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Keeping Kinley

(Books of Dalthia #5)

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  522 ratings  ·  115 reviews
"Rylan made me feel like things were possible. Like I was possible, and he was possible, and we could be possible together."

Kinley is content tending her apple orchard, until a chance meeting with a childhood friend changes her priorities. Spending time with nobility is not socially acceptable, but Rylan rejects the norm. He pursues her with an easygoing charm, though she
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Published March 2017
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3.5 stars

This book #5 of the Books of Dalthia series by Annette K. Larsen. A fantasy young adult romance series in a fictitious medieval like kingdom setting I have enjoyed since book #1 Just Ella. The heroine in this one is in fact the sister of the hero from book #1.

Status: On my future to be read (TBR) list.

Standalone: Yes. Part of a series, but can be read without reading the other books in the series.

Language: None

Religious: Secular.

Sensuality content: This is a clean young adult series with kisses
Tori (Book Chick)
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Once again Annette K. Larsen has written a story that I adore. Her writing has such an ease to it that reading is just FUN. Kinley was feisty, loyal, and sweet. I loved that she cried over her orchard and called them "her trees," because it sounded like something I would do. Rylen was witty and likeable. I liked him the entire book. I so enjoyed the banter between him and Kinley. It was nice to see Ella and Gavin from Just Ella - the first book in this series. Just overall, reading this book mad ...more
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have loved every installment of the Dalthia series. This is book five and is not about a noble. Kinley is the younger sister of Gavin, who we met in Just Ella. This is a series that focuses on a family in a past, make-believe time period. Each book can be read on it's own, but I loved having old characters show up, so I would recommend reading all of them.

Kinley is a spirited young woman who thrives on taking care of her orchard. She is thrifty and industrious, she is not afraid of physical l
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
I LOVED this book. This was one I nominated on Kindle Scout so I got a free copy when it was published. Yay! This whole series is fantastic and Annette Larsen is an author I've always got my eye on. This is a book that adults and YA can all enjoy. Sweet, clean and full of moments where butterflies erupt in your tummy! Love, love, love! ...more
May 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the 5th book in this series of girls from Dalthia. This is Kinley's story. Kinley is Gavin's sister who married princess Ella from the first book. It was so fun to read about them again. It was full of Gavin who is one of my favorite leading men. Kinley is just your average spunky, strong, feisty farmers daughter. Rylan is a noble who just wants to be himself. There story was so fun. Most of the books in this series has had a serious element that has made the books a little weightier. Th ...more
I’ve just adored these sweet, delightful fairy tale romances in the Books of Dalthia series. Keeping Kinley, like the others that came before it, was super cute and utterly romantic; it’s tied with Just Ella as my favorite. It was a fun change having the heroine being a common girl rather than a member of the royal family (she's the sister of our hero Gavin from Just Ella). I thought she was a wonderful character, as was her love interest, her childhood friend Rylan, whom she met when she tempor ...more
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, clean-read
I really enjoy this series. It has depth, heart, sadness and it’s more than a fairy tale! This one is another forbidden love of different stations. The main characters met as children. There was a boy, the son of a lord, and a girl, a servant. Their meetings were when she would bring him his afternoon tea and snacks. He had a love of learning and was taught how to treat girls! She loved that he treated her as a girl and that he shared his love of learning with her, and cookies too!!

She was only
Melanie Charles
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was one of my most anticipated books of the year. So I was beyond thrilled when I received an early copy through Kindle Scout. I'll just go ahead and say that I loved this book! So sweet and adorable, and clean too which is always a plus. Kinley is a great character. She's feisty, and kind, and funny, and I just loved her. Rylan was completely swoon worthy and equally funny, his and Kinley's banter is just the best. I enjoyed getting to see some characters from Annette K Larsen's older book ...more
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've loved all of Annette Larsen's books and this one is no exception. My goodness! I literally laughed, cried, and smiled like a fool while reading this. I couldn't put it down.

I loved the characters (side note: every hero in this series is different and yet I've loved every one). I loved getting to see more of Ella and Gavin and quick cameos from Lylin and Kalina (obviously would have loved more, but not sure where that would have fit *sigh*). And I loved Kinley's spunk, sass, and moxie and R
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you like books by Sarah M Eden or Julianne Donaldson this author is for you! I've loved her books (some more than others) and this one wasn't any different. BUT start with Book 1. They don't have to be read in order but it's more fun that way. I will for sure read whatever she writes next!

On a side note, I loved the scarf thing at the village dances in Just Ella and was happy to see it make an appearance in this book as well.
Stephani Fannin
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited to receive an advanced copy of this book via Kindle Scout! All the books in the Dalthia series have been fun to read, but this has to be one of my favorites to date. Kinley is such a strong, hardworking heroine who isn't afraid to speak her mind or make sacrifices for her family.

Kinley's brother Gavin and sister-in-law Ella from the first book, Just Ella, play a part in this story. We get another glimpse into their life after marriage. It's interesting to learn how a relationshi
Sara Cardon
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is sweet. Kinley works for Rylan's family when she's a girl. He remembers her years later when they cross paths. They have a playful relationship and love to tease each other. Rylan doesn't quite fit into his social class, but he stands out in Kinley's working class too. The sweetest part was the dancing--I loved it.

