Newlywed Lotus Price has everything that she should have ever wanted: a great husband and a dream job as an executive of a prominent Chicago philanthropic foundation. Her life is going exactly as she planned—until she discovers she is pregnant and then unexpectedly encounters her first love. Despite his offer to be friends, Lotus wants to keep the past where it belongs. As the pregnancy begins to interrupt the dream that Lotus envisioned for her marriage, she is forced to rethink everything she thought she knew about her path to this point, including the single day that led her to her husband and away from the man she saw herself spending forever with. Now, as long-buried scars resurface, only time will tell what direction Lotus will take in the future—and who will be willing to give up what they have in order to get what they have always desired?
My Thoughts: Once I hunkered down and started reading LOTUS, I found myself fairly invested in the heroine of the novel – Lotus Price. What would she do? How is she handling this pregnancy? Why is her husband being detached? Why is the “love of her life” back in her life … NOW. I felt like I was watching a great episode of Grey’s Anatomy (the early years, naturally) and it was fun. When I finally got to the last page, I couldn’t help but wonder “Is Lotus Price going to be OK?”
Ms. Smith had made me care about her heroine and that was a great feeling!
I enjoyed how connected I felt to the motley crew of characters that made Lotus a stand out for me. All of them were flawed, thoughtful and wonderfully grown-up.
There was no obvious “good guy versus the bad guy”, everyone was complex, layered and all had reasons for the choices that were made in the past — which, brought them to their somewhat messy present. A rich and refreshing read, I do have one question for Kay W. Smith, can I expect a sequel? I must know what happens to Lotus Price!
The Take Away: Life. It’s Complicated
Kay W. Smith is a writer and blogger living in Chicago, Illinois with her husband and two sons. She worked in public policy for several years before pursuing her passion to write full-time. She is a graduate of Spelman College and the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy.
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