The Elusive Truth of Lily Temple

Revell. Apr. 2024. 400p. ISBN 9780800742973. pap. $18.99. CF
A master of illusion and a spinner of yarns, Lily Temple is a 1903 silent-film star, who can make anyone believe in fairy tales—except for maybe Peter Driscoll, a private detective and fixer who has been hired to find the lost Briarwood Teardrop gemstone and who thinks Lily knows more than she is letting on. He has a mysterious urge to protect Lily, though, especially when she picks up a stalker dressed in tweed. When Peter’s case about a missing soldier requires some playacting, he and Lily team up to find the truth, which can sometimes be stranger than the fictions Lily loves to create. Powerful forces are at work, and corruption reaches the highest levels of government, forcing Lily to leave her garden-haven near England’s shore and face hard truths of her past.
VERDICT This is a fascinating look at silent film, the power of story, and God’s pursuit of lost children. Readers who enjoy the rich metaphor found in Amanda Dykes, Charles Martin, and Sarah Loudin Thomas novels will want to give Politano (The Lost Melody) a try.
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