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?
My review: In this debut novel by Cara Lynn James we are transported back in time to 1899. Back during the day to reach the age of 25 and to be unwed could quickly get you labeled an old maid.
Miss Lillian Westbrook finds herself in such a position, she is engaged but has never been married, and to top it off she has been writing dime novels under the pen name of Fannie Cole. To be a female and work and earn your own money just wasn't acceptable so she keeps it hidden from her family and friends.
When Jackson Grail, a former boyfriend purchases the publishing house that has been publishing Fanny Cole's novels and then becomes determined to find out just who Fannie is. Lilly has to make some choices to protect her family. Will she be able to keep her identity hidden? Will Jackson and Lilly finally get together?
I love reading historical fiction and this book didn't disappoint. Cara Lynn James does a great job of grabbing the readers attention and then keeps the story going at a fast pace. I look forward to reading the next in the Ladies of Summerhill.
I was provided a copy of this book to review by Thomas Nelson but in no way does it alter my opinion of this book.