Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Review: Lily by Diane T. Ashley and Aaron McCarver


Lily by Diane T. Ashley and Aaron McCarver
Series: Song of the River - Book One

About the book:

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?

My rating:
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My thoughts:

Lily was a good read that, while I did find it interesting throughout, didn't really "hold" my attention consistently. I liked the setting and the fact that a good portion of the book took place on the steamship, Hattie Belle.

I really liked the characters, which I found kind of surprising because I didn't think that was going to happen at first. My favorites were Blake, Tamar, Jensen, and Lily. I don't know what to think about Camellia yet... so I'm looking forward to Camellia, the next book in the series, which will be about her.

I thought the ending to Lily was great and if the whole book would have been that gripping/good I would have given this book 4+ stars.

A few things of interest in Lily to me was that there were some moments when the Underground Railroad was mentioned, forgiveness was a major theme, and I liked how Lily stuck to her convictions regarding certain things.

Overall, I liked Lily and I'm glad I took the time to read it because it was an enjoyable read. If you enjoy historical novels, I think you might also like the book.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*


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