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Lily Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 1995

4.8 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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First novelist Bonner's sensitive, winning western, set in Texas in 1883, depicts the romance between a 15-year-old farmer's daughter and the youngest member of a gang of notorious outlaws.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Onyx; Reprint edition (February 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451404394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451404398
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.9 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,961,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Born in Corpus Christi, Texas, Cindy Bonner now calls the mountains of northern New Mexico home. In addition to four award-winning historical novels published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, she is the author of numerous short stories, essays, and book reviews. The mother of two grown sons and one grandson, Cindy has a dog and a significant other. An avid watcher of birds, the weather, and the political goings-on in Washington, D.C., she claims to be a bottomless well of spotty information on history and the meaning of life.

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Format: Hardcover
I think that this book is one of the best romances that I've ever read. I have also been charmed by the character Marion Beatty. He's 6'0 and I love guys at that height! Well, as far as Texas goes, this is pretty much in short of what it really was like back then. It felt as if I were right there with them. I imagined that I was Lily all the time and when they stopped in that one barn that was owned by someone off on Christmas vacation, and made love with each other. I was scared when Lily was, loving when she was, but angry at her when she got mad at Marion for little things. I felt so sorry for him at those times. if ever someone wants a comedic, romantic, and a little saddening tale about after the Civil War, this is the perfect one.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Lily is a wonderful and touching love story. I found myself immersed within the story. Cindy Bonner goes into great detail how life really was back in the days of stage-coach robberies and shoot-outs. I could not put it down. The story is told from Lily's point of view which really makes the reader see everything through Lily's eyes, going through everything she goes through. I greatly recommend this novel for anyone who likes love stories with high adventure in historical times. I love this story!
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This is not a formula romance. It is deeper, better written, and more realistic than most so-called romance books. I absolutely loved this book and recommend it highly. It is written in the first person, and with such charm and honesty, I immediately cared deeply for the characters. I hope this auther writes more novels. She is an extremely gifted story-teller!
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This book was very good. Out of all the books that I have read, this book is my favorite. It has adventure, drama, romance, action and suspense. My one friend recommended it to me, and now I'm recommending it to all of you surfers. This book will make you laugh and cry as you see Lily go through good and rough times.
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By A Customer on May 13, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
While I agree with the previous statements regarding Bonner's "Lily: A Love Story," I can't help but want to point out that I didn't always like Lily. But similar to Marion Beatty, Lily DeLony becomes likeable through growth and change. Yes Lily was intelligent. Yes she was strong willed and yes she was a hard worker. But Lily was also a child, falling in love for the first time. And her actions at times frustrated me, where on the one hand she appeared to be independent and then suddenly dependent on Marion almost too much. She contradicted herself more times than Marion lied. But there in lies the beauty to Bonner's writing. She successfully made this reader feel for the characters and care for them, as well as identify with Lily's guilt over familial duty and wish for a life away from her existing one. Bonner's historical research into the history of McDade and the Beatty's is also a nice touch and lent a realism that was not exaggerated. A very entertaining read.
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Format: Hardcover
I think that this book is one of the best romances that I've ever read. I have also been charmed by the character Marion Beatty. He's 6'0 and I love guys at that height! Well, as far as Texas goes, this is pretty much in short of what it really was like back then. It felt as if I were right there with them. I imagined that I was Lily all the time and when they stopped in that one barn that was owned by someone off on Christmas vacation, and made love with each other. I was scared when Lily was, loving when she was, but angry at her when she got mad at Marion for little things. I felt so sorry for him at those times. if ever someone wants a comedic, romantic, and a little saddening tale about after the Civil War, this is the perfect one.
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By A Customer on May 23, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In Cindy Bonner's first novel, 15 year old Lily DeLony falls madly in love with Marion "Shot" Beatty, the youngest of the "Beatty Gang". In the beginning Lily, a church going girl, resists Marion's charms although she is eventually won over by the bronze haired robber. After a town shootout and lynching, the two run away together and marry only to be burdened with the law after them.
I found Lily to be a good story, but not as good as her latest book Right from Wrong. Luckily the Seattle weather was wonderful this weekend and I was able to sit in the sun and read this book within one day.
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