Iris & Lily Reader Reviews


My new all time favorite


Iris & Lily has become my all time favorite book.. I loved every word of this book . Iris &Lily has moved The Thornbirds and Pillars of the Earth to 2nd and 3rd place as my all time favorite books. I could relate to many experiences the sisters had as I compared my sister and I to Iris and Lily's story. From rubber bands holding up knee socks that had lost their elasticity and sharing bedtime stories and dreams to feeling as if one life was a better life then the other*s to finding out each life was handed its own set of complications. This book expressed the connection of sisters perfectly. I hope for a continuation as I want to know what happens next in these sister's lives.

Best book ever


Very captivating, and I did not want it to end! Best book I have read in a long while! The authors described people, places, & events so well - draws the reader right in. I didn't want this book to end!

Hard to put this book down


It is a page turner and you really don't want it to end. Their lives as children and then as adults who were so affected by that childhood is told very frankly and truthful.

I miss Lily & Iris! 



This is one of the very best books I have ever read. I am going to miss Lily and Iris. The characters came to life beautifully. This is a must-read.

Loved it!


A true test, for me, is when I can get so lost in a book that I see myself in the characters. I identified with so many things in both Iris and Lily. Needless to say, I loved this tale and I too will wonder from time time to time how Lily and Iris are doing.



This book was a roller coaster of emotions. Growing up in a big family in the same era it brought back many wonderful and sad memories for me. I wish that I could share this wonderful story with my sisters who unfortunately have passed. I feel however they were with me throughout this read laughing crying teasing all the way.



This is one of the best books I have ever read and I read many. It really deserves the best rating for the story it contains. The novelist way the authors' unique style kept me excited and anticipating turning the next page to read what would happen next. The distance between the two continents and the vastness of the “pond" cannot alter the deep connection between the sisters love that exists for one another. Being brought up in a large Catholic family, I could really appreciate many of the traditions and feelings they described. In the expressive way the authors tell different scenarios transports you so you can feel and even smell so many parts, like the rotten apples, the salty gentle sea breeze, the rich sauces cooking on the stove.

A Must Read


A Must Read! This is probably one of the most important series that I have ever read. It is also most relevant to everyone . I started the book series and could not let it go. It touched me on so many levels. As a sister, daughter , wife and mother of a girl and 2 boys. The story brought me back to my childhood. My sister and I were very close. Our mother was a widow . She was the product of a very lonely , troubled life. She was widowed at the age of 37 . She spent her life looking to be loved and struggling to raise us on her own. As I get older I understand our journey better . My mother was extremely intelligent and hard working. She struggled with alcoholism and spousal abuse from her second husband. But she was able to pull herself together many times. We lived frugally but we were always cared for. I hope the readers understand how important it is to teach young boys and girls to be respectful and loving. Whoever reads this will realize how family and love shapes our lives.

I am still Thinking about who I am


I think this is the first time I've ever read a book that made me look at my life closer rather than getting so absorbed in the characters lives that I missed the meanings I gleaned from reading their story. I'm the same age as the authors. Grew up with the same quandaries about marriage and babies and one foot in the stay at home camp and one foot in being employed outside the home. Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down. Well done, ladies.

I thoroughly enjoyed this gem


I thoroughly enjoyed this gem! The story unfolds like a flower growing more vibrant and beautiful, along with it's prickly stem...I was carried back to the past...growing up in the 60's and 70's...and the evolution of women's roles and expectations ....very relevant and timeless. This was one of my favorite books of all time...poignant and raw yet also sweet and loving.


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