Journey into the Shenandoah Valley of 1816 where...
With Very Little Left of the Family Farm, Lily May be Forced into a Loveless Marriage.
Captain McAlister “Mac” Albright has purchased land in the Shenandoah Valley. However, the land belongs to Lillyanna Laughlin—or so she erroneously thinks. Mac sets her straight and despite a poor start, the two become friends. . .if only he were financially stable to offer her more.
When Lily’s life is threatened and his whole future goes up in flames, Mac truly becomes a man without means, and Lily is forced to make the impossible choice between a loveless marriage with a man twice her age or the man who has shown her what true love could be. How can she choose between love and economic security? Her family is depending on her. Is her heart destined to break?
Journey into Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley of 1816 where a woman’s dreams and future happiness are on the line.
"I enjoyed every minute of this sweet, adventurous romance! Well-written, well-researched with great characters, an evil villain, and a romance guaranteed to stir your soul, you don't want to miss this one. The second half is full of twists and turns that will keep you turning pages until the end. Well done, Mrs. Boeshaar!"
MaryLu Tyndall, bestselling author of Legacy of the King's Pirates
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About the Author
Andrea Boeshaar has been married for nearly forty years. She and her husband have 3 wonderful sons, 1 beautiful daughter-in-law, and 5 precious grandchildren. Andrea’s publishing career began in 1994. Since then, 30 of her books have gone to press. Additionally, Andrea cofounded ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and served on its Advisory Board. In 2007, Andrea earned her certification in Christian life coaching and is currently the purveyor of The Writer’s ER, a coaching & editing service for writers. For more information, log onto Andrea’s website at: www.andreaboeshaar.com. Follow her on Twitter: @AndreaBoeshaar, and find her on Facebook: Andrea Boeshaar Author.
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Middletown, Virginia, 1816
So what do you think, Cap'n?"
McAlister Albright, "Mac" to most everyone except his sea-weathered former first mate, bit into one of the few ripe apples dangling on fruit-laden branches. The perfect mix of tart and sweet exploded in his mouth, tempting him to take a second bite. "I say, I've never eaten a better apple."
"Ha!" John Blake guffawed and clapped him on the back hard enough that Mac stumbled forward. "It's 'cuz ya own this here orchard now. You're a reg'lar landlubber; 'tis what you are."
"True enough, old man." Mac had parted ways with the sea — ever since the Second War of Independence, which had commenced four years ago.
But last year was the worst — a bitter war with those he loved in Alexandria.
A light breeze cooled the sudden perspiration on Mac's brow. The war was over. Besides, Father was counting on him to make something of himself — prove the gossips wrong — in this new land in the Shenandoah Valley.
Truth to tell, Blake suggested the same thing. Prove them wrong.
Mac took another bite of the apple and forced his thoughts to the sunshine-dappled lane flanked by fruit trees. But the treasure didn't end with the apples. His orchards included peach and cherry trees. To the east lay a sprawling wheat field and acres of corn. It had been a marvelous investment — and Mac hadn't even gotten to explore the southern part of his property on the other side of Cedar Creek.
"So where do ya plan ta build your house?"
"Not sure." Mac finished his apple and pitched the core just as a strange sound flitted to his ears. He halted. "Hear that, Blake?"
"A song. Someone's singing." The sound sailed to his ears on a soft, moist wind, drawing him like a siren's call.
"All I hear is these birds cacklin' overhead."
"No, not them." Mac continued following the melodious notes to the creek's bank.
"Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves ..."
Mac made out the words to the rich mezzo-soprano's song. He wasn't unfamiliar with opera, and his many years in religious schools allowed him to identify the song's words as coming from the Holy Scriptures.
"We are his people, and the sheep of his pasture."
The singer ended on a superbly pitched high note.
Mac moved aside a low-hanging tree branch, expecting to see a woman washing clothes or fishing. Instead, he got an eyeful of a bathing female — a shapely woman with golden hair. She stood beneath a canopy of trees in waist-high water with her back to him. Her damp, ivory skin glistened beneath filtered sunlight.
He swallowed hard. He should turn around immediately and make his presence known. That's what any gentleman would do — And then Mac recalled that Alexandria's affluent society would deny that he was a gentleman. Only Mary had believed the best of him.
