A mother’s secrets, a daughter’s dream, and a family’s loyalty are masterfully interwoven in this much anticipated sequel to #1 bestseller The Secret Sense of Wildflower.
“Wildflower” McAllister’s daughter, Lily, now 14, struggles with her mother’s reluctance to tell her who her father is. When a stranger appears on the family doorstep, drunk and evoking ghosts from the past, it threatens to break the close-knit McAllister family apart.
Meanwhile, Wildflower has a deep secret of her own. When Lily discovers it by accident, it changes everything she thought she knew about her mother. The events that follow silence the singing she dreamed of sharing with the world.
With her signature metaphors, Gabriel weaves a compelling tale that captures the resilience and strength of both mother and daughter, as secrets revealed test their strong bond and ultimately change their lives forever.
Set in 1956 southern Appalachia, Lily’s Song stands on its own, and readers who are new to Gabriel will be drawn into the world she so skillfully depicts. As a sequel, it will captivate fans of The Secret Sense of Wildflower (a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2012), who have eagerly awaited more.
Lily is as compelling as Wildflower
I loved the first book in this series, The Secret Sense of Wildflower. The second book did not disappoint! After Wildflower's story ended, I was not ready to leave, so I continued on to meet Lily. Susan Gabriel writes with such honesty. Her characters walk off the pages and her descriptions create images which stay with you long after you finish the book. I’m so glad there will be another book to follow Lily’s Song because I am not ready to leave these people.
I had read the Secret Sense of Wildflower and liked the story. Beautiful word pictures and felt I knew the characters. I expected the same in Lily’s Song. I did not see the lesbian relationship coming and was offended by it. I skipped so much of this book I was sorry I spent money on it.