Title: Enchanting Lily
Author: Anjali Banerjee
Release Date: August 7, 2012
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Rating: 4 out of 5
Lily Byrne is a young widow who still hasn’t quite recovered from her husband’s unexpected death. Attempting to start over, she arrives on Shelter Island with the idea of opening a vintage clothing shop. But things are more difficult than she expects - she doesn’t have many customers and she’s lonely. But as word gets around about Lily’s boutique, things begin to look up, and when a beautiful white cat with a penchant for mischief ingratiates itself into Lily’s life, Lily begins to find a sense of peace.
Enchanting Lily is a fun read that is perfect for when your brain is tired and you need something effortless. Lily’s a sympathetic character, though it’s clear she has no real idea how to run a store. Her husband took care of things for her when he was living, so now, on top of mourning him, she must also learn how to do things all over again. It’s gratifying to watch her move forward on her journey, and though there are unexpected obstacles, the reader knows that somehow, everything will work out for Lily and she will find happiness.
The novel also features a white, fluffy cat named Bella Luna as a main character. Indeed, the reader is even treated to the story from the cat’s point of view a few times. It can be a bit overly cute, but it’s entertaining to watch the cat wreak havoc on Lily’s life. It’s also a testament to how pets can change our lives, whether we want them to or not.
The setting of Enchanting Lily is Shelter Island, and Banerjee writes it well. She really fosters a sense of a close island community. Readers will want to take their next vacation on Shelter Island, as Banerjee’s descriptions really bring the locale to life. It’s also the setting of Banerjee’s previous book, Haunting Jasmine, and it’s fun to visit with some old familiar characters. However, this is by no means a sequel and functions as a standalone novel.
Full of charming characters and a lovely story of regaining hope, Enchanting Lily is a restful read that is perfect for after a long day. If you’re looking for a story of healing, one complete with a mysterious cat who can see more than the average person, you should definitely put Enchanting Lily on your list.
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