Saturday, June 2, 2012

The Ride of Her Life by Lorna Seilstad

  • Paperback: 381 pages
  • Publisher: Revell; Original edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800734475
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800734473

May 1, 2012 Lake Manawa Summers (Book 3)
The only man pragmatic Lilly Hart needs in her life is a six year old. Widowed two years ago, Lilly leaves the shelter of her intrusive in-laws' home to stand on her own and provide for her young son by working for the summer as a cook at Lake Manawa. However, her in-laws find that life utterly unsuitable for their grandson, and when a row ensues, a handsome stranger--who designs roller coasters, of all things--intercedes on her behalf. Still, Lilly is not about to get involved with any man, especially this cocky (though charismatic) gentleman. Little does she know she is about to begin the ride of her life.

Filled with delightful characters and the romance of summer, The Ride of Her Life is another supremely entertaining story from the witty Lorna Seilstad. Readers will laugh out loud and sigh contentedly as they spend the summer of 1906 in Lake Manawa.

My take on this book:
In "The Ride of Her Life" we get the story of Lilly Hart. It's been three years since the death of her husband, and Lilly really just can't stand to live under the roof of her in-laws any longer. She decides to take a job at a diner so that she can make her own way and support her six year old  son Levi. Thing is her in-laws don't think that Levi is being taken care of properly and think boarding school would be a more suitable answer. When they come to confront her at the diner where she works  one of the patrons Nick Perrin comes to her defense. With everything that Lilly has going on the last thing she wants or needs is  a relationship, but sometimes fate has other ideas.

What a great read. I could easily understand the character of Lilly. Sure she was a bit stubborn, but it was only because she was determined to prove that she could take care of her son and make it on  her own,and alot of  this was due to the fact that she felt like her in-laws might steam roll over her otherwise and send little Levi away. It was nice to see her slowly change as  the story progressed. Nick was such a patient, understanding character, and it was very realistic for Levi to latch on to him. The faith based elements of the story were very well done.
Overall if your looking for a nice historical read,with solid characters and a slow, romance your going to enjoy this one. Even though it is the third book in the series, it can easily be read as a stand alone work, although its  such a good series that your going to want to read the entire series.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

rating 4/5

*Available May 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group*

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