Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Love on a Dime

Love on a Dime is the first of the Ladies of Summerhill series by Cara Lynn James.  Set in Newport in 1899, Love on a Dime is the story of a young women from a wealthy family who has found joy writing inspirational dime novels.  Worried about the stigma of dime novels, at the time seen as frivolous trash, and of being a 'working woman,' Lilly Westbrook hides her writing from her wealthy family and friends, writing under the pseudonym Fannie Cole. 

Because of their positive message, Fannie Cole becomes a well-known author with a wide following, and becomes the object of a devious man's pursuit of gossip.  He will stop at nothing to expose Lilly and ruin her family. 

In the meantime, both Fannie and Lilly are being pursued by a gentleman of quite another sort--a former beau who is still in love with her, and who happens to be the new owner of her publishing company. 

This historical novel is a fun and inspirational read about Lilly's journey towards truth and becoming the woman God created her to be.  Some of Lilly's determination to hide her identity from the one person who can help her seems a bit unbelievable, and some of the plot twists at the end seem a little contrived.  However, as a whole the story is a great read, one that encourages the reader to think about what it means to truly trust God and His plans for her life.  I look forward to reading the next book in the series. 

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