My Heart Belongs in the Shenandoah Valley: Lily's Dilemma by Andrea Boeshaar

My Heart Belongs in the Shenandoah Valley: Lily's Dilemma

Journey into the Shenandoah Valley of 1816 where...With Nothing Left, Lily May be Forced into a Loveless Marriage. Captain McAlister “Mac” Albright has purchased land in the Shenandoah Valley. However, the land belongs to Lillyanna Laughlin—or so she erroneously thinks. Mac sets her straight about current laws, and despite a poor start, the two are becoming friends. Then,...

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  • Hannah

    1.5 stars

    This one was a miss for me. So far, the only one from this series....but it's entirely failed to make me care about what happens to the characters. First off, I felt like the beginning was like a tawdry romance...the young lady bathing in the buff outdoors, while her adolescent brothers roam who knows where around the property? She has a house. Why doesn't she bathe in a bathtub? Or wear her shift while swimming?

    Then, too, the entire romance focuses on features for the great majority of

    1.5 stars

    This one was a miss for me. So far, the only one from this series....but it's entirely failed to make me care about what happens to the characters. First off, I felt like the beginning was like a tawdry romance...the young lady bathing in the buff outdoors, while her adolescent brothers roam who knows where around the property? She has a house. Why doesn't she bathe in a bathtub? Or wear her shift while swimming?

    Then, too, the entire romance focuses on features for the great majority of the book. Muscled arms, fair skin, golden curls, well-shaped legs....the guy walks into town and the girls in town swoon and chase after him. Ugh. Most of us aren't that gorgeous, okay? Seriously unbelievable. There's no "meat" at all to the story until after the 50% mark. The villain was very bad, the heroine is very pretty and very smart...and the ending was almost entirely predictable. I couldn't even feel any chemistry in the romance because it was so focused on looks and appearances and "unbelievable talent."

    Oh well.

    Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for a free review copy. A favorable opinion was not required.

  • Julie Carpenter

    I've found another place that I want to go visit. Anybody up for a road trip? I've been to Virginia before but once was when I was little driving through on my way elsewhere and not really seeing any sights and the other was when I went to visit my sister who just had a baby. She lived in D.C. so I did a little exploring but mostly just explored within the walls of her home with little kiddos and a baby. So I'm ready to go back and visit some plantations, tour the beautiful homes, let's go.

    McAl

    I've found another place that I want to go visit. Anybody up for a road trip? I've been to Virginia before but once was when I was little driving through on my way elsewhere and not really seeing any sights and the other was when I went to visit my sister who just had a baby. She lived in D.C. so I did a little exploring but mostly just explored within the walls of her home with little kiddos and a baby. So I'm ready to go back and visit some plantations, tour the beautiful homes, let's go.

    McAlister or "Mac" has just purchased himself a beautiful piece of land with an orchard and gardens. He can't wait to build his sprawling home and make a living and love having the freedom of being his own master. All his dreams are ready to set sail, especially since he doesn't have to set sail again as a seaman, he can be a landlubber now.

    Lily is still struggling from her father's death and trying to balance life with a large orchard and two younger brothers who are constantly finding trouble, and Mr. Everett's belittling and demanding views as their guardian. If only she could find the Will her father left naming her as their heir then she could breath easier and feel safe and secure.

    This story was a fun historical fiction. I enjoyed the characters a lot. There was some back and forth on their feelings. Not necessarily just for each other, but for their circumstances and the changes and struggles those circumstances brought with them. I thought the author did a good job at keeping the story flowing and building up to the climax of the angst of the story.

    Anybody want a snake bite? I honestly wouldn't. Yuck, yuck, yucky yuck!!!!! I HATE snakes! Sorry to you snake lovers but after years and years of nightmares of snakes it just is one of those things that I can't think about kindly. Too many bad memories. Yuck! As much as I hate snakes, I did like the scene, or I should say scenes leading up to and after the snake bite in this story. Now I don't wish a snake bite on anybody but yeah I'm glad the bite happened. You'll have to read it to understand why I am saying that.

    I loved Mac's quick mind. His ingenious thinking saved many a bad situation. Lily and her aunt are pretty spunky and quick on their feet too and had me cheering them on in their moments of spunk and quick thinking. Everett had me cringing every time he came on the scene. I wanted to slap him or punch him or something. Grrrrr!!! I think you'll feel the same way as you read this one. He did make a good bad guy though.