And she was gone.
The woman in the creek disappeared underwater then resurfaced seconds later. Her wet hair clung to her bare shoulders. Finding her footing, she wrung out her golden tresses. He hadn't noticed the soap in her hand until now when she lathered up while continuing to sing. Her voice both drew and enveloped Mac. He couldn't recall ever hearing a voice so pure.
The nymph dove under the shallow water then glided through the creek with such grace and ease that he was tempted to believe all those mermaid tales sailors never tired of sharing.
Blake's footfalls crunched behind him. "What is it, Cap'n?"
He tore his gaze from the enchantress. "Nothing. Go back up to the orchard." He wasn't about to share his vision of loveliness, not even with his best friend.
"Nothin', you say?" Blake stared at him from beneath arched brows. "It's somethin'. I can tell by that look of longing on your face." He craned his neck. "It's a woman, I'd wager."
"Yes, and show some respect." Mac's conscience bellowed at his hypocrisy. But, alas, he'd done enough peeping for one day. "Madam, you are not alone in this orchard," he called over his shoulder.
His words were met with a startled little cry. "Sir, you are trespassing."
"So it is a woman, eh?" Blake snickered.
Mac gave his former first mate a shove toward the orchard.
"I demand you get off my property at once!" came the woman's voice.
"She demands, Cap'n." Blake snorted.
Wearing a grin of his own, Mac wondered if he'd heard a slight German accent in the woman's angry tone. "Madam, this is my property. I have the deed with me."
"You're a liar and a knave. Now please remove yourself from my land or I shall summon the authorities."
Blake broke into a chuckle, and Mac had to admit, the image of her fetching the authorities was amusing, especially given the state of her undress. He spotted her brown and beige print gown and the rest of her frippery slung over a low-hanging branch of a giant willow. A slight wind blew through the leaves and the wise old tree seemed to whisper a warning against any teasing.
Mac wondered at his prick of conscience, but he trusted his instincts. They'd helped him survive the war, after all. And perhaps the woman's jealous husband lurked nearby. The last thing Mac wanted to do was anger his neighbors.
"Sir, if you would please step away and allow me a bit of privacy ..." "Of course, madam."
"I'm not a madam. I'm a miss ... Miss Lilyanna Laughlin, and you're trespassing."
"So you've said." Mac thought her name sounded as mellifluous as her song. "I am Captain McAlister Albright. My friend and I shall await your presence some distance from the creek bank."
"Do not tarry on my account, sir. I would prefer that you return from whence you came. This is Laughlin land — land that my grandparents purchased decades ago and presented to my parents as a wedding gift."
Mac wasn't about to continue the shouting match. He'd wait until Miss Laughlin dressed.
"The lass has pluck," Blake said. "I'll give her that much."
Mac bit down on his back teeth. The matter no longer amused him. Did she really believe this was her land? As if in reply, he heard the rustle of nearby foliage, accompanied by angry mutters.
Blake plopped down beneath a tree and stretched out his burly but amazingly nimble frame. "We'll be waitin' here for some time, Cap'n. I feel it in m' bones, and you know my bones don' lie."
Mac plucked another apple and tossed it to Blake. "Gnaw on that for a while to help pass the time."
Blake grumbled, and Mac folded his arms across his chest. The old man had his faults, as Father aptly pointed out, but Blake had been the finest, most loyal first mate and friend Mac had ever known. And it wasn't as though Blake cheated at cards or stole another man's property. He simply enjoyed the rougher parts of Alexandria — the parts of town respectable folks stayed clear of.
"I hope you are keeping your distance, sir." Miss Laughlin's voice carried above nature's din of twittering birds and buzzing insects. Tree branches waved in a telltale sign of her progress. "I hope you are a man of your word."
"I am, miss." Mac leaned one shoulder against a tree trunk.
"If you can hear me, then you're too close. Move away at once."
Mac smirked. "I cannot see you, so your privacy is ensured."
"Bossy little thing, ain't she?" Bits of apple lodged in the corners of Blake's wide mouth. A spark of amusement lit his blue eyes.
As usual his friend spoke Mac's very thoughts.
Blake snorted a laugh. "Methinks the afternoon just got more interesting, Cap'n. What say you?"
