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Love on a Dime: Value Edition (Ladies of Summerhill) by [James, Cara Lynn]
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3.2 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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"James' debut novel is filled with romance, laughter and secrets, which will delight fans of historical romance. The characters are well defined and try to be true to themselves with unexpected results. Readers will look forward to the next Ladies of Summerhill installment. Four stars." Romantic Times "Love on a Dime is a touching, well-written novel whispering the theme that all things are possible with God." CBA Retailers and Resources

About the Author

Cara Lynn James is the author of several novels including Love on a Dime. She's received contest awards from Romance Writers of America and the American Christian Fiction Writers. She resides in Florida with her husband Jim.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 712 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Value ed. edition (31 May 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003X272SU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #985,787 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I'm glad this was free (Kindle Edition) as I really didn't like it much at all. It had very little story line and the characters were weak~in both senses~poorly drawn and totally unable to stand up for themseves.
I didn't like the many quotes from the Bible, all designed to inspire the reader to a better life through (the author's) Christian faith. I really did not enjoy this book, even though I stuck it out to the bitter~ actually sugar sweet~end.
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Despite the mixed reviews posted about this book, I read and enjoyed it. The predictability of the plot and the ending was evident to me from the start. This story is a sweet romance with some Christian thoughts and readings, reflecting the era and setting of the story. A good holiday romance easy to read.
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Lilly Westbrook wishes she could do something productive with her life, rather than simply being the "lady of leisure" that society demands of her. Bored with attending endless balls, she embarks on a secret double life as dime-novelist Fannie Cole. But while Lilly derives joy from enriching the lives of her readers through her moralising tales, she knows that she would destroy her family's reputation if anyone found out that a lady of high society was secretly penning dime-novels. But with society's gossip tabloid threatening to reveal her identity and her old beau, Jackson Grail, planning to buy her publishing company, Lilly knows that she can't keep her career a secret for long. Can she wrench herself away from her attempts to hide her alter-ego long enough to realise that Jackson isn't back in her life by chance, and let herself fall in love with him all over again?

Despite the mixed reviews of this book, I found myself thoroughly enjoying it. While it was clear how the story would end right from the start, the unique idea of a society woman being a dime-novelist over-shone the predictability of the plot. I really liked the character of Lilly and watching her relationship with Jackson grow. This was a sweet romance, and I don't think they even kissed until the last page, but it seemed appropriate for the time period. Likewise, Lilly's dilemma over whether she should settle for a "content" marriage with Harlan was one that I'm sure a lot of women in the late nineteenth century struggled with. I really got a sense of the time period when I was reading this novel, and I didn't feel that any of the characters were caricatures. It was interesting to see the secret life of Lilly's sister-in-law, Irene, come to the surface, and it explained her earlier bizarre behaviour.
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Thank goodness this was a free book, although I will never get back the time I wasted reading it. The author wants to convey her christian beliefs and, I assume, inspire/guide, etc. The story could have been good, the plot (a young lady secretly writing dime novels in society where such activities are frowned upon, the blackmail, love triangle, etc.), however it os poorly developed, the characters unconvincing and occasionally annoying through their blind reliance on their faith and God to guide them through eery little trifle thing.
I am a new owner of Kindle and this book did inspire me - to finally look how to delete the books off it.
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I really loved this book. The story was lovely and the characters well written. A lovely romance that didn't insist on including descriptions of sex. Perfect for Christians, probably difficult for an unbeliever (take a look at reviews set at lower stars....) as it was written for Christians. Gives a rare insight into praying and waiting on the Lord for answers. Amazon, please don't take these books off sale, just because they are written from a Christian point of view, just state it as 'written from a Christian point of view'..... and all will be catered for...
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Absolutely awful.

I have perservered as far as Chapter Ten and I can't bear to read any more.

Weak, dull, boring characters who it's really hard to like or believe in, quotes from the bible scriptures being used on almost every page, constant descriptions of how the lead lady is a 'good Christian woman' ...... need I go on? The lead man is as dull as dishwater and has no personality at all and the leading lady is weak, vapid and I'd quite gladly see her not get her man.

I understand that the author feels strongly about her religion and wants to try her hand at writing a romance novel - but trying to combine the two things hasn't worked at all. I felt that I was being preached to with every page that I turned and no-one wants that while they are chilling out with their Kindle on the sofa after a long day in the office!

This one is only good for the Christian bookshop 'Young Adult' section. Free or not, it's a waste of space on my Kindle and I'm going to delete it.
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I found this book to be extremely hard-going and how I managed to persevere to the end I have no clue. I found it to be more religious than romantic, something that I would not normally choose to read. Way too much emphasis on religion, unfortunately, which completely detracted from the storyline. The characters and storyline were vapid and very weak. Disappointing.
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