Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Missing Lily by Annette K. Larsen Review/Blog Tour

Missing Lily Tour

missing lily Missing Lily “You don’t know who I am,” I whispered. He didn’t move—either away from me, or closer—and after an interminable moment, I stepped back and hurried out of the house. He didn’t follow me as I fled into the night. Lylin was not used to being alone—much less alone, hurt, and lost. So when she is separated from her guard and forced to abandon her horse, she counts herself lucky to stumble upon a manor house. Still frightened by those who chased her into the night, she keeps her identity a secret, calling herself Lily as she accepts the help of kind servants, and the compassion of Lord Fallon. When they fall into an easy friendship, she wonders if her secrecy was too hasty. However, as she gets to know the manor and its residents, Lylin discovers that she’s not the only one hiding secrets, and it may be a very good thing that her host doesn’t know her true identity as a member of the royal family.  
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My Review: I love a good princess story and this one was no exception. I loved the way this story started off--right in the middle of an adventure. This is a companion book to Just Ella. I don't think you need to read that one to understand this one, but it was fun to see some of the same characters show up in Missing Lily.

Lylin (aka Lily) is the youngest of seven sisters, all of whom are princesses. She is very sheltered and naive about life, but when she's placed in dangerous and scary situations, her natural instincts come through and she is able to handle them quite well. For example, when she finds herself injured and lost, she doesn't give her true name to her rescuers, not knowing who they are and how they'll treat her. She's very real and down to earth. She isn't afraid to be friendly with the servants and is very kind and loving to everyone around her. However, she isn't perfect. She feels real emotions all the way around--jealousy and anger, too. Even though she felt those less than perfect feelings, she still put others wishes and needs above her own. I loved how she had such a good relationship with her sisters, even those who are so different from each other. There was something about her that really endeared her to them.

Lord Fallon is a social recluse, yet he seems very desirable. All of the young ladies want his attention. He is very honorable and loyal, determined to honor his parents dying wish no matter the cost. He's the kind of guy that you really want on your side. I could almost see him rolling his eyes in some situations, yet he took a breath and carried on like a true gentleman.

This story was full of great characters, including one that was easy to hate and fear. I loved the palace life, the adventure, the dilemmas, and of course, the romance.

Content: no language; some violence/fighting--sword fights, stabbing, tense situations, but not graphic; kissing. Clean!

AnnetteAuthor Annette K. Larsen I was born in Utah, part of a crazy, fun family of nine. I grew up in Flagstaff, AZ and St. Louis, MO before striking out on my own college adventure in Virginia. I decided to try my hand at writing novels after I was married and living in Idaho. I write clean romance because it’s my favorite genre, but often difficult to find.
I have Charlotte Brontë to thank for the courage to write novels. After being bombarded with assigned reading about women who justified abandoning either their families or their principles in the name of love, I had the great fortune of reading Jane Eyre. And that was it: finally, a heroine who understood that being moral and making the right choice was hard, and sometimes it hurt, but it was still worth it. After rereading it several years later, I realized that if I wanted more books to exist with the kinds of heroines I admired, then I might as well write a few myself. My books are about women who face hard choices, who face pain and rejection and often have to face the reality of sacrificing what they want for what is right. The consequences are often difficult or unpleasant, but in the end, doing what’s right will always be worth it. I believe there is no substitute for good writing or good chocolate. Fortunately, one often leads to the other.

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