Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Longing for Lily by Tara Grace Ericson

About the Book
A rift twelve years in the making, and a second chance to do it right.
Lily Bloom is confident, capable, and better off alone. She experienced true love once, and she thinks she’ll never find it again. Instead, she throws her energy into building her event business at Storybook Barn, helping others take the dive into happily ever after.
Josh Elliot is the life of the party, with a successful photography business and wonderful friends. But there is something missing. He never had a doubt about the woman God made for him, but he failed her twelve years ago. Forever isn’t in the cards for them, but since she started hosting weddings at Bloom’s Farm, he is tortured with the unobtainable love of his life nearly every weekend.
Lily’s wedding venue and Josh’s photography business bring their worlds colliding once again, bringing old wounds to the surface and forcing the question: is what happened twelve years ago going to keep them apart forever? Or can God rescue the pieces of the love they once shared?

Longing for Lily is Book 4 in the popular Bloom Sisters Series. Each book can be read as a stand-alone, but this family will have you coming back for more!

My Thoughts
Josh has intrigued me since I first met him in Hawthorne’s novella and I was so happy that he was getting his own story!
And he was a great hero, he’d made mistakes in the past but had found forgiveness and was striving to be a better man. His heart never wavered from his love of Lily but he also listened to the Lord’s leading on when to pursue her and when to wait.
Lily was a bit of a tough one for me, she definitely was the prickly stubborn sort and had some massive walls up. I could understand how her past choices shaped who she was and caused her to pull away but I also got annoyed with the way she made assumptions about how people would react and made decisions for them.
It all worked out in the end though and Josh displayed some Christ-like love as her kept showing up for Lily even when she was pushing him away.
It was also fun to catch up with the other Bloom family members and their relationships! Looking forward to Rose’s story next!

Meet the Author
Tara Grace Ericson lives in Missouri with her husband and two sons. She studied engineering and worked as an engineer for many years before embracing her creative side to become a full-time author. Her first book, Falling on Main Street, was written mostly from airport waiting areas and bleak hotel rooms as she traveled in her position as a sales engineer. She loves cooking, crocheting, and reading books by the dozen. Her writing partner is usually her black lab - Ruby - and a good cup of coffee or tea. Tara unashamedly watches Hallmark movies all winter long, even though they are predictable and cheesy. She loves a good “happily ever after” with an engaging love story. That’s why Tara focuses on writing clean contemporary romance, with an emphasis on Christian faith and living. She wants to encourage her readers with stories of men and women who live out their faith in tough situations.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own. 


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