“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 Review: Princess Lylin is on her way home from her sister Ella's estate when she and her guards are attacked. Lylin is able to escape, but only barely and she finds herself hiding in someone's barn in the middle of a huge rainstorm. When she's found by the master of the estate, Lord Fallon, she is terrified to tell him who she really is. She has no idea who she can trust, what if Lord Fallon was the one after her? So she tells him that her name is Lily. He and his housekeeper care for her for several days, during which time Lily becomes good friends with Lord Fallon. Should she tell him her secret? Or is it better to remain anonymous?
I was way excited to see this new book by the author of Just Ella, I loved that book and I was sure that I would enjoy this book too. I was not disappointed. I really enjoy the way that Annette K Larsen writes, her characters are amazingly well written and her plot lines are awesome too. I enjoyed reading more about what happened to Ella's sisters and her kingdom. I thought that Lylin, or Lily as she calls herself for most of the book, was a well-rounded, likable character. I felt sad for her as her heart was breaking. I was thrilled with the way that the story ended. I hope that there will be more stories about Ella and Lily's family soon!
I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Author Annette K. Larsen
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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