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    Another Winner from Susan Gabriel

    Lily’s Song, Susan Gabriel’s sequel to her best-selling novel The Secret Sense of Wildflower, is at once a spirited and potent introduction to Wildflower’s daughter, Lily, in a generational drama played out against changing times and old, haunting memories of a past not easily forgotten. Susan Gabriel is the quintessential “Southern” writer, and the thing I love most about Gabriel’s storytelling is that it is storytelling. Gabriel never leaves you all dressed up with no place to go. Not content with a smattering of loosely formulated scenes, an abundance of emotion and no story, Gabriel gives you the full-on, sit-down-and-devour-it-novel that you came for. Lily is the star-apparent in this book, and her mother Wildflower is the steady North Star, Polaris, the guiding star. Between the compelling characters and the high-altitude narrative arc of this book, your journey in search of a great read is assured. I can't say enough about the impact of the (seemingly effortless, but NOT!) arrangement and structure of the book. It flowed, it danced, it never missed a beat. What a kindness to the reader! (What a magnificent talent from the author!) One does not have to have read The Secret Sense of Wildflower before reading Lily’s Song, but for the depth and delight of dramatic experience, one would want to read it at some point—and reading the two books in reverse order works just fine. Gabriel’s genius is her fulsome character development against and within a narrative backdrop that keeps you turning pages as the mystery of Lily’s beginnings walk a taut and telling tightrope across a chasm of a mother’s secrets, a grandmother’s protectiveness and a daughter’s compulsion to know the truth of things. You think you know what’s coming next, but you don’t. That’s the fun of it! The dialog, alone, especially from Lily, reflects a riveting and deep point of view approach that turns you into Lily’s best friend, albeit virtually. The kid is a natural at confronting the ghosts of the past, confronting her mother’s reluctance (refusal, really) to tell her who Lily’s father is, and summing it up in the guileless and authentic voice of a 14-year old who knows something’s not right. Lily’s Song will resonate while you’re reading and stay with you when you’ve finished. Highly recommended.
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    Lilys Song

    amazing book can't wait to get next in series thank you and keep up the fantastic writing
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    Loved it!!

    I loved this book by Susan Gabriel! Lily's Song is funny, heartbreaking, poignant, and perceptive. Do yourself a favor and pick up both The Secret Sense of Wildflower and Lily's song.... . You won't be dissapointed.
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    Very enjoyable and moving – don’t miss!

    I’ve enjoyed Susan Gabriel’s other southern fiction and Trueluck Summer is no exception. Once again, she has delivered a truly entertaining story, that while enjoyable and at times comical, also delivers on the emotional side with characters I quickly came to love, from spunky Trudy and her pink-loving, Nancy Drew reading best friend, Vel, to the awesome “colored boy” Paris. And of course, Trudy’s grandmother Ida, who is almost the true star of the book. An excellent exploration of the racial issues of the 1960s without getting bogged down at all. If you get tired of the scary, often gruesome content of much current fiction, take a break with this novel! I’m glad I did.
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