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I have been following Xavier’s writing since his first short story, “Christmas Eve at the Powers that be Café.” When I saw that he had another book out, I knew I had to read it. Lily is Xavier’s first paranormal romance, and is by far his most interesting work to date. From the moment you read the opening lines you know that this short 98 page book is going to capture you. Xavier doesn’t let his readers down.
“I am Lily’s father, my name is Pryor. It was a year
ago last Father’s Day when she was taken from me. I still
believe being Lily’s father is the most important thing in
Unfortunately, my daughter dwells in another
Lily is a bright beautiful little girl, the apple of her father’s eye. When Lily is suddenly taken from their backyard his life comes to a screeching halt. The people in town believe it was a coyote that dragged her off into the woods, but Pryor believes otherwise – his daughter was taken by a werewolf. As he sits and mourns the loss of his daughter, he begins to see shadow’s at the edge of the woods and becomes convinced that it his is daughter in her new form.
When Pryor meets a silversmith named Ned things begin to look brighter for him. Ned becomes an important part of Pryor’s new life, yet Father’s Day is coming up, the day Pryor believes his daughter will return. They devise a plan to keep her from turning, but what Pryor doesn’t realize is that having his daughter back may be more devastating than loosing her in the first place.
Xavier does an amazing job of capturing the reader’s attention from the first few pages. Though it is short it reads like a novel. The writing is tight, the characters are well developed, and the story itself is powerful and intense. This is one story that will dwell in the minds of the reader, long after they read the last line.
If you want a quick emotional read, buy this book, and if you’ve not read anything by Xavier before, this one will make you a true fan.
Reviewed by William Holden