Love on a Dime: Value Edition [NOOK Book]

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In age of elegance and excess, Lilly Westbrook longs for a love both true and eternal.

Newport, Rhode Island, 1899, is a place of shimmering waves, sleek yachts, and ladies of leisure. Of opulent mansions that serve as summer cottages for the rich and famous. Home of railroad magnates and banking tycoons--dashing young men and the women who aspire to marry them.

But it's not the place for lady novelists. ...

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Overview

In age of elegance and excess, Lilly Westbrook longs for a love both true and eternal.

Newport, Rhode Island, 1899, is a place of shimmering waves, sleek yachts, and ladies of leisure. Of opulent mansions that serve as summer cottages for the rich and famous. Home of railroad magnates and banking tycoons--dashing young men and the women who aspire to marry them.

But it's not the place for lady novelists. Especially not those who pen disreputable dime novels. This poses a problem for Lilly Westbrook, because that's exactly what she does.

No one in Lilly's social set knows she pens fiction under the nom de plume Fannie Cole. Not her family or the wealthy young man about to propose to her. And especially not Jackson Grail, the long-lost beau who just bought her publishing company...and who stirs her heart more than she cares to admit.

But Lilly must put aside her feelings and follow the path that will maintain her family's social stature and provide the financial security that everyone is depending on.

Now Lilly faces a double dilemma. Can she continue to protect her secret identity? And will she have the courage to choose the man who will risk it all just to win her heart?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781418560560
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Series: Ladies of Summerhill , #1
  • Sold by: THOMAS NELSON
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 254,194
  • File size: 838 KB

Meet the Author

Cara Lynn James is the author of several novels includingLove on a Dime. She's received contest awards from Romance Writers of America and the American Christian Fiction Writers. She resides in Florida with her husband Jim.
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  • Posted October 11, 2011

    Wonderful !!!!!!

    I really enjoyed this book. I will be reading more from Cara Lynn James.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

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    What an adorable book!

    Jackson Grail raced out of Lilly Westbrook's life only hours after proposing. His heart belonged to Lilly but he just couldn't shake his pride and overhearing a conversation Lilly's parents were having about Jackson not being good enough for their heiress confirmed his darkest beliefs and sent him tearing into the night.

    Now many years later Jackson is returning. He has finally 'made good' and is able to financially keep his lovely heiress if only he can regain her love.

    Lilly is not having it. It took her all this time to get over Jackson and when she finally gets a suitor - he returns acting like he never left. Oh, and worse! Lilly's doing something unconventional. Something that could get her get her tossed from polite society. Something that Jackson will find if he starts digging...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2011

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    Will Lilly's True Life Romance Spill Out In One Of Her Dime Store Books?

    Newport, Rhode Island in 1899, Lilly Westbrook, a woman from a prestigious family spends time alone in her bedroom penning dime store romance novels under the name Fannie Cole, to protect her family's name reputation. The upper society types don't prefer to read this "trashy" romance novels even though most of the staff finds it enjoyable and uplifting.

    Lilly's novels differ from most because she uses hers as a ministry to encourage and lift women up, to not settle for less than they are worth simply to marry for the wrong reasons. Lilly also has been using hers to help her get over being rejected by her former love, Jackson Grail. Jackson was a friend of her brother, George, who was a well educated man who came from humble beginnings.

    He leaves Lilly behind hoping to make a name for himself and win Lilly's hand in marriage and offering her the lifestyle her family has dreamed for Lilly.

    After 6 long years, he returns back to Summerville to find that Lilly is being courted, by Harlin Santerre, a very wealthy man with a prominent name in the community. Will Jack be able to win Lilly's heart once more or will his time simply become a distant memory in one of her dime store romance novels?

    In the novel, Love On A Dime by Cara Lynn James, you are taken back to a simple time of elegance and wealthy among the wealthy and noble socialites of the times, including the Astors. You will find yourself wondering just what will befall Lilly and Jack and if true love will win out over love of money and fame. I can easily rate this wonderful novel a 5 out of 5 stars. I received this book compliments of TLC Book Tours for my honest review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 27, 2010

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    Blackmail, Deceit, Society Snobbery and Love All In One Book

    Cara Lynn James in her new book, "Love On A Dime" Book One in her Ladies Of Summerhill series published by Thomas Nelson takes us to 1899 Newport, Rhode Island.

