Lily’s Journey

Written by Tania Crosse
Review by Ruth Downie

The story is set in 1952. After the death of her mother, 15-year-old Lily Hayes leaves London to live with her estranged and mysteriously hostile father in a remote cottage on Dartmoor. Gradually their relationship develops and the secrets and shames of the past begin to be revealed. Lily has to come to terms with her discoveries whilst facing the challenges of growing up and falling in love.

The novel is richly evocative of Dartmoor and its history, intertwined with the stories and the struggles of the people who lived there. I was more convinced by the setting than by the romance, but as one who remembers Devon’s steam trains, crisps with blue salt twists and Camp coffee, I found much to enjoy here.