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This book is so much more than I thought it would be. I thought it would be about a young woman who finds love despite all sadness and tragedy surrounding her during the AIDS epidemic, but it is so much more than that.
Nora leaves behind her only family after having her fill of their close minded beliefs and their lack of compassion for those suffering. She heads to San Fransisco in hopes of helping those in need, with little more than the clothes on her back and her car. What she finds is so much more than she thought she would. She expects to help those dying and in need. She expects to provide friendship and companionship to those who are suffering alone. She expects that what she has to offer will ease some of the loneliness that those affected by the AIDS virus are going through. What she doesn't expect is to find lifelong friendships and bonds with those who are also helping. She isn't looking for love, but she finds it, not only in Donald, but also in Charley, Roxy, Ethan and Gwen. The bond that these characters was created in an unconventional way, but they always had each others back, even when one of them had to leave the world.
This book is filled with a lot of emotional push and pull. I was angry when Nora was angry. I was sad when Nora was sad. I was happy when Nora was happy. This book is a roller coaster of emotions with that little bit of romance to keep Nora grounded.
I loved that this book was so much more than I expected. I loved that not only did I connect with Nora, but I also connected with all the characters in some way or another. I would love to have friends like this group of "Buddies".
**I received a complimentary copy for an honest review.**
This book is extremely powerful, well written, and sheds light on the AIDS epidemic. The world when it first became a known issue, the people dealing with it, and the people there for those dealing with it. I was effected by this book in so many ways, but mainly, I appreciate the knowledge it brings. The way you truly feel for every single person introduced in this book. It's not just heartbreak, although there's a lot of that, its engaging, its funny, and its brilliant. I laughed, and cried more than I care to admit while reading.
Nora is a nurse from rural Oklahoma, ready to go out on her own and make a difference. She wants nothing more than to leave the close minded family, church, and lifestyle, to help others. She spends her life helping others.
There are so many well developed, and well loved characters in this book. I could see them, I could hear them, and fell in love with each and every one of them. This is what good writing is. It makes you feel, and learn. I know I look at things a little differently after reading this. 10 stars if I could. I can't wait to read the rest of Bradon's books, because after this one, I will.
Mr. Nave has written strong characters who are each very memorable for their strength and passion.
One of the most impressionable moments for me was the revealing of the reason behind the book’s name:
“My garden,” he said solemnly.
“It’s beautiful.” I moved closer to him.
“I can’t really garden… and a real flower for each one of them would break me. Even a nickel for each one of them would break me. Real gardens die anyway. Flowers just fade and die,” the man said as he looked to me. The dim light’s reflection danced in his streaming tears as his haunting gaze seemed to steal my breath.
“I don’t know what you mean, Charley,” I forced from my throat. Witnessing my friend’s pain without knowing what was behind it was becoming unbearable.
“Each one represents one of them, Nora.”
“One of the countless faces in the newspaper that ends up in the trash. This is my memorial to them. This is my garden to them. This is their garden.”
Like a little girl on the playground, face down in the dirt after tripping over her shoestrings, I felt the wind knocked from my lungs— I couldn’t breathe. Each painted plant, each penny represented one of many that had lost their life to this horrendously cruel monster.
“Charley!” I blurted out. “There are so damn many!”
“I know! And I add more every week. Every week from our paper and New York’s.”
“You’re so beautiful. This is so beautiful. A penny rose garden?” I asked, assuming he’d named his masterpiece.
“No, they’re lilies. My favorite. They’re copper lilies.”
Nave, Bradon. Copper Lilies (Kindle Locations 1851-1866). Limitless Publishing LLC. Kindle Edition.
This exchange between Nora and Charley nearly took my breath away.
Reading COPPER LILLIES took me back to that horrible time when HIV and AIDS was all so new and greatly feared and no one truly knew anything about the disease. So many ignorant people layed blame by singling out the gay community, calling it the “Gay Plague”. Homophobia was running as rampant as the disease itself.
I learned by watching those around me, in small town America, how NOT to behave. Then later in life, I learned from a beloved high school friend who die from AIDS related complications.
COPPER LILLIES is written very well. However, I believe the story could have been told without the copious use of profanity.
I give COPPER LILLIES by Bradon Nave four steaming hot Room With Books coffee and recommend you read it if you have the stomach for a high dose of reality!
©July 30, 2016
~Patricia, Room With Books~