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“If she stopped now, she might still be able to pick up the pieces and live that nice, safe life she’d always wanted. But after today…” In a tiny town on the coast of Lancashire, Lily Brown is trying to hold her life together. With England in the throes of World War II, her alcoholic father a prisoner overseas, and her mother struggling to make ends meet, she is convinced t “If she stopped now, she might still be able to pick up the pieces and live that nice, safe life she’d always wanted. But after today…” In a tiny town on the coast of Lancashire, Lily Brown is trying to hold her life together. With England in the throes of World War II, her alcoholic father a prisoner overseas, and her mother struggling to make ends meet, she is convinced that marrying her wealthy suitor is the best way to take care of the family. Until a blue-eyed American soldier turns her world upside-down. Based on a true story, this beautifully researched biographical novel follows Lily’s journey as she finds herself torn between the country she loves and the man who has stolen her heart. Haunted by childhood memories, afraid of putting aside her own plans, and faced with a future nothing like what she expected, will she find the courage to forge a new life in America? Or will she let her fears—and the past she can’t let go of—destroy her chance for happiness with the man who adores her? Leya Delray has captured my parents’ personalities as if she knew them her entire life. Using family stories and historical research, she has created a novel that is completely captivating. I’m so excited about this book! —Sharon Crenshaw, Daughter I felt transported back in time. An incredible and factual piece of writing. —Kathy Matthews, Niece I grew up with these stories and know them by heart. Yet from the moment I read the first chapter, I couldn’t turn the pages quick enough! A stunning job indeed. —Susan Sproles, Daughter


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“If she stopped now, she might still be able to pick up the pieces and live that nice, safe life she’d always wanted. But after today…” In a tiny town on the coast of Lancashire, Lily Brown is trying to hold her life together. With England in the throes of World War II, her alcoholic father a prisoner overseas, and her mother struggling to make ends meet, she is convinced t “If she stopped now, she might still be able to pick up the pieces and live that nice, safe life she’d always wanted. But after today…” In a tiny town on the coast of Lancashire, Lily Brown is trying to hold her life together. With England in the throes of World War II, her alcoholic father a prisoner overseas, and her mother struggling to make ends meet, she is convinced that marrying her wealthy suitor is the best way to take care of the family. Until a blue-eyed American soldier turns her world upside-down. Based on a true story, this beautifully researched biographical novel follows Lily’s journey as she finds herself torn between the country she loves and the man who has stolen her heart. Haunted by childhood memories, afraid of putting aside her own plans, and faced with a future nothing like what she expected, will she find the courage to forge a new life in America? Or will she let her fears—and the past she can’t let go of—destroy her chance for happiness with the man who adores her? Leya Delray has captured my parents’ personalities as if she knew them her entire life. Using family stories and historical research, she has created a novel that is completely captivating. I’m so excited about this book! —Sharon Crenshaw, Daughter I felt transported back in time. An incredible and factual piece of writing. —Kathy Matthews, Niece I grew up with these stories and know them by heart. Yet from the moment I read the first chapter, I couldn’t turn the pages quick enough! A stunning job indeed. —Susan Sproles, Daughter

30 review for Where Daffodils Bloom

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kellyn Roth

    Original Review: Whoa. Just ... whoa. This is an incredible story ... and it's even more incredible because great portions of it are true! Full review to come! I need paperback nowwwWWWWwww! And another spoiler for content which I will also forget: (view spoiler)[Super clean! Kisses, of course, but not a single one described in detail, and none just randomly for the thrill or whatever. Natural attraction between a couple, but again, super clean and tasteful. A couple mentions of girls trying to attr Original Review: Whoa. Just ... whoa. This is an incredible story ... and it's even more incredible because great portions of it are true! Full review to come! I need paperback nowwwWWWWwww! And another spoiler for content which I will also forget: (view spoiler)[Super clean! Kisses, of course, but not a single one described in detail, and none just randomly for the thrill or whatever. Natural attraction between a couple, but again, super clean and tasteful. A couple mentions of girls trying to attract inappropriate attention to themselves, which was again tasteful, as well as a married woman trying to convince a married man to have an affair with her (again, tasteful). (hide spoiler)] I can't wait to tell you more!!! I stayed up until 4:00 AM reading it, haha - I just had to finish! And now I'm going to go die!! EDITED TO SAY: THE COVERRRRRRR I NEEEDDDDD!!! The Official Review: I couldn't put this book down! It was just so ... well, so amazing! I literally cannot wait for the next book the author puts out! I hope she writes another about WW2 - or something similar, at any rate. It was just. so. good. I think the writing style was part of it. It made sense, and was a great mix of fun and emotional (e.g. my kind of story). Another big part was the theme. It was, well, beautiful. I rarely see someone teach faith and trust (in God, in your husband, etc.) in such a clear, decisive manner - but without being too preachy. It was taught through the characters' characters, good and bad, their mannerisms, and what they did - as any good theme is! Forgiveness was also a big theme. One of my favorite characters was definitely the hero. He was just such a great guy! A Southern American who likes to have fun, to get AWOL to meet his lady fair, etc. I LOVED his devotion to Lily ... and his steadfastness ... and basically everything about him. I wasn't sure what to think about Lily at several points. She sometimes seemed rather selfish or petty - but I guess I wouldn't act any better if I were put through the situations she was. Probably worse, actually. ;) But in the end, I ended up liking her. Overall, the story was well-constructed, gripping, emotional, amusing, and a fantastic look into a real-life story that was frankly amazing! I loved all the little twists and turns and the deepness of the characters' development and just ... wow. Everything. Such a good story! Thanks for letting me read it, Leya! It was a huge blessing - and like I said, I was up until 4 AM with this book! ~Kellyn Roth, Reveries Reviews

