‘This book was laugh-out-loud hilarious and give-me-a-box-of-tissues heartbreaking. I loved it so much!… I literally went back and reread some parts a few times just because they were so funny! It’s a beautiful story and I’m sure it’ll stick with me.’ Tales of a Bookbound Mum, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The must-read book of 2019! Equal parts heartwarming and heartbreaking, fans of Jojo Moyes, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine and One Day in December will love this special novel by Drew Davies.
It’s me, Joy, your much wiser and (very rather) older sister. I thought I’d start a new tradition of letter writing – now that we’re long distance.
On the plane over here, I began to cry in seat 21C. I think the magnitude of it in spite of everything hit me, after everything that happened…
I haven’t even unpacked yet – the only thing I’ve taken out of my suitcase is Harville, your beloved childhood teddy. Sorry for stealing him, but I need him more than you do. Every time I look at that little brown bear I think about our childhood. Keep in mind that dance we made up to Annie’s ‘It’s a Hard Knock Life’? (Take into account that the broom choreography?)
I’m also sorry for abandoning you – I’ve at all times been your agony aunt, and a buffer in your infamous shouting matches with Mum. But I had to leave, Lily, I had to.
Anyway, I’m here now. I’m here to start over, and to face up to the past. I want to learn to laugh again, and to find someone to love who will maybe even love me back. You at all times told me I used to be just getting by, not in fact living, so I’m in spite of everything doing it. Wish me luck, little sister.
A beautiful book-club read for anyone who has ever hit rock bottom, longed for a fresh start, or needed to heal a broken, aching heart.
Readers absolutely love Dear Lily:
‘Hysterical and unbelievably relatable… This book was so funny and romantic, but at the same time, extremely emotional… Broke my heart and then turned around and put it back together again.’ Goodreads reviewer
‘An absolute delight to read!… This book took me through such a wide array of emotions – I was laughing one minute and practically crying the next… A roller coaster ride of emotions and a very surprising twist… Entertaining, fun and able to make you shed a few tears, you wish to have to get your hands on this fab book!’ It’s All About the Thrill
‘All I can say is WOW.’ Shelley’s Book Nook, 5 stars
‘This book is wonderful. Simply wonderful. I can’t recommend it enough. Funny, heartfelt, wise, sweet. It had me laughing and crying. Perfect.’ JTHBooks, 5 stars
‘I absolutely loved this book!… Made me laugh out loud… I am sad to say goodbye to these vibrant characters. I can miss them.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Loved, loved this beautiful book… I laughed, I cried. I can be gifting this book to friends… Grab this book – you’re in for a treat.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars
‘I fell in love… . This book was so funny and romantic, but at the same time, extremely emotional. Her letters to Lily broke my heart and then turned around and put it back together again.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘A heartbreaking, yet heartwarming read, I cried, I laughed then I cried some more. Fabulous!’ Goodreads Reviewer
‘This book shook me to my core! It is filled with such heartache, beginnings, and life emotions… It was the perfect ending to a perfect book!!’ Literacy Indulgence, 5 stars
‘A cute, endearing, heartwarming, hilarious, tear-jerker of a book. I found myself crying and then suddenly laughing out loud at the same time. If you are a fan of Eleanor Oliphant or cute little rom-coms, this book is for you.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars