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Love According to Lily (American Heiresses #4)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  573 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
Lily Langdon has finally grown up. Now that her brother the duke's completely malleable best friend Edward Wallis has been brutally (and luckily) rebuffed by his intended, Lily knows her chance for a very permissive and entirely convenient husband is here. In fact, he is staying in her very own home for a house party.

But this promising party's tone is quickly changed by a
Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 26th 2005 by Avon
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Apr 03, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
Love According to Lily was an interesting read and not at all as I was expecting. In a historical romance, readers expect a certain bit of contrivance and melodrama, but Julianne MacLean's Lily was instead subdued and muted compared to the usual HR. No characters reacted in an unlikely way to exacerbate poor circumstances, no tantrums or misunderstandings. All characters reacted in realistic fashion and their conveyance of their displeasure was subtle.

Lily and co. were plausible characters but a
Armed only with the knowledge that the hero was the heroine's brother's BFF, I was expecting something less emotionally taxing. This was much more intense than I expected, mostly because Whitby was seriously sick for most of the book. And when he wasn't, it seemed like Lily was going to be seriously sick. And then there were times when Whitby was not as emotionally invested in Lily, so there was that insecurity.

Basically, its the type of book you read when you want a heroine who suffers from un
3.5/5 stars. So, I chose to read this when I saw NU was reading it and mentioned one of my favorite plot devices -- girl in love with her brother's friend. Thought to myself how can I resist? The beginning of the book showed a lot of promise, and I was really starting to feel for the characters. I loved the meloncholy feel in the first few chapters of the book, but it eventually slid more into malaise for me.

As the book progressed, I lost my connection with the hero and heroine and their feeling
Ana T.
Dec 08, 2007 rated it really liked it
I did enjoy reading this book although not as much as To Marry a Duke. This is it’s sequel, the story of James’s sister Lily and his friend Whitby. Actually there are 2 sequels to TMTD because it’s the first book in 2 different series even if it doesn’t appear as the first book in the Lover series.

Being raised in a strict, humorless household did nothing to dampen Lady Lily Langdon's romantic nature -- nor cool her lifelong affection for Edward Wallis, Earl of Whitby, her elder brother's oldest,
The Labyrinth Literary
Es la historia de lily, una chica que esta perdidamente enamorada de Whitby el mejor amigo de su hermano al que conoce desde pequeña, a pesar de saber que el jamas fijaría su atención en ella, ya que no la ve como otra cosa que la hermanita de su gran amigo, ella sigue aferrada a la ilusión que le ha acompañado toda la vida.

Aunque el sentimiento de ser ignorada le sea familiar, pues la relación entre ella y su madre es desalentadora, ya que Marion es una mujer estricta y sin sentido del humor, y
Mary Rose
Dec 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Había conseguido el libro a ciegas sin saber lo que me iba a esperar, ya que lo había conseguido por medio de canje y, en ese momento, no tenía mucha idea acerca del libro - en concreto si era una saga o autoconclusivo - o de la autora. Resulta que al final descubrí que era una saga, lo cual metí la pata en haber elegido el libro, y que la editorial ya había publicado los libros anteriores a este en cuestión; tampoco no sería la primera vez que haya caído en la misma trampa más de una vez - me ...more
Katrina Passick Lumsden
A much better showing from MacLean. I genuinely liked Lily and Whitby (at least in this book), and their angst, while sometimes overwrought, was believable and relatable. Still, MacLean's writing leaves something to be desired for me. Her dialogue is unrealistic and melodramatic, and every book is basically the same story with slightly different characters and back stories. Reading them becomes a bit of a chore.
2.75 Stars. First of all, the blurb for this book does not reflect the story in any way at all! This drives me nuts - Lily does not chase Whitby for convenience at all... Unfortunately my gripes with the book don't end with it's exterior....

There were some interesting elements that made me really want to like this story, but the execution just couldn't cut it.
The dialogue often featured completely inappropriate speech for the time, and the plot is based on an odd combination of completely implau
Eli Yanti
Dec 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Salah satu novel yang benar-benar meremas hati dari wal aku membacanya sampai akhir cerita tapi kok aku suka y dengan tipe cerita spt ini ;)

Lily Langton sudah mencintai Lord Whitby (sahabat karib abangnya – James) sejak dia berusia 9 tahun, yg sekaligus adalah teman bermainnya dimasa kecil dan Lily tidak pernah berhenti menecintainya sampai dia berumur 21 tahun (hem.. benar-benar cinta mati, the first heroine i loved ;)).

