The first time Toby Hunter got arrested for defending Lilac Clarke’s honour, he was only fifteen years old, but he’d loved her from behind his black-rimmed glasses for as long as he could remember.
With a desperate need to protect her from a distance, one arrest turned to two, two soon turning into three, and before Toby knew what was happening, the sleepy village of Southwold was turning against him for daring to stand up for a girl like Lilac.
Beautiful Lilac with her flowers in her hair, her camera in her hands, and her sweet, pink, sugary-lipped kisses.
They could hate him for loving her all they wanted. Toby was a boy who did what was right, not what was easy, and he was always going to grow to be the man willing to give her what she deserved.
I have a lot of Victoria’s books on my TBR list, but I’ve never managed to find time to read them. When A Girl Like Lilac was released I saw so many people saying how good it was that I decided to grab myself a copy and see what all the fuss was about! So, A Girl Like Lilac is the first of Victoria’s books that I’ve read and now I know I need to read more of her work!!
A Girl Like Lilac is a coming of age story like none other than I’ve read. It’s clear that there has been a lot of thought, care and attention devoted to this book and characters. The characters are far from being perfect, they are flawed which only proves that they are human, as no one is perfect. This is a very real story not only does A Girl Like Lilac portrays a story of love, it highlights the real-life issues and struggles that we all live through and deal with.
Toby and Lilac are put through so much in this book and I felt like I was every bit a part of this journey. I enjoyed every bit of Toby and Lilac’s lives that I was privileged to be a part of. A Girl Like Lilac is an emotional story and a true rollercoaster ride. I felt every emotion as if it was one of my own, and the emotions that were my own were fitting for what I was reading.
Victoria’s writing style has shown me just how talented an author she truly is. This story was a truly amazing display of friendship, love and life. I was hooked from the very first page and the more I read the further into Toby and Lilac’s lives I was drawn.
A Girl Like Lilac for me was, no, is a fantastic, beautiful and emotional story, one that I will not be forgetting in a hurry!
I’m so glad that I’ve read this book and I now can’t wait to read more of
If you’re looking for an emotional, romantic, realistic coming of age story, then I strongly recommend reading A Girl Like Lilac!
A huge 5 stars from me!
✫.•° About The Author °•.✫
Victoria L. James is a teenage girl stuck inside a thirty-something-year-old’s body. A Corona and nacho appreciator with a ridiculous obsession for all things Rocky Balboa, she currently lives in Yorkshire, England, with her husband and two baby boys. Having had a strong passion for words and stories going as far back as she can remember, she credits her love of literature to her Grandma Bess who taught her that you don’t need a lot of money to travel to different worlds, experience new places, and live a thousand lives.