Lily of the Springs by Carole Bellacera
Disclaimer: I received this book from the author in exchange for a review.
Summary: The 50's...Drive-in Movies, Doo-wop Music...and Love in the Back Seat of a '51...
Review: A tragic tale of a woman forced into a marriage, the question of what could have been, and how she finally finds happiness.
This book made me quite glad that I was not a woman of marrying age in the 1950s. Condoms and birth control are readily available and even if a condom breaks or a woman forgets to take her pill, there is a morning after option. Of course people still have to remember use methods of birth control. The one time that Jake forgot to use a condom, Lily got pregnant. Today, women (in the United States at least) are not forced to marry the man who got them pregnant and have the option to either have the baby, have an abortion, or give the baby up for adoption.
Even though Lily loved Jake, he didn’t really love her. Though he does mention that he loves her a few times, it was not a real love. It was a twisted love. Jake was physically, verbally, and emotionally abusive. It pains me to see Lily and how she gives up on her dream because of Jake. I am glad that she did have some spirit and was able to eventually realize how bad Jake was her and the children. She was finally able to leave and realize her dream.
Recommendation: I would recommend this book to fans of chick lit or fiction concerning women in the 1950s to 1970s.