    Lilly Westbrook has a secret identity: she writes dime novels under the nom de plume (pen name) of Fannie Cole. This may not shock us now, women write about anything now without society hindrances but in 1899 this was a definite no-no for a young lady of upper class society. So she cannot share her identity with her friends or family and certainly not her parents because they would not be proud of what she has accomplished.

    Six years earlier, Jackson Grail made a costly decision, because he was poor and he lost the ability to marry Lilly now he has returned to try to rectify that mistake. His chances are complicated because Harlan Santerre, from a family even wealthier than the Westbrooks, has already proposed. On top of everything Lilly is being blackmailed to keep her identity secret

    "Love On A Dime" is a delightful read full of atmosphere and history . Ms. James takes us back in time when the classes were well-defined by their money and society. But this book is more than just manners and money it is about trusting God and learning to lean on Him for His guidance and direction. The characters are so real and you root for their romance to blossom. Ms. James knows how to tell a story that is both interesting and delightful and I recommend it highly. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

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    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2013

    Wonderful love story.

    This story is filled with adventure, mystery, family, humor, and love! A fun story to read and enjoy. I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2013

    I ABSOLUTELY loved this book! I just spent an entire week in the

    I ABSOLUTELY loved this book! I just spent an entire week in the hospital, and it was one of only 2 books there. The other was Cara Lynns Love on Assignment. Sadly, I was not able to read that one. I will be looking for it on my Kindle. Her honesty, emotion, wit and sarcasm mixed with Christian elegance makes this book worth it! I am not normally a "romance" novel reader, but this book has changed my mind! 5 Stars, without a doubt!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2012

    Okay

    In age of elegance and excess, Lilly Westbrook longs for a love both true and eternal.

    Newport, Rhode Island, 1899, is a place of shimmering waves, sleek yachts, and ladies of leisure. Of opulent mansions that serve as summer cottages for the rich and famous. Home of railroad magnates and banking tycoons--dashing young men and the women who aspire to marry them.

    But it's not the place for lady novelists. Especially not those who pen disreputable dime novels. This poses a problem for Lilly Westbrook, because that's exactly what she does.

    No one in Lilly's social set knows she pens fiction under the "nom de plume "Fannie Cole. Not her family or the wealthy young man about to propose to her. And especially not Jackson Grail, the long-lost beau who just bought her publishing company...and who stirs her heart more than she cares to admit.

    But Lilly must put aside her feelings and follow the path that will maintain her family's social stature and provide the financial security that everyone is depending on.

    Now Lilly faces a double dilemma. Can she continue to protect her secret identity? And will she have the courage to choose the man who will risk it all just to win her heart?

    My Review - although this book was slow moving at first, the last 50 pages were intense and fast paced. I liked how it kept mentioning Irene's secret but you didn't know what it was until the very end. And I liked Jackson's character. Harlan was a drag though! I kept thinking to myself while reading it, my how times have changed. In this time era you went somewhere with an escort. Now that's not expected...Something to ponder...Overall a pretty good book and hopefully one day I'll get around to reading the other books in the series.

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    Posted March 18, 2012

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  • Posted August 24, 2011

    Wonderful book

    Could not put it downl

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  • Posted August 10, 2011

    Easy romance novel.

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  • Posted May 18, 2011

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    Great Summer Read or Escape from the Winter "Blahs"

    Being a historical novel that immediately appealed to me. Also being a "summer vacation" story made it fit quite well into my summer reading list but it could easily be an escape to sunnier, warmer weather during the cool, wet, and dreary fall or winter season here in the Northwestern corner of America, the US in particular.

