Jan 13, 2011

Love on a Dime by Cara Lynn James

In age of elegance and excess, Lilly Westbrook longs for a love both true and eternal.

Newport, Rhode Island, 1899, is a place of shimmering waves, sleek yachts, and ladies of leisure. Of opulent mansions that serve as summer cottages for the rich and famous. Home of railroad magnates and banking tycoons--dashing young men and the women who aspire to marry them.

But it's not the place for lady novelists. Especially not those who pen disreputable dime novels. This poses a problem for Lilly Westbrook, because that's exactly what she does.

No one in Lilly's social set knows she pens fiction under the nom de plume Fannie Cole. Not her family or the wealthy young man about to propose to her. And especially not Jackson Grail, the long-lost beau who just bought her publishing company...and who stirs her heart more than she cares to admit.

But Lilly must put aside her feelings and follow the path that will maintain her family's social stature and provide the financial security that everyone is depending on.

Now Lilly faces a double dilemma. Can she continue to protect her secret identity? And will she have the courage to choose the man who will risk it all just to win her heart?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Cara Lynn James is the author of Love on a Dime. She’s received contest awards from Romance Writers of America and the American Christian Fiction Writers. She resides in Florida with her husband Jim. For more information, visit www.caralynnjames.com.


MY THOUGHTS

Love on a Dime is the first novel in the "Ladies of Summerhill" series, and it was a pleasure to read from the very beginning.  I loved the idea of Lilly writing numerous dime novels, especially as her family and friends had no idea about her secret life.  This is one of the better novels that I have read that is based on life in the late 1800's.

Lilly has to make lots of important decisions that will affect her family, her own future, and her relationship with the man who everyone believes is perfect for her. An old boyfriend enters the picture, and he has a huge impact on both her personal and professional life.

I will also be reviewing the second book in this series "Love on Assignment" later this month, and can't wait to get started on it.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of Love on a Dime through TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.

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