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A Natchez Belle’s Hopes and Dreams Ride on the Mississippi

Lily Anderson longs for a life of adventure, steaming down the Mississippi on a riverboat. But her relatives, wanting her to secure a future for herself and her two younger sisters, are intent on Lily marrying well and forgoing any chance of living out her dream. When a loveless match seems inevitable, Lily makes a last ditch effort to avoid losing her freedom forever by purchasing the steamship Hattie ...

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Overview


A Natchez Belle’s Hopes and Dreams Ride on the Mississippi

Lily Anderson longs for a life of adventure, steaming down the Mississippi on a riverboat. But her relatives, wanting her to secure a future for herself and her two younger sisters, are intent on Lily marrying well and forgoing any chance of living out her dream. When a loveless match seems inevitable, Lily makes a last ditch effort to avoid losing her freedom forever by purchasing the steamship Hattie Belle from the father of debonair Jean Luc Champney—unaware that her precious dowry garners only partial ownership of the vessel.

Roguish gambler Blake Matthew’s dreams are finally beginning to take shape after a night of card playing wins him the title to the Hattie Belle. But Blake’s brimming confidence in a successful venture is dampened when he meets his new partner—Lily.

As their riverboat enterprise erupts into turmoil, can Lily and Blake discover that God is the One they can count on when all else fails? Will the siren song of the river evolve into a serenade or a somber lament?

 

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers 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)
Reviews by Jenilee

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.

— Jenilee Goodwin

RT Book Reviews

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.

— Patsy Glan

Deco My Heart

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

— Joyce Williams

Overcoming Through Time wth God's Help

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.

— Diana Flowers

Eclectic Reading

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.

— Glenajo Shambeck

Abbie's Reading Corner

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.

— Abbie Tireman

Reviews by Jenilee - Jenilee Goodwin

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.
RT Book Reviews - Patsy Glan

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.
Overcoming Through Time with God's Help - Diana Flowers

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.
Deco My Heart - Joyce Williams

An entertaining book! From front cover to the back cover I enjoyed this story.
Eclectic Reading - Glenajo Shambeck

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.
Abbie's Reading Corner - Abbie Tireman

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607428626
  • Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2012
  • Series: Song of the River , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 196,260
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author



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.

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Lily

Song of the River
By Diane T. Ashley Aaron McCarver

Barbour Publishing

Copyright © 2012 Diane T. Ashley and Aaron McCarver
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-61626-542-7


Chapter One

Natchez, Mississippi Spring 1859 Lily

Anderson watched the passing scenery from the comfort of her uncle's carriage. Stately mansions with manicured grounds gave way to the smaller, sturdy homes of local merchants as they traveled toward the Mississippi River. They passed a busy mercantile and several shops before the carriage took a sharp leftward downturn toward the raucous, bustling dock that lay far beneath the genteel residences of Natchez's wealthy plantation owners and merchants.

Natchez Under-the-Hill. She sniffed the air appreciatively as she disembarked, picking up the scents of fresh coffee, burning wood, and fish. How she loved the river. She barely noticed the disreputable, rickety inns and saloons that sprouted like weeds on either side of the winding road called Silver Street.

Roustabouts slumbered in the scant shade of ramshackle buildings while a pair of glassy-eyed Indians staggered down the street, each clutching a brown bottle close to his chest. Lily's eyes widened at their blatant drunkenness, but their presence did not deter her eagerness to absorb every detail of her surroundings as she followed Aunt Dahlia.

Voices shouted in an exciting mix of languages ... English, French, German, and even lilting Norwegian dialects. The latter brought disturbing memories, but Lily pushed them away, determined to enjoy her outing on the river.

As she and her aunt picked their way past bales of cotton and barrels of tobacco, her gaze absorbed the myriad boats lining the banks. Rugged keelboats and waterlogged rafts butted up against lofty steamboats, each awaiting cargo or passengers to be transported downriver to the port of New Orleans.

