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Lily: A Love Story Hardcover – October 1, 1992


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books; 1st edition (October 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0945575955
  • ISBN-13: 978-0945575955
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5.1 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,054,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Loosely based on historical events and possessing a simple, frontier-legend plot--farmer's daughter and dashing outlaw fall for each other--this sensitive, winning western a la Larry McMurtry might easily attract fans outside its genre. The year is 1883. The town is McDade, Tex. Narrator Lily Delony, 15, can't stop thinking about 18-year-old Marion Beatty, kid brother of three notorious ruffians known as "the Beatty gang." Marion begs Lily, "Don't judge me by them over there"--meaning his robbing, murdering siblings--and she trusts him, risking her reputation to sneak out with him at night. When McDade's citizens organize a posse to rid themselves once and for all of the Beatty gang, Lily is torn between loyalty to her respectable family and love for her gun-totin' Romeo. First novelist Bonner credibly conveys her heroine's sincerity, bravery and naivete as well as rugged Marion's charming-yet-dangerous persona. Even readers who ordinarily shun shoot-'em-up, rough-and-ready novels will sympathize with the lovers and become caught up in this exciting story.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

YA-- In the small Texas town of McDade, young girls are expected to help with farm work, cook for the family, watch the children, and stay away from disreputable men. But wham, bam, boom! Lily DeLony, oldest child of a widowed father, falls smack-dab, head-over-heels in love with Marion Beatty, of the notorious Beatty brothers, ignoring the very suitable, but very boring, college student Daniel O'Barr. Texas of 1883 is reenacted in this first novel, from scenes of hardworking, church-going families who labor over their crops and try to set aside a little money to those like the Beattys, who earn their money by robbing others and spending it on drink and women. ``Why'd I have to be the one to see the good in him . . . ?'' Lily asks. As she comes to know him better, she realizes he has played an important role in the Beatty gang and his nickname of ``Shot'' was not earned by ineptness. The moral dilemma of right and wrong, good and bad reoccurs to Lily. Is Marion bad because he's robbed a store? Isn't he also good because he loves her, offering her the first fun and happiness she's ever had? YAs will understand exactly why Lily leaves her family for the uncertain life on the lam with the sweet-talking Marion in this romance based on a true incident. --Pam Spencer, Thomas Jefferson Sci-Tech, Fairfax County, VA
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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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Cindy...if you read this....please write more books!
Mommabear
I read this in high school and its still my favorite love story 12 years later.
Michelle
I really admire her, and I wish more people knew about her work.
Wild Irish Rose

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Diaz on April 9, 2003
Format: Hardcover
After falling in love with an outlaw, Lily Delony must battle an internal conflict growing inside of her. It is a fight for true love against her family and the whole town. Her heart belongs to Marion Beatty, the youngest brother of an outlaw gang. When the town of McDade sets up to capture and hang the Beatty gang, Lily discovers that her father is part of the vigilante group. Marion and Lily have hidden their love long enough. On the night of the captures Lily and Marion run off togerther hoping to start a new life. They did not leave the town alone though. Marion was wanted for murder and abduction, and the sheriff was hot on his trail. After getting married, both move in with a family member and begin their life. When Marion runs into the sheriff, he turns himself in and is takin back to McDade. Lily is reunited with her father, but is sadden. Her father does not recognise the marriage license and burns it. Lily rides into town with only one motive on her mind, how to get Marion out of jail.
This book is a wonderful love story. It has suspense and romantic love scenes. The authors descriptive form of writing places vivid pictures in your mind. Teenagers and young adults anre recommended to read this novel. It is a page tuurner that will not allow you to sleep.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By contrary_weasel on June 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I am a 32 year old college graduate and mother of two. I have always loved to read, so I've read a LOT of books. This book remains one of my all-time favorites! It has a wide age-range of appeal. I discovered it at age 24, and would wholeheartedly recommend it for any female age 12 or so and up, right on through adulthood. It's filled with the sweetly romantic love that young girls crave, and for those of us who hate the "adult" romance novels for their annoyingly stereotypical scenes and descriptions, this is a delightful change of pace. It's not inspidly sweet and juvenile by any means, though. If you can find this book, even at a public library, get ahold of it and enjoy it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wild Irish Rose on July 30, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Lily is by FAR my all time favorite book! I am a hopeless romantic, and I was so sick of those sleazy, mechanical, graphic romance novels. Lily is the perfect love story. It's the "Romeo and Juliet" of the west in a way, told through the eyes of an enchanting 15 year old girl. Cindy Bonner is an incredibly talented author. I really admire her, and I wish more people knew about her work. If you only read one book this year, let this be the one! I've read it at least 5 times now, and I never tire of it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 7, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is the best book I've had my hands oon for a long time! Bonner pulls you right into the story with sweet Lily and her racking decisions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Erica Ennis on January 6, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I just have to say, I was given this book 9 years ago when I was only 13 years old. It captivated me then and it still does to this day. I re-read it at least once a year, every year since then . I never get tired of it. With each year of new maturity, I understand and love this story even more. Thank you, Ms. Bonner, for writing this marvelous story. Your writing paints such a detailed picture and brings the reader in and I can almost feel the cold in the air and the smell of gunpowder around me. I only wish such characters really did exist. Thank you!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. A. Golde on July 17, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I am an avid reader, through out my years I have only had the urge to read few books twice having said that I have read Lily six times. It has made its way to a tie of my favorite books. The story plays out the classic love that every girl wants in her life, the untamable hunk that has fallen head over heals for you and you are they only one who can see the goodness of his soul. The moral of my story is that you should with out a doubt read this book. It is timeless.
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