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Lily: An Ashcroft Family Historical Romance (Flower Trilogy, Book 2)

Lily: An Ashcroft Family Historical Romance (Flower Trilogy, Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Lauren Royal

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A Top 10 Kindle Bestseller from a New York Times Bestselling Author!

England, 1677

Lily Ashcroft is far and away the most conventional member of her eccentric family. Though she fell for dashing Oxford professor Lord Randal Nesbitt at the tender age of sixteen, she buried her feelings in deference to society's expectation that her older sisters marry first. Four years later, her sister Rose has now set her sights on Rand—and though it breaks her heart, what else can Lily do but help her beloved sister land the man of her dreams?

What no one considers are Rand's feelings on the matter. He's been nursing a secret affection for sweet, compassionate Lily ever since their first meeting. But Rose is just as beautiful and shares his academic interests. Now he finds himself caught between two lovely sisters—the one he's expected to wed and the one who's captured his heart... 

Book Details

• Humorous historical romance
• Book Two of Lauren Royal's Flower Trilogy
• An Ashcroft Family Novel (featuring Chase Family members in cameo appearances)
• Special Author's Cut Edition (revised in 2012)
• A full-length novel of 100,000 words (about 400 printed book pages)
• R-rated content: Steamy love scenes!
• Originally published by Penguin Putnam (Signet)

This Author's Cut Edition e-book has been completely revised from the original and includes Bonus Material: an Author's Note, a preview of Lauren's next book, and a link to an online contest where you can enter to win a piece of jewelry featured in one of Lauren's books.

  • Top 10 Bestseller on Kindle, Nook, and iBooks!
  • Rose Award Nominee!

Connecting Books

While LILY can be read as a stand-alone novel, many readers enjoy reading it as part of a series. All of Lauren’s books feature Chase family members, Ashcroft family members, or both. Should you wish to read them in chronological order, this is the sequence:

The Jewel Trilogy
1666 - AMETHYST (Colin Chase)
1667 - EMERALD (Jason Chase)
1668 - AMBER (Kendra Chase)

The Flower Trilogy
1673 - VIOLET (Ford Chase & Violet Ashcroft)
1677 - LILY (Lily Ashcroft)
1677 - ROSE (Rose Ashcroft)

The Temptations Trilogy
1815 - LOST IN TEMPTATION (Alexandra Chase)
1816 - TEMPTING JULIANA (Juliana Chase)
1817 - THE ART OF TEMPTATION (Corinna Chase)

Also Available
FOREVERMORE (A Jewel Trilogy Novella set in 1667)
THE JEWEL TRILOGY - all three books in a specially priced boxed set
THE FLOWER TRILOGY - all three books in a specially priced boxed set
THE TEMPTATIONS TRILOGY - all three books in a specially priced boxed set

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 619 KB
  • Print Length: 298 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Novelty Books (20 Jun 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008DBK2WO
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #44,996 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

I decided to become a writer in the third grade (or, as my Canadian friends call it, grade three), after winning a "Why My Mother is the Greatest" essay contest and having my entry published in a major newspaper. Seeing my words in print was a thrill! But everyone told me it's too hard for novelists to get published, so after college I spent fourteen years as the CEO of my own jewelry store chain before writing my first book. A mistake? Maybe...but my first heroine, Amethyst, was a jeweler, so at least I took advantage of that wise old saying, "Write what you know." And I learned a good lesson: Don't let other people tell you what you can or can't do!

I write humorous historical romance mostly set in England and Scotland in the 17th and 19th centuries (Restoration and Regency periods). I've been oh-so-lucky to see my books hit bestseller lists all over the world and win awards including the Golden Quill and Booklist's Top 10 Romance of the Year, making this second career a real dream come true. I live in Southern California with my husband, our three young adult children, and one constantly shedding cat, and I still think my mother is the greatest!

