Love on a Dime (book review)

Love on a Dime was written by Cara Lynn James. It is the first book in a series called Ladies of Summerhill.

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In an age of elegance and excess, Lilly Westbrook longs for a love both true and eternal.


Newport, Rhode Island, 1899, is a place of shimmering waves, sleek yachts, and ladies of leisure. Of opulent mansions that serve as summer cottages for the rich and famous. Home of railroad magnates and banking tycoons--dashing young men and the women who aspire to marry them.

But it's not the place for lady novelists. Especially not those who pen disreputable dime novels. This poses a problem for Lilly Westbrook, because that's exactly what she does.

No one in Lilly's social set knows she pens fiction under the nom de plume Fannie Cole. Not her family or the wealthy young man about to propose to her. And especially not Jackson Grail, the long-lost beau who just bought her publishing company...and who stirs her heart more than she cares to admit.

But Lilly must put aside her feelings and follow the path that will maintain her family's social stature and provide the financial security that everyone is depending on.

Now Lilly faces a double dilemma. Can she continue to protect her secret identity? And will she have the courage to choose the man who will risk it all just to win her heart?

Honestly... I wouldn't have bought this book normally.  I didn't have a specific title in mind to read next so I searched a couple of lists.  I found Love on a Dime on a list of Kindle Freebies (it's no longer a freebie) so I gave it a try.  How can you lose with a free book?  I didn't even read the full description before downloading it.  If I did I would have been intrigued by the story of a girl secretly writing dime store novels in a time when it would have been a scandal if anyone found her out.  I've been enjoying "historical fiction" quite a bit lately.  But... if I had seen the label "Christian fiction" I may have just clicked on to the next book on the list.  In my mind the labels "Christian fiction" and "romance" don't necessarily fit together (depending on what your mind thinks of "romance" novels.)

All of that said, I guess the long and short of it is that I did enjoy the story but I'm not rushing off to get the next of the Ladies in Summerhill Series.  If I find myself lacking an idea of what book I want to read next I might take a look at the next book in the series though.