Lily by Diane Ashley
and Aaron McCarver
Barbour Publishing, 2012
Reviewed by Teresa Mathews
In this story Diane Ashley and Aaron McCarver have transported us back in time to Natchez, Mississippi, where we are introduced to life on the Mississippi River via steamboat.
Lily Anderson from the day she was born has had the love of the Mississippi in her blood, having been raised on it until the accidental death of her mother when Lily was a young girl. Since that time Lily and her younger sisters have lived with her mother's parents after their father dropped them off never to return. He obviously didn't want the responsibly of raising three daughters alone.
Lily's grandfather has just passed away and now her Aunt Dahlia's husband is taking over the family's responsibilities and wants to force Lily into marrying a much older man. Lily does not want to marry this man or any other man for that matter, since her father's abandonment Lily has never trusted men. After a talk with her Grandmother Lily is able to get her inheritance without having to go through her uncle. Little does her grandmother know that Lily will soon be back on the same river that took her daughter's life, as co-owner of a beautiful steamboat, the Hattie Belle.
Blake Matthews' father was a minister but in spite of that fact Blake finds himself on the Mississippi running gambling tables. Blake is well known for his honesty so if a man leaves his tables having lost all his money it wasn't because Blake cheated him. When the son of a well known business man comes to Blake's boat to have a little fun and leaves having signed an IOU giving Blake possession of the Hattie Belle, it wasn't Blake's fault lady luck had smiled on him. When he shows up at their mansion to claim the title Blake has no clue he will not be the only person with a claim to the Hattie Belle.
When Lily shows up to claim the Hattie Belle she is shocked to find Blake there already remodeling the boat to make it one of the best gambling boats to ever sail the Mississippi. Lily and Blake really butt heads when he finds out she will not allow any gambling on her boat, and since she has controlling interest it's decided the Hattie Belle will be carrying various cargo instead of gamblers. There is someone that will stop at nothing to get their hands on the Hattie Belle. Will Lily and Blake survive the attack that comes their way?
I found this story to be quite an enjoyable read, I loved all the characters, and how Diane and Aaron brought them all to life. The story line was easy to follow and I found myself quite drawn into it. I also enjoyed how Blake was shown the way to Christ, and how Lily came to terms with the unforgiveness she held for her father. There were a few unexpected surprises and a lot of moments of wondering how it was going to end. All in all I greatly enjoyed it and would love to read more by these authors in the future.
I would like to say thank you to Barbour Publishing and NetGalley for giving me an arc in exchange for my honest opinion.
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QUESTION: Blake's father was a minister and Blake instead of following in the way he was taught, rebelled. Did you have a strict upbringing and if so did you have a hard time adhering to it?