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Budding Bestseller! 18 Jun 2003
By Camptalk - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In this, the second chapter of the Ashcroft sisters' story, it's Lily's turn to bloom. Sweet and self-sacrificing, Lily lets her sister Rose draw her into a promise to help her win the dashing Lord Randal Nesbitt for a husband. But Lily's selflessness is tested sorely when she discovers that not only is she enchanted by the scholarly lord herself, but he, too, is beguiled by Lily's unconventional spirit. From the moment they kiss, their destiny seems certain. Lily fears she cannot keep her vow to Rose, and for the first time in his life, the confirmed bachelor Rand considers marriage. But when a sudden death and a secret promise threaten to destroy their newfound love, Lily and Rand realize they must join, heart and mind, to resolve the past and create a place for their romance to blossom.
LILY is another engaging episode of the charming and offbeat Ashcroft family, set amongst the intellectual splendor of the Restoration period. The characters are delightful, the story riveting, and the descriptions rich with historical detail. Lauren deftly weaves humor, drama, warmth, and passion into a sensual tapestry that will leave readers with a sigh of satisfaction, a thirst for more Ashcroft stories, and a curious craving for champagne <grin>...
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loving Lily 4 April 2003
By Sarah W - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I really enjoyed Lily. I had been looking forward to the story of Lily and Rand ever since I had read Violet, and I wasn't let down. Lily was waiting for her older sister Rose to get married before she could get married. They both thought Lord Rand Nesbitt was the perfect mate for Rose, but Lily had some deep feelings for Rand, feelings that Rand reciprocated.
But, Lily made a promise to Rose to help her snag Rand as a husband because Rose has always wanted a Lord of some kind for a husband. Unfortunately for Rose, plans go aray, and Rand and Lily announce their engagement. Lily feels bad for hurting Rose, but she wants Rand and they are both deeply in love.
Then Rand gets a letter from his father because his older brother died. Rand is now the Marquess of Hawkridge's heir, and he needs Rand to marry Margery, the girl he has raised as a daughter since her father died. Margery was engaged to Rand's older brother, a mean and pretty evil guy. Margery on the other hand was pregnant by a local Baron whom she was in love with. The Marquess was convinced Margery's lover was Alban's killer, and the plot just kind of took off from there. I won't give away more details, but the way that Rand and Lily figured out the answer was very interesting.
All in all, this was a pretty good book. I guess I thought it could have been a little more exciting because all in all it was a tame plot, but nonetheless, I enjoyed reading more about the Trentingham family. This story set up Rose's story which is due out in October and should be very interesting.
Oh yeah, and Lily's animal companions made for interesting characters in their own right. Very funny and imaginative and added a lot of humor to the situation. A great addition by Lauren Royal. She gets better all the time.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars warm historical romance 14 April 2003
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In 1673, after sixteen-year-old Lily Ashcroft meets aristocratic scholar Randal Nesbit she challenges the family motto of "Question Convention". Lily realizes she has found her life mate and wants a very conventional marriage to the decade older Randal. He is extremely attracted to Lily but he keeps reminding himself she is only sixteen. In fact he uses that rationalization for the next four years to keep his distance.
However, Rand sees Lily during a Baptism of her twin nephew and niece and he knows he no longer can hide behind her under age status, nor does he want too. He simply desires marriage to his beloved Lily. However, she concludes that her sister Rose has set her sights on Rand and Lily decides to sacrifice her own happiness for her family. However, neither sibling understands that to Rand a Rose is not a Rose as his preference run towards a different flower.
LILY, the second bloom in Lauren Royal's seventeenth century romantic bouquet (see VIOLET) is an enjoyable tale starring two nice people who (with Rose) make an interesting triangle. The story line is entertaining, but no character is deeply developed and the conflict is not that powerful. Still, readers will enjoy a warm historical romance starring charming protagonists who want no one hurt.
Harriet Klausner
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What a mess 26 Dec 2013
By Sandy Milan - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I had hoped this would be an improvement since I disliked the first book so much. I disliked this even more in some ways than I did the first book. The H had seen the h four years earlier but she was too young for him at the time. They meet again when he comes to the baptism of his friend's twins, who are the h's nieces. They continue their relationship but the h promises her second sister that she won't go after the H because her sister wants him. Ridiculous, nonsensical promise which is of course a distraction. The H starts off thinking that he doesn't want to be married but then later decides he loves the h and he then proposes and the h accepts, despite the h's sister being thoroughly miserable about it. I already hate the sister and she is the forthcoming h in the final book of the trilogy.