  2. 5 out of 5

    Elsie Stoltzfus

    Where Daffodils Bloom is a delight to read! It made me laugh and it made me cry. It felt so real! I loved every moment of it, and would highly recommend it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    Incredible story of life, love and commitment of an English war bride and an American soldier. Based on a true story it tells of their personal struggles to be together during and after WWII. Recommended read for all who think they know all about what love really is.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bo Burnette

    Wow. This story is so incredible you almost can't believe it's true, yet the details ring with an authenticity that only comes from an author who has done her research, and Leya Delray certainly has. Fred and Lily's story is in turns sweet, passionate, and heart-wrenchingly emotional. My only complaint with the book is the frequent time-jumps. Months and even years flit by between chapters with no explanation of what happened between, and while I know the author was constrained by the bounds of r Wow. This story is so incredible you almost can't believe it's true, yet the details ring with an authenticity that only comes from an author who has done her research, and Leya Delray certainly has. Fred and Lily's story is in turns sweet, passionate, and heart-wrenchingly emotional. My only complaint with the book is the frequent time-jumps. Months and even years flit by between chapters with no explanation of what happened between, and while I know the author was constrained by the bounds of real life's events, it did leave me with unanswered questions (mainly because I was so caught up in the character's lives!). Overall a solid historical story and stunning debut novel!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    One of the most delightful reads of this year--I enjoyed every bit of it. A fine tale of romance, broken ordinary lives, and steadfast commitment. Best of all it's based on a true WWII story, and the writing is top-notch quality! It's hard to put down, and is up there with other compelling WWII books like "War In The Wasteland" by Douglas Bond and "Paris Underground" by Etta Shiber.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    So good! Such a wonderful and beautiful story of love & commitment! I did not want the book to end. Looking forward to more books by Leya Delray!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn B.

    Not "just a book" I'm not a big fan of reading on Kindle, but my supply of books had run out. I'd been reading a lot of historical fiction and World War 2. I'm still not sure how this book caught my attention, but it did. Then I didn't get to reading it for another few weeks! I started it one afternoon and finished it after dinner.....loved the story Loved the characters nd it wasn't until I reached the end and saw photos that I realized it was a true story! That made it even more delightful! I w Not "just a book" I'm not a big fan of reading on Kindle, but my supply of books had run out. I'd been reading a lot of historical fiction and World War 2. I'm still not sure how this book caught my attention, but it did. Then I didn't get to reading it for another few weeks! I started it one afternoon and finished it after dinner.....loved the story Loved the characters nd it wasn't until I reached the end and saw photos that I realized it was a true story! That made it even more delightful! I won't see daffodils without thinking of my new 'friends'! I won't at anything more except READ IT.....you won't be disappointed!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Ibarra

    It is the last year of the WWII and Lily lives in a town in England where Americans have arrived to help the Allies in the war, among them Freddie. Lily knows she will soon marry Paul, a very wealthy and kind boy who is madly in love with her. She will then be able to help her family who barely makes ends meet. Her father and one brother are far away fighting. When Freddie sets his eyes on her, he immediately knows this is the girl for her, and Lily also feels something she has never felt before It is the last year of the WWII and Lily lives in a town in England where Americans have arrived to help the Allies in the war, among them Freddie. Lily knows she will soon marry Paul, a very wealthy and kind boy who is madly in love with her. She will then be able to help her family who barely makes ends meet. Her father and one brother are far away fighting. When Freddie sets his eyes on her, he immediately knows this is the girl for her, and Lily also feels something she has never felt before. The problem is that he is poor and lives in America. For me, the most interesting part of the book is asking the questions: who would you marry? A wealthy and kind boy in love with you and who lives in your country or a poor boy in love with you who lives on the other side of the ocean? If you had asked me this questions many years ago, I would go for the poor one. Now, I would definitely use my head and go for the wealthy one. This is a difficult choice Lily will have to make, as it will mark her whole life and, to a certain extent, that of her family. In the end, I did not like completely the character of the boy she chose. I would have expected more from him and wouldn't have been able to live with him. A novel based on real life.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gail A.

