Praise for the Lily Trilogy
"I could not put these books down! Ms. Boas captures the raw emotion and secret thoughts of the human heart and pours them out into novels which will make people think, question and, no doubt, view the sanctity of every life with more value. The depth of the characters and the very real situations they encounter draw the reader into story lines that touch on every point of human life -- from conception to death -- with humor, tenderness and, above all, a realness sure to penetrate anyone lucky enough to find these gems." -- Kristina L. Forbes, mother of seven and former Director of Counselor Training, Aid To Women Pregnancy Center.
"As a mother and writer, I enjoyed this book immensely. It's impossible not to become attached to Lily or to sympathize with Bev. Lily's joyful spirit and innocence, and her effect on everyone she meets, speaks so powerfully to the great gift of children with Down's Syndrome. And Bev's honest, at times painful, confessions make all of us reconsider our motives and prejudices.
A terrific blend of humor and heart-wrenching tenderness, Until Lily shows the goodness that is possible in every human being, and the potential for self-gift that only those who love deeply and sincerely can know. I laughed, I cried and asked myself more than once if I have cherished the true dignity of each person in my own life the way characters in this book do.
Until Lily is a recommended read for anyone who has ever wondered at the loving purpose of every single person in God's creation." -- Mary Moore, Author, Rocking the Cradle Catholic: Raising Little Saints in a Lukewarm Culture.
"The Lily Trilogy is a heartwarming look at life through the lens of "pure love." Lily touches your soul in an inspiring way that only one so close to God truly can." -- Tom Peterson, President and Founder, CatholicsComeHome.org and VirtueMedia.org
"Now, more than ever, the world needs to hear the messages embedded in these books, which so beautifully, candidly and, at times, humorously, capture the incredible sacrifices and unmatched rewards of parenthood. This is a story, not just for those with special needs children, but for all parents who struggle in one way or another. And isn't that pretty much all parents?" -- Father Doug Lorig, creator of the Spirituality of Parenthood video series
"This book was made for our times. Until Lily shows the rich humanity of those least appreciated in our day: the elderly in nursing homes, unborn children in the womb, and persons with disabilities. It does so with warmth and humor, but without sugar-coating or omitting the sacrifice that love always costs. This book is another sign that the Lord is building a culture of life today, even as the culture of death rages around us. Thank God for writers like Sherry Boas whose words could only arise from a heart that is familiar with the mystery of the cross." -- Most Reverend Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of Phoenix
Sherry Boas is a Catholic mom with extraordinary writing gifts. I have just finished the first novel, Until Lily, and was so impressed by the witness it gives to the price and joy of love. Beauty is so key in our struggle for the recognition of the sanctity of human life, and this book is truly beautiful. Highly recommended! -- Mike Phelan, Director of Marriage and Respect Life, Diocese of Phoenix
"The power of selfishness to destroy lives versus the power of self-giving love to restore hope is the theme of this amazing story ... It is a story about real people who resemble people around us, whose flaws hurt and whose love heals us, and the hope that turns despair into love though the power of pure intentions.
The story tells it all, with profound relationships and moving symbolism, and enough realistic detail to remind the reader of a similar drama in their own lives ... I hugged my nine year old daughter with Down Syndrome each time I reluctantly put the books down, and saw heretofore unappreciated qualities in my family. The Lily Trilogy filled my heart with gratitude for my family, and made me determined to be the catalyst of God's healing ... How many times can it be said that a novel makes you a more grateful, loving person who reenters life from the world of the novel to embrace the challenges which sent you running into the pages of the book in the first place?" -- Leticia Valasquez, writer and media critic. Read full review here.
"In a story that could easily have read as saccharine or manipulative in a lesser writer’s hands, Boas shows life as it really is: messy, hurtful, but also filled with supernatural grace and heroic love." -- Andrew Junker, media critic, The Catholic Sun. Read full review here.
"Sherry's writing is riveting! She possesses a rare ability to develop characters you really connect with, to make you laugh heartily in one moment and reduce you to tears in the next, to reflect on your Catholic faith, to appreciate the dignity of every human person, to blindside you with unexpected plot twists, and to appreciate her artistry with the written word." -- Very Rev. John Lankeit, Rector Sts. Simon and Jude Cathedral, Phoenix
"It is not very often that one gets to read something that pairs relevant, current, hot-button life issues with masterful storytelling. The Lily Trilogy does just that. With expert character development that makes you feel like you could be reading about one of your neighbors, you will be taken on an emotional roller coaster that will have you laughing, crying, and thoroughly enjoying being caught up in Lily's world. These brilliantly written books are sure to launch Sherry up to the highest ranks of fiction writers." - Jeremy Oliver, Product Manager, Aquinas and More Catholic Goods
"What makes the novels work is their sheer unaffectedness. By this I mean that these books provide a thoroughly natural, and so thoroughly believable, look at life, aspirations and family through the eyes of three women who have made a commitment to Lily in spite of their own imperfections. The author’s perceptiveness and wit are present on every page, but without diminishing each character’s own persona. The stories of their lives, their relationships—and the spiritual strengths and shortcomings which enhance or restrict them—unfold easily. The writing is altogether natural; nothing is forced and there is no preaching. The reader is drawn in without reservation ... Remember, this is a trilogy about relationships, with family life at their very heart. If you’re a guy who can’t sit through a Jane Austen movie, Lily is not for you. (Now, me, I happen to like Jane Austen.) But if you are a girl in her late teens or an adult woman of any age, trust me: You will be entranced, you will experience the joys and sorrows of the characters, you will cry, and you will not be able to put Lily down." -- Jeffrey Mirus, President of CatholicCulture.org. See full review here.
"Perhaps because of her own experience mothering a Down Syndrome child, Sherry Boas manages to be realistic in an understated, vivid way about the small but piercing aggravations as well as the small, ordinary graces ... I am very glad I got the chance to read these books; beyond my identification with the circumstances and themes of the trilogy, I found them to be a well-written take on some of the issues and difficulties of our modern times. The books deal with situations from adoption to single motherhood to abortion to troubled marriages; not with a view to pat answers, but with an eye for realistic detail and grace in the little things." -- Willa Fortuine Ryan, The Quotidian Reader. See full review here.
"The characters are intricately drawn — full of faults, strengths and idiosyncrasies. Lily, though innocent and loving, is not a one-dimensional angel. She is a living, breathing person, who, despite a tendency to eat candy bars which aren’t hers, will win your heart. She will cause you to reflect on whether you have a Lily in your own life: a person who draws out the best in you and loves you wholeheartedly, yet whom you don’t recognize as God’s gift to you ... Boas allows her engaging characters’ powerful stories of sin and redemption to demonstrate the truths of the faith..." National Catholic Register. See full review here.
The Lily Trilogy is a remarkable series that explores some of the greatest joys and deepest sorrows of life. I am still blown away by how profoundly each of these books has touched me ... Chances are very good you will find yourself easily able to identify with the complex inner workings of these people, these families, and that you will find in one or more of the situations something that speaks so perfectly to your own suffering that tears seem like the only possible release ... I am quite amazed that without being preachy or having some sort of flawless character to act as perfect guide for everyone else, the author of the Lily Trilogy has covered in just three books a majority of the respect life issues from conception to natural death in realistic, thought-provoking, meaningful ways as well as touched on every single one of the Seven Sacraments in the Catholic Church. These two accomplishments in and of themselves would be impressive, but within such readable heart-wrenching works of fiction, they raise the bar for fiction, especially Christian and Catholic, as a whole. -- Trisha Niermeyer Potter, Prints of Grace, The Catholic Company review