What is the definition according to Leon Gold of a Wife: maid, housekeeper, bed partner, organizer, cook, cleaner and definitely someone that is there to take care of his needs. Well: Maybe this fits someone living in prehistoric times or before the emancipation of women when we got the vote in 1920 but definitely not mine or definitely not mine. Lily Gold might be over 50 but she is not down and out yet. With a mind of her own she decides to change things up but in her favor not Leon’s. When Leon retires he thinks that things are going to remain the same. He can lounge around all day while Lily continues to service him in anyway he sees fit. Inviting their son Larry over for dinner to celebrate his newfound freedom and retirement, Lily relates her plans for her own future. But, typical male or shall I say Leon, he thinks she is going through some kind of hormonal imbalance, not thinking clearly and definitely does not take her seriously. But, when Lily decides to do something watch out! Going through the want ads, walking the hot pavement and looking for a job is not easy for someone her age. But, Lily is smart, enterprising and when she just happens to walk by an antique shop, enters and dazzles the owner with her knowledge well: Guess what Leon: Lily is now a working girl and you will just have to get over it!
Not really thinking that she will stick it out he cannot believe how much she loves what she is doing and how good she is at her job. But, Walter her boss, when you meet him is kind of strange, will sell to only people that he feels he wants to and often sales are lost but not because of Lily. So, what happens next that you definitely make you laugh and endear you to Lily even more? Wait until you hear her innermost thoughts at a dinner party and meet their superficial and rich friends. Some think that Lily is having a mid-life thing and Leon’s sarcasm at the party gets him in trouble. Wait until you find out what she does to get even! Priceless! Added in you hear the voices of many of the women as the talk about their vacations, their plans to renovate their homes and how they are really good at spending their husband’s money. But, Lily has other plans and when out one evening, believe it or not in the middle of the week, wait until you find out what hot and heavy Lily decides to get Leon to do and where!
Lily is definitely committed to her new job and becomes so involved with creating a new window that she loses track of time, upset Leon, decides to stay out all night and not admit to where she stayed. On the way to finding a place to stay she meets Rusty, a storeowner of an upscale boutique that most women would love to just be able to browse through and pray they can afford the prices. But, when you hear her story and listen carefully to what she says you would think if she could trade places with Lily and have her life and a Leon of her own she would give it all up. Lily is definitely discontent with her life and cannot seem to find a happy medium. Her job is time consuming, fulfilling and energizes her and her marriage is taking a slow crash and Leon is about to do something that will definitely surprise not only the reader but Lily too. As the author flashes back to when they first met, her mother’s reaction to him, his job and his dedication you begin to wonder if she is not doing the same thing Leon did before he retired. Can she come up with an even balance? What about Walter and the unique way he runs his shop? The author then enlightens readers as to why Lily questions Leon’s whereabouts at times, recalling with a friend what happened between him and a woman named Fiona and finally the end result with her son coming back home to live. Understanding her point of view, yet floundering on his own, Larry makes you wonder whether he is truly independent or just wants someone to direct his movements. Hoping for the approval of his parents he never seems to remain in one job and falls back on them when things get tough. Lily seems to be let out of a cage or maybe squatting at the start line of a marathon race and once the gun goes off she keeps running until she gets to the finish line. But, what happens when she gets there? Will she turn around and go back the way she came or will she keep on running? Can you run away from your life when things change? Marriages never remain the same and couples either grow together or grow apart. What will happen to Leon and Lily? That still remains to be seen.
Lily is determined to succeed in her job and Leon decides they need their own space. Trying to share her enthusiasm with him fails as she encourages her boss, Walter, to consider moving his store, finding merchandise he can part with and then revitalizing his business as partners. Flashbacks to their past, feelings coming out and many resentments are heard as Lily and Leon try to mend what might be permanently damaged but is it? Like a sculpture who takes a piece of clay and molds it to perfection and then decides to remold it again because nothing is every truly perfect the first time, will Leon and Lily try to do the same with their lives or will the clay piece get permanently tossed away?
Lily has her own idea of what she wants and forges ahead much to the surprise of her friends, Leon and her son. Wanting to start her own business required some creative financial thinking. Knowing that her house was in her name and that she could uses it as collateral was her ticket to her future. But, what Leon does throws more than just a nail in a damaged wall and the end could be near for both of them.
Walter proves to be more than just a boss but a loyal friend and we meet Ms. Douglas the owner of a house that would be perfect not only for Lily but for other businesses too. Just how this all pans out and whether she finally gets what she wants you have to hear, read and listen to the negotiations yourself as the narrator whispers what is about to happen before the dialogue is spoken. Added in we hear Lily’s own thoughts stated in italics and we learn more about Leon, his wanderings and his father Theodore.
This book is about change, taking a new turn in life and being able to understand that not everything stays the same. As Walter and Ms. Douglas face their own fears and have to decide whether to keep everything status quo or take a chance on Lily Gold and forge ahead, another member of the Gold family does the same. Hard feelings, sarcasm, selfishness and pride are not only the traits of Larry Gold but Leon too. When the final signature has to be placed on the lease will Lily be able to come up with the cash after what Leon did?
The cover of this book has an amazing statue on it that if in your home would be priceless. The statue was made by a famous artist and the end result is well you have to find out just how special this statue is and what part it plays in this outstanding book. Filled with humor, sarcasm, true to life events and it might even bring some tears to your eyes Lily Steps Out is a vividly depicted novel written by author Rita Plush who allows readers to hear the voices of each character loud and clear as the narrator sets the stage for the action to come. Each chapter can fill an episode of a made for television movie as readers will learn just how far Lily steps out and whether she decides to ever reverse and step back in!
Fran Lewis: reviewer
Let’s give this book : FIVE GOLDEN LILYS