Published by Simon & Schuster UK on January 1st 1970
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Sometimes the one who loves you is the one who hurts you the most.
This is definitely a book that had me thinking for a long time. First and foremost, I really enjoyed this book. I devoured it in one sitting.
Lily has moved to Boston and has dreams of opening a flower shop. Rye is a neurosurgeon and the last thing on his mind is a serious relationship. Lily meets Rye on top of a roof after delivering her Father’s eulogy. She is there to think about the funeral but also her life in Boston. Rye is there on the roof, after a rough day at work. They both notice each other and both feel a spark. A spark that does not quite go off because they are looking for different things in their lives.
Lily, unknowingly, hires Rye’s sister to work in her flower shop and thus runs into Rye again and the spark is still there. They begin to admit they have a growing attraction and feelings for each other. As their love story grows, we begin to learn more about Lily’s past though a diary that she kept. We learn of the unstable living environment that Lily grew up in and we also see her growing relationship with a homeless teenager who “lives” next door.
The stories are woven together brilliantly and I loved how the glimpses into the past compliment the growing story in the future. I do not want to give too much of the story away. I think it is pretty obvious from the description and Lily’s past story. What I do like is that the story is not quite so cut and dry. I liked all of the characters. They are all likable but not all of them do likable things. It is obvious what is going to go down, but do not let that deter you from reading this book. Sometimes it is not all about the ending but how one gets there. This book is a journey though one woman’s past to her present. Her physical and emotional struggles. Her growth as a person.