Book Review: The Elusive Truth of Lily Temple

Book Review: The Elusive Truth of Lily Temple

About the Book:

Peter Driscoll, an underground investigator to the wealthy, has never met anyone like Lily Temple. The beautiful silent-film actress spins fairy tales and plays frivolous roles in front of the cine-camera, but beneath the costumes and stage makeup is a woman with a quick wit–and a murky past.

Peter has been tasked with locating the legendary Briarwood Teardrop, an exquisite sapphire, which Lily wears beneath her gown. In order to stay close to her and hopefully unravel the mystery of her story–and the sapphire–Peter employs Lily’s help on a case, which leads to a useful partnership. But as they are investigating together, Peter is also investigating Lily. The closer he gets to the truth, the more danger they face. And the closer he gets to Lily, the clearer it is that he needs her even more than she needs him.

Award-winning author Joanna Davidson Politano whisks you away to Edwardian England in 1903 for a whimsical and layered tale that treads the crooked line between real and make-believe.

My Thoughts:

Politano writes beautiful stories and I adored The Elusive Truth of Lily Temple.

The pacing is layered, thoughtful and a little bit slow, while being packed with depth and mystery.

Lily has many identities and a hidden past, but you can’t help but like her. She weave tales on screen as rich as the ones that have brought her comfort and hope in her own life. She teaches and explains life through the medium of story and she has a lot worth saying.

Peter is also an infinitely likable character. He has a rare gift of listening to people and hearing what they don’t say. He is a rescuer, a restorer and his role as private investigator is tied to his belief in God and his hope to help others. He sees beyond the surface and though he is initially resistant to Lily’s fairy stories he listens and he begins to unravel a story that needs to be told.

I loved the complexity of the book. Lily’s story, Peter’s story, the story of the Briarwood Sapphire and the tales of so many other characters come together in adventure, mystery, loss, hope, beauty and restoration. While I read and enjoy many novels that I’d describe as an afternoon snack, this tale is a rich meal that will stay with you long after you turn the last page.

I received a free digital copy of this book to read and in exchange I am giving you my honest opinion in this post. This book is schedule to release on April 9, 2024.