Book Description on Amazon:
Peace Lily is the sequel to DAFFODILS and book two of the ‘Katherine Wheel’ series.
After the appalling losses suffered during World War One, three of its survivors long for peace, unaware that its aftermath will bring different, but still daunting, challenges.
Katy trained as a mechanic during the war and cannot bear to return to the life of drudgery she left behind. A trip to America provides the dream ticket she has always craved and an opportunity to escape the strait-jacket of her working class roots. She jumps at the chance, little realising that it will change her life forever, but not in the way she’d hoped.
Jem lost not only an arm in the war, but also his livelihood, and with it, his self esteem. How can he keep restless Katy at home and provide for his wife? He puts his life at risk a second time, attempting to secure their future and prove his love for her.
Cassandra has fallen deeply in love with Douglas Flintock, an American officer she met while driving ambulances at the Front. How can she persuade this modern American to adapt to her English country way of life, and all the duties that come with inheriting Cheadle Manor? When Douglas returns to Boston, unsure of his feelings, Cassandra crosses the ocean, determined to lure him back.
As they each try to carve out new lives, their struggles impact on each other in unforeseen ways.
Five out of Five Stars
Even though this was the second book in a series, it can certainly be read as a standalone book. Katy Phipps and Cass Smythe come from two very different worlds but show how their worlds have collided. The journey of the two girls through the war in Daffodils shows how they are alike and how they are different. The war changed so many things and so many things were left unchanged. But Katy accompanies Cassandra across the ocean for a trip to Boston. The story details their adventures of love and friendship in Boston. But when things go very wrong and Katy returns early, Jem, Katy’s husband, stands by her for all time. Katy wants to dream of a better life but seems to always have roadblocks thrown in front of her.
Martin’s character development and descriptions bring these families to life. I felt myself cheering for their successes and crying for their setbacks.
While there wasn’t nearly the historical references in Peace Lily, I recommend this book for anyone looking for an enjoyable read. I’m hoping that there will be another book in the series and Martin has left that door open.
From Goodreads description: They were the descendants of Man and Fae. They walked between worlds – as healers, mystics, even kings – but no more. He thought he was the last, alone and lost, until the day he saw them.
Irish teens Maureen O’Malley and Sean McAndrew are lost in time. To find a way home, they must curry favor with pirates, dodge a revolution, and defy a king out of Ireland’s deepest legends.
They are Changelings, and they have magic in their blood – magic, which will rekindle a centuries-old war that threatens to tear the very fabric of time.
Five out of Five Stars
Katie Sullivan’s debut novel is a roaring success and I look forward to reading more of her work. I have enjoyed D/A Dialogues (the blog between the Druid and the Author) and the actual book featuring D was even better.
I devoured this book in a day and a half – it was too good to put down. The story was interesting and engaging. But the characters were amazing. I felt like I was traveling along with Sean and Maureen. I saw what they saw and felt what they felt. I hated when the book ended (although I’m thrilled to know there is a sequel next year). The last few chapters I couldn’t read fast enough because I wanted to know how it was going to end, but when I was done I felt sad that it was over.
I won’t go into the particulars of the story, but Sean and Maureen definitely go on adventures of a time travel sort and meet Dubh along the way. As they enter into other times and worlds, there is a balance between wanting to change history and not changing history.
I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a great adventure. It is suitable for all audiences (which is a huge bonus). While teens would enjoy this book, it appealed to me as an adult as well.
Lonely on the shelf
Like a doll waiting for play.
No one to talk to
Whilst you go about your day.
I’m set aside, forgotten.
But I’ll be right here
Waiting until you return.
Nothing is different
Your needs come first. Mine second.
I’ll wait for your arrival.
Lonely on the shelf
Where you’ve hidden me away
I sit patiently
At least for now I will wait
Someday you’ll find the shelf cold.