Mac cast a glance toward the swishing green shrubbery. "I say we will have to wait and see."
Lily's hands shook so badly that she fumbled with her shift and her drawers. What was that man doing here, on her property, and just how much of her midafternoon bath had he witnessed? She pulled her petticoat over her head and managed to secure it in the back. Her shoulders ached from her attempt at weeding the wheat field this morning. Some help her younger brothers had been, the scamps.
Despite her damp legs, Lily managed to roll up her thigh-high stockings and secure them. She yanked her simple gown over her head then tied complementing ribbon around its high waist.
She lifted Papa's pistol from the rock on which she'd set it. She readied it just in case she'd need to use it. She knew how to shoot. Papa had taught her when she was just fourteen in case the British tried to possess their lovely Haus am Bach — house by the creek.
At last Lily felt ready to greet her trespassers. Except for her hair. Her fingers fumbled through her thick locks as she tried to pin it up, but since she'd forgotten her comb there wasn't much hope for the tangled mass.
Using the worn and familiar rooted path, she easily made her way up the creek bank. She peeked around a willow's wide trunk and spied two men loitering beneath her apple trees. One was plainly attired and seated in the grass, a leather satchel and two straw top hats beside him. Even in repose, he looked as short as he was wide. His shaggy gray hair hung nearly to his shoulders, and he appeared to have the whole world etched on his face.
The other gent looked younger, and Lily guessed he couldn't be more than nine and twenty. His jet-black curls were fashionably short, and neatly trimmed dark whiskers extended from above his ears to halfway down his jaw. Broad shoulders shifted beneath an ivory shirt with its voluminous sleeves and typical necktie. A suede vest stretched across the expanse of his chest. He sported no frockcoat, so his expertly tailored buckskin breeches revealed narrow hips and well-toned legs. On his feet he wore tall black boots. Quite the handsome dandy, although a brooder, judging by the deep set V of his swarthy brows.
Slowly, Lily stepped out of the brush. A twig snapped beneath her slipper and both men swung around as if to nab her. She gasped and raised her pistol, aiming at the younger man's midsection. Papa had taught her to aim low so she'd strike high. With any luck, she might hit her present target in the throat.
Both men's eyes widened, the younger man's shining like her brothers' ebony marbles.
"No need for that weapon, Miss Laughlin," the dark-haired man stated.
"And how am I to believe that when you're spying on me and just now scared me half to death?"
"We weren't spyin', lass." The older man sprang to his feet. "We just happened to hear you singin' and got curious, is all."
Lily worked her lower lip between her teeth. She had been singing — and at the top of her lungs. Besides, the pair didn't resemble vagabonds. Their clothes were much too fine.
"It's the truth, Miss Laughlin."
Lily recognized his deep, smooth, and quite sincere-sounding voice. He was, indeed, the captain.
"Lass, we don't mean you any harm," the older man said. "If we did, we could've done it already."
He had a point, but Lily took her time lowering the pistol just in case they weren't truthful. "Why are you on my property, and what must a girl do to make you leave?"
"Shootin' us is one way, I s'pose." The older man snorted and a smile stretched across his leathery face.
"Do not give her ideas, Blake." The captain glowered. "It was I at whom she pointed her weapon. I didn't survive the war only to be felled on my own property."
"But this is not your property, sir. It belongs to my family and me."
His gaze slid back to her. "I'm afraid you're mistaken, miss. I purchased this land weeks ago."
"So you are Captain Albright?"
"I am." He gave her a sweeping bow that, in another place and time, she might have deemed most charming. "And this is my swashbuckling friend, Mr. John Blake."
"A pleasure, miss."
"Likewise." Lily looked from one man to the other.
"If you'll permit me ..." The captain pointed to the leather pouch. "I will produce the deed and clear up this unfortunate misunderstanding."
"Unfortunate for whom?" Lily narrowed her gaze and thought she saw a hint of a smile curve the captain's lips.
He slowly stepped sideways, extracted folded documents from the satchel, and strode toward her. He stopped only inches away, and his leathery, musky scent wafted to Lily's nose. He unfurled the papers with a snap.
"See here, Miss Laughlin." He pointed to the inked words and then proceeded to read them to her.
