Monday, May 28, 2012

Revell Blog Tour | The Ride of Her Life by Lorna Seilstad

The Ride of Her Life
by Lorna Seilstad
Lake Manawa Summers series, Book 3
Christian Fiction / Historical / Romance
Available May 2012
Revell Books
384 pages

About the Book
She's planted firmly on solid ground. He's ready to sweep her off her feet.

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
Widow Lilly Hart and her six-year-old son have moved to Lake Manawa for the summer. Lilly hopes that taking a job at a diner will not only provide for her and her son but also help her escape her overbearing in-laws. When her son befriends Nick, the roller coaster engineer, Lilly is determined to keep him at arms' length. But when Nick starts to get through her defenses, she must look to the Lord for guidance and wisdom.

What a wonderful story! Packed with romance, friends, and faith, The Ride of Her Life is a perfect read! Seilstad does a great job writing about characters that I felt an instant connection with. Lilly is a strong heroine who works hard for her family and is determined to provide a better life for her son than the one she had growing up. I appreciated her independence and stubborn streak—two things I often see in myself! She had a fantastic group of friends (introduced in the previous two books in the series) who loved her and were willing to do anything to help her. The romance factor between Nick and Lilly was sigh-worthy. There were a number of challenges that they faced throughout the story, and it was interesting to get both perspectives and see how they would resolve these conflicts. I loved how Nick related to Lilly's son and truly cared for him as well.

The backdrop of a summer resort was fascinating as well. As a roller coaster junkie, the storyline about the roller coaster was particularly intriguing. I could tell that the author did her research and expertly wove interesting details throughout the book.

I haven't read the first two books in the series but am looking forward to reading them as soon as I get a chance. I'll definitely be on the lookout for more from Lorna Seilstad in the future!  [5 stars]

I received a free copy of this book from Revell Books in exchange for my fair and honest review.

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

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.

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