    I loved the descriptions of the area, the culture, the formalities, the homes, the clothing, the orchard, the swimming hole. This is definitely a book I would recommend for anyone who enjoys historical fiction, christian fiction or just a good ol' love story full of peril, humor, and lots of angst.

    The Christian aspect wasn't overly preachy. There were a few spots that the author spoke more than others about redemption and Christ but I felt that amount was just right and fit in with these characters and their lives and most especially with what it would have been in that time period.

    Content: Clean. Some mild innuendos, a character is caught bathing in the pond, some kisses. Remembrances of a few war time moments of peril.

    I received a copy from the publisher, Barbour Publishing, via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions in the review are my own.

    Happy Reading!!!

  • Kristi

    The best part of this book for me was that it didn't follow the usual "guy meets girl, they don't like each other, then they fall in love" formula. Lily and Mac were hesitant of each other but there is definitely an attraction there that made the characters come to life and the story fun to read.

    I liked Lily right off the bat and I liked Mac just as much. Mac's friend Blake was a nice addition to the story with his friendship and humor. I really liked that Lily was bold and wasn't afraid to tell

    The best part of this book for me was that it didn't follow the usual "guy meets girl, they don't like each other, then they fall in love" formula. Lily and Mac were hesitant of each other but there is definitely an attraction there that made the characters come to life and the story fun to read.

    I liked Lily right off the bat and I liked Mac just as much. Mac's friend Blake was a nice addition to the story with his friendship and humor. I really liked that Lily was bold and wasn't afraid to tell Mac what she thought and how she felt. I'm sure this was unusual for the time but she did it in a way that was tactful so it didn't seem unrealistic. I also liked Lily's intelligence and spirit. She was young but mature enough to care for her two younger brothers who were a bit of a handful. Aunt Hilda lent a feeling of home to the story. Mr. Everett seemed sneaky and slimy from the beginning and I was glad to see that Mac was on to him and also Lily wasn't easy to pull one over on.

    Mac and Lily had personalities that both matched and balanced each other. I liked their (not quite a) friendship from the beginning. I enjoyed reading about their friendship and perhaps budding love for each other. The author did a great job in creating characters that were dimensional and easy to like. I enjoyed getting to know them and spending time with them in the pages of the book.

    I also liked the author's writing style and her use of words to paint descriptions of the setting of the book. Whether in the Shenandoah Valley or Alexandria I felt like I was there right along with the characters. The pace of the book is good as well as the story is constantly progressing and never stalls or becomes boring.

    This story is a great addition to the My Heart Belongs series. It fits the series well with a strong female lead character and a man who is the perfect match for her. I think this will be an enjoyable read for fans of historical fiction.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was not required to write a review. All opinions are mine.

  • Deanne Patterson

    I have really enjoyed reading the My Heart Belongs series. This one takes place in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and the description the book gives is so vivid.

    Living on land that belongs to her,Lillyanna Laughlin and her two younger brothers are set. There is a beautiful apple orchard and crops in the field. Money from the harvests will help pay of debts and set them on the right track or so Lily thinks. Seeing Captain McAlister “Mac” Albright and his friend on her property she demands they

    I have really enjoyed reading the My Heart Belongs series. This one takes place in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and the description the book gives is so vivid.

    Living on land that belongs to her,Lillyanna Laughlin and her two younger brothers are set. There is a beautiful apple orchard and crops in the field. Money from the harvests will help pay of debts and set them on the right track or so Lily thinks. Seeing Captain McAlister “Mac” Albright and his friend on her property she demands they leave but he sets her straight by telling her that the land is his and her father lost the deed to the land to him while gambling. Mac was a seafaring captain but is happy to finally have his land legs under him and settle down on some property. He feels bad for Lily,her two brother's and her aunt and let's them live in a house on his property. A man who is twice her age is her guardian and nothing she or her brother's do is satisfactory to him. He just nitpicks and criticizes everything they do and wants to send her brother's away to boarding school. When Mac has to go away on business and Lily has overwhelming debt piling up will she be forced into a loveless marriage just to keep a roof over her brother's heads? Mac tries to stifle his affections for Lily but when she is snake bitten he is beside himself and doesn't hold back. He tells her how he feels and spends his time caring for her. When he returns home to his parents house they tell him they are financially ruined and that he must marry a woman he has no feelings for just to keep them afloat since she will be bringing money into the marriage. Will Lily and Mac each be force to marry others against their will? I suggest you read this enjoyable book to find out.