"I can read the deed for myself." Lily snatched the documents from his grasp and read the first page. She used her right wrist to assist in turning the page and the two men hit the ground.
Lily glanced at her pistol. "Begging your pardons, sirs. I forgot I was still in possession of my weapon."
Captain Albright stood. "Allow me, Miss Laughlin." He eased the gun from her fingers. After uncocking it, he set it near her feet. If she wasn't mistaken, he exhaled a relieved-sounding sigh before brushing the dried leaves and dirt from his breeches.
Once more, Lily gave the deed her full attention. It was filled with complicated jargon that she didn't completely understand, except for the last page. Captain McAlister Albright's name was printed and titled "Purchaser." His signature was scratched above it. And the seller?
Lily sucked in a breath and coughed when more than just air filled her lungs. "It can't be ..."
However, there was no mistaking the name. Silas Everett.
"It's my signature," the captain said. "I can prove it."
"No, it's not your signature I'm disbelieving. It's Mr. Everett's." Lily stared at the man's name. He'd been Papa's closest friend, and for the past nine months he'd looked after her, her two younger brothers, and Aunt Hilda, just to make certain they wanted for nothing.
So how could he sell their home with nary a word?
He couldn't have!
Lily looked up into the captain's dark eyes. "Mr. Everett doesn't own this property, so he can hardly sell it."
"Pray, who owns it then?" Frown lines creased the captain's sunbronzed forehead.
"Why, my father owns it, sir."
The captain surveyed the land around him. "Where is he, that we may settle this matter?"
Lily's mouth went dry. Her lips moved, but the words seemed stuck in her throat. Her knees threatened to buckle as reality hit.
"Out with it, lass," Mr. Blake chided. "We haven't got all day. Why, it'll be nightfall —"
The captain silenced his chum by simply lifting one hand. "Miss Laughlin?" His voice sounded less potent. "Where is your father?"
Tears blurred her vision. "He's dead, sir. Died suddenly some nine months ago."
"Leaving only you?"
"My two brothers, my aunt, and me." Lily teetered and the captain cupped her elbow.
"I'm sorry for your loss, Miss Laughlin, truly I am. But I presume that your father named Mr. Everett as executor or guardian and, thus, Mr. Everett had every right to sell the property to me."
"Yes, I suppose he did." Papa had left no will, so the magistrate had appointed Mr. Everett. It only made sense, as Mr. Everett was Papa's trusted friend. "I see that I have been a silly little fool."
"No, no ... it was a misunderstanding." The captain's voice caressed her.
"How very gracious you are, Captain, considering my rudeness." Lily scooped up her pistol. She wouldn't need it. The captain and his comrade posed no threat. "You will want my family and me to move out of our house immediately, I presume." She licked her lips and tipped her head.
"But might you give us time to find somewhere to go?"
"Are you referring to the limestone manor across the meadow?" The captain indicated the northeast corner of the acreage.
"Yes, sir, I am."
"Well, see?" Captain McAlister's countenance brightened at least two shades. "Good fortune is smiling on us both. I don't own the manor. If you'll walk with me, I will show you the property lines."
She gave a nod while relief spiraled down inside of her. Haus am Bach remained in their possession.
The question was, for how long?
So that's the situation," Lily explained while Aunt Hilda pounded a lump of dough into submission. "We'll have no crops this year."
"And what will we eat? Our shoes?" A streak of flour dusted the older woman's cheek, and Lily gently brushed it away. It seemed like Aunt Hilda had lived here forever, even though she'd moved in only a decade ago, after Uncle Thomas succumbed to his weak heart.
"Speaking of food," Lily began, "I've invited our new neighbor and his comrade to take supper with us."
"You invited strangers?"
"Not strangers, Aunt Hilda. Our new neighbor." And a very handsome new neighbor at that.
