This is Angie with a blog tour and REVIEW down below for Missing Lily. This is the sequel to Just Ella which we posted a book blast for about six months back. This is a Young Adult clean romance novel. It was very well written, and you should definitely continue reading to learn a bit more about it. It is great!
“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.
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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Ok, first off, I love the idea of writing more clean romance novels. However, I love Jane Austen novels, and I think there is no way to replicate what she did. So, when the author said in her bio that she wants to write books like Jane Austen writes, I got a little skeptical. After reading the first few chapters of Missing Lily I stopped worrying. Though I would definitely put Just Ella and Missing Lily in the same category or genre as Jane Austen novels, they have their own style. For one, these are more along the lines of a fairy tale in that princesses and princes are involved. They are not fairy tale-like, in that the main characters have more practical, real-life, every-day personalities and problems. Ok, I’m done with that comparison! Let’s move on to the content of the actual book.
I definitely give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
So this was the sequel to Just Ella, but in all honesty the book could stand on its own. I don’t think you needed to read Just Ella to appreciate or enjoy this book. The author mentions a few things that happen in the first book here and there, but the only real purpose for this book is to understand the emotion and perhaps serendipitous circumstance that the Lylin, the main character of Missing Lily, finds herself in.
I loved how this book jumped right in with the action. We start off in a quick-paced chase scene which easily draws the reader in. I thought that was a great choice, however, the book slows down considerably just after this scene. I think because that first scene was so full of action it set the bar for the rest of the book at a high level. I don’t think the slow-pace of the next portion of the book was bad, but it did feel very slow in comparison to the first scene. There were plenty of other events in the book that pull you along and quite a bit more action later. All-in-all there is not a lot of dead space and the book does a good job of pulling you in and keeping you there.
I thought character development was done very well. The author allowed the character’s to speak for themselves and show their character through their actions and dialogue rather than telling all about them. In fact, during the book not much was told or described(one of my biggest pet peeves) You understood the surroundings through the dialogue and actions of the characters. GREAT! There was also a good variety of characters. Good vs Evil and that sort of thing. In fact, I loved how the antagonist(Tobias) was shown as a real human being that wanted to change, but couldn’t find the strength. Instead of saying evil is evil, this book insinuated a more truthful reality that evil is often an attempt at goodness that has been confused and misunderstood. It also showed different tendencies that people have. Including bad tendencies and how they are not so easily fought for some. Like I said, great characters and character development.
I just really enjoyed the book. I love a good love story. Sadly, it is so hard to find a good love story to read or watch without having to worry about explicit/adult content. This is a great book for parents who are worried about finding age-appropriate material for their children. And great for adults, like me, who hate explicit content. I guarantee you won’t find anything to worry about in this book.
I just loved it! Go read it now. It was great. 🙂
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