Song of the River: Lily

Diane T. Ashely and Aaron McCarver's first book in the Song of the River series, Lily.

Diane T. Ashely and Aaron McCarver’s first book in the Song of the River series, Lily.

All Lily Anderson wants is what is best for her two younger sisters. With their mother dead and father long gone it has been up to Lily to look after her sisters. And no amount of scheming on the part of cold relatives is going to upset her plans. Having grown up on boats Lily is enamored with life on the Mississippi River. So when she purchases controlling interest in the Hattie Belle she is excited with the brighter future ahead of her and her sisters. There is one thing that has put a damper on her plans, however. Blake Matthews, is the co-owner of the Hattie Belle and he would like nothing more than to see the vessel turned into a gambling operation. In between spats with Blake, arguments with a spoiled sister and the behind-the-scenes scheming of the former and irresponsible owner of the Hattie Belle, Jean Luc de Champney, Lily is in for one wild adventure on the Mighty Mississippi.

Well what to say. I honestly hate giving poor reviews. This was an okay read, but not something I would consider going back to. My mediocre opinion of it most definitely has not put me off from wanting to read the next two books in the Song of the River Series.

I was puzzled by a few characters who had little to no impact on the story; a street urchin who pickpockets Lily during the beginning of the story and later makes a reappearance after he is beat up by a group of boys, Lily’s short-time suitor and his two disruptive sons and Jean Luc’s parents. As for the surprising death at the end of the story, it felt like a quick fix to a problem. The story itself was a little slow and not very realistic. I liked that the author had set the story on riverboats, however; being a maritime nut that just naturally drew my attention to this book.

So I’ll go with a rating of four out of five stars.

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