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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

47 review for Where Daffodils Bloom

  1. 4 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. 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.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bo Burnette

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    sally strohm

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    imelda grindrod

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    pamela bergman

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    Sarah

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    Carolyn Smith

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    Raffaela DiBella

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    Lori Crossley

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    Linda Lacchia

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  18. 4 out of 5

    Els

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    Hanna

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    Jana Tenbrook (Reviews from the Stacks)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lilian

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jesseca Wheaton

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