    The author is quite brilliant in how she develops her characters, Lily and Fred two of the main characters and a layered storyline which has an ever present sliver of darkness and secrets that haunts Lily and her ability to trust in love. Her struggle to bring the darkness to light is a theme throughout. This all set within the demands of WW11 in England and Lily’s love, Fred, an American soldier who loved her from the moment he saw her and never gave up on their love. The family bonds and loyal The author is quite brilliant in how she develops her characters, Lily and Fred two of the main characters and a layered storyline which has an ever present sliver of darkness and secrets that haunts Lily and her ability to trust in love. Her struggle to bring the darkness to light is a theme throughout. This all set within the demands of WW11 in England and Lily’s love, Fred, an American soldier who loved her from the moment he saw her and never gave up on their love. The family bonds and loyalties are woven into the story as years pass and truths are known. The love between mother and daughter is a powerful force of hope, sacrifice and truth. Amazing writing.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

    Fast reading book. WWII era brought many U.S. military men and English bride stories! I loved the telling of this union. I live in a small Midwestern city in Illinois and went to school with two girls who had mums from England! My brother married a Scottish girl from Edinburgh while serving in the U.S. Air Force! My husband and I traveled to Edinburgh with my brother and Betty and spent two weeks with her family! I could relate!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lady Lesley

    I have read many books based on people who lived through World War II. This is not a WWII story as claimed and it is by far one of the worst books I have read. These characters were on the outside of the War and not directly involved in it. The true story (?) of this couple could have and should have been written a thousand times better. Pictures of the couple and family were at the end of the book. Placing a picture of the couple in the time period at the beginning of the story would have helpe I have read many books based on people who lived through World War II. This is not a WWII story as claimed and it is by far one of the worst books I have read. These characters were on the outside of the War and not directly involved in it. The true story (?) of this couple could have and should have been written a thousand times better. Pictures of the couple and family were at the end of the book. Placing a picture of the couple in the time period at the beginning of the story would have helped a great deal because the author did a very poor job at describing their images of what these folks looked like; it was anybody's guess. The skipping of important details with a jumping, nonsensical time line, and surface writing of emotions the characters might have experienced demonstrate that the author is afraid to allow the reader to be immersed into the story and become connected to the characters in any meaningful way. I gave it a single star because there is not a selection for ZERO that indicates don't bother reading this book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    Heart-warning, page turner Phenomenal. I love history. This book included an aspect of romance that was tasteful and sweet. I’m not usually one for romances! I couldn’t stop turning the pages. Freddie, is so endearing and trusting. I loves his character. I was surprised, at the end, to learn is was based on a true story. Oh! So wonderful.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rose Laughman

    I loved how true to the actual facts this story was. This book keeps you interested from beginning to end. I also liked in the end she told of facts and fiction.When you finish the book you feel like you really knew this family and miss everyone of them.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tracey S Choat

    Based on true events I did enjoy this book about Fred and Lily. I especially like to read about the 2 world wars. This is a real life love story about an American GI and an English woman who fell in love during WW2.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mary McCormick-Gendzel

    Could be a Hallmark movie about the trials of love, from an alcoholic father. Faith filled mother and devoted American GI I am a sucker for daffodils, and the Song of Songs so my heart was touched Not great literature but inspiring true story

  16. 4 out of 5

    connie pickett

    Failed to deliver Love ww2 stories. As a 4th generation Floridian and from a family with several ww2 vets this book promised a good plot. Characters were not developed.... sloppy timeline.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sandy VanPoolen

    Enjoyable I enjoy books of this era, particularly based on true stories. This author's writing made the characters seem very real. Good descriptions of events and surroundings. Emotions (joy, anger, doubt, fear, love) were all well written. Thank you.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amanda M. Duncan

    I knew the amazing couple whose life this book is based on. Leya Delray did a beautiful job not only writing their story but also in capturing the essence of who they were. I laughed and I cried. I will enjoy this book over and over and I love to share it with others!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Aimee Borden

    What a cute, easy read. i loved the history knowing its based on a true story.. 4⭐💕📖

  20. 4 out of 5

    Anne Fallon

    even though based on a true story, and set to be a ww2 novel, this was a thin love story , I actually found it hard to finish

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ron Bernt

    A great historical book I am not usually fond of historical books but this book held my attention. The characters were believable and interesting and I couldn't put It down.

  22. 4 out of 5

    kathy blank

    Romance Beautifully written story based on real people. This was hard to put down and I feel as if I know the family. Great read!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Randi

    Good read Great story line and mostly true. I loved the family update at the end. A little too much “God-driven” for me but still a very sweet story!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    Picture of love No matter what the circumstance Freddie always had trust and hope - in people and in his God. He and Lily had struggles we all can relate to. Great read!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rose Lambert

    Beautiful Lovely story about people's struggles during a dark period of time. But try preserved and left chicken to carry on their name.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Haslett

    Good book, well written. The story gives you a glimpse into life in the World War II era. Good story and good information about that era

  27. 4 out of 5

    Linda M. Vest

    Love conquers all Love the story, made me feel like I was there with them. Cudo's to the author. BA well written story.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Chandru CS

    Head I'm in love.I'll be there by your side effects on this issue?the first place for us.you should get some more

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cass Swamba

  30. 4 out of 5

    Carol Sinkinson

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