LILY by Diane T. Ashley and Aaron McCarver is an interesting inspiration Historical Romance set in 1859 Natchez,Mississippi. #1 in the "Song of the River". Meet Lily Anderson, and her two younger sisters, Camellia and Jasmine. Lily dreams of a riding on the Mississippi River on a riverboat and adventure. But her family wants her to secure her and her sisters futures by marrying well even if this means a loveless match for Lily. She sets off to claim her own life and on an adventure of her own by purchasing the steamship Hattie Belle. Oh but things change quickly....enter gambler Blake Matthew,a Rogue and her new partner.....With a bit of faith,trust, lots of turmoil,and the attraction of Blake and Lily, God has his own plans for the two wayward souls. Natchez's Southern Belle meets the Roguish Gambler! Life changes quickly as does our plans. A wonderful read by two authors who are fast becoming one of my favorites. I can hardly wait to see what trouble, young Camellia gets into. *I have already read "Jasmine" and can honestly say what a challenge these Anderson girls are so far,yes I read them out of order.* Received for an honest review from the publisher.
HEAT RATING: SWEET
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
This is the first book in a series. I had already read book #2. I thoroughly enjoyed both books. Good Christian literature with strong biblical character morals and faith building inspiration. The authors also had good intriguing story telling. I would like to read book #3. I am sure there is one or will be one that will cover the youngest sister, Jasmine.
Slow and scattered to start, turned into a surprisingly fulfilling read.
Lily Anderson is faced with marrying the brattish Jean Luc, so she take matters into her own hands. She buys 51% of a riverboat and goes into business with a riverboat gambler. But she won't allow gambling or drink on the ship. Lily is determined to make things work so that she can give her sisters a home. Lily has big choices ahead of her if she wants to make a go of the river boating business, who knows love might even be in the mix?
This book started out slow and scrambled, and I wasn't sure how I would feel about the book by the end. But then it really picked up, and I became invested in the story, and the characters and plots all came together on the riverboat.
I loved how Lily when faced with so many tough questions and moral decisions, she thoughtfully considered and turned to her faith. She was also very firm in her convictions. But she had her faults and she struggled to forgive.
I also loved the setting of the story on the river, and learned so much about their way of life.
The other characters were really great too, especially Lily's younger sister, Jasmine who really brought a huge cute factor into play. I really came to like Blake too, even though I really didn't care for him in the beginning, but he really grew as a character and as a man over the course of the book.
Overall, this was a book that I wasn't sure about, but then was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it and the depth that it had deep within. There were moral dilemmas and hard choices, and really strong faith elements. So if you can get past the slow start, I heartily recommend this read!
I received this ebook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!
Lily is a young Southern girl in the years before the Civil War. Her mother was killed in a riverboat accident, and her father abandoned Lily and her sisters. After the accident, lily and her sisters lived with her grandparents, but when her grandfather dies, her aunt and uncle pressure her to marry a widowerer almost twenty years her senior. Aft asking for her dowry money from her grandmother, she purchases half of a riverboat and moves in with her sisters, much to the dismay of the other owner, a riverboat gambler. Negotiating agreements with her parter, her sisters, and the river as well as villains, keeps Lily almost too busy to fall in love and find the path the Lord has chosen for her.
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.
Lily Anderson is 20 years old and as the oldest of three girls she is trying to watch out for her sisters. Her mother died in a tragic boat accident when she was very young and her father abandoned them. They are being raised by her grandparents and an aunt and uncle. Now at an marring age and with her Grandfather death her aunt and uncle want to see her married off even if its not for love. Lily does not want this to happen and wants to protect her sisters from a similar fate. With out telling anyone she buys(or so she thinks) a steam boat and plans to move her sisters onto it and take care of them while hauling cargo up and down the river.
Lily soon finds out that she actually only bought 51%(controlling interest) of the boat. Enter Blake Matthews, he won 49% ownership from a card game with Jean Luc Champney. He plans to turn the boat into a floating casino and Lily wants to run cargo_ While Lily and Blake figure out how to work together and make money Jean Luc secretly plans to find a way to get his boat back even if it means breaking Lily's heart. Blake at first can't stand Lily but soon finds himself wanting to make her happy and his heart slowly falling for her. Will an accident keep them apart forever or help them find true love?
At first as I started to read this book I was not sure if I was going to like it but as I got deeper into the story I found myself really enjoying this book and looking forward to seeing how everything worked out.
What I liked: The authors did a great job of developing the characters. The story was also interesting and funny. The banter between Lily and Blake was amusing at times. I always enjoy a book where the female character is strong and bold. The books are always more fun. I also have not read any books about steamboats so that was quite interesting to learn about.
What I did not like: The first few chapters dragged on for me. It was nice that the characters where so well developed but it took until about 25% in for the story line to pick up and get really interesting.
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.