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Melinda Hollister's sister and Nick Bryson's brother tragically die in a train wreck, leaving behind three-year-old daughter Nell. Much to Melinda's surprise, she and Nick become co-guardians of the child. The three of them spend July and August at Summerhill, a seaside mansion in Newport, Rhode Island, where they try to get better acquainted and work out a solution to their dilemma with the help of missionary friends.
Though neither loves the other, Melinda and Nick marry to provide a stable home for Nell. But when Nell is kidnapped, they put aside their differences to search for her. Their emerging feelings for each other soon strengthen as they focus their attention on the rescued child they mutually adore.
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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2011
Series: Ladies of Summerhill
A sweeping love story set in a lavish seaside mansion in 1901 Rhode Island.
Melinda Hollister is a society lady, intent on finding a rich husband before her peers discover her quickly diminishing wealth. Nick Bryson is all business, focused on making a name for himself in his father's teamship line. Despite the marriage of their siblings, they rarely gave each other a second glanceùuntil a tragic accident results in Melinda and Nick being appointed as co-guardians of their three-year-old niece Nell.
In order to get better acquainted with Nell and one another, Melinda and Nick agree to spend the summer in their own private quarters of the Bryson family vacation home, Summerhill. As their love for Nell grows, so does their attraction to each other. And for the first time in their lives, they sense that God has a bigger plan in motion.
Yet old habits die hard and Melinda and Nick each find it difficult to resist the pull of their former worlds.
When the unthinkable happens, they find themselves faced with seemingly impossible choices and a new understanding of God's true love.
alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5May 30, 2012alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3Out of the three this was not my favorite. It felt rushed in the storytelling and I didn't fell a whole lot of chemistry between Melinda and Nick. I actually skimmed through the last few chapters of the book. I did however enjoy the story line of them coming together to raise Nell.
Betty WalleyFort Worth, TXAge: Over 65Gender: female2 Stars Out Of 5too much sex in a Christian bookMay 19, 2012Betty WalleyFort Worth, TXAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 2Meets Expectations: 1Story took to long to tell-should be 150 pages shorter & not repeat. I do not like all the reference to sex in a Christian book. I buy Christian books so I don't have to read that in the story.
Sharon TurnerJoplin, MOAge: Over 65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Interesting SeriesFebruary 4, 2012Sharon TurnerJoplin, MOAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4#3 better than #2. The Ladies of Summerhill gives an excellent look at the early 1900's society.
Jenny LazuardiMilwaukeeAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5I enjoyed the caring.November 21, 2011Jenny LazuardiMilwaukeeAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5The novel was about self sacrifice that turned out well.
Sandra Lee SmithTempe, AZAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Heartwarming romanceOctober 12, 2011Sandra Lee SmithTempe, AZAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Ladies of Summerhill series only gets better. Love By The Book is a moving story that is difficult to put down. Cara Lynn James writes with a lovely lyrical style that brings the turn of the century era alive. Not only does she bring the era alive, but she highlights interesting points of history in all three of the series that have been published so far. I can't wait for the next book by this author.