Finding Lily by Lisa D. Ellis
When her newborn baby Lily dies suddenly, Claire Edwards runs away to live in a lighthouse she had fallen in love with as a young child. The lighthouse is reputed by some to have magical powers, but Claire isn’t looking for a miracle. She just wants an escape from her husband Jim’s colder way of grieving, and from their apartment filled with the tiny clothes and stuffed animals they had collected over the past few months. But once Claire is situated in the lighthouse, it begins to illuminate things for her in a new way and she’s suddenly forced to rethink her views on life, death, and her marriage.
This is one of the most emotional books I’ve ever read. I could feel Claire’s pain, and it brought back memories of when my sister lost her baby when he was a few months old. I could see the pain my sister felt in Claire.
Her emotions were so raw, and she had to cope in the only way she could, which was to move to the lighthouse she had visited many times as a child. She felt a connection there, and that gave her a bit of comfort, and ultimately helped her heal.
I love the beach and lighthouses, so that aspect of the book really interested me too. Reading about them gave me a very needed break from all the emotions I felt while reading about Claire and Lily, her healing, and her relationship with her husband Jim.
The book was a short read, but it made such an impact on me that I won’t forget it for a very very long time. I hope the author writes a second book to let us know how the years unfold for Claire. I also think a spin-off book about the lighthouse and the people we met in Finding Lily would be very interesting.
This would be a great choice for a book club read. I can’t imagine any woman not loving this book. Better make sure you have a box of tissues handy!