"Don't dawdle, Lily." Aunt Dahlia's annoyed tone drew her forward.

Lily would have liked more time to soak in the energy and color of the busy landing area. If she had her way, she would spend every afternoon down here. Sometimes she dreamed she would even have her own riverboat, Water Lily, and ply the crowded waters of the wide river. If not for the accident that took her parents, she would not have to dream. She would already live on the river.

A snap of her aunt's fingers brought Lily back to the present. "Come along, girl. Quit gawking like a simpleton." Aunt Dahlia shook her head. "One would think you had not grown up in Natchez."

Lily glanced toward her aunt, comparing her to the memory of her mother, the sweet and gentle woman whom God had called home far too quickly. Her aunt could never match the beauty and spirit that flowed from Mama. Aunt Dahlia was more ... commanding. At a height of five foot eight, she towered over the other ladies and most of the gentlemen in Natchez society. Mama had been much shorter and more genteel. Even though her mother had died nearly a decade ago, if Lily closed her eyes, she could see Mama's shiny blond hair and laughing blue eyes. Aunt Dahlia, however, had inherited her father's coloring, her hair and eyes as brown as the river flowing along the nearby bank. When she was vexed, her upper lip thinned out and nearly disappeared. It was hard to imagine that Mama, so happy and carefree, was Aunt Dahlia's sister or that the two women had shared a common upbringing.

"I'm coming, Aunt Dahlia."

"I've never seen you move so slowly, girl. What's the matter with you?" Her aunt sniffed and reached for the handkerchief in her reticule. "One would think you don't appreciate your good fortune in being able to attend the Champneys' party. The invitation indicated we should arrive prior to three or risk being left at the dock."

Sunlight beamed down on them, warming Lily's shoulders. "It cannot be—"

A young boy barreled into Lily, nearly knocking her over. "Oof." Sharp pain distracted her as her teeth stabbed her tongue. A sudden tug separated her reticule from her forearm, and the child raced off, triumphantly escaping with her belongings clutched to his dirty chest.

Forgetting that she was not chasing one of her sisters in the gardens at home, Lily grabbed her skirts and dashed after him. "Stop, thief!"

Heads turned, but no one seemed to absorb the meaning of her words, or perhaps no one wanted to help.

Lily couldn't let him get away with her reticule. It held too many valuables, like the handkerchief her sister had embroidered for her last year. Was the distance between them narrowing? It seemed so. She pushed her legs to their limit. He would have to stop running at the bank. There was nowhere for him to go.

But she underestimated her quarry. He glanced back, and she caught a glimpse of his wide green eyes. She bunched her skirt with one hand and reached out with the other, nearly catching hold of his skinny arm.

The boy avoided her grasp by inches and sprinted up the muddy bank. He hesitated a bare instant before leaping across a narrow stretch of stagnant water to land like a cat on the deck of a barge laden with wooden casks.

Lily stood panting, her gaze clashing with the young thief's. "Come back here with my bag!" Forming the words made her tongue sting, but she ignored the pain.

An impish grin split the boy's freckled face. "Come take it from me." He made a face before turning away.

Frustration boiled through her. Lily measured the distance to the boat. She would have to leap across nearly two feet of water. She would never make it.

The boy walked to the front end of the barge and jumped from it to a side-wheeler, one of the steamboats whose giant paddle wheel was mounted along its center instead of its back end.

She paralleled his progress on the bank, hoping to find a way to reach him. Squinting against the sunlight, she thought she could see a gangplank ahead that had been extended to the bank. Perhaps she could catch up with him there and wrest her property from his thieving hands.

A steamboat whistle blew its mournful tones, and a nearby paddle wheel began to thrash the water. The sound must have distracted the boy as he jumped once more because he misjudged the distance. Lily watched in horror as his feet teetered on the edge of the steamboat deck he was trying to reach. Then he fell backward into the river and disappeared.

