Blog Tour Review: Lily of the Valley by Sarah Daltry
Book two of the Flowering series was… as good or better than the first, Forget Me Not. To a point, it’s the same timeline, but all told from Jack’s perspective. I read it in half a day, to be honest, it was amazing, and I loved it. I then went straight to the next one, and so on and so forth.
On a different note, I want to say I did read some of the reviews as I posted mine. All I have to say is… the inner life of some people must be quite terrible and cold if they thing Jack’s past is not enough to explain how damaged he is. But enough of that, let’s talk about something more interesting, Sarah Daltry’s book!
Title: Lily of the Valley
Author: Sarah Daltry
Cover: Shoutlines Design
18+ New Adult contemporary
Jack’s story isn’t pretty. He’s suicidal, depressed, and he uses meaningless sex and alcohol to survive. However, the story is about finding light in the darkness, but sometimes the road there isn’t always easy to walk.
“No one tells you about pain. They tell you that it hurts, that sometimes it’s consuming. What they don’t tell you is that it’s not the pain that can kill you. It’s the uncomfortable numbness that follows, the weakness in your body when you realize your lungs may stop taking in air and you just can’t exert enough energy to care. It’s the way taste and color and smell fade from the world and all you’re left with is a sepia print of misery. That’s when the shift starts – the movement from passive to active. I fall asleep, hoping that the morning will bring back the pain. At least the pain is a thing.”
I’m a plague, a cancer. My mom is dead – and my father is in prison for it. I survived high school because college was my way out. I needed to escape, to get away from my family and the people who tortured me, but it hasn’t grown any easier.
I don’t pretend that I’m a good person. I drink far more than I should, and I use my best friend, Alana, because together, we thrive on destroying each other – as well as the parts of us we hate. I don’t believe in love, but sex is fun and it also makes me feel something.
The morning I see Lily, the beautiful princess who smells inexplicably like strawberries every time I see her, I realize I’m in trouble. I should hate her. I want to hate her, because the alternative terrifies me. However, as she continues to crash into my life (often literally), I can’t avoid feeling something that is the one thing I swore I would never feel. I can’t fall in love, because people like me don’t live in a world where love saves anyone.
She just won’t go away, though, and I don’t know if I can keep running. The voices and the darkness hover over me and they threaten to bring me back to the safety of my hate, but the stupid scent of strawberries lingers on the horizon, as something like hope.
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Jack’s perspective makes for a darker, grittier read, there’s more angst and there’s a lot of pain. I loved seeing everything through his eyes, the book gave more depth to all characters, Lily, Jack, and Alana. It is a journey through the soul of a man who watched his father kill his drug addict mother in front of him at a very early age, and then had to deal with the cruelty of the world as they picked on him and bullied him for being the son of his parents, as well as poor.
Jack grew up by going through day after day of being told he was a loser, he’d end up like his father, and that he was worthless. He grew up with a maternal grandmother that indulged addictions in her attempt to provide some sort of happiness to her loved ones. He grew up with her pressure to forgive his father for killing his mother, as well as his hate for what his father had done, a deep love for a woman who loved drugs a lot more than her son, and a building rage against the world that did nothing but add to the pain Jack was already in.
Ostracized and bullied, Jack grew up with only two friends, Dave and Alana, and even with them, his relationships are a bit dysfunctional. With a suicide attempt, the murder of his mother by his father, and the constant struggle with a world hell bent on putting him down, Jack finds love with Lily. The problem is he does not really know how to love, how to be in a relationship, how to make it work. He is however smart enough to realize just what he has found and fight for it with everything he’s got.
This book brought me to tears quite a few times and I did want to kick the asses of everyone in Jack’s school, along with everyone who’d every hurt him. This is not an easy read, it will have your heart and gut in a twist and your emotions will be all over the place. Yet I wouldn’t dream of tell you anything else but get your copy and start reading this series!
P.S. I’d like to tell you again, that although I did join Sarah’s tour, I bought the books before it, I just didn’t have a chance to read and review them before. I’m just happy I got the nudge to finally start.
About the author:
Sarah Daltry is a girl who writes books. The books are in all genres, because Sarah’s not so great at committing to things. She’s happily married and she and her husband live with their cats in New England. Sarah is painfully shy and, if you are able to find her, she is probably in a corner, hiding. She also wrote Bitter Fruits, Backward Compatible: A Geek Love Story, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock: A Modern Reimagining, and The Quiver of a Kiss: The Seduction of Helen of Troy, as well as several short stories and works of erotica.
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