From the outside looking in, Lily Lockwood–popular star of the hit TV show “St. Joes”–seems to have it all. She has recently been nominated for an Emmy and her star is on the rise. Lily shares her beachfront Malibu home with her gorgeous actor-boyfriend Jamie. Perfect? Not so fast. Within a microcosmically short period of time, the whole thing falls apart when she learns that this boyfriend, on location shooting a Western, is riding horses all day and his curvy co-star all night. Then, before Lily can catch her breath, she gets words that her beloved mother, bestselling author Daisy Lockwood, has had a near-fatal car crash and is in intensive care in New York.
Lily flies from Los Angeles to be with Daisy. Once there, she must make critical life-and-death decisions. While sorting through her mother’s papers, Lily makes a shocking discovery about her mother that threatens to shake Lily’s very foundation. This sets Lily on a journey as she seeks to unlock the riddle of her mother’s past.
It doesn’t take long in this book for Lily Lockwood’s seemingly perfect life to come crashing down on her. They say, “When it rains, it pours.” Lily experienced that first hand in this book.
Although it’s fiction, I think the fact that Lily is a celebrity and you get to see “inside” her life, it draws you in. Yes, it is fiction. But let’s be honest, most celebrities lives could be fiction and we would never know the difference. You never know if what you’re reading is fact or fiction and you never really know what goes on behind closed doors. Yes, they are people too, but they are put on a pedestal and there’s no way they can do the same things we do, right?
Lily goes through the toughest of life’s tests in this book. I can’t tell you what they are. Those would be spoilers. But the struggles in her life are real life struggles and of us could face and make you question what you would do in those situations. I recently read a meme that said 99% of the time I’m thinking about things that will never happen. That’s my life in a nutshell. My mind goes wild. I’ve had conversations in my mind that I know will never happen. But I feel like I have to be prepared for anything. Just like with reading scenarios in books. I always play them out.
I enjoyed the book and the characters. Some much more than others. You’ll know who I mean when you read it… for good and bad.
But the thing I loved most about this book was how Caiola worked journal entries into the text. I have started sooo many journals in my life. I do them for a while, then stop. I never keep with it. In this book, Daisy kept journals throughout her childhood and into her teen years. Lily found yand read them, finding out things she would have never known had she not read them. There are so many things that can be passed on through journals, whether it be self reflection, or something someone down the line reads. Maybe one day I’ll get serious about it.
There is a second book coming out. And some unfinished plot twists that I need to know how they play out, so I’ll definitely be reading the second one! Stay tuned for a review from it when I get it too!
I give The Seeds of a Daisy 4 out of 5 bookmarks.
Review copy provided by publisher for review consideration