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My Heart Belongs in the Shenandoah Valley: Lily's Dilemma is a historical fiction story that takes place in 1816. Lily is a young woman who is cast in the role of raising her two younger brothers after the death of her father. A chance encounter with a stranger turns her world upside down because this man informs her that he now owns her family land. As she struggles to understand how this has happened she finds herself caught between this attractive stranger and the older man who was her father's best friend and now the guardian of the family estate. It is soon apparent who the villian is in this story but the author has been able to make his actions and motives very dark and questionable. Two of these characters are God-fearing and the other seems to have an alliance with another power! I enjoyed Lily's spunk and her determination to regain her inheritance and I loved her devotion to her younger brothers and her aunt. Mac's struggles with his past as a veteran of the War of 1812 tugged at my heart strings and so did his efforts to find peace with God. The chemistry between Lily and Mac was very appealing and their first kiss was more than satisfying to anyone seeking romance. I love historical fiction and the description of the culture of the Shenandoah Valley and Virginia during the early 1800s was very enlightening to those of us who may not know a lot about that time period. Andrea Boeshaar has written a wonderful story filled with historical detail, clean romance and the importance of God, faith and family. I highly recommend My Heart Belongs in the Shenandoah Valley: Lily's Dilemma. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
A great addition to the My Heart Belongs series, you’ll want to make sure you have this in your collection. With many historical references, I learned several new things about that time period. If you enjoy history, you’ll enjoy this book. Author Andrea Boeshaar brought 1816 Virginia, and especially Middletown, to life. The characters were relatable as they struggled, grew, and learned to rely on God. You’ll love most of them, but of course there has to be at least one you can’t stand. And believe me, I couldn’t stand him! If you enjoy Christian historical fiction you’ll enjoy this book.
My Heart Belongs in Shenandoah Valley is a gentle ( how Mac treats Lily in every way especially where he has to let her know that the land that she thinks is hers he owns) gracefulness ( how Lily reacted to Mac when he proved to her the situation as well as how sweet she is to him there after so they start to fall in love) honorable ( is how Mac is as a gentleman with Lily) precarious - the situation that Lily was in when Matt was gone for a bit, that if she didn't marry this man who was twice her age to save her family and not for love, and she would lose the love of her life forever) will Mac save the day? Will she have to marry that elderly man? Will she save her family?
This is a charming story with some very interesting characters. It's a sweet inspirational, historical. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
My Heart Belongs in the Shenandoah Valley: Lily’s Dilemma (My Heart Belongs) by Andrea Boeshaar This story is set in 1816 Middletown, Virginia where Lillyanna “Lily” Laughlin lives with her Aunt Brunhilda “Hilda” Gunther and two younger brothers, 14-year-old Jonah and 12-year-old Jed. Since the recent death of her father, Lily now cares for her brothers as well as their small farm and home. However things soon change when she learns she no longer owns part of the land across from her beloved home. Her guardian, Silas Everett, sold it without even discussing it with her and her family to a stranger, Captain McAlister “Mac” Albright. I enjoyed the way Lily and Mac initially meet, although it was rather embarrassing for Lily, and hoped maybe something more than friendship would develop between them. Unfortunately Lily and her family's troubles were only beginning thanks to a very deceitful and evil man. Lily and her family quickly became favorite characters. I admire Lily’s dedication to caring for her family. Not only is she lovely and has a beautiful singing voice, she has a giving heart, strong work ethic, kind spirit and strong faith. Will her new neighbor see all those godly qualities in her? I felt for Mac and the reason he left his family home and moved to the Shenandoah Valley. He has had his own troubles in the past but with his friend, John Blake to help, he hopes to make a fresh start in Middletown. Will his past troubles follow him there? He soon became another favorite character in this story. He is physically strong...and very handsome...which he will need in order to work the farm and orchard he just bought, and his honesty and integrity are admirable. Mac’s friend John, Lily’s two brothers and aunt, along with some of the other secondary characters are just as endearing and bring much to the storyline. John especially, who is lighthearted and fun and often brings smiles and laughter. There is one character who I did not like at all, Silas Everett. He is an evil, conniving man, out for his own selfish wants regardless how he obtains them or who he hurts in the process. The author certainly developed the characters in this story well...some I grew to love and one I did not like at all. The characters experience humor, more than one sweet romance developing, adventure and suspense, deceitfulness and conniving, evil intentions, trust….others and oneself as well as trusting and learning God’s plan for each of them, love and faith. I enjoyed the spiritual aspect of the storyline. Oh, I love the ending, perfect! The historical details and descriptions of the Shenandoah Valley are beautifully done and invite the reader to step off the pages into the valley itself. The author has a note in the back of the story explaining the history of Middletown of 1826 which is very informative. I like that the stories in each of the My Heart Belongs series (10 stories) are based on actual historical locations and plan to read the other 8 that I have not read yet. ~I received an e-book copy via Net Galley (no monetary gain were exchanged), this is my honest review~
In the Shenandoah Valley is the first book by Andrea Boeshaar I have read. I will say it won't be my last. Was really. Good. Loved the characters the book was well written. Poor Lily after the death of her father to raise her 2 brothers and put in the hands of a caregiver. Who I might add is old enough to be a grandfather. Threatening her she has to marry him or leave what is hers. A stranger comes to town and he steps in to try to help her. Captain Mac Albright has things going on in his life doesn't have time for relationships. Problem arises when Lily finds out her caregiver has sold her land to the Captain without her knowledge. What is she to do? She needs to find her fathers will to see what her father really did. This book is full of surprises and adventure. At times I was even laughing. I was glad to read some inspirational in it as well.