    Pub Date 01 Sep 2017

    Thank you to NetGalley and Barbour Publishing, Inc. for a review copy in exchange for my honest review.

  • Maureen Timerman

    The pages flew as I read this historical story set in Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, and the time is just after the Revolutionary War, and before the Civil War, 1816.

    This book sure has its hero’s and villains, and I sure would have loved to have smacked Everett, he sure gave off a lot of bad bibes.

    Can you imagine being on your own land, and then having a stranger show you the deed he has that he now owns your property, yes this happens here, and then you are in for quite an adventure?

    I enjoyed thi

    The pages flew as I read this historical story set in Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, and the time is just after the Revolutionary War, and before the Civil War, 1816.

    This book sure has its hero’s and villains, and I sure would have loved to have smacked Everett, he sure gave off a lot of bad bibes.

    Can you imagine being on your own land, and then having a stranger show you the deed he has that he now owns your property, yes this happens here, and then you are in for quite an adventure?

    I enjoyed this fast paced read, all except the ending which was surprising, but felt a bit rushed, and quite unexpected.

    I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Barbour, and was not required to give a positive review.

  • Karen

    Another enjoyable story in this fun historical romance series!

    A young woman finds herself in a difficult position of dependency after her father dies, leaving her to care for her younger brothers and farm. Things get worse when her land is sold without her knowledge by her father's friend. The new owner may be friend or foe, a former sea captain returned home from the war.

    Set in the lovely Shenandoah Valley on a large plantation just after the War of 1812, a perfect setting for a romance. I enjo

    Another enjoyable story in this fun historical romance series!

    A young woman finds herself in a difficult position of dependency after her father dies, leaving her to care for her younger brothers and farm. Things get worse when her land is sold without her knowledge by her father's friend. The new owner may be friend or foe, a former sea captain returned home from the war.

    Set in the lovely Shenandoah Valley on a large plantation just after the War of 1812, a perfect setting for a romance. I enjoyed the banter and romantic tension between Captain Mac and sweet Lily, starting out from their awkward meeting up to the exciting ending. He was a study in conflict, warring with himself over redeeming his name, and not giving in to his affections. Poor confused Lily had to be brave and patient, holding her own against the dastardly Mr. Everett. There are two romances in this one, developing slowly, but sizzling in the end. A few discussions of faith added some depth and inspiration to the characters' struggles.

    Recommend for readers who enjoy historical romances with some faith elements.

    (An e-book was provided by NetGalley and Barbour Books. All opinions are my own.)

  • ⚜️Trea

    This is not my first time reading this author, but it is only the second book I have ever read by her. The difference between this book and the one I read prior to it is quite significant.

    The romance angle in this story is very subtle, not

    This is not my first time reading this author, but it is only the second book I have ever read by her. The difference between this book and the one I read prior to it is quite significant.

    The romance angle in this story is very subtle, not preachy at all, but it didn't feel like a significant part of the story either. That's not something I was expecting to see in a Christian romance! The book was also slow to start, and I didn't feel like it really moved past that meandering pace.

    The story itself was somewhat interesting, but I had a hard time connecting to the characters. It felt like everything was just too dramatic, too forced. I did like seeing the fight against the attraction between Lily and Mac, but I felt there wasn't enough actual romance between the two of them.

    For me, a rather disappointing entry in the series!

  • ASC Book Reviews

    Torn..... This one started slow for me and part of that has to do with some of the ways the author expresses attraction. I've read some of Andrea's books before and I've been torn with them also. She doesn't always have a happy ending, and personally I need happy endings! LOL! So this was a skim ahead book for me, you know the ones you skim through chapters to see if the story's worth the time to read the whole thing. For some reason this usually makes me feel guilty, LOL! but I'm so happy I did

    Torn..... This one started slow for me and part of that has to do with some of the ways the author expresses attraction. I've read some of Andrea's books before and I've been torn with them also. She doesn't always have a happy ending, and personally I need happy endings! LOL! So this was a skim ahead book for me, you know the ones you skim through chapters to see if the story's worth the time to read the whole thing. For some reason this usually makes me feel guilty, LOL! but I'm so happy I did it. Since I read enough things that made me want to read it as a whole! There are MANY aspects of Andrea's story that I enjoy and those things over shadow the things that I don't. I loved certain Faith scenes, although there is a quote used here that Mac says he remembers a Bible verse that says something along the same lines, though I couldn't find a Bible verse that went with the quote.... The "villain" in this one is easy to not route for. Not only is he FAR too old for Lily (although at the time this was common) Andrea made him gross, rude, cruel, arrogant, unloving, and the list could go on and on! But the thing that really got me were the twists and turns in the plot!!!! There were surprises after surprises! Overall I'm torn with this one as I've found myself with the author's other books. There are things I enjoyed (like the characters) and things that I wanted to be eliminated or different (like the quote thing, bodily descriptions, among of other things, pace of the story).

