When faeries send Lilith Devlin on a mission, she has no idea how life-changing it will be in this fantasy novel.
At 42, Lilith Devlin leads a comfortable, content, but fairly bland life in Pittsburgh. Then, when she’s in her garden one day, a faery named Florinda appears. The faeries have a mission for Lilith. First, she must write a book that will make humans conscious of the damage they’re doing to the environment. Second, she must save a beloved piece of wildlife. Lilith will need to puzzle out the details of the second part herself while watching for signs and waiting for other faeries to speak to her. There’s an upside to working with the faeries, though, as Florinda promises that a new love awaits. Although she’s reluctant at first, Lilith eventually dives in. Her subsequent adventure sends her to Ireland and then Madagascar; along the way, she crosses paths with the enigmatic Adam, who, unfortunately, wears a wedding ring. As Lilith progresses on her adventure, though, she finds that things aren’t always as they seem and that sometimes it’s best to let fate (or faeries) take control. The book offers lyrical prose that mirrors the simple, natural theme of the book’s plot (“Her research insisted that she connect with them in nature, so she chose to visit the woods, to get far away from city vibrations, to seek out places that were wild and seldom seen”), and it has all the elements of a relaxing beach read. However, the story’s overall believability is problematic. When reading a fantasy novel, one can easily believe that a faery can pop out of someone’s garden and give her a mission. But the idea that the person’s co-worker and love interest will immediately trust these same faeries is harder to believe. The story is also riddled with tiny coincidences, which make it hard to fully buy into the plot.
A hard-to-believe story about one woman’s (and several hundred faeries’) mission to save the planet.