♥ “A traumatic secret tore them apart. Their mother’s dying wish will bring them together again.” ♥
I was already hooked just from reading that line on the back cover! Really excited to have been picked by BookSharks for a Book Happy Hour pop up blog tour – Nell and Lady is so sweet, with a touch of mystery, and whole lot of heart. I loved every minute of it, and applauded some tough subjects throughout that were handled so smart and creatively. From race, to privilege, to sexual assault, there’s no shortage of drama and secrets in this one – but it’s heartwarming and fresh, and full of love for family and the strength to find forgiveness.
Willa Bellmore is one of my favorite characters in this story. She’s a well off woman of Charleston in the 70s, who just doesn’t care what anyone else thinks of her. She treats her help like family and when tragedy strikes – one of them actually DOES become family. Despite what neighbors and friends think, Willa does what is right and it’s just one of her many strengths we see throughout.
Willa’s daughters Lady and Nell are thick as thieves. You wouldn’t know they weren’t sisters by blood and if not for skin color, you’d think they had shared a womb. They tell each other everything and sometimes, don’t even have to. They just know. Until one night, at Lady’s sweet 16 party, everything changes. Something happened that night that slowly tears their relationship apart. Now 3 decades later, Willa is dying. Her last wish is for her daughters to confront what happened the night of the party and to finally be a family again. But granting her wish is definitely not going to come easy…
I adored everyone in this story – it’s such a refreshing take on a tale of Lowcountry family – both in the past and the present – and I had a hard time putting it down. I’ll definitely be on the watch for more from Ashley Farley.
Nell and Lady is available tomorrow! September 18, 2018.
Get it here on Amazon —> Nell and Lady by Ashley Farley
- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (September 18, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1503903001
- ISBN-13: 978-1503903005