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Lily (Song of the River Book 1) by [Ashley, Diane T., McCarver, Aaron]
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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
  • Publisher: Shiloh Run Press (June 1, 2012)
  • Publication Date: June 1, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007746T16
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #516,667 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
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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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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Format: Paperback
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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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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