#BlogTour | #BookReview | GILDING THE LILY by Justine John @justinecjohn (July 21st 2020) @lovebooksgroup #lovebookstours

Hello and welcome to our stop on the Guilding The Lily blog tour!

Thank you very much to Kelly @ LoveBooksTours and Justine John for providing a copy of the book to [K]

The review below is 100% honest and all of her own views.


A gripping mystery of jealousy, murder and lies.

An invitation to her estranged, wealthy father’s surprise 75th birthday party in New York sees Amelia and her husband, Jack, set off across the pond to meet a whole new world of family politics.

Amelia, now a successful businesswoman, feels guilty about never liking her father’s women, so does her upmost to give his new socialite partner, Evelyn, the benefit of the doubt. Wouldn’t it be nice if they could just all get along? But there’s something very dark, determined and dangerous about her…

When Amelia’s father, Roger, becomes ill, Jack grows suspicious that there is more to it. Amelia understands why, but no one else will believe them. They travel back to America to piece together the puzzle, but when Roger goes missing, the couple are driven to their wits’ end. It takes a DEA officer and a secret assassin to bring them answers, but the ruthless truth is something no one expected…


When Amelia is invited to her estranged father, 75th birthday she jumps at the chance to mend bridges and rekindle their relationship. After he divorced her mother when she was a child, he has had a string of partners which Amelia never warmed to. Feeling guilty at her disapproval of her father’s choice in women she decides to try and befriend his latest partner Evelyn in an effort to improve their connection.

As soon as I started this book I found I could not actually put it down and finished in record time. Just as I thought I had the characters all worked out something else was thrown into the mix and collapsed my theories. I loved the way the chapters alternated through certain characters so as a reader we got a better insight into what was happening at the time.

I was completely enthralled by the depth of the jealousy and lies that threaded throughout the story, and just when I thought it had reached the end, there was another twist and a little more.

I know I will definitely be picking up more books by this author as soon as I can!


Author Bio:

After thirty years in corporate life in London, half of which was running a successful events company, I decided to take a chance to write the novel that was ‘in me’ since I was a child. Gilding the Lily is the result of this and is a domestic noir story which I hope will keep you on the edge of your chair/sofa/bed/train/plane-seat….


You can buy Gilding The Lily from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US)  | Amazon (AU)

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