"Help!" She croaked the word, her throat dry from her exertions. Lily took a deep breath and tried again. "Help—man—overboard!" Her shout was louder and garnered more attention from the nearby deckhands.

The many boats vying for space near the bank made the water appear paved with decks. Lily pointed a shaking hand to the place where the towheaded boy had disappeared. Time stretched endlessly as she waited to see if he would resurface. Had he drowned?

Her heart faltered. She should not have chased him. A prayer of supplication slipped from her lips as guilt pressed down on her.

"What's going on out here?" A tall, dark-haired man strode onto the deck of the steamboat where the child had fallen. His eyes, as blue as a summer sky, sharpened as he glared at her. "Are you responsible for all the noise?"

She gulped in air and nodded. "Child ... overboard ... chasing." The steamboat rocked gently in the water, and she gasped. If they started the huge paddle at the back of the boat, the child might be dragged into it and killed.

His gaze left hers and swept the water. A gurgle alerted him, and he ran to the edge of his steamboat, dropping to one knee in a fluid movement and reaching into the water. When his hand lifted up, she could see the child's wet blond hair and waxen face. The stranger heaved mightily and lifted the boy onto the deck.

A roustabout appeared from the darkened recesses of the steamship. He looked over to her before swinging a narrow plank toward the bank.

Lily ran across as soon as it touched the ground.

"You ought to keep a closer eye on your child." The tall man knelt over the boy, but his gaze speared her.

She could feel her cheeks warming under his intense stare. How rude. Did he really think she was old enough to be the boy's mother? Her mouth opened and closed, reminding her once again of her aching tongue.

The boy coughed and pushed himself to a sitting position, relieving her concern that he had drowned.

The stranger slapped him on the back. "You're going to be okay, son."

The boy nodded and coughed again.

"Don't you have anything to say for yourself?" A lock of coal-black Lily hair fell across the rescuer's forehead, making her want to reach out and push it back. Shocked at the errant thought, she dragged her mind back to the subject at hand.

"I'm ... he's not—"

"He's not dead, no thanks to you." The man stood up and pushed back the lock of hair with an impatient hand. His eyes were hard and cold.

Before Lily could order her thoughts, the discharge of a gun made her jump.

The stranger took two steps forward, placing his body between her and the dock. "Get back." He pulled his own weapon free of his holster, holding it easily.

Lily's heart thumped in time with the paddle wheel on the boat next to them. She sidled up closer to the tall stranger and peeked around his shoulder. "What's going on?"

The man did not answer. All she could see was a knot of men standing on the dock. One of them was pointing back the way she had come, and Lily suddenly thought of Aunt Dahlia. Had she been hurt? Robbed? Had the cutpurse who had gotten her own reticule been a distraction to separate the two of them?

Unseen hands shoved rudely against the small of her back, unbalancing Lily. She tried to stop her headlong sprawl, but it was no use. She fell hard against the stranger, and he tumbled toward the deck, too. Squeezing her eyes shut, Lily waited for what seemed an eternity for the impact.

Crash. The deck wasn't as hard as she had thought it would be. She opened one eye and looked into his startled blue gaze. The stranger's body had cushioned her fall. Somehow he had landed on his backside, so now she was lying on top of him, her nose squashed up against the brass buttons of his brocade vest. "Oh!"

"Are you hurt?" His hands grabbed her shoulders.

"No." The sound was so soft she couldn't hear it herself. She'd never had so much trouble with her voice. Lily swallowed. "I'm fine." Much better. She pushed against his chest but somehow felt bereft when his hands let go of her. It must be relief she was feeling at being freed. It couldn't be disappointment....

"This is what I get for being a Good Samaritan." The irony in his voice stung like a wasp.

Lily slid off him and sat up, one hand checking to see if her hat, a small white cap edged with the same blue lace as her dress, had been knocked awry. It was still firmly affixed. Probably due to Tamar's careful work of securing it this morning.

