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Love on a Dime by Cara Lynn James
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Love on a Dime by Cara Lynn James is the first book in the Ladies of Summerhill series about a summer home in Newport, Rhode Island during the Gilded Age. Lilly Westbrook secretly writes dime novels for fear of her family's disapproval, using the proceeds to help support a school for poor women, and is certain that it is her ministry for the Lord. Jackson Grail has spent most of his life trying to be a successful business man, to have the kind of money that would allow him mingle with the elite rich. He was in love with Lilly five years ago when he proposed but then ran away after overhearing her father dismiss him as unsuitable as a son-in-law. He's been trying to prove himself ever since, and buying a publishing house is part of that quest. Little does he know that top-selling dime novelist Fannie Cole is really Lilly. Spending the summer up in Newport with her family reawakens their feelings for each other, and puts Lilly's identity as Fannie in jeopardy when she is threatened by a notorious blackmailer. James mixes a smart heroine with a beautiful heart and a handsome hero in need of a second chance to great effect. She has also created several intriguing secondary characters who will surely be featured in future volumes in the series. It's a great romance about a fascinating time in history. I have one complaint about the book, but one that shouldn't affect anyone's enjoyment in it, and it didn't impact my grade. On the front cover, the model's fingernails are painted. Yes, it's a neutral color, but painted fingernails was not something that women of good breeding did in the Gilded Age, and definitely not anything that down-to-earth Lilly would do.
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