Sunday, May 27, 2012

Book Review: "The Ride of Her Life" by Lorna Seilstad

It is 1906 and summer is coming soon.  The trolly to Lake Manawa is waiting to take folks to the Lake to enjoy the water and the thrilling rides.  A brand new roller coaster is being built and it will surely draw the customers.

The lake has already drawn Lilly Hart and her six-year-old son, Levi. What kind of ride will Lilly take?
About the book:
The only man pragmatic Lilly Hart needs in her life is a six-year-old. Widowed for three years, Lilly has decided to leave the home of her intrusive in-laws to stand on her own. However, her in-laws find her new life as a cook at Lake Manawa utterly unsuitable for their grandson. When an argument ensues, a handsome stranger--who designs roller coasters, of all things--intercedes on her behalf. But Lilly is not about to get involved with any man, especially this cocky gentleman. Little does she know she is about to begin the ride of her life.

Filled with the sweet romance of summer, The Ride of Her Life will have you laughing out loud and sighing contentedly as you spend the summer of 1906 at Lake Manawa.

My thoughts:  This is a totally enjoyable read and each of the characters captures your attention and your heart.  I fell completely in love with Lilly's son, Levi, who is totally a snake and bug loving boy.  The scrapes episodes in which he is involved will win your heart.  His need for an adult male in his life since his father is dead is evidenced by his total rapture with  the handsome stranger who designed and is building the huge roller-coaster.

Lilly's deceased husband's parents are wealthy and they imperiously demand that they be in control of Levi's life and demand to be allowed to send him away to boarding school - to better prepare him for life as "their" grandson.  Lilly instead desires to raise Levi without interference from them.

Lilly must face her fears before she can begin to really face life.  She must learn to trust.  And she must learn to love again.

About the author: A history buff, antique collector, and freelance graphic designer, Lorna Seilstad is the author of Making Waves and A Great Catch. She draws her setting from her home state of Iowa. A former high school English and journalism teacher, she has won several online writing awards and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.

ISBN: 978-0-8007-3447-3  Release Date:  May 2012
“Available May 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”
I was provided a complimentary copy of The Ride of her Life  by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in order to render an honest review and under no obligation to give a positive review.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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