My Heart Belongs in the Shenandoah Valley: Lily’s Dilemma by Andrea Boeshaar (review by Kristi)

my heart belongs in the shenandoah valley

About the book:  Journey into the Shenandoah Valley of 1816 where…
With Nothing Left, Lily May be Forced into a Loveless Marriage.

Captain McAlister “Mac” Albright has purchased land in the Shenandoah Valley. However, the land belongs to Lillyanna Laughlin—or so she erroneously thinks. Mac sets her straight about current laws, and despite a poor start, the two are becoming friends.

Then, while Mac is away on business, Lily is faced with the impossible decision of marrying a man twice her age or she and her brothers becoming homeless, as her late father gambled away their home and acreage. But with debts being called in, will Lily be forced to choose a loveless marriage just when she is discovering what true love could be?  What can she possibly do? Will Mac return in time to spare Lily a lifetime of unhappiness?

Published September 1, 2017, by Barbour Books

 

My review:  The best part of this book for me was that it didn’t follow the usual “guy meets girl, they don’t like each other, then they fall in love” formula. Lily and Mac were hesitant of each other but there is definitely an attraction there that made the characters come to life and the story fun to read.

I liked Lily right off the bat and I liked Mac just as much. Mac’s friend Blake was a nice addition to the story with his friendship and humor. I really liked that Lily was bold and wasn’t afraid to tell Mac what she thought and how she felt. I’m sure this was unusual for the time but she did it in a way that was tactful so it didn’t seem unrealistic. I also liked Lily’s intelligence and spirit. She was young but mature enough to care for her two younger brothers who were a bit of a handful. Aunt Hilda lent a feeling of home to the story. Mr. Everett seemed sneaky and slimy from the beginning and I was glad to see that Mac was on to him and also Lily wasn’t easy to pull one over on.

Mac and Lily had personalities that both matched and balanced each other. I liked their (not quite a) friendship from the beginning. I enjoyed reading about their friendship and perhaps budding love for each other. The author did a great job in creating characters that were dimensional and easy to like. I enjoyed getting to know them and spending time with them in the pages of the book.

I also liked the author’s writing style and her use of words to paint descriptions of the setting of the book. Whether in the Shenandoah Valley or Alexandria I felt like I was there right along with the characters. The pace of the book is good as well as the story is constantly progressing and never stalls or becomes boring.

This story is a great addition to the My Heart Belongs series. It fits the series well with a strong female lead character and a man who is the perfect match for her. I think this will be an enjoyable read for fans of historical fiction.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was not required to write a review. All opinions are mine.

 

About the author:  Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar has been married for more than 30 years. She and her husband, Daniel, have three adult sons, daughters-in-law, and two precious grandchildren. Andrea’s educational background includes the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, where she studied in English, and Alverno College where she studied in Professional Communications and Business Management.

Andrea has been writing stories and poems since she was a little girl; however, it wasn’t until 1984 that she started submitting her work for publication. Eight years after that, she was convicted about writing for the Christian market. She read books in her genre (Inspirational Romance & Women’s Fiction), studied the market, and worked hard to hone her craft.

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