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Another Place on the Planet: Lilyland Paperback – April 19, 2012
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About the Author
T.A. Munroe has always made up stories in her head and finally decided to share them. She lives just outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her amusing husband, two cats and one active puppy named CoCo La’Tay. Before moving to the Sonoran Desert, she lived in beautiful Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. She’s also lived in Maine and Vermont. Careers have included retail, school lunch lady, substitute teacher and most recently, teacher. She enjoys sewing, film, dining out, road trips, drinks with friends, and long conversations with her two fascinating adult children. Another Place on the Planet is her first novel. Its sequel, Places Bright and Dark is also available.
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In addition to her painful past, what seems to plague Lily is her inability to reconcile a faith that has always been a list of dos and don’ts with her desire for a loving sexual relationship. I will admit to becoming annoyed with her for her fixation on Charlie, but like the author says, R is for Realistic and it is that.
The plot line about Lily’s rise in Hollywood is engaging. I loved the “behind the scenes” look at how films get made and the growing trust between Lily and Emily.
I struggled with my distaste for a culture in which people view each other as meat. Lily struggles as well. If she can find her way past a set of rules to a deeper relationship with a good God, she’ll find gold. I hope she does.
On Another Planet would make a lively book club discussion.
I loved this book. Ms. Munroe did an excellent job creating characters that were engaging and easy for the reader to love/hate. Yes, their experiences center around a darker subject (domestic violence and sexual addiction) but it was refreshing to see. She was not afraid to shy away from the harder subjects that people would like to forget about. I felt so much empathy for Lily as she dealt with the demons caused by her previous life. This is an excellent testament of hope for people who have been her place to show, regardless of the situation, it can get better and be better. There are Christian undertones and excerpts throughout the story but not excessively and always used to highlight Lily's journey from where she was to where she ended up.
I would have liked to have more detail about Charlie and what made him the way he was. His intense therapy and rehab are mentioned but not in much detail. Perhaps if there is a sequel that part of the storyline can be developed. There were also a few part of the story that seemed to drag a little for me but after a few pages it was over.
There were several times throughout the story that I found myself welling up with tears, wanting to shout at certain characters, or just to take them by the shoulders and shake them. To me, that makes for an excellent story.
Overall, an excellent read for anyone who's not afraid to recognize that all storys, people, characters and lives are not sunshine and roses.
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for my honest review