Monday, January 10, 2011

Book Review: Love on a Dime

Love on a Dime (Ladies of Summerhill, Book 1)Love on a Dime by Cara Lynn James

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This historical fiction piece is set in 19th Century New England where the main character, Lilly Westbrook, is a romance “dime novel” novelist – a profession that is considered scandalous amongst her fellow “society” families – so she writes in secret using the alias Fannie Cole. Besides trying to keep her writing career secret, Lilly must also contend with two men dueling for her love. The wealthy society catch, Harlan S., is about to propose to her, when her first sweetheart, Jackson Grail, appears back in her life and happens to purchase her publishing company. Drama ensues...

If Jane Austen and Francine Rivers coauthored a book, it might look something like this. Lucky for me, I love both authors! I really enjoyed this book, and could picture the characters well. Author Cara Lynn James uses Bible verses freely through the text while Lilly calls upon them to help her through times of crisis. While I have noticed some reviewers found this annoying, I thought they were well placed and helped us to understand Lilly's motivations and inspiration.

This book is dubbed “Ladies of Summerhill, Book One” so I assume that means more are coming and I plan on keeping my eyes open for them!

-Katie Casey
Thomas Nelson Book Review Blogger

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