absolutely love Dear Lily:
‘Hysterical and unbelievably relatable… This book was so funny and romantic, but at the same time, extremely emotional… Broke my heart and then turned around and put it back together again.’ Goodreads reviewer
‘An absolute delight to read!… This book took me through such a wide array of emotions – I was laughing one minute and practically crying the next… A roller coaster ride of emotions and a very surprising twist… Entertaining, fun and able to make you shed a few tears, you need to get your hands on this fab book!’ It’s All About the Thrill
‘All I can say is WOW.’ Shelley’s Book Nook, 5 stars
‘This book is wonderful. Simply wonderful. I can’t recommend it enough. Funny, heartfelt, wise, sweet. It had me laughing and crying. Perfect.’ JTHBooks, 5 stars
‘I absolutely loved this book!... Made me laugh out loud… I am sad to say goodbye to these vibrant characters. I will miss them.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Loved, loved this beautiful book… I laughed, I cried. I will be gifting this book to friends… Grab this book – you’re in for a treat.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars
‘I fell in love… . This book was so funny and romantic, but at the same time, extremely emotional. Her letters to Lily broke my heart and then turned around and put it back together again.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘A heartbreaking, yet heartwarming read, I cried, I laughed then I cried some more. Fabulous!’ Goodreads Reviewer
‘This book shook me to my core! It is filled with such heartache, beginnings, and life emotions… It was the perfect ending to a perfect book!!’ Literacy Indulgence, 5 stars
‘A cute, endearing, heartwarming, hilarious, tear-jerker of a book. I found myself crying and then suddenly laughing out loud at the same time. If you are a fan of Eleanor Oliphant or cute little rom-coms, this book is for you.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Every once in a while I stumble across a book that is like a breath of fresh air, and that was the case with this gem. It was beautifully unique and extremely touching and way more emotional that I was expecting, I just adored it!... Incredibly funny… This really had it all, it was funny and charming, warm and wise and also heartbreaking.’ Novel Gossip
‘Will warm your heart and then turn around and break it. Laugh out loud funny and heart-achingly sad, this is one that will play on all of your emotions.’ Goodreads Reviewer
‘Such a wonderful, uplifting yet heartbreaking novel… I found myself laughing out loud.’ Goodreads Reviewer
‘A cross between Bridget Jones and Eleanor Oliphant. A poignant look at love, loss and the pursuit of happiness… I found myself flying through the pages as I lost track of time.’ Goodreads Reviewer
‘Makes you laugh, cry, feel the bottom drop out of your stomach and then sigh with satisfaction as you turn the last page.’ Goodreads Reviewer
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I chose this book because of the ratings. Had never read this author. While the reviews called it funny and sad., I didn’t really find the humor., the sad came much later. It was a hard book to stay interested in because the story is mostly told in letters from one sister to the other. The elder sister moves from London to another country because of a job promotion and then the letters begin. The letter writer is named Joy and you learn about her past, present, and future mostly through her letters to her sister. The book is quite long and usually I like that, but I couldn’t connect to most of the characters that Joy interacted with, and felt they didn’t even add to the story. I couldn’t decide between three or four stars, but I went with four because of the effort the author must have put into this book.
one of my new favorites
i loved this book, cried happy and sad tears throughout it all the way till the end. great book for young adults (i recommend 16+) i’m 16 and it has been one of the greatest books i’ve read in a long time.
Such a wonderful book! Funny, sweet, sad & hilarious! Loved the characters!