“Oh, Shenandoah, I long to see you...” The My Heart Belongs In... series has brought several first time reads for me. I had heard of the authors before but not actually read any of their stories. My Heart Belongs In The Shenandoah Valley: Lily's Dilemma was one of those, I'd heard of Andrea Boeshaar before but that was it. This series has skipped around decades in the 19th century but most have been post Civil War so I was pleasantly surprised to see the date 1816 when I cracked open the book. There's a touch of Regency in this story but it is not what I would call a British Regency and I kind of liked that, I have to be in the right mood to read that particular sub-genre. My Heart Belongs In The Shenandoah Valley: Lily's Dilemma provided a fun escape into a time long gone by, a time that may seem simpler but had its own problems and complications by the dozens. This is a rather sweet historical romance with a dash of danger and mystery, not to mention a perfectly despicable villain. "I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review."
Another great book from Barbour's My Heart Belongs series! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was hooked from page eight where our hero, Mac meet's or rather hears our heroine, Lily. From then on I loved the friendship, teasing and blossoming romance between the two. Mr. Blake and his way with words add so much humor to the story as well. His “bones don' lie.” I enjoyed most of the side characters except for the evil, slimy scoundrel that is Silas Everett. There is a lot of heart woven into this story. Lily's love of her family home, caring for her younger brothers. I did find her a bit naive at times. I couldn't understand why she would not have contacted her father's solicitor after Mr. Everett sold her property. I know she was grieving but even Aunt Hilda didn't trust Mr. Everett. Then again, it would have changed the story completely so I won't complain. The faith elements are gently woven in throughout the story befitting the characters personalities well. I enjoyed the drama in this book. This isn't just a fluff story. It has a unique realness to it. The little side romance between “not a landlubber Mr. Blake and Aunt Hilda was quite fun to watch unfold. Mr. Blake had one of the best lines too, “...I don't even like farm animals unless they're roasted to perfection...” All in all, I would highly recommend this book to people who love this time period and Inspirational fiction. The book is so very descriptive I felt as if I could reach up and pick an apple off a tree in the orchard. My thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me the ARC. I enjoyed it so much I purchased the book for myself.
The My Heart Belongs series is fast becoming one of my favorite go-to series for appealing and likeable, quick to read romantic history novels, and My Heart belongs in Shenandoah Valley continues the lore! Lillyanna “Lilly” Laughlin is the oldest sister of two brothers, all three of whom are orphans. Mr. Silas Everett, her late father’s closest friend and confidante, takes on the guardianship of the three, convincing them, and a judge, it is their father’s wish. Yet, when Captain McAlister “Mac” Albright purchases land Lilly believes to be hers from Mr. Everett, she begins to question Mr. Everett’s altruism. I enjoyed most of the interplay and teasing between Lilly and Mac, but at times it seemed a little too dramatic. However, I may be a little less sympathetic because I prefer honest, straightforward dialogue, even with myself, and felt Mac wasn’t always honest with himself. My Heart Belongs in the Shenandoah Valley sheds light on problems those returning from the war of 1812, the second war of independence, encountered while trying to assimilate into society. Andrea Boeshaar has written a charming, compassionate and at times heartbreaking story of life in 1816’s Shenandoah Valley. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
This is a historical Christian fiction novel set in 1816. Its filled with twists and turns all throughout. I enjoyed the book very much. It has a place on my forever shelf. I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing, with no obligation for a review. This review is my own.
