Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The Seeds of a Daisy by Alison Caiola
*Small plot spoilers
For all intents and purposes, it seems Lily Lockwood has it made. She's a big star, an Emmy nominee, a leading lady on a contracted show, and of course, is dating a bo-hunk boyfried that has just landed his first major movie role. Things are all coming together for her. But, as history lets us know, sometimes when things all come together, it's only for a moment; a fleeting bit of happiness before things fall apart.
That one phone call, the one no one wants to get about someone they love rattles her cell-phone, and her life. From that point forward, the reader watches Lily Lockwood grapple with real-life drama far beyond that of her simple television studio set. Her mother, the well-known and renowned Daisy Lockwood, has suffered a terrible car accident resulting in a TBI. Lily now holds her mother's life in her hands. Daisy has always been there for her, guiding her, helping her, finding her and now, Lily must come through for her mother. The problem is, there is so much she doesn't know. Daisy has made her past so air-tight that Lily can't even begin to fathom the choices her mother made in order to give her the best life possible. But, she's about to find out. Sifting through her mother's past allows Lily to face her future. A journey to becoming oneself for the "all grown-up" generation.
The Seeds of a Daisy is filled with tenderness and toughness to include an air of mystery and suspense. It is a quick read (I finished it in two days) because of its engrossing nature starting on page one. The characters are well-drawn and Caiola writes like she talks (I assume because I found the dialogue to have an easy flow).
I would give this book 3 out of 5 stars for the overall review. The three is not a reflection of plot or characters, but I did find a few inconsistencies and typos in the novel (minor really) and I don't love the cover. The characters are drawn in such a brilliant and striking fashion that I don't believe the cover gives the novel true justice.
www.alisoncaiola.com. She also writes a blog at http://alisoncaiolawriter.blogspot.com/ You can purchase Seeds of a Daisy on Amazon.com (Kindle edition).
I was afforded a free borrow of this book in exchange for an honest and professional review.