A few frayed ends. A conversation could have saved a lot of angst. I don't remember if the neighbor who's husband had dementia ever received a better permanent solution? I skim
Fun chemistry, great start and fell short at end.

I've read all books in this series and loved them all equally and separately. This book started off cute and I liked Kinsley so much but then it turned into another typical romance about the lovers being mad over confusion and not getting the chance to talk etc and and then they finally talk (like adults should) and make amends. No character development like the other ladies in the series and no push for the lovers growing together through trials
May 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've been looking forward to this book and I was not disappointed! It was just fun to read.
I love the theme in her books, that sometimes you have to make hard decisions, and do things that are hard, because they are right. In this book Kinley made a hard decision that would help her family. Even though it was difficult for her, she kept at it. I admired her for it.
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Clean romance with plenty of chemistry. Stand alone novel but all 5 books definitely compliment eachother. Wonderful to see some of the other characters intertwined. I loved the side romance of Kinley's brother Fynn and even liked the snippet about Bram, he'd be a fun character to read about (definitely see an interesting story there!). Highly recommend this author!! ...more
Emily Murdoch
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a great story. It is not one of Ella's sisters, but I loved reading about Gavin's sister. I liked getting insight in to where he came from and his family and seeing more of his family have their "happily ever after". ...more
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Annette k Larson does it again! I loved this book, and am always impressed with how much I love Annette k Larson's writing. Now if you'll excuse me I'm going to go start the entire series over 😍 ...more
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, got-in-2017
Ok I love these two. Kinley and Rylan and their quick banter and teasing. And their sweet romance. I love every book in this series. Great author.
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is not one book by Annette Larsen that has disappointed me!
I started with "Just Ella" soon after it was published and have moved through all of the Dalthia books in order. They are all clean, romantic reads which hold my attention and keep me turning page after page.
I am all about character development, and she does an excellent job developing all of her main characters. It is also nice to see previous main characters make appearances in the new books.
Kinley and Rylan are instantly likabl
May 11, 2017 rated it liked it
I love all of her books, but this one fell a little short for me. It just didn't keep me as interested as the others. I am looking forward to more books though! ...more
Ashlyn Morton
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
6. The heart-warming, realistic tale told in “Keeping Kinley” by Annette Larsen is one of the best stories i’ve ever read. In the book a young commoner girl named Kinley becomes a servant for a noble family at their mansion. She happens to meet the young boy who is a resident at the house. She brings him tea and they become close friends. When Kinley leaves and stops working there it is not only by chance that she finds herself, years later, running into the young master Rylander Baylor. I would ...more
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I decided to give this book a try when I saw the price had dropped dramatically. I borrowed it on KU but before I was even close to finished reading, I decided that I would definitely want to read it again in the future and so I bought it at the special price.
I usually read books very quickly and move onto the next one. However, with this one I took my time and savoured it. It absolutely kept my attention but the pace of it was gentle and I didn’t feel rushed to get through it. It was a comfort
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've thoroughly enjoyed this series. This was one of my favorite. ...more
Maria Thomas
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: clean, delightful
I read too many books to remember all the details of ones I've read just once too long ago. But as I started reading this book and saw Kinley's brother's name was Gavin I thought, "Wait. Wasn't Gavin the love interest before?" So the series has been memorable, even to me. I hadn't realized that this book would have a direct connection to the other stories until that point. I have enjoyed the whole series. While the other books were stories about the princesses of Dalthia this book was about a si ...more
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Yet another beautifully unique book by Annette K. Larsen!
One of my favorite things about the Books of Dalthia is that each and every one has different plots, unique characters, different Heroine/Hero struggles, and different climaxes. You definitely won't encounter the 'cliche block' that some authors get stuck in writing, creating the effect of once you've read one you've read them all.

On this book specifically, I felt definite humor streaks running through the plot which was very enjoyable. Ry
Jan 30, 2021 rated it liked it
Quite honestly, I absolutely loved the beginning of the book and all of Kinley and Rylan’s early interactions. It made me fall in love with them both and see what a good match they are. However, I slowly began getting less and less wrapped up in the storyline. (view spoiler) ...more
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great read by Annette Larsen! It was awesome to vote for it through the kindle scout program and win a free copy but I would gladly buy it too. :) Kinley was sweet and lovable and Rylan charming and funny. They were both smart and I loved their banter. I loved the chemistry between them and the strength of their relationship to break boundaries. I also loved Kinley's relationship with her family and friends. She was so kind-hearted but also open and honest; unafraid to speak her mind as ...more
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: royalty, 2017
These sweet romances set in a kingdom long ago have been super fun to read. This one is about Kinley, who goes into service at age 10 to help her family out and meets the nobleman’s son she works for. As she serves him tea and snacks each day, he teaches her to read and inspires her mind. Years later, when she meets him again, sparks fly between them. But though he captured her heart long ago, as an adult she knows nothing can come of their feelings. She’s a commoner and he’s a nobleman. I loved ...more
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