Book Review: Lilies in Moonlight

20 Jul

He’d lost his zest for life. She was just lost. Will they find the healing and love they long for? 

After a roaring night on the town, fun-loving flapper Lilly Margolis, dazed and disoriented, twists her ankle and falls into the backyard of a wealthy family where the effects of the Great War—over for more than half a decade—are still endured. Inside the walls of the Burnside mansion, Cullen Burnside, a disillusioned and disfigured veteran, and his widowed mother, Betty Ruth, who daily slips a little further into dementia, lead a lonely existence … until Lilly. Whimsical, lighthearted, and beautiful, she rejuvenates their sad, disconnected lives and blossoms in the light of their attention.

But Lilly, like Cullen, is hiding from a painful past. And when Cullen insists on returning her to her faraway home, their budding attraction seems destined to die on the vine. The resulting road trip becomes a journey of self-discovery—but what will Cullen and Lilly find at journey’s end?


Allison Pittman is the author of Stealing HomeThe Bridegrooms, the Crossroads of Grace series, and Saturdays with Stella. A former high school English teacher, she serves as director of the theater arts group at her church. Allison makes her home in Texas with her husband and their three boys. Learn more about the author at


My Impressions:

The Roaring Twenties come alive in Allison Pittman’s newest book, Lilies in Moonlight.  Lilly Margolis, an irrepressible flapper, literally falls into the lives of Cullen Burnside and his mother Betty Ruth.  The Burnsides have been shut away from the world at large due to Cullen’s WWI injuries and Betty Ruth’s selective senility.  Yet the charming Lilly makes her way into their lives and their hearts, bringing a vitality that the Burnside home has not seen in years.

Filled with the culture and fashion of the 1920’s, Lilies in Moonlight is a wonderfully entertaining historical romance.   This novel captures the Jazz Age, with its witty repartee, silent movie-caption chapter lead-ins, and the almost frenetic feel of the flapper life.  But it has a depth of spiritual truth that makes this novel a deeper read than the typical flapper book. Lilly has been hurt deeply by her overly religious and judgmental mother, who sought to put her own sin on her daughter.  And Cullen, with both the physical and emotional scars of war, has his own healing to contend with. Through a wild road trip in a 1923 Peerless automobile, complete with visits to a campground, tent revival, and a shimmy shack, the two discover the grace, love and provision of God.

A quick read, Lilies in Moonlight is perfect for the lover of authentic historical romance who likes a little depth to the characters and plot.



(I received Lilies in Moonlight from Multnomah Publishing in return for a review.  The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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