Mac and Lily become neighbors when Mac buys some of her property that her guardian has sold without her knowledge, and the story begins! I enjoyed the banter between these two and Mr Everett, the guardian quickly became someone I wanted to fail in his intentions! A little suspense, a sweet romance and catching the scoundrel made this finish with a perfect ending! "I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review."
What is Lily Laughlin to do with her beloved papa gone and the despicable Silas Everett manages all the family finances and tries to force her into marriage? Lily copes as best she can until the day Mac arrives in what used to be her family’s orchard and catches her bathing in the pond. Though she is startled to learn he is the new owner of the property, Lily can’t help the attraction she feels toward the handsome captain and invites him to her family’s supper table. Captain McAlister Albright purchases land far away from his parents’ home and business operations in order to begin a new life for himself. He never expected to fall for the lovely woman living in the home adjacent to his new property, but until her can make a go of his farm, perhaps years down the road, he has nothing to offer her. Besides, her heart appears to belong to a fallen local war hero while her finances and well-being are in the hands of the man who intends to marry her. Mac and Lily confront joys and heartaches between the covers of this book that will have you turning pages long past bedtime. Can their against-all-odds romance win out over the evils of greed and the deceptive business practices. Will Lily choose to follow her heart or save her family’s wealth? Can Mac overcome the questionable reputation he left behind in Alexandria or will it follow him to his new home in the Shenandoah Valley? Andrea Boeshaar has penned a heartwarming romance amid the struggles of economic concerns in post-war recovery, and those controlled by greed and the semblance of wealth. Fall in love with the Shenandoah Valley along with Mac and Lily as they seek to overcome the obstacles in their path while finding God’s purpose for their lives. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
I had not previously read any books by Andrea Boeshaar but will be looking up more of her writing. I'm not sure why, but I sort of half heartedly picked this boo up to begin and then truthfully had a hard time putting it down. The story kept me fully engaged to the last page. It is an easy, pleasant read with enough of t he unexpected to be quite interesting. It includes some historical detail I was unfamiliar with. If you like historical fiction I think you will greatly enjoy getting to know Lily and her family. I received a complimentary copy of this book form Barbour and was under no obligation to post a review.
I enjoy reading stories set in the Shenandoah Valley. The details and descriptions in the story are great. Looking forward to reading more by this author. I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and the author and this is my personal honest opinion.
I really enjoyed reading this tale. The author kept a good pace weaving the story around you and at times I could almost see myself in the places she described. If you want an easy, delightful read this is a good choice! :D I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
I really enjoyed this story. This is a wonderful historical fiction romance. I enjoyed Mac and Lily. I loved the minor characters of Blake and Aunt Hilda. Lily must learn to stand up for herself against a bad guardian. Mac has to get beyond his past. I received a copy of this book from Barbour for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
My Heart Belongs in the Shenandoah Valley by Andrea Boeshaar started out great. Well written and interesting right from the start and with great characters. Captain Mac and Lily are quite lively. I even enjoyed reading about Aunt Hilda and Mr Blake and the brothers. Now I could do without the characters like Mr Everette but he does make the story interesting. A little romance, a little mystery and some fun times makes this a great book. Read about the beloved land of the Shenandoah Valley with the faith and love of God shining through some of the residents. If you enjoy historical fiction with a love story and sparing back and forth you will enjoy this one. This is my first book by Andrea but I have enjoyed reading her story . I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Captivated by a Rapscallion Captain McAlister Albright is leaving his seafairing days behind and building a new life in the Shenandoah Valley in the early 1800s after purchasing land near the town of Middletown. What he didn't expect was meeting Lilyanna Laughlin, his neighbor, and whose family owned the land purchased by Albright from her gaurdian, Mr. Silas Everett. Although their first meeting gets off to a rocky start, a friendship developes between the two of the them. Captain Albright is bound and determined not to be enticed by Lily's charm and beauty and bantering. His priority is establishing his farm and showing his family he is worthy and honorable after what happened in his past. Lily has her problems as well with her two brothers and her gaurdian. So begins this historical romantic fiction by Andrea Boeshaar entitled "My Heart Belongs in the Shenandoah Valley: Lily's Dilemma." A warm and enchanting read. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to opost a review.