    Cara brings readers into an intimate and thorough peek at the behind the scenes life of a dime novelist who is not typical of the profession nor are her books. Because of the "reputed" character of many of the stories the profession in general carries a high stigma towards authors who "go public". Writing as Fannie Cole and jealously guarding her time and manuscripts is the only way Lily Westbrook can feel that she is not besmirched in her connection to an industry with blurred lines of morality. Lily however has strong values that shine through in her characters and stories. Despite the appeal of the seedier plots to a wide audience or readers much of the difference in sales is simply a function of visibility and promotion to the readers themselves. Lily's pseudonym of Fannie Cole is popular among the readers of dime novels in general but when her publisher faces a buy out and subsequently the competition of highly visible writers at their rival firm, Fannie (Lily) must make the hardest choice she has faced. She chose to write as a reflection of her faith and bring glory to God through the talent He has given her, but her life has always been her private escape from the rat race and visibility of popular scribes in her day. Though the books sell well and appeal to readers, the mystery and privacy of Miss Cole is threatened when her publisher determines that their best author should bring herself into the public eye and give readers a presence to relate to. In the midst of her private debate about letting her friends, family, and reading public see who this "mystery woman" is, Lily is also faced with the question of whether to give up writing altogether outside of private musings and keeping Fannie's true identity secret by simply ending Miss Cole's career.

    James is a new author to me but this book has proven to be inspirational and an adventure that many readers will find appealing. It appears that this book is destined to have companion volumes releasing in the future and I hope that even if the Westbrooks are not central characters in subsequent novels they will still have a presence for readers to revisit as their lives and story progress in upcoming titles of the series.

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  • Posted March 3, 2011

    blah

    I didn't get half way through

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  • Posted January 25, 2011

    Adorable!

    I loved this story! It had a wonderful plot, charming characters and held my romantic heart's attention throughout. A 5 star story!

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  • Posted December 27, 2010

    Too many ideas

    I was disapointed. The cover was beautiful and this sounded like a great historical fiction novel. Unfortunately, the author tried to cram too much into the book, leaving all areas feeling lacking.

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  • Posted August 8, 2010

    Book Sneeze Review: Love on a Dime by Cara Lynn James

    I had the opportunity to review Love on a Dime by Cara Lynn James. This was the first fiction book that I had the chance to review on Book Sneeze. The book is about a young woman who has a ministry in writing dime novels, the only problem is that women in her social class don't write dime novels, let alone read them. She has developed this hobby from trying to get over her love from many years ago. She has since moved forward, until her long last love reappears in her life and turns her world upside down! This book is a well written book that really expresses the idea that ministry does not always involve a little white church, but can be done in a variety of ways which may or may not have society's "stamp of approval". I would recommend this book to middle school or young high school women who want to read about a love story, but want Christian undertones. As an adult reading this book, I felt that the characters were not as developed as they may be in adult fiction novels, but non-the-less still a good read.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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  • Posted July 6, 2010

    A very enjoyable read!

    In Newport, Rhode Island, in 1899, proper young ladies in wealthy society were ladies of leisure. They did not work, and they most certainly did not write dime novels. Lilly Westbrook has more worries than deciding which tea or ball to attend. The young man who is about to propose to her has opened up doors to the social elite increasing her family's social status; and although Lilly doesn't particularly care about mingling with society, her family does. If anyone finds out she writes dime novels under the nom de plume Fannie Cole, her family will be shunned from society and perhaps even face financial ruin. So, she must continue to write in secret, pretending to pen poetry as her excuse of staying holed up in her room for hours at a time.


    Just when she finds herself getting over the heartbreak of her long-lost beau, Jackson Grail, and finally courting a suitable man for marriage, she finds Jackson as a summer houseguest once again. He's recently purchased the company who publishes her novels. Can she protect her secret identity and her heart? Jackson still stirs up feelings she thought she'd put behind her. Which man will truly sacrifice everything to win her heart?


    Jackson Grail regrets the decisions he made years earlier. He was a coward. He's done well for himself and now he's back to try and make things right. He suspects Lilly knows the true identity of the elusive Miss Fannie Cole. Why is she adamant about not helping him find her? Will he be able to convince Lilly that she can trust him again?


    This book has a few twists and turns that one might not expect. Ms. James has made the secondary characters quite interesting and they support the main story nicely. This was Ms. James' debut novel. I enjoyed reading it and look forward to her others in this Ladies of Summerhill series.

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  • Posted July 5, 2010

    Review: Love on a Dime by Cara Lynn James

    Love on a Dime is set in 1899 in Newport, Rhode Island. This was a time when a woman of high society was to take care of the house and socialize, one would not dare work. Lilly Westbrook is part of the elite and has started writing dime novels under the pen name "Fannie Cole". Not only does a very popular town scoundrel try to find, blackmail, and expose her, but her publisher needs her to announce whom she really is also for financial reasons. It takes you back to a time when people really cared about how they were viewed by society, much unlike the ways of the world today. This was nice in a way but also made me appreciate my independence.

