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Saving Marilee

(Books of Dalthia #3)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  967 ratings  ·  135 reviews
A proper, clean romance.
Marriage wasn't bliss—not for Marilee. Instead of finding contentment with the handsome son of a sovereign duke, she found betrayal and neglect. And fear. A fear that finally lifts when her husband dies, freeing her from his domineering hand. But freedom alone can't give her peace, and she must battle to regain her love for life, rebuild her happin
Kindle Edition, 293 pages
Published May 1st 2015 by Hidden Falls Publishing (first published January 1st 2015)
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
3.5 stars for this sweet princess romance with dark undertones. 99c Kindle special as of July 2016.

I really enjoyed the cute first book, Just Ella, so when this third one went on a special sale yesterday I bit, even though I haven't read the second. It's nominally fantasy, since we're in a made-up kingdom here, but nothing otherwise (magic, dragons, etc.) that would tag this as fantasy. The series deals with the royal family of Dalthia: the king and queen have about seven daughters, and Annette
Mar 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ahhhhhh....... I love books like this. A beautifully written love story with good complex characters and good scenes between the main characters. A story that is believable and real. This series started out with a lighter subject books then this it is a little more serious then the other two. When dealing with the subject matter that is in this book it is hard to write a story that is not depressing. The author did a beautiful job of giving it the gravity it needed but not dragging the book down ...more
Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
Highly recommend this great book. Works as a stand alone but better appreciated if you have read Just Ella and Missing Lily first (stories about Marilee's sisters). This one deals with overcoming abuse but was not overly graphic and had few details. Annette Larsen tells great stories and is on my must-read list.

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Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Rarely do I give books 5 stars, most ones that I love are 4 stars. This one got to me. I bought this book on the knowledge that Annette K. Larsen's first two books Just Ella and Missing Lily were great reads. I loved it from start to finish. It was an intense emotions that makes your heart happy one moment and sad the next. I fell in love with James and he proved how amazing he was for Marilee and her situation. Fantastic job! ...more
Sara Cardon
Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this. Marilee's story is more heartbreaking, but I was there pulling for her and cheering for her success. I ached for the painful way she was treated and the very real way that shapes her. I love her friendship with James - he is kind and thoughtful, without guile, relaxed and funny, confident but real. The love that springs up is the real thing. This story has deeper layers and is beautifully done. I love the support Marilee is given as she grabbles to put the pieces of he ...more
Christine Anderson
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm a huge fan of both of Annette Larsen's other books, but this one has something extra special and real about it. The author was able to tackle a serious issue without making Marilee's responses contrived or 'textbook.' This book is about healing and growing and learning to love. And PS, it's super romantic. ...more
Teya Teya
May 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This book gripped me from page one. The first sentence. Well written, great characters, deep feelings and real love. It was hard but that added to its charm, and its strength.
Whenever I came upon A.K.Larsen's 'Just Ella' book or some other book from her series I envisioned a world full of prince and princesses (check!), adventure (so-so check!), children's topics and dragons(double-cross both) similar to something like Dealing with Dragons or some other books for middle graders. And imagine me expecting dragons and ending up with the horror of horrors. Not overreacting. Halfway through the series, you found yourself reading a drama. From book one too third it ju
Mar 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
I didn't get into this one immediately, as I did for Just Ella and Missing Lily, but I paid attention on my Kindle and about 1/4 of the way into it, I got hooked. After that point, I couldn't put it down - literally, up way into the night to finish it one night.

I thought that Marilee would be the next sister with a book, and I was pleasantly surprised with how this book turned out by the end. I definitely think Lorraina could use her own book at this point, and I just saw today on Annette Larse
Jana Miller
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Saving Marilee is not like Annette Larsen’s first two books. Well, let me amend that: it is like her other books—-full of romance and emotion, loveable characters and fantastic dialogue—-but it’s also more. It’s more emotional, more heartbreaking, and more triumphant. It’s more full of internal turmoil, real life dilemmas, and thoughtful moments. It’s a novel about what real love is, about trust, about healing. I loved the pacing of the romance, intermingled with Marilee’s personal healing and g ...more
Becky Helvig
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was everything I hoped for and so much more! It was a beautifull story about a young women growing up and finding strength, healing, and love after domestic abuse. READ THE AUTHORS NOTE AT THE BEGINNING. I'm super picky when it comes to plot and character development and this author never lets me down! Marilee's story stands alone while still being perfectly intertwined with her sister's (in Just Ella, and Missing Lily). It feels raw, real and believable without being dark. I can't wai ...more
Tori (Book Chick)
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Annette K. Larsen has a writing style that is so enjoyable. This 3rd book did not disappoint. I loved James patience and understanding with Marilee. I also loved watching Marilee find herself, her strength, again. Being freed from an abusive relationship is hard. It's even harder if you don't have the love and support of family and friends... Beautiful story. ...more
May 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book. I knew I would as I love all of this author's clean, romantic, regency books. This book is so well written. It is not all sunshine & rainbows & I teared up a few times at her pain & the trauma she endured. I was so happy for Marilee that she had such a kind, patient friend in James to help her find herself again. Recommend to everyone. Beautifully written. ...more
Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Annette Larsen has done it again!!! What a sweet and beautiful story- a girl who had been abused by the one who should have loved and protected her learns to trust again. Marilee's story was powerful and her emotions are so very real. A fantastic read I would recommend!!! ...more
May 05, 2015 rated it liked it
I've enjoyed the princess stories from Annette Larsen--this one sharing a story much darker than the others but still good. ...more
Valerie Miller
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a well written book about dealing with abuse and overcoming hard circumstances.
M.A. Nichols
The first thing anyone picking up this book should know is that though it's categorized as a historical romance, it is not historically accurate. I was a bit confused by the book when I started reading it, because I couldn't figure out what time period it was supposed to be, so I poked around in the author's website and discovered that she doesn't ascribe her writing to any specific time period. Though it's not a fantasy or sci-fi, it is a made-up world, so don't go into this expecting an accura ...more
Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I like the premise of this story. Starting off with her husband's death, Marilee finds she isn't sad at all. He was cruel to her and kept her imprisoned in her room often and changed her colorful and happy wardrobe with high collars and stiff necks on plain colored clothing. He took away her vitality. He took the letters written to her and from her and hid them. This book demands to be read and find that life isn't always happily ever after in marriage. And those times were probably the worst. B ...more
May 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have waited anxiously for a long time to read “Saving Marilee” by author Annette K. Larsen. Her first two were “Just Ella” and “Missing Lily”. Both books were outstanding and this third installment of their sister, Marilee is equal to those.

