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The Lillie Pad: A Southern Tale
by Laurie Pfister Taylor
AmEricaHouse, 2001
ISBN:  1-58851-858-2
 
 

Laurie Pfister Taylor in her debut novel has captured the bond between women that sees them through the good times and bad.  Set in the island community of historic coastal Georgia, the feeling of place is strong.   

After her divorce, Abby Logan returns to the city of her childhood to raise her young daughter.  While looking for a home, she comes to the aid of Anna Cannon, who needs to get to the hospital.  Anna takes an interest in Abby, and soon her grandson in real estate is helping Abby deed the house next door and having thoughts of marriage.  Yet, that is not to be and Abby finds herself alone again. 

The Lillie Pad is an interesting novel on the paths that women choose that lead sometimes through storms before the calm sea.  And like a lily pad is a sanctuary in a pond, the island home is a sanctuary for Abby to raise her daughter. 

As well-developed as the female characters are in The Lillie Pad, the male characters are one-dimensional and disappear from the scene before given a chance to grow.  That could have been by design to show that women are steadfast and survivors.   

Another item that will be caught by Georgia readers is the fictional town of Camilla as a substitute for Savannah.  The author was unaware that there is a town of Camilla in southwest Georgia that is not near an ocean.  The error is soon forgotten as the rich female characters draw the reader into the plot. 

Laurie Taylor is a resident of South Carolina and single mother of one daughter.  Laurie and her daughter Molly grace the cover of the novel.  Her second novel set in the South should be released this year.   

Joyce Dixon
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