Charlaine Harris ✓ 6 charactersIcs There is child abduction past rape and awful stuff And not much Christmas nless you include sing decorations as weapons Since Charlaine Harris came out with this series years ago I had been circling around giving them a try So since I m sing my Christmas book read to sample a few different series I thought I would try this one Now I know to give it a pass I didn T Like The Heroine Very like the heroine very but it may have been becau I enjoyed how the author took Lily out of the small town of Shakespeare and back to her small hometown the root of her pain and issues the family members she felt so awkward around Of course there is a mystery thrown in when she arrives to be solved amidst family dramas and wedding plans Jack popping into town to stir Discovering Your Heart with the Flag Page up her loins and Lily again gettingptight and moody if anyone tries to act normal around herThe parents and sister don t stand out too much but they were enjoyable written The father wasn t in many scenes but turned out to be my favorite Jack and Lily s relationship again not sure about the insta magic when he appeared last time see it s still going strong I was intrigued by the cop and the back story of how he reacted to Lily tugged on my heartstringsThese books aren t known for their intense mysteries "but this one holds the intriguing complex and twisted one of the series Involves kidnapping child baby switching "this one holds the intriguing complex and twisted one of the series Involves kidnapping child baby switching murders that may have happened offpage a long time ago and a gross perverted revelation at the end Dark stuff but a happy ending after all This is likely the best mystery of the Lily Bard series where Lily actually has to snoop a bit on purpose She doesn t come to by a Hercule Poirot or anything but it s an interesting story nonethelessThis one was a better one as besides the story being rich the background with her adjusting to her family and hometown made it lively Her raised eyebrow at her sister about strength was a little annoying though Lily has become a bit snobby with some of her preconceptions of others although she does come to admire some strengths with her sister The ending felt too abrupt to me and I don t get how she couldn t look back at all when she eagerly left her family and hometown They seem to be sweet people Overall a good installment of the Lily Bard series maybe the best yet My favorite so far in this series It is actually easy to like Lily in this book as she returns home for her sister s wedding and to reconcile with her family Overall I would say. Christmas Eve wedding But there is something in the air besides holiday cheerthere's murder And Lil. Lily Bard is a complex character and it seems "like with each book you get to find out about her In this book she returns to her hometown " with each book you get to find out about her In this book she returns to her hometown attend her sister s wedding While it was Nice To See Lily S Interactions With to see Lily s interactions with members and friends the mystery itself was pretty flimsy Thankfully this was a ick read but even still it was hard to focus Definitely not one of the author s best but I will stick with the series because I do like the main character I would rate this at 35 stars out of 5 Certainly good enough to keep me reading the rest of the seriesIn this installment we change small towns and therefore a lot of the people that Lily Bard is interacting with and it s a good change She returns to her home town and her family s home for her sister s wedding right before Christmas After her traumatic rape mutilation Lily fled the town her family and her friends to start a new life in Arkansas Although she doesn t regret the change of scene in this book she that she maybe left too soon not giving anyone including herself time to get sed to her new normal Like many people Lily is reluctant to return home to face the family She is not comfortable in her own skin yet although she s getting there and doesn t have the social skills to deal with those close to her effectively A very typical introvert she finds that it doesn t have to be ite as difficult as she envisioned it her family will meet her half way if she makes an effortOne thing that did improve this book was that Lily was out of her regular routine so although she takes on some cleaning tasks as part of her investigation of what s going on in her home town the reader isn t subjected to as many detailed scenes of her cleaning routine Also she is away from her gym so ditto with the karatestrength training that permeates the first two booksI think this could be a good series for people who care too much about the opinions of others particularly those not close to them Lily seems to be far too worried about what the community thinks of her and not worried enough about what she thinks of herself Lily if they aren t paying your bills their opinions don t matter Better than the second book Less disturbing somehow Lily goes home for Christmas Her relationship with Jack is less troublesome real Lily is still cantankerous as hell but seeing her at home makes this easier to nderstand I m starting to know Lily better now Warning this book has some terrible top. Lily Bard heads home for the holidays Lily heads to her hometown of Bartley for her estranged sister's.
"And See If The Book Is Part Of A Series "see if the book is part of a series check to learn what type of book it is do some research on the author but I didn t do any of that for this book and I won t make that mistake again I had been given this book I read the back and I plowed right into it one day I didn t even look for the author s name ntil I was finishing chapter 3 so imagine my surprise when I learned it was Sookie Stackhouse s Charlaine Harris I d read the entire Sookie series in order and I loved itThe three things the Lily Bard series and the Sookie Stackhouse series have in common are really interesting main characters well written stories and my determination to collect every book in the seriesTurns out though that this book is 3rd in the series I started to get suspicious around that same chapter 3 so I m already reading them out of orderThis book is way darker than the Sookie books and it features so many characters that I was debating about making a list But the main character is so fascinating that I have to read Another good mystery although the story got a little convoluted confusing at a couple of points May have been my fault for not following all "The Character Names Closely "character names closely but there were a fair few Lily goes back to her home town so she knows everyone seems to meet half of them This has added depth to Lily s character I like her with each page Very admirable lady On to the next I really enjoyed this book However I don t recommend reading this series out of order There is ite a bit of history from the first books you need to Slade (Walk of Shame, understand this book. Y must work fast to cleanp the messy case before her sister promises to love honor and obey a killer.