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Daniel Yoder
Lilly of the Mountains
D. L. Yoder, author
Lilly of the Mountains is a romantic account of one woman's journey through a troubled past into a brighter future. The story is set in the 1940's in a small Colorado town. Lilly must overcome a past that was one, not of her own choosing. Along the way she will navigate past resentments directed at her along with many other challenges. The story has the ingredients of mystery, a small amount of the supernatural all wrapped in a romantic theme. The story does involve some Christian elements and if it played in the movies, it might garner a PG rating.
Plot/Idea: 9 out of 10
Originality: 7 out of 10
Prose: 9 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 8.75 out of 10


Plot/Idea: Lilly of the Mountains features an intelligent, hapless protagonist who has decided no longer to put up with men mistreating her, and packs a punch with Western-themed excitement and action that keeps the reader intrigued, page after page.

Prose: Yoder knows how to write a complicated, chaotic scene in a very descriptive and clear manner, while the imagery throughout the novel is engaging and vivid.

Originality: The unfortunate widow who sets out to make a better life for herself can be a tired trope. However, with the humor and action Yoder puts into their writing, Lilly of the Mountains feels fresh and entertaining.

Character Development/Execution: Yoder brings all of their characters to full life, ranging from a dopey policeman to an ornery hillbilly to a stately lady and a town gossip. These players all feel authentic while also having an air of caricature, which makes them even more entertaining and intriguing to the reader.


Date Submitted: April 07, 2022