Thursday, May 22, 2014

Missing Lily Blog Tour and Giveaway with Annette K. Larsen

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Missing Lily
by Annette K. Larsen
Publisher: Hidden Falls Publishing
Published:May 13, 2014

“You don’t know who I am,” I whispered. 

He didn’t move—either away from me, or closer—and after an interminable moment, I stepped back and hurried out of the house. He didn’t follow me as I fled into the night.

Lylin was not used to being alone—much less alone, hurt, and lost. So when she is separated from her guard and forced to abandon her horse, she counts herself lucky to stumble upon a manor house. Still frightened by those who chased her into the night, she keeps her identity a secret, calling herself Lily as she accepts the help of kind servants, and the compassion of Lord Fallon.

When they fall into an easy friendship, she wonders if her secrecy was too hasty. However, as she

gets to know the manor and its residents, Lylin discovers that she’s not the only one hiding secrets, and it may be a very good thing that her host doesn’t know her true identity as a member of the royal family.  

My Thoughts:

Please note that this review contains spoilers.

Chased by a band of brigands, Princess Lylith escapes by riding hard and fast into a grove of trees, throwing herself off her horse and then running and hiding and hoping her pursuer is fooled and continues on following her horse. She ends up hiding herself in a stable where she is found by a groomsman and he Lord of the manor. Thankfully he takes pity on her when he realizes she is not a vagrant. Hiding her true identity from him for protection, she merely identifies herself as Lily.

Injured from her fall with scrapes and bruises, and unable to return home because of the state of the road and the high water in the river (the bridge was under water) Lily is forced to stay several days in the home of Lord Fallon. He and his servants take good care of Lily. Discovering that Lord Fallon is betrothed, and finding herself attracted to him, Lily continues to keep her identity a secret.

When she sees a group of the King’s guards come looking for her, she runs out to greet them and has them take her home before they have the opportunity to knock on the Fallon Estates doors. Arriving home, she finds out that her father has finally decided to introduce her sister to the man that he has chosen for her sister (who had chosen to have an arranged marriage). To Lily’s horror, she discovers it is Lord Fallon!

This story sounds like a love triangle, but it ends up being much more. And there are more twists to this love story (but I won’t mention them all). It’s hard enough finding someone that you love enough to want to spend the rest of your life with, but when that someone is engaged to someone else close to you and you want the best for that person too, that’s hard. Since Lylith is expected to be the next Queen, does she find someone to marry who will make a good king to marry, or find a way to marry the man she has fallen for?

Missing Lily was a wonderfully written clean-romance novel appropriate for teens and up. The dialogue is witty and fun. The characters are realistic and run the gamut from thoughtful and gentle to violent and unpredictable. These are people you will love, and love to be with.

This is one of those books that you will read again and again. I gave it 5 stars out of 5. Annette K. Larsen is now one of my favourite clean romance authors!

Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author 

I was born in Utah, part of a crazy, fun family of nine. I grew up in Flagstaff, AZ and St. Louis, MO before striking out on my own college adventure in Virginia. I decided to try my hand at writing novels after I was married and living in Idaho. I write clean romance because it’s my favorite genre, but often difficult to find.

I have Charlotte Brontë to thank for the courage to write novels. After being bombarded with assigned reading about women who justified abandoning either their families or their principles in the name of love, I had the great fortune of reading Jane Eyre. And that was it: finally, a heroine who understood that being moral and making the right choice was hard, and sometimes it hurt, but it was still worth it. After rereading it several years later, I realized that if I wanted more books to exist with the kinds of heroines I admired, then I might as well write a few myself. My books are about women who face hard choices, who face pain and rejection and often have to face the reality of sacrificing what they want for what is right. The consequences are often difficult or unpleasant, but in the end, doing what’s right will always be worth it. I believe there is no substitute for good writing or good chocolate. Fortunately, one often leads to the other.

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Missing Lily Tour

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Blog Tour Giveaway

$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Ends 6/15/14 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
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