|Gilded Lily by Vivian Winslow|
Published: May 2014
Age Group: Adult - 18A
Series: Gilded Flower #1
When I first read the blurb for Gilded Lily I was intrigued. Stories about women in their twenties who go through a relationship crisis are common and I really enjoy reading those stories especially if it leads to the woman finding her true love in the end. What can I say, I'm a romantic at heart.
So I started the story and it instantly grabbed me. I sympathized with Lily. I mean what a horrible sister, and they're twin! And let's not get started about this horrible fiancee. I get the whole social class marrying situation but it still doesn't sit right with me. Doesn't help that Lily's mother all but tries to explain to her daughter that affairs are expected and that she should just quietly forget what happened and carry on with the wedding. Well Lily is not forgiving and that was very evident when she calls off the wedding and decides to take a honeymoon for one to clear her head.
Now here's where the story lost me. I guess I was waiting for her to meet the one, not a bunch of sexual escapades. I just didn't understand their relevance to the story. A clear reasoning for this may be because the story was so short. We weren't given enough time to fully explore and understand each of the characters. I had no emotional attachment to them which made it hard to understand why they were acting the way they were.
The ending seemed ironic though. What irony she turns into the thing she runs from.
It was a good beginning. I think the story has great potential. Just personally I need more character development before becoming completely involved in the story.
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