Lily, Song of the River Series #1   -     By: Diane T. Ashley & Aaron McCarver
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Lily, Song of the River Series #1

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In 1858 Natchez, Mississippi, Lily Anderson is determined to thwart a marriage of convenience. She embarks on a riverboat venture to keep her and her two sisters afloat financially. But gambler Blake Matthews has won part ownership of lily's riverboat. How will their business profit if he and the feisty Mississippi miss disagree about almost everything? The affluent jean Luc Champney will do anything to get back what he lost in a card game, including wooing and endangering the pretty new owner. Will the siren song of the river evolve into a serenade or a somber lament?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Barbour Publishing
ISBN: 1616265426
ISBN-13: 9781616265427
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Publisher's Description

Cruise down the Mississippi with Natchez belle Lily Anderson. Needing to provide for herself and her sisters, Lily is desperately trying to make a go of a riverboat venture with co-owner Blake Matthews. But they fail to find anything to agree upon. Blake is enamored of the feisty Lily. Attempts to woo her may be lost to the devious Jean Luc Champney. Will the siren song of the river evolve into a serenade or a somber lament?

Author Bio

Diane T. Ashley, a “town girl” born and raised in Mississippi, has worked more than twenty years for the House of Representatives. She rediscovered a thirst for writing, was led to a class taught by Aaron McCarver, and became a founding member of the Bards of Faith.

Aaron McCarver is a transplanted Mississippian who was raised in the mountains near Dunlap, Tennessee. He loves his jobs of teaching at Belhaven University and editing for Barbour Publishing and Summerside Press. A member of ACFW, he is coauthor with Gilbert Morris of the bestselling series, The Spirit of Appalachia. He now coauthors with Diane Ashley on several historical series.

Publisher's Weekly

The authors (Tennessee Brides series) launch the new series, Song of the River, with a romance set in antebellum Mississippi. In a predictable and sometimes implausible plot, strong-willed 18-year-old Lily Anderson uses her inheritance to purchase a half-share in a riverboat. She, her two sisters, and her slave move on board so Lily can escape the unwanted attentions of a far older and unattractive suitor chosen by her guardians. She is excited to return to the river, even though it took her mother’s life and reminds her of the father who abandoned her. Determined, she dreams of running a successful shipping and passenger line. Sparks fly, however, with Blake Matthews, the owner of the other half of the Hattie Belle, who wants to turn the riverboat into a floating gambling palace. Meanwhile, dashing and rich gambler Jean Luc Champney schemes to win Lily’s trust and take back the boat that he believes is rightfully his. Thrown in with the romance are some themes about morals, slavery, and forgiveness with issues of faith for the underdeveloped characters to ponder. (June)2012 Reed Business Information

Editorial Reviews

I loved reading this book. I must admit that the cover didn't really draw me in, but as I started reading, I got interested very quickly. The authors did a great job pulling the reader into the story and making you feel invested in the characters.

A new historical series has readers traveling by boat down the mighty Mississippi with memorable characters who are trying to provide for themselves and their families. These two talented authors bring to life a long-ago era of riverboat adventures, weaving their own styles into the storyline. They work very well together.

This is my first novel by Diane Ashley and Aaron McCarver and it certainly did not disappoint. With wonderful main characters, and equally charming secondary characters, I was entranced to the very end! I loved the romantic tension between the main characters throughout the story, and the romance between Lily's slave and a crew member on the Hattie Belle stole my heart. A story of love, forgiveness, and salvation, the satisfying conclusion is guaranteed to leave you grabbing the tissue box.

An entertaining book! From front cover to the back cover I enjoyed this story.

The story is rich with the south and the problems facing the people of the day.  Lily's story is fun to read and affirming, especially for the women who has to choose to be alone rather than become unequally yoked. As Lilly attempts to make solid choices in her life, the application of passages of the Bible lift up the Christian reader and help to strengthen one’s choices today. I would recommend this for readers who enjoy historical romances with heroines who look to the Lord for their dtrength. This one is definitely appealing to the heart.

Over all this was a fun book to read and I really enjoyed it. The romance was a good story and the suspense fit well into the storyline with out it feeling like it didn’t belong. I am really looking forward to the rest of this series and getting to know Lily’s two sisters and hear their story.

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