Sampai suatu hari ketika ibunya membujuk lily agar segera menikah dengan Lo
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May 17, 2015 rated it liked it
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Nov 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Fast reading tapi bisa bikin mewek beberapa kali. Jadi ceritanya si Lily ini udah lama jatuh cinta sama Lord Whitby dan suatu ketika Whitby terkena penyakit misterius yang menyebabkan dia sekarat. Vonis dari dokter cuma ngasih dia waktu 3 bulan atau maksimal 1 th. Di sisi lain ada sepupu jahatnya Whitby (Marcus) yang mengincar estate & adek perempuan Whitby (Anabelle), karena jika Whitby meninggal maka Marcus lah yang bakal mewarisi title & estatenya. Maka pilihan terakhirnya Whitby haru ...more
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sizzling hot!!!!

I chose this rating because this book had me addicted from the first page. its been a long time since I've read a book that I've actually wanted to read till I finished it and this was one of those books. I recommend this book to anybody who loves romance with a plot and sex scenes...and it's not overly sexual it's just enough to make you want to continue turning the pages to see what else happens. And really I think this is a book that could be turned into a movie like Jane
You know, I want to like this series so much, and it's just not quite there. There was an awful lot of melodrama in this one and to some degree, I didn't completely believe in the relationship, which is a problem since this is a trope I usually love.

Oh well. I suspect I won't be checking any of the other books in the series out anyway, especially given how it seems Annabelle's story will be playing out.
Nov 08, 2016 rated it liked it
This book had been on my bookshelf for forever and I finally read it. It was interesting enough - I finished it in one day, however there was something missing. I can't put my finger on what was missing, but it was something about the story and/or the main characters that prevented me from loving the book, although I did like it. I just wasn't completely taken in by the story. HOWEVER, I'm very much looking forward to reading Annabelle and Magnus' story! I feel that has great potential.
Karen Wilson
Edward was forced to evaluate his life when faced with very dire prospects. Throughout the story, he also grows up as he becomes responsible for more than just his own life; in fact responsible for someone he cares deeply about.

The story itself is good and the supporting cast, especially Marion's point of view was well-done. There's nothing larger than life or fantastical in the story; which may or may not be a good thing.

The author's afterword explanation did NOT endear Edward to me.
so i had to refresh my mind which series this was and what had happened before.

I did enjoy this one, it was a bit different with him sick, her seducing him, then her sick and their marriage all over the place.

all these emotins and self doubt but it had its really sweet moments, and I did enjoy it
Aug 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. This is the book that had me going out and buying every Julianne MacLean book I could find. Absolutely wonderful. The heroine has loved the hero since she was a child. He was her brother's best friend. The poor guy was sick through a big portion of this book. BUT it was required in order for the storyline to go as it was supposed to. I enjoyed it immensely!
Rebecca Huston
I think this was the last really good novel by Julianne MacLean before her books went badly downhill. I really did enjoy this one about a heroine with a scandal in her past and a hero is so very honourable under the caddish exterior. One of my keepers.

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Lucy Carstairs
I loved it :) I was really sensitive to Lily's situation. It is so difficult to love someone for so long without that person noticing you. Ah the pain :'(
Besides, Whitby was a difficult man. A bohemian. That makes things even more difficult.
But love found a way, as always, like it is my belief.
Danette Steward
Jun 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: maclean-julianne
Good writing and plot, but depressing more than anything. I was doubting a happy ending until the very last chapter.
Apr 25, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Started slow, but turned out to have more depth than I was expecting..
Jan 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Will definitely re-read
Fani *loves angst*
To marry the duke's sequel - Lily and Whitby
I loved the theme of the book and it started off really good. But it quickly got depressing and stayed that way until the last few pages.
Nov 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My favorite by Julianne MacLean! I re-read this many times.
Aug 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
The authors books are pretty predictable when you read them in order. Same story, different person. But I did enjoy Lily's story. Really enjoyed this series.
Susana Del Campo
Una lectura amena. Sin ser la novela del año se deja leer, entretenido :)
Nov 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paperback, historical
My favourite MacLean Book.
I loved the Heroes. their relationship everything. I couldn't stop reading
May 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: rose
3.5 stars
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Julianne MacLean is a USA Today bestselling author of over twenty historical romance novels, including The Highlander Trilogy with St. Martin's Press and her popular Pembroke Palace Series with Avon/Harper Collins. She also writes contemporary mainstream fiction, and her 2011 release THE COLOR OF HEAVEN was a digital bestseller. She is a three-time RITA finalist, and has won numerous awards, inclu ...more
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American Heiresses (6 books)
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