Annette Larsen takes a sensitive and brave approach to a very difficult subject - spousal abuse. Even though the story is fictional, including the fictional “country” the princess sisters come from, there must be a lot of truth in this plot. IMO, it is bea
Maria Thomas
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I think I would actually give this book 4.5 stars. I really enjoyed it. I don't usually like "dark" themed books but there was enough light from surrounding characters that the mature theme of spouse abuse wasn't overwhelming. I was fascinated by the story. I wondered at how quickly she was able to begin trusting a man again but I've seen it happen in real life so I guess it does happen. The recollections about the abuse were horrifying since there was no way out of it. One might think "stand up ...more
Oct 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
When is it safe to love?

Vivacious and naive Marilee was quick to fall head over heels in love – only to find out her husband was a controlling, manipulative monster who steadily broke her down until she little more left of her than a shell, empty and aching. Thankfully, less than a year after their ill-fated wedding, he is killed, leaving her to pick up the pieces of her once-happy life. if only she knew how.

As Marilee stuggles to set her life to rights, a good hearted neighbor, a Mr. James Sutt
Oct 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I loved this book so much! It had my attention from the beginning and had my heart pounding for Marilee the entire book. James is, well, perfect. There is no other way to describe him. I feel like one of Annette K Larsen's biggest talents is making you fall in love with the hero! I would very much recommend this book to anyone who likes Time Period pieces (especially regency, although this book is NOT a specific time period or even in our world, it tends to follow the same general rules). I also ...more
May 17, 2017 rated it liked it
As with the last book in the series, I really enjoyed the first half of this book. It was easy to get into and kept my attention. However, I found myself skimming the last few chapters because it all seemed so mushy and repetitive. I also have a hard time believing that she was only married for eight months. It seems to me that her marriage would have had to been longer for all the abuse to sink in as it did.
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
I loved this book. The emotion, the sweet and slow developing romance, the growth and courage of Marilee. This book was so easy to settle into and it kept me right in the thick of things. I didn't want to put it down until I finished it. So good. Content: no swearing or sexual situations. Abuse is described. ...more
May 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Probably closer to 4. Quick good read. I will read her books.
Valerie Waters
Mar 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Super good book. I can not believe what she went through. What a horrible situation. James was pretty awesome and I loved the dog.
Kristen Kooistra
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really great story about a young woman who married the wrong person and is slowly trying to take her life back after his death.

I felt there was a really important "realness" to this story. The suave man who comes in and says all the right things and seems charming. Then slowly the wife's life falls apart as he picks apart who she is. He makes everyone think she's crazy. He's inconsiderate and belittling. He would do things like lock her in her room and then when she got upset about it use it to
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a sweet and charming little romance. Wouldn't life just be splendid if we all could have a James in our lives?

Things I appreciated:

1) Rogue, especially the beginning of Chp. 5. This darling canine companion made me think of my own dog who often wordlessly comforts me in hard times. I loved that Larsen chose to include a dog in Marilee's story.

2) I'm a self-proclaimed and unapologetic stickler when it comes to reading stories that accurately describe horseback riding. On page 76 it says, "I
Jan 19, 2021 rated it liked it
This was a really well written story. The entire thing was so dark and sad though. It was basically a story of our beautiful, vivacious Marilee having the life sucked out of her by a gas-lighting husband with an army of equally terrifying servants. That was such a sad theme. However, this book wasn’t all focused on that. It was a story of healing and how a person can recover from that, but only with strength from within and loving people to guide them through it. James’ kindness and patience was ...more
Veronica T
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book, much like Just Ella, was a delight to read, though for different reasons. The romance was very kinetic and sweet, but what really interested me about Marilee's story was the pain of her abusive past and how she coped with it. The way the author depicted a survivor of domestic abuse who was both broken but defiantly brave felt very realistic. I felt empathetic for Marilee's pain, and longed for her to see again that there are good in others and not everyone is unworthy of trust.
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I was born in Utah, but migrated to Arizona, Missouri, and Virginia before settling in Idaho.

Though I dabbled in writing throughout school, being an author seemed like an unattainable dream. It took me seven years to write my first book, Just Ella. During that time, I taught myself how to write a novel. Not the most time effective method, but it gave me an education I wouldn’t have received from

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