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Lilies of the Bowery

Lilies of the Bowery - Lily R. Mason I was a bit torn about this one, as it starts so strong, with a tumultuous journey to the New World with a family searching for a better life. However, the middle third of this book gets bogged down with overly repetitive descriptions of daily life with mysterious clientele without it building to anything particularly substantial.

I see a lot of potential in the author, as she engaged all five senses admirably, and developed good chemistry between Joan and Paloma. But the family members that started being such strong characters became cardboard cutouts of their former selves, which was unfortunate.