    Songs: "Amazing Grace", "Psalm 100:3",

    and a hauntingly lovely lament "Johnny has gone for a soldier"

    Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC

    Psalm 100:3, Jeremiah 29:11

    ~ASC

    *I received this book from Barbour for the purpose of reviewing it. This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about My Heart Belongs in the Shenandoah Valley: Lily's Dilemma . ~ASC

  • Lynda Edwards

    Several of my friends enjoy Andrea Boeshaar’s work, so I decided to pick up her latest book when the opportunity presented itself. I found that I also enjoy her writing style and look forward to reading more of her novels after this great introduction!

    The setting in this book is unique; it takes place in the period after war rather than during it, with whispered rumors of traitorous deeds plaguing our hero and necessitating his move to Middletown. Meanwhile, Lily continues to grieve her father’s

    Several of my friends enjoy Andrea Boeshaar’s work, so I decided to pick up her latest book when the opportunity presented itself. I found that I also enjoy her writing style and look forward to reading more of her novels after this great introduction!

    The setting in this book is unique; it takes place in the period after war rather than during it, with whispered rumors of traitorous deeds plaguing our hero and necessitating his move to Middletown. Meanwhile, Lily continues to grieve her father’s death while managing her younger brothers and fighting off the intentions of an unwanted suitor without offending him.

    The characters are all very different with unique histories that help them come alive on the page. I love that we get to experience Middletown and its residents with Mac as he prepares to carve out his life, meeting his new neighbors for the first time right along with him. But while most of the residents are amiable, some only have the public appearance of being so. We know from early on who the pretender is, but the surprises come when the depth of deception is revealed.

    Lily and Mac are a good pair; I especially like their teasing exchanges, even when Lily isn’t quite sure how to process Mac’s words. The sweet romance brought a smile to my face in several spots.

    One of the strongest aspects of this book is the exceptional faith content. Characters attend church, pray, and live life in a way to please God. But it goes even deeper than that with a discussion of how God can allow bad things to happen in order to further His plans in our lives and in the lives of those around us. A difficult topic but handled with God’s sovereignty and His love for us at the forefront, keeping things in their proper perspective.

    With humor, a touch of mystery, and characters to root for, Boeshaar has written a great novel that this historical fiction fan thoroughly enjoyed. Those who enjoy romance will like this book, as will readers who like something just a little bit unique from their characters and setting.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

  • Amy

    I really enjoyed the latest in the My Heart Belongs series. Lily’s Dilemma was not only a page turner but a very romantic and engaging tale about a young woman who has been dealt some harsh blows in 1816 and is now trying to keep the rest of her family together. Lily’s father died suddenly and unexpectedly leaving her, her aunt, and her two younger brothers. According to her so called self-appointed guardian, they are also destitute and penniless. Being a rather well off family, Lily nor her aun

    I really enjoyed the latest in the My Heart Belongs series. Lily’s Dilemma was not only a page turner but a very romantic and engaging tale about a young woman who has been dealt some harsh blows in 1816 and is now trying to keep the rest of her family together. Lily’s father died suddenly and unexpectedly leaving her, her aunt, and her two younger brothers. According to her so called self-appointed guardian, they are also destitute and penniless. Being a rather well off family, Lily nor her aunt can understand why all of a sudden they are having money woes. Hence, part of their land has been sold to a Captain McAlister.

    The first meeting between Mac and Lily was quite memorable. Mac who has decided to not ever marry cannot stop thinking of Lily and he always seem to be her knight in shining armor. Watching his dilemma and battle within to finally giving in to his heart’s desire was at times frustrating and sigh inducing.

    Mr. Everett the so called guardian was a villain not at all hard to dislike. He had such an oily way about him and seemed more harmful than a poisonous snake. A very shady character and one that made me cringe every time he came on the scene. Especially in regards to his plans for Lily and her family. And just to make the story more entertaining we have a secondary love story as well.

    I haven’t read a Boeshaar novel in a while so reading her work again was fun.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.


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