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Reviewed by Roy T. James for Readers' Favorite
Three Decades of Lily by Diane C Smyth is the story of five women who, growing up in differing circumstances, each exciting in its own right, happen to join together in life and flourish. The story starts at the funeral of one of the five friends - Sheila, an epitome of hard work and struggle; Cassie, who worked hard to become a seamstress but reaches greater heights by her ambition; the self confident Sunny who is raised to the position of a store manager from the humble beginnings of an assistant; Liora, an adopted child who rose to become a name in the fashion world; and Emily, a talented girl from a flourishing background whose life has already become a playground with an unusual affair, complete the group. How chance events bring together each of them, how they find help from each other, and how they face the challenges of setting up an empire, is what unfolds through the narrative. The story ends with an unexpected and intriguing twist.
Three Decades of Lily by Diane C Smyth kept me fully immersed, the desire to know what is going to come next taking hold of me most of the time. I had a tough time not to turn pages before I finished reading the one in progress. This book is deeply enjoyable, and I found it natural to identify with many of the male characters of this story and, I suppose, the female characters, almost all of them strong personalities. Fast action and a deft narration make this a good read.