The stranger stood up, holstered his gun, and brushed dirt from his clothing, taking an inordinate amount of time. He reached out a hand to help her stand.

She would have liked to refuse it, but she didn't want any of the strangers on the dock to witness her efforts to stand on her own, so she grimaced and put her hand in his.

He pulled her up with ease, nearly jerking her arm out of its socket. "Don't expect me to continue rescuing your rambunctious son, madam." Again with that thick irony.

How dare he? She was not some wayward female. She was the victim. "He's not my son!" There, she'd finally gotten the words out.

"Well, whoever he is, he's not staying around to thank his rescuer."

Lily swung around to see the thief disappearing around a bend in the road. "He took my reticule."

"I see. Well, I doubt your reticule survived the dunking in the river. I suppose now you expect me to chase after him, but you'll have to look elsewhere for a knight-errant." He turned on his heel and stomped toward the interior of the steamboat.

Lily looked after him for a moment before collecting herself. She wondered about the gunshot that had distracted her and the stranger but shrugged. No telling in this part of town. It could have been an argument over words, goods, or even a loose woman.

She made her way to the bank and plodded tiredly back to her aunt. Lily sighed, steeling herself for the lecture she was sure awaited her arrival. At least Aunt Dahlia seemed unharmed, if not happy.

Chapter Two

Where have you been?" Snapping brown eyes inspected Lily's appearance. Aunt Dahlia's exaggerated sigh reminded her of the woman's penchant for blowing every incident out of proportion. "Do you have to act the hoyden?"

"He took my reticule." Lily dropped her gaze to her feet, unable to bear her aunt's look of censure. She wished she were anywhere but standing in front of her angry chaperone. She was a grown woman. Hadn't she been mistaken for the mother of the young boy who had stolen her purse? Not that she wasn't a bit miffed at being connected to the raggedy youngster. But she was old enough to avoid being treated like a child no older than nine-year-old Jasmine, her youngest sister.

"This is a lawless, wild area. Even in the daylight it's not safe for women to travel unaccompanied." Aunt Dahlia raised her ruffled parasol and opened it with a click. "Let's get to the boat. Hopefully there will be adequate protection amongst our own kind."

Lily didn't argue, but she didn't much feel like the guests at the party were "her own kind." She felt more kinship with the stevedores and sailors walking up and down Silver Street. They loved the river as much as she did, and she envied them their ability to make their living on the river. With all its hazards, the Mississippi called to her like Homer's mythological sirens.

"You look as flushed as a washerwoman, Lily Catherine Anderson. I declare I don't know what to do with you." Aunt Dahlia shook her head and looked to the cloudless sky. "Your uncle and I have tried to raise you three girls to take your rightful place in society."

"Yes, ma'am, I'm sorry." Long experience had taught Lily it was the best answer to give. Silently she listened as her aunt bemoaned all the trials she had endured because of Lily and her sisters.

She followed a step behind her aunt to the boarding platform of the Hattie Belle, grateful because arriving at the party would end her aunt's harangue.

A line of finely dressed matrons were attended by their equally well-dressed spouses. A group of young ladies about Lily's age were standing in a tight circle, whispering behind their fans and watching the antics of the young men vying for their attention.

Why had she asked permission to attend this soiree? Although the invitation sent by the newly arrived Champney family had intrigued her, she should have known it would be a disaster. Maybe she could salvage a tiny bit of the expectation that had led to her attendance.

She and the other guests were to enjoy a leisurely float down the river to the Champney plantation, where they would disembark and enjoy a light luncheon on the grounds overlooking the river. Then they would return to the steamboat and chug back up to Natchez Under-the-Hill. She supposed it would have been easier and less expensive to go to the Champney mansion by coach, but she was glad their hosts had decided to transport their guests by boat, where there would be dancing—a different kind of ballroom to be sure.

