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Lily Dale: Connecting

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Lily Dale: Connecting

After going through another terrifying ordeal, one would understand if Calla Delaney would want to leave Lily Dale once and for all. However, she has a new life there and decides she must stay and continue to try to find out the truth behind her mother’s secret past. When Calla begins having visions of her mother’s demise, her worst fear is confirmed: Stephanie Delaney’s tragic death was by no means an accident. But who is responsible and why? Calla thinks the answers may lie in Florida, specifically on her mother’s laptop. However, getting to the Sunshine State may prove difficult for the young medium.

Telling the truth to her grandmother, Odelia, and father Jeffrey --- who is going through a lot of changes on his own --- is out of the question. And when Calla tries to explain her “theory” about the “dreams” to her Floridian best friend Lisa, she is met with skepticism and concern.

Meanwhile, Blue Slayton, the charismatic soccer star who Calla is still (supposedly) dating, has asked her to the Homecoming Dance, although she is hesitant about going with him. Her friendship with (and feelings for) Jacy Bly is growing, despite her friend Evangeline’s not-so-subtle crush on him. To make boy troubles more complicated, her ex-boyfriend Kevin continues to want to try to build a new relationship with her.

Calla’s psychic abilities are growing stronger, even to Odelia’s surprise, and she finds herself being able to connect more with the living and spirited. One such connection is made when the young medium helps provide closure to an elderly widower. However, Calla still has much to learn. When she starts receiving numerous (and ominous) signs that may be connected to her mother, she realizes that the only person she can turn to for help is Jacy.

Soon, Calla formulates a plan to help her find answers concerning her mother’s life and death, and perhaps even locate her mother’s old boyfriend, Darrin Yates. But she may have regrets when Jacy has an ominous vision of his own, surprising revelations are uncovered, and a shocking family secret is revealed that could have an impact on her past and future.

Connections are made, while others are weakened, as Calla Delaney tries to balance her old life with the one she currently has. Fans of Wendy Corsi Staub’s suspenseful series are in for plenty of surprises here --- and there are more stories to discover in LILY DALE: DISCOVERING, which will be in stores in the spring of 2009.

Reviewed by Sarah Sawtelle on November 25, 2008

Lily Dale: Connecting
by Wendy Corsi Staub

  • Publication Date: September 15, 2009
  • Genres: Paranormal, Suspense
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens
  • ISBN-10: 080278786X
  • ISBN-13: 9780802787866