I thoroughly enjoyed Lily's Dilemma in My Heart Belongs in the Shenandoah Valley. It is difficult to think anyone could be as cruel as Mr. Everett was to Lily's family after the death of her father. He not only lied about the assets he stole, but also sold land that was not his to sell, along with threatening to take away the family home if Lily did not marry him. I enjoyed Lily's spunk in knowing when to stand up to Mr. Everett. There were many exciting episodes in the book to keep your interest. I loved the character of Captain Mac and it seemed right to see love blossom between Mac and Lily. Of course, there is the suspense of wondering how everything will work out. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
I really enjoyed the latest in the My Heart Belongs series. Lily’s Dilemma was not only a page turner but a very romantic and engaging tale about a young woman who has been dealt some harsh blows in 1816 and is now trying to keep the rest of her family together. Lily’s father died suddenly and unexpectedly leaving her, her aunt, and her two younger brothers. According to her so called self-appointed guardian, they are also destitute and penniless. Being a rather well off family, Lily nor her aunt can understand why all of a sudden they are having money woes. Hence, part of their land has been sold to a Captain McAlister. The first meeting between Mac and Lily was quite memorable. Mac who has decided to not ever marry cannot stop thinking of Lily and he always seem to be her knight in shining armor. Watching his dilemma and battle within to finally giving in to his heart’s desire was at times frustrating and sigh inducing. Mr. Everett the so called guardian was a villain was not at all hard to dislike. He had such an oily way about him and seemed more harmful than a poisonous snake. A very shady character and one that made me cringe every time he came on the scene. Especially in regards to his plans for Lily and her family. And just to make the story more entertaining we have a secondary love story as well. I haven’t read a Boeshaar novel in a while so reading her work again was fun. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Befriending each other, Lily and Mac become fast friends as they try to determine what has happened to her father's financial holdings, strange things begin to happen. As Lily and Mac's relationship begins to develop into something more than friendship, her father's best friend becomes more abusive toward her, verbally and physically. And when he sells her younger brothers into indenture on a sailing ship, Lily struggles between marrying for love or marrying for financial security for herself and her brothers. I really loved this novel. I could not put it down. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and as under no obligation to post a review.
This is the first book I've read by Andrea Boeshaar, and I really enjoyed her plot and characters for their colorful personalities from scheming, deceitful and greedy to innocent, loving, sweet and kind. Several male leaders emerge; some are comic relief; some are competent businessmen; some are running fro love. Obligation versus love are presented as marriage options. There were several unexpected crises, which you watch the characters maneuver through. I read about sea captain adventures, vegetable farming, building barns and cabins, estates and wills and cooking. You'll enjoy meeting Mac and Lily, and feel so frustrated with Silas Everett. I have an interest in the Shenadoah Valley because of the National Park, so was drawn to this title to learn more about the Valley. This is the third book I've enjoyed in this My Heart Belongs series. They're an easy and enjoyable read in various areas of the United States. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review
What a Delightful Story My Heart Belongs in the Shenandoah Valley: Lily’s Dilemma is just a delightful book. The story is set in 1816 in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia when a woman’s future at the death of parents was not secure without getting married. So Lily is in a dilemma when her father suddenly dies. This book kept me smiling as the story and the characters developed. Lily just captured my heart with her naïve joyful honesty and also Max who so much wants to guard his heart from ever loving. Andrea Boeshaar does an excellent job of bringing the whole village of Middletown to life with this delightful tale of overcoming obstacles and finding true love. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
I enjoyed the story of Lily and Mac right from the start. I loved the main characters as well as the secondary characters of Mr. Blake and Aunt Hilda. The character Mr. Everett wasn’t likeable, but he wasn’t supposed to be. I liked how Lily discovered that God was looking out for her even though it seemed to her like he wasn’t. I thought this book was very well written told a great story and I would really recommend it. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Lily learns that her dead father has gambled away most of their funds and that his best friend has sold the property to Captain Mac. As the story goes on Lily has to make a decision as to what she is going to do. This book was so enjoyable to read. I could hardly wait to get to the end only to wish there was more. Highly recommend.