Lilly Margolis is your typical flapper who is trying to make a living by selling makeup in well-to-do neighborhoods. She has no choice, her mother threw her out of the house and told her to never return. When she wakes up after a night out on the town with her friends she discovers herself in the backyard of a wealthy family. The woman of the house has taken Lilly under her wing while the son wants Lilly out of their house and life.
Cullen Burnside, a veteran of the Great War, is filled with bitterness and anger over his experience and resulting disfigurement. He has his hands full with his mother, Betty Ruth. She has early dementia and has taken a shine to Lilly. He knows there will come a day when his mother will not remember Lilly and Lilly will be wounded in her heart when he asks her to leave the house. Lilly and Cullen both have painful pasts, and both need to learn a way to forgive the people who made it painful in order for their budding interest in each other to grow and bloom. (MULTNOMAH, Apr., 352 pp., $14.99)