Iris & Lily

3 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 40 ratings

Iris & Lily: Book One Publisher's Summary

In Book One, Iris and Lily are the lovably ingenuous youngest daughters in a family of 14, starving for attention as they struggle to survive in the chaotic Capotosti household. The explosive rage of Carlo, their hot-blooded father; the submissiveness of Betty, their overwhelmed mother; the abuse meted out by half a dozen domineering brothers; the inaccessible ken of their older sisters; all join forces to make the home a minefield of emotional pitfalls for the two neglected girls, whose natural exuberance is squelched by the fear of punishment and the dictates of Catholicism.

As Iris and Lily scrape their way through puberty to adolescence, outside forces begin driving a wedge between them. The favoritism of an aunt, the shame of sexual abuse, the socioeconomic shifts and eruption of the women's movement of the '70s become the catalysts that lead to the disintegration of what little security was once offered by their family. Desperate for love, Iris and Lily naively take refuge in marriages that push them worlds apart, altering their relationship as sisters dramatically.

Told in alternating chapters in the voices of the two protagonists, sprinkled with episodes of comedy and tragedy that will make you laugh and cry, this is the story of every woman who has memories of what it is like to be a little girl, then a young woman on the cusp of adulthood, filled with hope and expectations.

Iris & Lily: Book One is the first in a three-volume series.

©2014, 2105, 2016, 2017 Angela Scipioni and Julie Scipioni (P)2017 Angela Scipioni and Julie Scipioni
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  • Book 1

    • Iris & Lily: Book One

    • By: Julie Scipioni, Angela Scipioni
    • Narrated by: Julie Scipioni, Angela Scipioni
    • Length: 19 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 24

    As Iris and Lily scrape their way through puberty to adolescence, outside forces begin driving a wedge between them. The favoritism of an aunt, the shame of sexual abuse, the socioeconomic shifts and eruption of the women's movement of the '70s become the catalysts that lead to the disintegration of what little security was once offered by their family. Desperate for love, Iris and Lily naively take refuge in marriages that push them worlds apart, altering their relationship as sisters dramatically.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This book draws you in and it makes you want more of the story

    • By JJohn on 12-27-17

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 2

    • Iris & Lily: Book Two

    • By: Julie Scipioni, Angela Scipioni
    • Narrated by: Julie Scipioni, Angela Scipioni
    • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    In Book Two, the demands of marriage come crashing down on Iris and Lily, now living thousands of miles apart, both determined to gain the love and approval of their husbands and acquired families. Discouraged but not thwarted in their quests for personal development, in their desire to experience motherhood, in their dream of building a life with a man who will love and respect them, Iris and Lily silently stick to their choices despite moments of despair and temptation.

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 3

    • Iris & Lily: Book Three

    • Iris & Lily series, Book Three
    • By: Julie Scipioni, Angela Scipioni
    • Narrated by: Angela Scipioni, Julie Scipioni
    • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 5

    In Iris & Lily: Book Three, the Capotosti desire to evade reality, abandon conventions, and strive for something better keeps resurfacing, leading Iris and Lily down perilous paths from which there is no return. After discovering her aptitude for the hospitality business, where she becomes acquainted with the finer pleasures of life she had only read about in novels, Iris carves out a career for herself in the luxury hotels of the Italian Riviera. But the more successful Iris becomes at her job, the more suffocated she feels by the pressure of her husband Gregorio and in-laws.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Thoroughly enjoyed the three book series.

    • By JJohn on 06-13-18

    Regular price: $24.95