The publicist’s e-mail asking me whether I’d be interested in reviewing Enchanting Lily read “Anjali Banerjee’s charming and whimsical women’s fiction novel is the story of a young widow whose eyes are opened to the magic and fortune all around her by the arrival of a special white cat.” I was hooked before I even had the book in my hands!
I enjoy well-written womens’ fiction, and of course, I love it even more when there’s a cat prominently featured as part of the story. In Enchanting Lily, we meet Lily Byrne, a young widow who is leaving Seattle and the memories of her life with her husband there to start over in a small town on an island in Puget Sound. Almost on a whim, she buys a charming cottage and decides to open a vintage clothing boutique. When a white cat arrives on her doorsteop, she has no intentions of keeping her. But the cat, and the universe, have other plans for Lily. The story follows Lily’s healing journey, which is intricately linked to the cat and the human inhabitants of this small community.
Told from both Lily’s and the cat’s perspective, the reader meets some of the island’s residents, including a handsome veterinarian who carries his own set of emotional baggage. This is a wonderful story filled with unique and likeable characters. Banerjee’s colorful and at times almost lyrical writing, along with some elements of magical realism, enhances the reading experience.
Charming, lovely, poignant, filled with hope, delightful, and – well, echanting: I just can’t praise Enchanting Lily enough. This book is going on my list of all time favorite cat books.
Enchanting Lily will release on August 7 and is available for preorder on Amazon.
Anjali Banerjee was born in India, raised in Canada and California and received degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. She has written five novels for children and four novels for adults. Anjali lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and four crazy cats. Please visit AnjaliBanerjee.com for more information.
***This giveaway is closed***
The publisher has generously offered to give two copies of this book to two lucky readers! To enter the giveaway, tell me in a comment why you’d like to win Enchanting Lily. For an additional chance to win, tweet about this giveaway or share on Facebook, and post the link in a separate comment. This giveaway is open to US readers only and ends Friday, July 27.
I received this book from the publisher. Receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
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