Orange Lilies was written by a woman who commented on my former blog, Collar City Brownstone. Rhonda Waller offered to send me a free copy of her book, but I opted instead to purchase it. As an aspiring novelist myself I wanted to support a published author that is not well-known, nor established within the literary world. I began reading Orange Lilies this morning, and I was so drawn into the story that I read all 256 pages in just a few hours. I truly enjoyed reading it.
The two main characters is a man named Quentin Hannigur and a woman named Salie Wilson. Quentin Hannigur is a tall and very handsome 29-year-old white male who falls very deeply, passionately and sincerely in love with Salie Wilson, who is 50 years old and African-American. That is all I will say. What a story! When I realized where the storyline in this book was going I simply could not wait to get to the ending. I happen to be writing a book that is a love story and the male character is also younger than the woman that he falls deeply in love with, but the age gap between the lovers in my book is nowhere near as huge as the age gap between Quenton and Salie. This was very interesting and intriguing to read. I love how their love unfolded. It was very lovely and beautiful.
I read many romance novels that contained intimate love scenes. In books that are truly romance the love scenes are usually very beautifully written and very moving. and they do not offend me at all. In Orange Lilies I do feel that those scenes could have been improved upon. The love between Quenton and Salie is so beautiful and sweet, so I was expecting the love scenes to also be a bit more moving. The lovemaking scenes were not bad at all, they just could have been better I have read hundreds of passionate romance novels over the years so I know great love scenes when I read them. They make you want to go back and read them over again…(wink)
Never the less, reading about the love between Quenton and Salie was extremely delightful. I fell in love with Quenton myself as I continued to read. He is quite a man! Salie is a very special lady and I understood why Quenton fell in love with her.
Orange Lilies contains a huge surprise. I never would have guessed, so besides love there is intrigue, secrets and mystery. The editing is not as tight as it should be, but in this book I was not turned off by it. This is a reminder to me though to make sure that the editing for my novel is tight.
All in all, I loved reading this book and I do recommend it.