Review: Pictures of Lily by Paige Toon
I absolutely loved this one first for its descriptions of the Adelaide and the Adelaide Hills. Books set in Adelaide are few and far between and this one takes a lot of time and care to accurately describe the best of what the region has to offer. On a similar note, I really enjoyed some of the descriptions of Sydney--of the characters riding the ferries, and the visit to the zoo. The situation itself, of Lily and Ben falling for one another at the wrong time is heartbreaking, but is handled well. The reader sees Ben's struggle, but he's shown to be a gentleman at all times. It's obvious that he does truly care for Lily and that leaving is an act of kindness. Lily, of course, see's things differently and her emotional struggle is much harder, particularly as it seemed she had little in the way of guidance from her mother.
Overall, this is the story of a heartbreaking situation told well.