What if you discovered your whole life were a lie? When Maria becomes Lily, she sets off on a trail to find her real mother, inspired by the initials of her name. However, there's someone in the shadows who doesn't want Lily to find out the truth...

What’s in a name?

Shakespeare was pretty concerned with that predicament. In ‘Romeo and Juliet’, the infamous male half of the title said, “that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

I guess he meant that when a name changes, not much else does.

I’m so glad my given name was not Rose, otherwise the statement would just heave too much irony into my mind. There comes a time when you might think about the importance of the meaning behind what title your parents gave you…though I’d always found Maria Brook to be rather mundane. Despite my chagrin, it suited the brown-haired, brown-eyed twelve-year-old in the mirror.

Little did I know that Maria Brook never existed; she was a lie, the outer shell of a girl who was always meant to be someone else.

When I turned thirteen, I became Lily. And I guess that’s when the rose stopped being the rose.

I became Lily Highclere and my life changed. I had no choice but to take up the adventure that went with such a name.

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