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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Love On A Dime by Cara Lynn James

I want to share with you about this wonderful book. But first let me tell you a little about the author, Cara Lynn James

She is a debut novelist who has won numerous contest awards from Romance Writers of America and American Christian Fiction Writers. She resides in Florida with her husband.

Now for those of you, who like me, are novice writers, that should give you some hope! Keep entering those writing contests! I know I am!

About the book, Love on a Dime....

This is a little of what you will read on the back cover:

"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...

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...."

The rest you will have to read for yourself.... I just wanted to tease you a little with the back story!

About the story....

Lilly Westbrook, as we read, writes dime novels during a time when it was unheard of for a lady, be she young or old, to do any type of "work" if she was of the "rich and famous" set. It was all right to pen poetry for personal pleasure. But to actually write, make money from it, and write dime novels.... well if the upper echelon mommas knew, Lilly and her whole family would be ostracized for life. 

Then to make matters worse, Lilly's old boyfriend, Jackson Grail, is back. As the owner of the publishing company who publishes her stories! 

Jackson left the area many years ago to earn his fortune and become a man with standing in the society that Lilly was a member of. He also wants to make things right with Lilly. (Can't say much more than that!)

Cara did wonderful work in bringing to life these two main characters. Both Lilly and Jackson have struggles with faith, trust (each other and God) and through adversity they begin to overcome them. 

Sometimes in real life we allow the opinions of others to dictate our actions and way of life. Cara brings this very thing in the lives of Lilly and Jackson and shows us what is more important.

I can't say too much more than that. But I will say, once you have read this story, you will walk away knowing you have not only read a well-written book, but encouraged in your faith in God, no matter what your circumstance may be. 

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