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Lilli de Jong: A Novel | Janet Benton
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Told through her notebooks, this is the story of Lilli de Jong, an unwed mother in the 1880's. Knowing her Quaker family and community would shun her because of her circumstances, she set out to forge her own way and to try to make it on her own with her baby.

@MegReads @sblbooks I couldn't stop reading, and just finished the book! I'm looking forward to our discussion of it next weekend! #LilliRead

kspenmoll I am reading ahead to for the same reason, just starting book 7. 14h
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megnews
Lilli de Jong: A Novel | Janet Benton
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When I‘m hosting, I try to stick to the reading schedule but it‘s hard not to get swept away with this story as many have. I want to know what happens with Lilli & Charlotte next. So glad it seems Lilli can be sure Charlotte is safe now. I‘m heading into Notebooks 6-7 today. But first, how do you think the death of Lilli‘s mother affected the course of her life?

shellleigh33 I believe that Lillie was very saddened by the death of her mother but that also her mother taught her very valuable life lessons during her lifetime (edited) 16h
sblbooks It totally changed it. She would not have been as likely to sleep with Johan.Lili would have never left home or been kicked out if her mother had lived. She probably would have been able to keep her teaching job. 16h
Chrissyreadit I think it absolutely changed everything. It sounded like her mother wanted her to marry Johan. I think Lilli also sought comfort from Johan. And she would have needed less comfort had she still been teaching and had her mother. 16h
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Chrissyreadit I am surprised by this seeming cruelty of the Quakers. I thought they were more peaceful and less judgmental but now I wonder if my understanding was wrong, or if meetings varied by congregation, or if this was a plot device. 16h
CoffeeNBooks I definitely think the death of her mother, as well as her dad remarrying so soon after, affected the course of her life so much. I definitely think so many things would have been different for Lilli if her mom had lived. I also think things would have been different for her if Patience wasn't such a horrible person. 16h
megnews @chrissyreadit I had similar thoughts about the Quakers. Maybe it is similar to Amish or Jehovah‘s Witness where the purpose of “shunning” is to bring the person back in the fold. I thought it was cruel to remove Lilli from teaching because of her father. 15h
Chrissyreadit @CoffeeNBooks I finished the book and could not remember when Patience came in. That is one hard woman. It made me wonder about her father. 15h
megnews @shellleigh33 @Chrissyreadit @sblbooks @CoffeeNBooks Lilli may have been less likely to sleep with Johan. If she had, she could have told her mother who would have helped her. Lilli‘s mother‘s beliefs have shaped Lilli‘s willingness to follow her “Inner Light” rather than conform to expectations, gave her the drive to be a good mother, & the strength & persistence to do so. Desire to fulfill a legacy can become stronger after losing a loved one. 15h
megnews @CoffeeNBooks @Chrissyreadit I had a little patience with Patience when she wanted to get rid of Lilli. I think it was common at that time for a stepmom & because of the pregnancy. Another mouth to feed & all & attention taken from her. I couldn‘t abide her stealing Lilli‘s mother‘s things that should have been for Lilli‘s memories!! Pure greed and meanness! 15h
TheBookHippie @megnews oh I do not like Patience ugh my friend had a step mom like that so horrific!!! I think Lillis whole trajectory of her life would have been different I think, however I do believe it gave her her fighting spirit. 14h
thereadingowlvina A sudden death of a parent, especially a mother, would definitely change the dynamics of a family. It's traumatizing & may leave a child in a denial mode for a while. So, it's hard on Lilli and more so when her dad remarried so soon - to a woman who despises Lilli. It's so sad! 😔 8h
shellleigh33 @megnews her stepmom is horrible the way she has does Lillie 😡. This hurts my heart so much for her to lose her mom then this women to come in and steal what little treasures she had and kick her out. 6h
kspenmoll Losing her mother suddenly, so quickly followed by her father taking up with her step mother( who clearly wanted Lilli gone) has to have been traumatizing. When she left she had no idea what her life would be. I am glad she kept Charlotte even though it has not been easy. Her mother‘s death was life changing- she lost her brother as well. @megnews live what you said about Lilli‘s mother‘s beliefs giving Lilli permission to follow her inner light- (edited) 44m
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Lilli de Jong: A Novel | Janet Benton
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TheBookHippie So so true! 14h
Crazeedi ❤❤❤ 4h
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Lilli de Jong: A Novel | Janet Benton
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I thought of my daughter and her 8-month-old...

#LilliRead

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Lilli de Jong: A Novel | Janet Benton
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Chrissyreadit This book absolutely broke my heart a few times. 16h
TheBookHippie I so love this read! 14h
kspenmoll I love this quote & this book. Lilli is becoming an amazing human being. 47m
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Chrissyreadit
Lilli de Jong: A Novel | Janet Benton
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Definitely a pick. Character driven, and easy to feel empathy for the characters. Glad I‘m doing the buddy read because I really have a lot on my mind with this book. I highly recommend reading her end section discussing history and her information.

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Chrissyreadit
Lilli de Jong: A Novel | Janet Benton
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I love this book, but I can‘t read it before bed because I‘m scared something awful will happen to Lilli or Charlotte. This reminds me a little of how I felt when I read Black Beauty as a child. I need some light reading before bed....

revenge4porgy Kinky Friedman is light reading 4d
Chrissyreadit @revenge4porgy I will add it to my TBR. I‘m using cozy mysteries and this sounds similar. 4d
revenge4porgy He‘s written mysteries like Armadillos and Old Lace, The Mile High Club, Ten Little New Yorkers. Then there‘s always Sue Ann Jaffarian and the Odelia Grey series 4d
Crazeedi Really good book 4d
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kspenmoll
Lilli de Jong: A Novel | Janet Benton
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#quotable #LilliRead #buddyread
“Late night is the playground of despair.” Truth! Lilli is a wonderful human being. ❤️📚

Crazeedi I totally enjoyed this book, read in less than a day! 1w
thereadingowlvina Loved it! 1w
TheBookHippie Soooo goood!!! 1w
megnews “Late night is the playground of despair.” Too true 7d
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megnews
Lilli de Jong: A Novel | Janet Benton
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Inspiring advice though difficult at times. #LilliRead

Chrissyreadit I love the quotes you are choosing. 1w
shellleigh33 Just finished reading this book. Sorry I read ahead but it was so good. I can not wait to discuss it!!!! 1d
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Lilli de Jong: A Novel | Janet Benton
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All new moms have been there. #LilliReads

thereadingowlvina Yup 😐 1w
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