A warm breeze teased at the ladies' skirts and the men's hats as the Champneys' guests waited to cross the gangplank and board the beribboned steamboat. There were three levels on the boat, with the bottom floor almost completely taken up by two forty-foot-long cylinders. Lily knew these were the boilers that would push the long pistons back and forth. The movement of the pistons turned the paddle wheel at the back, which propelled the boat through the water.

Her father had always known by its sound if a boiler was building up too much pressure and might explode. He'd said it was the first thing a sailor should learn about his boat. She could remember spending hours listening to the hiss and whoosh of his boat's engine. Being on board this afternoon brought back feelings she thought were long buried—memories of grief and betrayal caused by the death of her mother and Lily her father's subsequent desertion of his three daughters.

She shook off the dismal thoughts and concentrated on the present. Her interested gaze took in the graceful curves of a wide staircase that led to the second floor, probably the level on which they would dance. The third-level hurricane deck was open to the sky, limited only by the pilothouse and a pair of tall, black smokestacks that would soon belch smoke, ash, and red-hot cinders.

(Continues...)



Excerpted from Lily by Diane T. Ashley Aaron McCarver Copyright © 2012 by Diane T. Ashley and Aaron McCarver. Excerpted by permission of Barbour Publishing. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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  • Posted July 20, 2012

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    A little slow to start but a good book over all

    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.

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2013

    Good

    Good for a free book

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2013

    Wonderful!

    Loved the Christian theme and the message of personal redemption and spiritual redemption-highly recommend!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 6, 2013

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    LILY by Diane T. Ashley and Aaron McCarver is an interesting ins

    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.

    RATING: 4

    HEAT RATING: SWEET

    REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2013

    A sweet romance that bends history

    I loved the romance and the family focus of this book. However, the modern evangelism and poorly tapped historical feminism does not fit.

    A woman owning and running a boat? Not in that day and age. A paddlewheeler that $50 gold would buy half interest? Again unbelievable. The characters are great, but they just don't fit

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    Recommend this book

    Well written and and enjoyable read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 3, 2013

    Highly recommend!

    Enjoyable reading!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2013

    Die

    This is stupid and lame so good bye

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2013

    Moosetracks

    A tom walks in. May i join he asks

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2013

    Blossomstar

    Loks around

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  • Posted September 21, 2013

    The relationship between Lily and Blake was a good one and I lov

    The relationship between Lily and Blake was a good one and I loved how it was developed and how Lily was strong enough to push him away because she knew that he needed to work on his relationship with God before even thinking about pursuing a relationship with her.

    Jean-Luc did surprise me in the end. Through most of the book, I thought he was a spoiled brat (most likely the point but still...) but in the end, I'm glad he was able to take some responsibility and save people from his mistakes.

    Lily's relationship with her grandma as well as her sisters and Tamar was a good one as well. As mush as she loved her sisters and didn't want them under her aunt and uncle's thumb, I'm glad she was able to let Camellia go.Finally, I'm glad Lily was finally able to come to terms with her father and start forgiving him. It'll be a hard road for the both of them, but I think they both deserve the chance.

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  • Posted September 2, 2013

    I enjoyed this book! I am interested in the second one, Camelli

    I enjoyed this book! I am interested in the second one, Camellia, but am reluctant to pay more than ten dollars for a Nook book. After having read Lily I wish I owned the whole series in print edition instead of one e-book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2013

    WaterClan Leader's Den

    This is WaterClan's territory.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    "Hello?"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    Lily

    She looked at him, her golden eyes flickered with a mysterious expression. Her chain limbs had given up long ago.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2013

    Darkclaw

    "Hmmph. Make sure those kits are safe" he growled and padded away.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2013

    A man

    Gtgbbl

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2013

    Spiritheart

    Try the second if not we can start a secret clan the forcematers wont know about if u want

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2013

    Font is too small...

    I didnt read as the font is too small and wouldnt change.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2013

    Hello

    Dreams do come true

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