When Lily and Ida meet on a flight to America, they embark on a relationship that is to see them through two very different marriages.
Lily wants passionately to help people, and to experience romance and adventure at the same time. Falling in love with a married man was not part of the plan.
In order to escape her abusive father, Ida flees to America to marry Buddy, looking forward to a clean slate with her new husband. But is having a house and being Mrs. Someone enough for her? Married life will bring them comfort, distress, joy and tragedy in equal measure as the years unfold. Only their friendship can carry them through.
First published in 1988, Dear Doctor Lily follows two women as they navigate the complexities of love, family, and friendship.