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  • Unknown Binding: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Dell (2001)
  • ISBN-10: 0739419374
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739419373
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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By hazel on 25 April 2014
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I loved this book . A great story taking you to different parts of the world and showing different cultures .I have rated it four stars because of some typing errors otherwise I would have rated it five stars.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
What happened? 19 Sep 2001
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was extremely saddened by the complete lack of anything appealing in this book. I truly enjoyed Kingsley's earlier books, especially "The Sound of Snow", "Call Down the Moon", and "In the Wake of the Wind". I was disappointed by "In the Presence of Angels" but I was more than willing to give Kingsley another chances as I had enjoyed her earlier books so much. This book (Lilies on the Lake) almost seems like it was written by a different person, it's truly awful. The main character, Pip, is a selfish, spoiled, arrogant, and manipulative liar. And those are her good points. Other than that she's basically a complete bore. She doesn't get much better by the end of the book, and even though she was supposed to have gone through this "change" to realize her love for John Henry, I must admit that by then I neither cared nor believed that such a truly loathsome person (I had no empathy for her at all) had changed. Mentioning John Henry; I love romance novels, and I must say I usually like men with dashing names and interesting personalities. John Henry has neither. He's cold, chauvinistic, and he seems to constantly want to control Pip. He thinks it's her fault that she's not in love with him and he's spent his entire life trying to change her mind to the point of an almost unhealthy obsession. I don't find him attractive in any way. This is no Mr. Knightly of Jane Austen's "Emma", I wish that John Henry had even an ounce of Mr. Knightly's charm and compassion. Also, dangit, I wish he would pick "John" or "Henry" or even "Jack" for goodness sakes! When I think I John Henry I keep imagining some anal editor or a puritan. Bad form, Ms. Kingsley. Please come up with something more enjoyable and believable next time, your fans miss your talent.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A disappointment from Katherine Kingsley 24 Sep 2001
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
I have read all of Kingsley's previous books and enjoyed them, but this one was just dreadful. Both of the characters were unpleasant and unattractive. There was too much back story between when they were presented as children in a previous book and their subsequent meeting in Egypt. Moreover, the circumstances behind their second meeting in Upper Egypt were absolutely preposterous. Kingsley's presentation of Egypt was incorrect in many aspects. Instead of researching the country, she appears to have simply read a number of the (very good) Elizabeth Peters Amelia Peabody books.
It's a shame that when an author becomes successful, her editors don't feel the need to continue doing their work and pointing out flaws.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Well 24 Aug 2001
By "foster_kittens" - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In this book, not only is it a recycled plot, the writing is somewhat uneven and I felt no connection with the characters. The hero, being of the opinion that of course he knew what was best for both the heroine and her adopted son, grated. There is little to no insight as to why he is this way. The heroine wasn't developed at all. That is to say, all you saw throughout the book was her reactions to the hero telling her what to do and rebelling. Then apologizing. She spent too much time apologizing to the hero for the way she reacted to him manipulating her. I found that somewhat distasteful to be honest. I enjoyed some of her other works, this I didn't enjoy at all. At the climax of the book, when you're supposed to connect with the characters the most, there is no insight into the emotional state of the heroine. And then she apologizes AGAIN to him for the way she reacted to him. ARGHH! It could have been so much more. The spiritual revelation was simply a tacked on plot device so the author could get on with her life. I don't blame her...
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
An entertaining historical romance 8 Aug 2001
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In 1835 Alexandria, Egypt, Portia "Pip" Merriem fulfills her life long dream of an Egyptian adventure until her chaperon Isabel admits that she fled England pregnant. Four months later in Luxor, Egypt, Isabel goes into labor. The locals get John Henry Lovell to help with the birthing. John Henry is stunned to see Pip; she is the woman he loves who once rejected his overtures because she felt he wanted to use her to gain social status. Her rejection led to his fleeing England. Isabel dies, but the baby is saved.
Pip plans to raise the infant as her own. So Pip can avoid scandal back home in Norfolk, England, John Henry proposes marriage. Pip accepts in order for the baby boy not to become disgraced in the eyes of the Ton. She believes John Henry is using her and the child to gain social prominence. Unbeknownst to Pip, he already has attained that status, but now wants what he always desired from her, her love.
LILIES ON THE LAKE is an entertaining historical romance that centers on relationships. The story line is well written but neither John Henry nor Pip hooks the audience until late in the novel. He is desperately manipulative and she is spoiled in spite of adopting the infant. That ultimately changes as love flourishes between the trio, but readers must remain patient and sail with the plot. Fans of historical romances will find enjoy Katherine Kingsley's second chance at love tale.

Harriet Klausner
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
What a chauvinistic book 12 Sep 2001
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The tension and conflict between the characters makes for a powerful emotional chemistry, which kept this book interesting most of the time. However, what bothered me was the unusual resolution of conflict: that Pip should discover how flawed her character is, obey John Henry, and apologize. Once or twice, John Henry briefly apologizes, but only after Pip confesses and apologizes repentantly first. Never mind that John Henry's deception caused many of their problems. Worse still, in the book's final happily-ever-after scenes, John Henry admonishes Pip to "behave" for the sake of their future. What an uneven and unfair resolution! I've never read so chauvinistic a book.
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