So now the H and h are happily betrothed and planning their wedding when the h's older brother dies making him an heir to a title. He returns home with the h where his father, a Marquess, immediately rejects his betrothal saying he has to marry his late brother's fiancee. The other woman doesn't want to marry him because she is in love with the man who killed her late fiancee and she is pregnant with his child. The Marquess blackmails the other woman and the H into getting married in order to save the father of her child. OMG I just couldn't take anymore of this cr*p. No one stands up to the Marquess, who is just a plain bully. Then the H starts saying he'll protect the other woman's child and acknowledge it when they marry. He becomes all wimpy and beta and gives no thought to what will happen to Lily, particularly if she is also pregnant. The h is the only one trying to work out a way for them to be together. What a stupid mess of a story. The modernity of the book also freaked me out because of course there is no way for the H to have gotten out of his betrothal to the H so easily and then be marrying the other woman just one week later.

I forgot one other massively creepy factor to this book. The h is besotted with animals and rescuing them, which isn't a problem. However the first night she and the H sleep together, they have an audience of her pets. He is freaked out by this but the h keeps saying that it isn't a problem. The second time they sleep together, the H locks the animals out but they keep interrupting by scratching on the door etc. I am not kidding you. Read this book at your own risk.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars VERY TEDIOUS AND DISAPPOINTING!! 12 Jun 2013
By Edwina "I Love books" - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Rand and Lily's story starts out pretty good but goes down hill about a quarter into the story. Rand has proposed marriage to Lily and she has excepted. They tell all her family friends, they have a betrothal party. They have sex and than Rand gets an unexpected letter from his father saying his older brother is dead an Rand is now is Heir pose to be a Marquess and he now holds the title of Earl. This is were the story goes off track. The father who is a Marquess has a ward and Margery and she was too married the elder brother Alban before he was killed. Well she hated the elder brother and fell in love with their neighbor a rich Baron and becomes pregnant with the Barons child. They want to married but the Marques refuses the match and declares Margery much marry his eldest son Alban. Alban finds out the Margery and Bennett the Baron are going to elope so he decides to kill him. In the attempt to kill Bennett, Alban is killed. With all that said. Rand goes home after 8 years of not seeing his cruel father and brother. He takes Lily with him and introduces her as his betroth and the father refuse their marriage. Now that is heir Alban is dead making Rand the new heir, He must marry Margery. The Marquess need Margery's lands and wealth to sustain his own estates. Without her wealth he will go bankrupt. What bothered me is that Margery was a commoner, but rich and Lily was the daughter of a very rich and powerful Earl. Her whole family is close to the King and has the kills ear. So What the F___ is this about. The Marquess cannot sopt them from marrying, plus they are 20 and 28 yrs old adults. Rand is now going to marry Margery becasue the fathers say if they don't marry he will have Bennett hanged for killing his son. The story gives all the power to the Marquess and Lily and her family and Rand come across as just a bunch of Defeated Losers!! Well all works out in the End of the story, which didn't come soon enough for me. It got so tedious I had to start skimming it. I gave the story 2 stars becasue L. Royal does a good job with the historical settings of the book, but than the story line is more 21st century very modern. Betrothals were binding and legal during the time period of this book and Lily parents had the right to shove that bit of fact down the Marquess throat. But of course they didn't which made the story very frustrating to read and very boring. Lily and Rand do get their HEA after overcoming considerable problems. I Can Not Recommend the Flower series at all. The first two books Violet and Lily have been disappointing. I will try to read Rose because I got the series as a bundle package. At this point I am sure I won't even finish Rose, if it goes the way of the first two stories. Sorry!!
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