A Ladies of Summerhill Novel
The summer of 1899 finds Lilly Wesport in Newport, Rhode Island, in the middle of the summer social season. Lilly's brother, George, has invited his friend, Jack Grail, to visit. George has no idea that for a very short period, a few years earlier, Jack and Lilly were engaged, before Jack overheard Lilly's parents discussing her future, and saying that they hoped she didn't link up with him, as he was poor and had few prospects..Jack had then proceeded to go to Alaska, and strike it rich while searching for gold. He then purchased a newspaper, and a publishing company.
Lilly has a secret that she has kept from her parents, brother, friends and everyone in her circle. She has been writing dime novels under the name of Fannie Cole and donating the royalties to The Christian Settlement House in New York. When she finds out that Jack is now the owner of the publishing house that publishes her novels, and wants to meet Fannie and get her to meet her reading public, she is fearful that he will discover her secret.
Will Jack discover that Lilly is Fannie Cole? Will she forgive him? Will she be ostracised by her social group for doing what they deem as improper?
This was a very enjoyable book, I'm hoping to read more of this series. It is light enough for easy reading, but meaty enough to leave you feeling you've read something worthwhile.
Thomas Nelson Publishing
I received a free copy of this book to read and review from Booksneeze. The opinions expressed here are my own.