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Iris & Lily: Book One Paperback – July 14, 2015
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When sisters Angela and Julie decided to act on their vision and write a novel series together despite living on separate continents, nothing could stop them. Not the distance, not conflicting work schedules, not six time zones. The writing of Iris & Lily is an amazing story in itself: of inspiration sustained by unflagging determination, of solitude combined with synchronicity, and of staying on the same page while editing on the cloud.
Angela came into the world during a blizzard in the January of 1959, the seventh in a not-yet-completed lineup of snot-nosed, scraggly children. Not surprisingly, like generations of romantically inclined, novel-devouring young women before her, during a trip to Italy Angela fell in love with the country, its climate, its natural and artistic beauty, its people (yes, including its men), language, flavors and flair. Not yet 21, bewitched by fantasies of a sunny world filled with love and adventure, she moved to Italy to live out her own fairy story, and draft the first of several versions of a happy ending.
Three decades and many twists later, from her home in Liguria, she co-authored her first novel, Iris & Lily, with her sister Julie, working long-distance across the Atlantic for four full years. When she is not working on her writing projects, Angela enjoys noodling on her guitar and ukulele, cooking for and with friends, and spending as much time as possible outdoors, gardening, hiking, swimming, visiting with the cats that stop by to be petted and fed, and nurturing her soul with the beauty of God's nature.
Julie Scipioni is a passionate creative communicator who has embraced writing, speaking, singing, and even yoga instruction all as vehicles for telling her story, sharing her energy, and encouraging and teaching others. Born in 1960, Julie is also known as "Number 8" in her family of 11 children.
She is devoted to the principles of love, peace, and active compassion not as ideals, but as life goals and as guideposts for ethical living. In addition to writing, Julie is active in her church, plays the guitar and the ukulele "strictly for fun" and performs as a vocalist at various social and community events. Julie is a fitness buff and an avid cyclist, proud to have put more than 10,000 miles on her Specialized road bike. Julie lives in Upstate New York with her husband Rick and their two cats, Halo and Stella.
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Book one reminded me very much of what my mother told me about her childhood, though it takes place in the years that covered MY childhood. The large family, poverty, exhausted mother (benign neglect?), and forceful father remind me much of Depression era stories. I kept reading for two reasons - I liked the relationship between the two sisters, and I wanted to see them get out of the god-awful situation they were in.
Getting into books two and three - which I can't differentiate - didn't help. I still kept reading hoping I'd "help" them on to better circumstances. I got to the 80% mark and kept thinking I should give up, but was too close to the end to quit. Spoiler: Frankly, I kept waiting for the punch line - I wanted something to indicate that Iris couldn't possibly be that taken in by sleazy Max. No such luck.
I'm sorry I didn't love this book the way the reviews said I would. I liked the last four percent the most. At least the conclusion was somewhat satisfying.
experiences the girls shared especially in their early years. Iris and Lily were very close but often misunderstood one another and led what appeared to
be completely different lives.
Sisters will especially be able to identify with Iris and Lily.