Published by Smashwords Edition on June 21st 2016
Nicholas Baudin lives in Toulouse, France, where he owns a small coffee place, Le Petit Café. His life is apparently tranquil, and made of small joys and simple habits. In truth, though, this young man's soul is troubled with memories of a painful event.Then, on a bright spring day, Nicholas meets a strange, enchanting young woman with white hair, and pale blue eyes. Her name is Lily Brightwell. She is an actress who captivates crowds with her talent and her stories.As Nicholas begins to fall for the young artist, his life turns into something unexpected and lovely.
I can honestly say that one of my most favorite things when it comes to Petra March’s writing is the visual imagery her stories possess. While reading A Dream of Lilies: A Novella, I felt as if I were seeing the story play out in a series of watercolor paintings – moving their way across the pages in an abundance of colors.
While this story has sadness at its depths, there is healing that finds itself woven in-between the two main characters, Nicholas and Lily. If you’ve read Petra’s previous stories, then you’ve more than likely heard Lily’s name and might know a bit of her background story, or at least, the background story of what causes her pain and sadness. If not, then I encourage you to visit A Veil of Glass and Rain and All the Skies I Will Not See.
Nicholas has suffered a great loss and every day, he finds himself reliving the tragedy of his own family and the one of someone he didn’t even know, but witnessed. Lily has suffered great pain of her own, in heartbreak and in loss. When Nicholas and Lily meet, they find themselves in a sort of tug and pull situation, eventually helping each other to find the strength to begin the healing process and along the way, discover an event that will forever connect them.
This story, as I mentioned, has sadness at its roots, but I found it to be a beautiful story of healing and finding love in the depths of all the heartache and pain. This story, as beautifully written as it is, reminded me that at our most vulnerable state, we can find the strength to overcome whatever pain may come our way & the people who can help heal us.
The Touch of Cinnamon series by Petra March is one I highly recommend. You will be introduced to unique characters, rich story lines, and captivating imagery woven in-between the lines of the stories being told.