Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Book Review || Pictures of Lily by Paige Toon

Hellooo My Lovelies, 

Will you marry me? I think of you, then. I think of you every day. But usually in the quietest part of the morning, or the darkest part of the night. Not when my boyfriend of two years has just proposed. I look up at Richard with his hopeful eyes.
‘Lily?’ he prompts.
It’s been ten years, but it feels like only yesterday that you left. How can I say yes to Richard with all my heart when most of it has always belonged to you? I take a deep breath and will myself to speak...
Ten years ago when Lily was just sixteen, she fell in love with someone she really shouldn't have fallen in love with. Now, living in Sydney and engaged to another man, she can’t forget the one that got away. Then her past comes back to haunt her, and she has to make a decision that will break her heart- and the heart of at least one of the men who love her.

OH MY BEJESUS!! I could not leave this book alone!! NO jokes this is the best book I have read in a very long time. Paige Toon creates a compelling story which draws you into the story, making it feel like you are living the characters lives. 
Pictures of Lily is based on the story of sixteen year old Lily who is uprooted to Australia from England to live with her mother's new boyfriend, who she meet online! Obviously this didn't go down too well with her, as soon as she arrives in Adelaide she hates everything. This hate quickly reserves as she finds out her Mother's new love works at the local conservation park. Lily has always loved animals and is inspired to be a vet. She goes with Michael to work to take pictures of the animals and she eventually gets a summer job there. Now this is wear the story really begins! 
At the conservation park she meets Ben, a co-worker, they soon hit it off due to their love of animals. From this little old Lily develops a crush which eventually turns into love. The book is written in first person so you instantly feel connected with Lily's feelings and feel sorry for her. The feelings are so strong for a man she knows she shouldn't have them fore - you can't help but sympathise for her. Paige Toon's style of writing really does allow you to engage with the characters and stories, which is what makes her books such a thrilling read.
I'm not going to spoil the plot, but the next few pages had me turning super fast! Major spanner in the works for Lily and Ben's relationship! 
 The book starts again but ten years down the line. Lily's life has mapped out rather well, she has a good job and is engaged to Richard, has a great group of friends and is living in Sydney. Another great thing about this book is that there is characters included from her other books. 
Then BANG on day she sees Ben at Sydney Zoo where she is visiting with her step-sisters. Suddenly all the feelings come flooding back. 
Again I am not going to spoil it for you. I think this is a great read and you defiantly should go and snap it up while you can. The characters are so easy to relate to and the story will have you in a whirlwind of emotion. The chemistry in the book is unreal it literally jumps out of the book at you! 
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Lots of Love 

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