Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair. . . .
Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn’t believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell.
Peter is unlike anyone she’s ever known. Impetuous and brave, he both scares and enthralls her. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland’s inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. Soon, she is risking everything—her family, her future—to be with him. When she is faced with marriage to a terrible man in her own tribe, she must choose between the life she’s always known and running away to an uncertain future with Peter.
With enemies threatening to tear them apart, the lovers seem doomed. But it’s the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who’s everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart.
I’ve always been fascinated by the story of Peter Pan and especially with Wendy, who is my namesake, so I was excited that this was a book club pick.
This was a wonderfully enchanting story of Tiger Lily, who lives among a tribe on the island of Neverland. Somewhat of an outcast to her own people, she is soon discovered by The Lost Boys and finds herself falling in love with the infamous Peter Pan.
The story is told from Tinker Bell’s perspective. She’s a silent observer who tags along on Tiger Lily’s small adventures, generally unnoticed. Tiger Lily is a girl of few words herself. She’s had a cruel childhood and is a loner, often ridiculed and mistreated by other children and adults in her tribe. Her fascination with a shipwreck survivor lead to a punishment of marriage to the tribes oaf. To get away from her fate she often visits the woods where she comes across Peter Pan. The book portrays Peter as a handsome, whimsical teenage boy who is doing his best to provide for the other boys in his charge.
This book was well written, keeping true to a what little is known about this fascinating character. It was heartbreaking to see her reluctantly give her heart away only to have it broken by circumstances out of her control. Peter, tired and beaten down from constantly being hunted by Hook, finds some comfort in Tiger Lily’s friendship and kisses. When Wendy comes along, Peter has a choice to make and although it means leaving Tiger Lily, she is never truly gone from him and he lingers with her.
I loved the ending of this book. A wonderful glimpse into the future, it had me longing for more of the story!