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"...an extremely well written novel, but beyond being well written, it is also a story that touches the heart and soul. ...does a wonderful job of weaving the characters' stories and lives together." Rie McGaha --Romance Writers United

Lila's Vow is an unforgettable story.  Bravo Ms. Wylie, Lila's Vow is one of the best books I've read in a long time. Two Lips Reviews by Sal.

Diane Wylie describes an outstanding tale that has the reader feeling compassion for the characters... This is one extraordinary story that comes highly recommended and should not be missed.
--Coffee Time Romance & More -by Cherokee

"This award recognizes outstanding writing styles in all book types and genres. Your book has received this award because I feel it is above and beyond a 5 Cup Rating."
--Winner of a Coffee Time Reviewers Recommend Award.

Diane Wylie has a gift for taking the harsh realities of life in the Civil War and interweaving her characters into the fabric. --Long and Short Reviews by Water Lily -Winner of Best Book of the Week

From the Author

Dear Reader,
I hope you have enjoyed the love story between Jack and Lila. Their story could have easily happened between two people during the Civil War. Ordinary people became heroes and heroines whose stories were not told in the history books. These characters are fictional, but the heartache and passion was all too real in that time period.

As you finished reading "Lila's Vow" did you wonder how Captain David Reynolds and Jennifer Winston got together when they were from opposite sides of the conflict? Exactly what did he do to win her heart? Jenny loved the south and everything about her homeland. Why did she do what she did?
Learn more about Jack's best friend in "Jenny's Passion," from yours truly and Vintage Reflections Publishing.
Happy Reading,
Diane Wylie

Product Details

  • Paperback: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Romance Publishing (June 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981989608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981989600
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,018,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Diane Wylie was born as an identical twin in Philadelphia. She and her twin, along with her younger sister, were raised in New Jersey. (Yes, she is a Jersey Girl.) She lives in Maryland now and is a hard-working, dog-and-family-loving, award-winning, Amazon best-selling author. Diane's career as a technical writer gave her the knowledge of research, grammar, and writing skills that are so important to writing romance novels too.

Diane has been writing fiction since 2005. Her books fall into multiple genres including:

***Scottish Historical Romances:
Diane's latest interests have moved to earlier time perioids. She loves to research new eras and has embarked on a new series called THE SCOTTISH FALCONERS. It will consist of a series of novellas published separately as ebooks and then bundled together for ebook and print. Look for Book One: BESIEGED to be released in February 2016.

***Civil War Historical Romances:
Since watching Gone With the Wind as a child, she has had an avid interest in the American Civil War. This interest comes to bear in her acclaimed historical romance novels, "SECRETS AND SACIFICES," "JENNY'S PASSION," and "LILA'S VOW," along with short story, "A Soldier to Love." "ADAM'S TREASURE", also features some figures from history--Pinkerton agents.

"DAUGHTERS OF THE CIVIL WAR" is a new book bundle containing two of Diane's Civil War romances. People have been snatching up this deal by the hundreds! As of this writing, DAUGHTERS OF THE CIVIL WAR has been on Vinspire Publishing's bestseller list for 16 months straight!

***Fantasy/Paranormal Romances:
A hot, new magical series has now become a reality for Diane. Each magician gets his power for magic from a different amulet. But his power comes with a price...immortality. Is this a curse or a blessing? Starting with "PRELUDE TO MAGIC", you'll find the introduction to the Mark of the Magician Book One: "MOONLIGHT AND ILLUSIONS". This is now followed by Book Two: "MAGIC OF THE PENTACLE", which was a quarterfinalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. Book Three: "MAGIC AT THE ROXY" was recently released to complete the series.

***Romantic Suspense:
A recent addition to Diane's group of books is "OUTLAW LOVER", a romantic suspense that draws on her experience growing up as part of an autoracing family.

A Note from Diane:

Hello lovely book readers!

Thanks for taking the time to visit this page. I've spent a big chunk of time (enjoying every minute) researching and writing. I hope you like my books and will tell your friends about them. Please consider reviewing any of my books that you decide to read. I'd love to hear what you think. I am always looking for ways to improve my writing.

For more information, check out www.dianewylie.com. You can follow me on Facebook (Diane Wylie Author) and Twitter (@DianeWylie) too. The links to these sites are on my website.


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Ms. Wylie's love of and expertise in the Civil War period shines in all her books, and especially Lila's Vow. Captain Jack Montgomery comes into the life of Lila Sutton on one of the worst days of his life. In June of 1863, in their home, she and her mother nurse soldiers wounded during the battle in their town, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Jack watches her every move, helps out when he can, and falls as quickly in love with Lila as she falls in love with him.

But it's time of war and nothing goes smoothly for the lovers. The only thing for sure is their love and passion and belief in the Union cause. The action never stops. Battle scenes are torturous and heartbreakingly real. Jack's emotions are portrayed so authentically that the reader aches for him and for every soldier serving at the present time in a war zone. Lila doesn't sit home pining away for the man she married before he went back to war. She becomes a Pinkerton agent spying in the South. Information she comes across becomes important enough to the North that it helps end the war. You can just feel that you are living their lives, feeling the anxiety of the wife waiting for the husband to come home and the fear and bravery of the soldier in the middle of the chaos of battle. And just when you think Jack and Lila's world will settle down, Ms. Wylie throws in a surprise.

Lila's Vow hits every point you want in an historical novel. The history is spot on. The romance is lovely, sweet and passionate at the same time. Excitement never ends, and you are kept on the edge of your seat until the very end of the book. Then the end is satisfyingly happily ever after, though you still want the story to go on and on.
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June 30, 1863
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

......."The soldiers are here, Miss Sutton!" Harry ran backward as he yelled to her, his eyes wide with barely contained excitement.

"Which ones, Harry?" Lila's stomach did a flip-flop of panic. Was it the Confederates? Would they burn and pillage the town?

"Ours! The men in blue, Ma'am." ............

" That blond-haired soldier is the one who appeared in my dream. He is the one who will change our lives...."{Excerpts from Book}

Setting... Civil War...Lila Sutton school teacher, and living with her mother. Their home becomes a hospital for the wounded Union Soldiers. Neither mother or daughter having nursing skills, but they still manage to care for all the injured. Jack Montgomery ,Captain of his troop, injured, is taken to the Sutton home......... The blond-haired soldier...... in her mothers dream.
This was such a well written novel that it takes the reader into the midst of the war. As you follow the marriage of Jack and Lila; Jack returning to his troop; through his capture and imprisonment, Reports of his death......... Lila's courage to go on....... This is an amazing book, the characters are outstanding, and they draw you into their life. Ms Wylie is an excellent writer of the civil war era. This is a story with emotion, a wonderful love story and one that you can not put down. If you are a reader that loves Historical Romance then I highly recommend this book. I could not put the book down and read it one day. ......... You will not want to miss any of Ms. Wylie's Historical Romances. I know you will not be the least disappointed.
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By catslady on December 31, 2011
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A touching story that kept me intrigued and turning pages. It's a time period (Civil War) that I've not read enough about. Amazingly, it's a sweet story but very compelling. Diane Wylie put you right in the midst of the horror of war and yet there is a tender side too. Although it is set mostly in Gettysburg (which is in my home state) you still get a feel for the south and makes for an enjoyable read no matter where you hail from.
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From the very first paragraph, I was "caught up" in the story and couldn't wait to read what happens next. To me, that's the sign of a good book. If it captures me from the very beginning, then it's a winner! Although there was a good bit about different battles between the North and the South, it wasn't overdone. There was just a nice mix between the love story of Lila and Jack and their separate lives dealing with the war. Great read!
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