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Lily (Song of the River) [Kindle Edition]

Diane T. Ashley , Aaron McCarver
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Cruise down the Mississippi with Natchez belle Lily Anderson. Needing to provide for herself and her sisters, Lily is desperately trying to make a go of a riverboat venture with co-owner Blake Matthews. But they fail to find anything to agree upon. Blake is enamored of the feisty Lily. Attempts to woo her may be lost to the devious Jean Luc Champney. Will the siren song of the river evolve into a serenade or a somber lament?

Editorial Reviews


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 Reviews by Jenilee 2012-04-18)

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 RT Book Reviews 2012-07-01)

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 Overcoming Through Time with God's Help 2012-06-09)

An entertaining book! From front cover to the back cover I enjoyed this story.
(Joyce Williams Deco My Heart 2012-06-08)

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 Eclectic Reading 2012-08-14)

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 Abbie's Reading Corner 2012-08-14)

Book Description

Desperate for financial independence, Lily Anderson has embarked upon a riverboat venture. Will she learn to trust God’s leading or head into disaster? Lily’s partner, Blake Matthews, is initially stymied, then smitten by the Mississippi miss. Can he anchor her heart, or will Lily fall for another man’s wiles?

Product Details

  • File Size: 1135 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B0088QB6YC
  • Publisher: Barbour Books (June 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007746T16
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #440,961 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Glad I took the time to read it August 27, 2012
By Melanie
Lily was a good read that, while I did find it interesting throughout, didn't really "hold" my attention consistently. I liked the setting and the fact that a good portion of the book took place on the steamship, Hattie Belle.

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

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

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

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

*I received a complimentary copy of this book for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A little slow to start but a good book over all July 20, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Most Delightful Summer Read! June 11, 2012
A Most Delightful Summer Read!

In Lily, co-authors Diane Ashley and Aaron McCarver, sweep us away to historical Natchez, Mississippi; replete with southern plantations, steamboats, magnificent balls, and the bustling sights and smells of the Mississippi River.

Lily Anderson and her two younger sisters, live with their grandmother, aunt and uncle on Les Fleurs Plantation, after the tragic death of their mother, and the abandonment of their father. Lily is feeling forced by her aunt and uncle to marry someone unsuitable, and concocts an incredible leave the plantation and live where she has dreamed of living ever since she was a child-on the river in a steamship. She talks her grandmother into giving her her inheritance, and purchases the Hattie Belle, unaware that she is half owner with none other than the gambler, Blake Matthews!

Lily and Blake butt heads immediately as Lily wants to deliver cargo such as corn and sugarcane, whereas Blake wants to use it to create the biggest and best riverboat gambling casino on the Mississippi. Although Blake has beautiful, mesmerizing blue eyes, Lily has no intention of ever trusting another man after the abandonment of her father. But, when the wealthy and handsome, Jean Luc, begins to show an interest in Lily, has she finally found a man she can trust? And who becomes the captain of the Hattie Belle?...threatening to turn her world upside down? And who is out to destroy the Hattie Belle's business and why?

Ever since I watched the musical, Showboat, on tv years ago, I have always loved the rich, southern river settings with the steamboats and the big paddle wheels! This is my first novel by Diane Ashley and Aaron McCarver and it certainly did not disappoint.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars review copy had poor editing June 6, 2012
Lily is the eldest daughter who finds herself in a situation where she needs to provide for her youngest siblings. Not wanting to marry because of convenience she purchases half of a steamboat. Unfortunately, at the time she thinks that she purchased the full ownership of the steamboat. In walks in Blake, a man with a serious gambling problem and desperately needing revenue. What entails is an adventure full of suspense, romance, and fun.

I hate giving poor reviews when it isn't the authors fault... I really wanted to like this book, but the editing was so bad that I literally had to re-read certain sentences to understand them. It kind of dampens the reading spirit when you're forced to stop mid-imagination to re-read a sentence :-( Upon seeing that this wasn't getting better I contacted the publishers. They were very quick to respond, and I appreciated that, but they were unable to help me obtain a newer edited version. I hope you understand dear readers that this was not the fault of the author, and this book could be really good. I just can't say that it is because of all the editing problems.
*This e-book was given to me via netgalley in hopes of my honest opinion and I honestly gave it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Water Lily US amazing
I could picture my daughter being Lily. She has a lot of spunk. What a delightful, wonderful story. Would recommend it to anyone.
Published 1 month ago by Helen E Young
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice historical fiction on the river
I really enjoyed the story of Lily and her family. What a refreshing character Lily was. I loved her strength and loved to read her real struggles with her walk with God. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Reader in Malone
3.0 out of 5 stars Just Okay
I couldn't really follow the storyline of this novel, although it has occasional religious and more rarely political overtones. Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. Gallen
5.0 out of 5 stars a little love,a little faith
I enjoyed this book very much. I like books that used the Bible to go by. . Sometime while reading this I could feel The Lord with me.
Published 3 months ago by Louise
4.0 out of 5 stars sweet story
To put it simply, this was a sweet and easy read. It had some wonderful virtues. Great buy for a young adult girl. I will be purchasing the other books in this series.
Published 4 months ago by owlgirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Water Lily - a Story as Exquisite as the Flower
What a beautiful story! Nothing less than God's plan could have brought Water Lily and Blake together. Restoration is witnessed in more ways than one!
Published 5 months ago by Nanni & Pappi
4.0 out of 5 stars I'll recommend it
The overall story line of this book was fairly good, but it's just so hard to believe that an 18 year old spoiled rich girl in the 1800's has enough know-how to run a business and... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Christian romance.
I really loved this book. It held my attention and compelled me to keep turning pages. I'm sure you will enjoy it as much as I did.
Published 6 months ago by Glenda Fryer
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely uplifting story
This book shows how faith, dreams, and hard work can all come together to make a wonderful life! I truly enjoyed reading this book and watching the characters grow in their faith.
Published 6 months ago by Jkdr97
5.0 out of 5 stars Lilly
Enjoyed this book. Good historical book that relates to how person with problems can look to God's word for answers.
Published 6 months ago by Kay Darby
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I'm a town girl from Mississippi who has always loved to read. When I was in high school, I always read my new literature book from cover to cover in the first few weeks of the school year. I have always wanted to write but couldn't figure out how to keep all the details of a book in my head long enough to get from the beginning to the end. Then I found out about an adult education class being taught at a local college on writing a novel from an outline. It was taught by Aaron McCarver, the man who would one day become my co-author. I would like to tell you I wrote a book that semester and got it published, but it took a bit longer than that (10 years.) My brother often teases me about my "overnight success." I encourage you to write if that's your dream. It's not some mystical experience. All you have to do is sit down and write. God will take care of the rest if you follow His leading. He will take you to places you have never even dreamed of. I am enjoying my own journey and counting my blessings. Thanks to my wonderful husband, my patient co-author, and my family and friends, all who believed in me even when I didn't. I hope you enjoy my books and that you find in them a message that transcends earthly matters and reinforces your belief in our loving Savior. God bless you.

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