Sparks fly when 23-year-old New Yorker Bellarina Levitsky lands on the South Carolinian doorstep of 89-year-old Tilly Wilson, a cantankerous old woman with an unwavering faith in God and a mouth rife with unsolicited advice. The only thing the two have in common is staring down death.
As an adult orphan facing terminal cancer, Bella flees her home to die in peace, but her new landlady has other ideas. After all, the old woman is an expert on everything. Just ask her.
Tilly refuses to let Bella wallow in self-pity. She makes it her mission to help the young woman spend her last year living outside the lines, squeezing every experience out of life, and finding the three things she has given up on—God, love, and family.
Mary Perrine's insightful character development spurred a touching moveable feast of emotions. Conceived in empathy and beautifully written.
OUTSIDE THE LINES is a wonderfully told story about two women and the bond they form. This fourth novel of Perrine's describes how these two extreme opposites learn to live and make the most out of the times they have left. This story is full of love, laughter, family, and faith. Even though dying is the main theme of this story (23-year-old Bella is dying from breast cancer, and Tilly, her 89-year-old landlady faces her own mortality), the story is told in a very carrying manner and is really more about living than dying, loving than hating, and building strong relationships with others, even if they are different from you. It is a book with action, meaning, and humor that will keep you engaged from start to finish. And as with Perrine's other novels, this one has an ending you won't see coming!
“Perrine has a way of making you fall in love with her characters. You want to stand by them as they journey the unknown. Tilly and Bella are no exception. I laughed and I cried through the entire book. Outside the Lines is a must read.”
SHOULD BE A MOVIE
“This story stayed with me long after I closed the back cover. The characters are so real, I didn’t want to leave them behind. This book would make an excellent movie. Viewers would watch it again and again.”