Dear Lily by Drew Davis

I’m so pleased to be part of the books-on-tour for this really beautiful and funny book. Thanks to Bookoutoure for the copy of the book and invitation to be part of the tour.


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The must-read book of 2019! Equal parts heartwarming and heartbreaking, fans of Jojo Moyes, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine and One Day in December will love this special novel by Drew Davies.

Dear Lily,
It’s me, Joy, your much wiser and (very slightly) older sister. I thought I’d start a new tradition of letter writing – now that we’re long distance.
On the plane over here, I began to cry in seat 21C. I think the magnitude of it finally hit me, after everything that happened…
I haven’t even unpacked yet – the only thing I’ve taken out of my suitcase is Harville, your beloved childhood teddy. Sorry for stealing him, but I need him more than you do. Every time I look at that little brown bear I think about our childhood. Remember that dance we made up to Annie’s ‘It’s a Hard Knock Life’? (Remember the broom choreography?)
I’m also sorry for abandoning you – I’ve always been your agony aunt, and a buffer in your infamous shouting matches with Mum. But I had to leave, Lily, I had to.
Anyway, I’m here now. I’m here to start over, and to face up to the past. I want to learn to laugh again, and to find someone to love who will maybe even love me back. You always told me I was just getting by, not actually living, so I’m finally doing it. Wish me luck, little sister.
Joy x

A beautiful book-club read for anyone who has ever hit rock bottom, longed for a fresh start, or needed to heal a broken, aching heart.


What a unique and beautiful read this book is.

Written in the form of letters, Joy tells the story of her move to Denmark. These letters are funny, quite hilarious in fact, descriptive, and also poignant at times.

I grew very fond of Joy, she’s so funny and so quirky. She has moved to Denmark on a bit of whim, and it’s both hilarious and heartwarming to hear her tales of settling in and meeting people.

I’ve never been to Denmark, but I could picture it so well from the descriptions, and would really love to go there after reading the book.

At the heart of the story there is sadness, but also hope and love. I loved the depictions of the special relationship between sisters.

This is a book that will stay with me for a long time, really wonderful. I think this book will be huge this year, deservedly so.

MY RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Drew Davies was born in London and grew up in New Zealand.
He attended the Unitec School of Performing Arts in Auckland and won a Playmarket New Zealand Young Playwright of the Year award in 2000. After a brief stint on a kiwi soap, he has worked in Search for the past 15 years.
Drew’s other claim to fame is that Stephen Fry once called him droll. Either that, or he got his name wrong. He now lives in Wanstead, London.
Twitter: @drew_davies
Instagram: @drewdavieswriter


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