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Praise for Lilies in Moonlight

“Flappers and family. Baseball and cosmetics. War and wealth. Give Allison Pittman those threads, and you have the rich tapestry that is Lilies in Moonlight. Lilly Margolis is an off-the-charts heroine that will have you fumbling to turn the pages to keep up with her. But it’s the honesty in Lilly and the entire cast of characters that is Pittman’s greatest gift to us in this compelling story.”
—Mona Hodgson, author of Two Brides Too Many and Too Rich for a Bride

“In Lilies in Moonlight, Allison Pittman offers a fine mix of sin, redemption, and history as an unflappable flapper takes a poignant ride through Prohibition-era Florida. From the homes of the wealthy to a backwoods tent revival, hard times and harder truths chase a wild girl and a warwounded man into the arms of a love that won’t let them go. By turns both heartbreaking and flat-out fun, this story is a gem.”
—Meg Moseley, author of When Sparrows Fall

Lilies in Moonlight transported me to a world radiant with the bold, jaunty spirit of the Jazz Age. I was completely absorbed in the story of Lilly, an unsinkable flapper who turns the pain of her past into a drive to live her life to the fullest. Allison Pittman’s novel is vastly entertaining, romantic, and deeply spiritual: a sparkling, fun read that also brought me to tears of sympathy for the characters. Beautifully written, this is a rich story of overcoming, hope, and love that surprised me in a wonderful way with every turn of the page—truly in a league of its own.”
—Rosslyn Elliott, author of Fairer than Morning

Lilies in Moonlight is a tender story full of mercy and grace. When two scarred souls meet in God-orchestrated circumstances, Mrs. Betty Ruth Burnside makes it her mission to meld them together. Her son, Cullen, has no desire to fellowship with a flapper. Yet Lilly Margolis has such magnetism, and she’s drawn to the Burnside’s elegance and wealth. How could such an unlikely match work?”
—Eileen Key, author of Forget-Me-Not

About the Author

Allison Pittman is the author of Stealing Home, The Bridegrooms, the Crossroads of Grace series, and Saturdays with Stella. A former high school English teacher, she serves as director of the theater arts group at her church. Allison makes her home in Texas with her husband and their three boys. Learn more about the author at

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah Books (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601421389
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601421388
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,776,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As far as I know, I have always been a writer. Before I could put words to page, I would dictate stories to my mother. I have always lulled myself to sleep by crafting stories--a new chapter each night. When God called me to write, I was thrilled to answer His prompting. And so it was, after a long conversation with my husband, I left a 20-year teaching career to pursue a new direction. It called for a HUGE step of faith, but God has kept me and our family safe.

I count every single one of my readers as one of God's blessings in my life, and I like to think of my stories as being the first step in a conversation. Please visit my website, and send me an email. It is one of my greatest joys to hear from you!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MereChristian on June 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
"Flappers are fun". So says author Alison Pittman, in the afterword to her new novel *Lilies of Moonlight*, and if one enjoys history, they will love the references, as I did. Fun for certain. :) The novel, which takes place in the mid-1920's, concerns a young woman named Lily Margolis. She has run from her hometown in Miresburgh, PA, to see the country, and seek out a more friendly climate. She is on the run from her cruel mother, and wants to find love somehow, someway.

The problem is that she looks for love in all the wrong places. She becomes every bit the "flapper" of iconic lore in American history, but not for any ideals of equality. She just wants to escape, and the best way, to her way of thinking, is to use her God-given beauty to get men to give her free things. She lies, cheats, steals, gets drunk, seduces men, and so forth. All for a free lunch.

One night, she gets drunk at a party she crashes after a move to Florida, and ends up in the lawn of a wealthy local family. Upon being discovered by the housekeeper, Eugenie, she meets said family. This being the horribly-scarred Cullen Burnside, injured in the Great War, and his mother, Betty Ruth, who is slowly sliding further into dementia.

Cullen's and Betty Ruth's lives are filled with sadness, regret, and belief that life is a shallow existence. Lilly provides light and vibrancy that shows them that life is fun and worthwhile. Meanwhile, they show her that love is real, and what she could have if she can reconcile with her mother. Does she? Do she and Cullen and Betty Ruth have a future? Most importanlty of all, will Lilly find faith in Christ? Those are the questions the novel answers.

The book was a truly fun read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mikeylynn on June 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
Lilies in the Moonlight by Allison Pittman is a historical novel set in the 1920s. I love this time period and that is what intrigued me to read the book. I have read a few other books by this author and enjoyed them immensely, though I don't think this one is my favorite.

The story is centered around Lilly Margolis, a flapper with a fun care free attitude and Cullen Burnside, a wealthy man who's life is scarred from the war. Cullen's mother is also a main character who suffers from dementia and has quite an attitude to go along with it.

The journey of the book takes you along a spiritual journey of Lilly and shows forgiveness is not always easy. The book is written differently then most books I've read, with the chapters being split up unusually. It took time for me to really get into the book but after the first few chapters it was more entertaining. I appreciate how Pittman did not hesitate to include the deeper feelings and actions of a typical young flapper girl.

The main reason I enjoyed this book is because of the time period and history that surrounded the characters. If this story was set in modern day, I wouldn't have enjoyed it nearly as much.

I would recommend Lilies in Moonlight for readers interested in a light historical novel.

Check out this website to read an excerpt: Lilies in Moonlight Chapter

Also, head over to this site to find out more about Allison Pittman and her writing.

"I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lydia on June 2, 2011
Format: Paperback
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This is my first review and I want to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the story. I loved picking up a few details about the time period and I became deeply engrossed in the journey, both physical & emotional, that the two main protaganists go through over the course of the story.
Cullen & Lily have both gone through periods in their life that have led to regrets and neither of them have been able to let go. Along with mistakes from his past, Cullen also has to cope with his mother's fragile emotional state. In the end, though, this story is about forgiveness. Forgiving yourself, forgiving others, and asking their forgiveness in return. I would highly recommend it.

'I received this book from the Waterbrook Multnomah Blogging for Books program for the purpose of reviewing it. All opinions were my own and not influenced by the publisher or author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Meredith Drake on January 23, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This was my first book to read by Alison Pittman and I don't plan on it being my last! Lilies in Moonlight is the story of Lily Margolis, a flapper looking for love and happiness. As a salesgirl, she finds herself in the home of Betty Ruth Burnside, a wealthy and kind woman who struggles with her memory. Through no fault of her own, Lily finds herself taken in by Betty Ruth while her ankle heals. Betty Ruth adores Lily and loves her in spite of her faults. Betty Ruth's son, Cullen, however, chooses to keep Lily at arm's length. Having failed in his career attempt at baseball, Cullen then went to war and returned wounded with facial and body scars.
While Lily tries to appear that she is free and happy, she is struggling to find peace within herself and with God. She ran away from her life in Philidelphia and from her religious and judgmental mother. When Lily meets Betty Ruth, she discovers a love that she wished she had known from her own mother. Betty Ruth shows her the love of Jesus and Lily longs to have the relationship with Jesus that she sees in Betty Ruth.
Cullen is also running from his past and searching to come to peace with the events of his past and his relationship with his deceased father.
While Cullen treats Lily differently than she has been treated by anyone else, they both struggle to understand the feelings that they are both dealing with.
I enjoyed this book so much and cannot wait to read more books by this author. I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for my review, but was not obligated to have a positive opinion.
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