Maggi Myers – “Lily Love” Review, Giveaway & Release Party

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Title: Lily Love
Author: Maggi Myers
Expected Release: June 24th
Caroline used to have it all: she was madly in love with her husband, Peter, and they worshiped their beautiful baby girl. But as Lily grows into a toddler, Caroline notices that her daughter seems to live and act with a disconnect, and soon the perfect future Caroline had envisioned, along with her marriage, begin to crumble. Now she and Peter are no longer lovers, they’re plaintiffs in the throes of divorce while still struggling to care for Lily. After years of blame and overwhelming despair, Caroline’s chance encounter with a stranger at University Hospital opens her eyes to the prospect of accepting new support, new loves, and new dreams.
From the acclaimed author of The Final Piece comes a story of a family broken and unable to cope with a daughter’s disability. And a mother who finds that letting go of the life she imagined may be the only way to get to the life she was meant for.
The Dedication at the beginning of this book says it all to me:
“For CJ and Cameron:  Every day you teach me, and everyone you meet, that different does not mean less.  I love you more than life. Ugga Mugga, always, Mama”
Maggi is a teacher – not the kind in the classroom, but the teacher of life and how to overcome what life has dealt her again and again.  Some may be bitter, some may give up, some would not have lived through it at all, BUT NOT MAGGI, she teaches us that whatever obstacle is thrown at you in your life – you can still find your happily ever after, it may not be the one you once dreamed of and thought you would have, but it is your everything now and you would not change a thing if you were given the chance, as this is exactly where you were meant to be.  I love any time that I ever get to spend with Maggi, I just want her optimism and overall love-of-life zen to rub off on me.  She is a supportive, patient, fun, loving and amazing mama, and I am sure her husband would say that she is his #DreamGirl, she is a supportive friend, and a true inspiration to all.  I personally admire her love for life and of others, her strength, and the messages she conveys in her stories to us, all while putting that contagious smile on her “pretty” face.  I <3 YOU MAGGI!
What do you do when life takes a turn that you had not expected? How do you deal with the feeling of loss, not of life, but rather the life you thought you would have?
As Maggi is the mother of two special needs children, she certainly pours herself into Lily Love and gives us an inside look into her world with what I am sure are a lot of first-hand experiences.   I appreciate the truth in her writing, I felt like I was inside Caroline’s mind, I could feel her heartbreak, anger, confusion, guilt, self-doubt, dedication, nervousness, love, hope and even the weight of the world on her shoulders.
Maggi’s writing is beautiful and every word is perfectly scripted.  Caroline’s journey is REAL, it is LIFE, this story is full of a mother’s love, friendship, beauty, witty banter, acceptance, hope, fate, love and second chances and finding the true beauty in life.  I can’t wait to see what is next for Maggi, I will be one of the first in line to grab a copy!
“This love story is never going to be “normal,” but I think that’s exactly why it’s got potential.  We both know how cruel life can be, and we’re both learning that you can’t let the hard stuff keep you from living.”
So folks, never take the future for granted, make the most of today AND go pick up your copy of this story today!
Born in West Des Moines, IA and raised in Miami, FL, I have an appreciation for the heartland and really good cuban food.
I want to write stories that make people think. The things you thought you knew about other people and their lives? I want to twist those perceptions and make you question everything.
I am a big fan of the underdog. The one that everyone else has written off? That’s where my heart is and where my most inspired writing happens.

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