Saturday, June 23, 2012

The Ride of Her Life by Lorna Seilstad (Review)

The only man pragmatic Lilly Hart needs in her life is a six year old. Widowed two years ago, Lilly leaves the shelter of her intrusive in-laws' home to stand on her own and provide for her young son by working for the summer as a cook at Lake Manawa. However, her in-laws find that life utterly unsuitable for their grandson, and when a row ensues, a handsome stranger--who designs roller coasters, of all things--intercedes on her behalf. Still, Lilly is not about to get involved with any man, especially this cocky (though charismatic) gentleman. Little does she know she is about to begin the ride of her life.Filled with delightful characters and the romance of summer, The Ride of Her Life is another supremely entertaining story from the witty Lorna Seilstad. Readers will laugh out loud and sigh contentedly as they spend the summer of 1906 in Lake Manawa.


After reading the first two books in this series, Making Waves and A Great Catch, I was really looking forward to reading The Ride of Her Life - I was so sure I was going to love it! However, I was very disappointed in it. I think my expectations might have been too high for this book, because the first book was excellent and the second book was very good. I hate being in the minority with an opinion on a book, but that seems to be the case with this one. Every review I have seen so far for this book has been extolling it, but it just didn't do it for me. 

I loved Lilly in Making Waves, but in this book she just came across as very annoying, negative and paranoid. I couldn't connect with her like I did with Marguerite and Emily. I tried so hard to find something, but came up empty. The other characters in the story were great: Nick was fun and charismatic, Eugenia made me laugh, and Lilly's son, Levi, was SO adorable you can't help but love the little guy!

If you have read the first two books, you will probably still want to read this one. But if you are thinking of getting this book to read by itself, I don't think I would recommend it. I would however recommend this series as a whole - the first two are great!

***I received a complimentary copy of this book to review. I was asked to give my honest opinion of the book - which I have done.***

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

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Product Details:
  • Paperback: 381 pages 
  • Publisher: Revell; Original edition (May 1, 2012) 
  • Language: English 
  • ISBN-10: 0800734475 
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800734473 
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Available to purchase at Amazon

1 comment:

  1. I signed up awhile back to receive your blog posts by e-mail. I just received one today that included posts from June 23 all the way back to May 27. This seems rather messed up to receive so many posts in one message rather than receiving an e-mail each time you post, which would be much better. Is there any way you can fix this? I'd much rather read one daily or however often you post, than so many all in one post, most of which are old. Thanks.