    The book provides love and mystery with a mixture of Christianity also. Lilly finds herself in the middle of having to make many decisions and wants God to help her in making the right choices. Choosing between her current love and a love from the past, whom just happened to have bought the publishing company that she writes for, proves to be a difficult decision for this character. Choosing whether or not to come public with her identity is the hardest decision of all. She has to decide if she wants to put her family in the hands of public scrutiny because of her choices or to remain anonymous and risk being exposed.

    I did thoroughly enjoy this book. It caught my attention from the start and had me intrigued throughout to the end. This was a debut book by Cara Lynn James, I do look forward to reading more of her work and would recommend this book as a good read!

    I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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  • Posted June 29, 2010

    Book Review: Love on a Dime by Carolyn James Slaughter

    Overall, I enjoyed the novel Love on a Dime by Carolyn James Slaughter. Although it was well written and a very easy read, I don't think it had a lot of meat to the story, and the ending to the plot was predictable. The force that keeps the reader turning pages is to find out how the true author named, Fannie Cole, is finally revealed, and also how Lilly and Jack finally reunite.

    However, that being said, I do think Carolyn did a good job with her first novel. I also liked the cover picture with the beautiful young girl. I thought it was appropriate with the time period of the story. I even liked the cleverness of her own pen name-Cara Lynn James. The plot may have been predictable, but there were a couple of surprises towards the end that were revealed through Jack's detective work. It got to be a little humorous that Jack showed up EVERY place Lilly went. I wanted Jack to reveal to Lilly what he overheard to make him run away years ago without ever telling her why-unfortunately that didn't happen. It's kind of ironic that Lilly herself overheard Jack in a conversation on the phone and she wrongfully thought he was talking about her.

    In addition, I did like the Reading Group Guide at the end of the story. Carolyn provided a list of ten thought provoking questions which could be used to think about what you read or to use as a study guide in a reading group.

    Typos found:

    (1) Page 94: "Vanessa Westbrook strolled into the library as her daughter departed in a swirl of lace and jasmine scent [that was] most becoming."

    (2) Page 106: "Actually it wasn't, but I wish you wouldn't gossip about me with my brother. It's true I'm out every nearly every night, but that's primarily to please George and Irene-and Mama." (The extra "every" should be removed...or possibly the author meant to say "late".)

    (3) There were one or two more typos, but now I can't find where I marked them.

    I love to read! I read every word, and I'm fairly good at catching those typos that were missed during editing! :)

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted June 21, 2010

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    Relaxing Summer Read: Love on A Dime by Cara Lynn James

    Thomas Nelson Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book as part of their BookSneeze.com bloggers book review program. I was not required to write a positive review, and therefore, the review is 100% my honest opinion.


    I have to admit, I was captivated by the beautiful cover, and so, I quickly flipped through, and in less than 2 hours, I finished reading Love on A Dime by Cara Lynn James.

    Love on a Dime is about Lillian Westbrook. She's unlucky in love and is in her late teens. She finds herself still single at twenty-five and in 1899, she is practically an old maid.

    Lillian has secretly developed a career for herself by penning dime novels under the name Fannie Cole. Earning her own money is social suicide in and of itself, but doing it writing dime novels makes it worse, even though the novels she writes are moral and encouraging. So Lilly carefully hides her secret from her wealthy suitor, her family, and her friends.

    Then enter her former suitor, Jackson Grail who arrives to spend the summer with her family in Newport, Rhode Island, and he has just purchased the publishing house that publishes Fannie Cole's books.

    To make matters worse, Jackson is determined to discover the true identity of Fannie Cole, his top author. Lilly is forced to make choices to keep the peace within her family and maintain her family's social standing.

    Secret identity and the thrill of secret romance is thrown together in this book. This book is not just another romance novel, but much more than just plain summer romance. It is an historical romance and incorporates passages from the Bible. This book may be a typical romance book, but the biblical messages were wonderful.

    I highly recommend this book to those who are soul searching and those who are seeking not only to believe in love, but in God once again. Love on A Dime is a good, lighthearted read with wonderful messages and revelation. Thumbs up for it: both for the beautiful cover, and for the wonderful contents.

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