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3.0 out of 5 starsI want more!
Reviewed in the United States on July 7, 2014
Good read, but not long enough! I finished this book in one sitting, in about 3 hours. It wasn't long enough to fully give Lily a change to develop into herself. Lily is insecure and known in the book as being a tom-boy. I guess that's why I related to her, I grew up doing things that weren't "girly." However, now it's not as frowned upon as it was in the late 1800's. That's where Lily's insecurity comes from. I have read other reviews who didn't like the book because Lily was extremely insecure about who she was. I think that's what made me like the book, because the author allowed us into Lily's inner struggle and allowed us to share in her success when she started to love who she was! I read all the books in the Brides of Beckham series (by the same author) and loved those too. Can't wait to read the next in the Suitors of Seattle series. Happy reading!
I enjoyed Lily, but I wasn't over the moon about her. There was great potential for her to be an over the top entertaining character and a strong female lead. Unfortunately, she was whiny, insecure, and rather dense. No matter what Daniel does or says, she believes that she's always his second choice. It was endearing at first, but got annoying rather quickly.
Don't get me wrong, there were certainly parts that I enjoyed and thought were incredibly sweet. I had high hopes for liking Lily's character, but she fell incredibly short. Overall, I was underwhelmed by this one.
If you have read this authors Mail Order Bride series & enjoyed it, this second book of the Suitors of Seattle is a must. Some might think Lily is cruel in her lack of trust with her suitor turn husband but if you have ever grown up in the shadow of a sibling, this author got it right! Years of 'learned' behavior doesn't just go away & the way she learns to question her own thinking by a battered wife is incorporated well.
Waiting for the next "flower girl" book as she sounds to be interesting as I did miss more of Higgins in this particular book.
If you are a snob, dislike 'tomboys' ways - if you read with an open mind, you may learn how God loves us all!
5.0 out of 5 starsAnother diamond of a historical romance
Reviewed in the United States on March 16, 2014
Kristen Osbourne has done it again. And I'm hooked on another series. Lilly is wonderful. A tomboy who falls in love but doesn't want to change. Unfortunately her hero was once dating her sister and now she finds it difficult to believe him when he says Lilly is perfect for him just as she is. The characters are realistic and wonderful. They grow throughout the story. The only complaint I have is that I care too much about them and have to wait for the next book to find out what will happen to them next.
Reviewed in the United States on November 15, 2019
I didn’t like the book at all, seemed like I was reading a book written by a teenager, the discussions among characters were very childish, I felt like lily was still a 13yr old girl that never grew up, I won’t be reading anymore in this series for sure
And easy to read book, the story of Lily and Daniel warmed my heart and showed how much women can let lack of self-confidence impact their relationships with people they love. I thought Lily was a little silly not believing Daniel when he said he loved her. Still it made for an interesting read.
2.0 out of 5 starsFamily of wealth marries off the daughters..
Reviewed in the United States on November 7, 2015
Sorry Ms. Osbourne, I couldn't handle any more of the "he doesn't love me" scenes. First, I had my doubts when a distinguished family names their girls all as flowers. Rose is a snob, Lily is a tomboy, Jasmine is a brat, on and on. This is a nice story for many but not my particular favorite. Many will enjoy this book and for those, I'm glad you wrote it. I will give some of your others a try as I know you are a good writer.
4.0 out of 5 starsGaining self confidence and feeling good about yourself.
Reviewed in the United States on August 24, 2017
When Lily is only 13 years old she falls for her older sister's boyfriend Daniel . When she is 18 and ready for courting Daniel asks her father for permission to court her. She is thrilled and loves him deeply but has trouble believing he loves her and not her sister even though the sister is now happily married. Follow Daniel as he struggles to convince her of his love.
3.0 out of 5 starsSweet romance but...... 2.5 to 3 stars
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 29, 2015
This is actually the second book in this series and while I downloaded 'Rose' a while ago I've never actually got round to reading it, something about 'Lily' just drew me in and I started reading immediately. Lily has been in love with Daniel since she was twelve and she's nearly eighteen and therefore eligible to start dating. She needs to give a list of potential suitors to her aunt which she does but the list only contains one name, Daniel. The problem is even though Lily is in love with Daniel and admits he's the only man she'd ever consider marrying she believes he's still in love with her married sister Rose. Daniel was one of Rose's suitors for years before she married and Lily can't honestly believe that he could go from loving the feminine and ladylike Rose to loving her but she'll take him however she can. I really liked parts of this book and the sisters seem an interesting bunch and I'm considering continuing on and reading Amaryllis's book, even though this one drove me nuts in places. It was just too much, the constant 'he loves Rose not me' went on for far, far, far too long, I lost interest to the extent where I took a break and read another book, I thought Lily was never going to get it and I started to skim read just to get through it, never a good sign.
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Not sure about the time line....they want to get married in December. Her mother suggests a Christmas themed wedding then says 'Are you thinking the beginning of the month or the end?' Yet one week later it's Christmas! Picky I know, I can't help it but that means the conversation took place one week before Christmas, the middle of December so how could they get married at the beginning?