Lily of the Valley By Sarah M. Eden
Book/Novel Author: Sarah M. Eden
Book/Novel Title: Lily of the Valley
Cumberland, 1786Amateur inventor Kester Barrington prefers the peace and quiet of his estate to the bustle of Society. But when his tight-knit group of friends, the Gents, descends on Livingsley Hall for their annual gathering, he stoically joins in their activities. It all seems exhausting—until an unexpected addition to the party catches his eye: his new neighbor, the lovely Violet.Violet Ridley longs to make friends in this new corner of the country, but her family’s fortune was made through investments rather than inheritance, and Society can be fickle. So when tragedy forces her family to shelter at neighboring Livingsley Hall, Violet is delighted to receive a warm welcome from the Gents. In particular, she finds herself inexplicably drawn to Kester. The pair is a study in contrasts: Violet, with her sunny disposition, and Kester, with his prickly facade. Their connection is impossible to deny, but both Kester and Violet harbor heavy constraints. As their association becomes increasingly tangled and confused, their only hope of pursuing a life together is to trust one another with the very truths that could tear them apart.
Thoroughly enjoyed this tale. The cast of characters created a unique blend of friendship amid the rigors of social expectations. Violet and Kester were a perfect grumpy/sunshine opposites attract and their bonding experiences as they worked to better the world around them gave the characters depth and realism. I loved the interactions between the Gents. Their close bond and the way they not only looked out for each other but respected each other’s differences (even though they pushed Kester to be more social) served up a great reading experience. The story itself was deep while the addition of humorous conversations and situations often led to perfect comedic relief. Overall, a great historical read. I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
I enjoy reading books that cause me to step into the past as this book does. I loved getting to know the Gents. Perhaps because I have three sons, and we constantly had their friends in our homes, I loved reading about the pranks of the agents. Their openness and willingness to include others helped bring this story to life.The author did an excellent job of bringing Violet’s discomfort and difficulties with her prosthetic. The author masterfully created a story I wanted to keep reading. With Violet and Kester Barrington, we witness how sometimes opposites do attract. I loved the pace this story developed the relationship between these two developed. I also appreciated how Kester and the other agents welcome and include everyone.Truly, this book deserves to be read and provides the perfect escape for a summertime book.I received a complimentary copy of this book, but this in no way influenced my review. All opinions are my own.
4.5 StarsLily of the Valley was the first of Sarah M. Eden’s books I’ve read, and I loved it! It’s actually the second in her new series, but it is a stand-alone so I had no trouble following along without having read book 1. It started off a little slow, but once I got into the story I found myself thoroughly enjoying it.At first, the hero was a bit annoying. He was a little too whiny and at times acted more like a teenager than an adult. I thought it was just going to be attributed to a character quirk and be left at that, but I was pleasantly surprised that it was actually a major part of his character arc, which was handled beautifully.The heroine was a pure delight. Not only because of the general pleasant personality, but even more so because of her struggles and eventual growth.I loved the supporting cast as well! There were so many nuanced characters, and I can’t wait to explore their own stories in the rest of the series.Overall, the characters were intricate and layered, the romance sweet and heart-warming, and the storyline interesting and fresh. I’d recommend it to fans of Julie Klassen, Mimi Matthews, and Michelle Griep.Note: I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit tours. All opinions expressed are my own.
I really enjoy a Historical Christian Romance and also books from new to me authors. Lily of the Valley by Sarah M. Eden fits both of those catergories. It is Book 2 in The Gents series. I have not read Book 1 in this series, although it might be helpful to read the series in order.Kester Barrington, who is an amateur investor, enjoys coming together with his elite group of friends. He is normally just find spending time on the grounds of his estate. The Annual Gathering of “The Gents” is here and he is excited to be a part of it at Livingsley Hall. His spirits are really lifted when he spots his new neighbor, Violet Ridley, attending the festivities. Violet is new to town and eager to make friends in town. Her family had a recent tragedy that has forced them to move to Livingsley Hall temporarily. She is so happy to be welcomed by The Gents. Violet is really drawn to Kester, even when she learns how vastly different they are in the personalitiies. Kester and Violet are seemlingly attracted to one another, but they both have “baggage” that might make a relationship impossible. Will Violet be able to break Kester from his “Grumpy” state and give him happiness? Will Kester and Violet be able to overcome their barriers to become a couple?I will admit it took me a couple chapters to really begin enjoying the storyline. I suddenly began enjoying the book and couldn’t put it down. I really like how Kester was honest with himself that he would rather be by himself then in groups. Violet is full of joy and happiness and I really like that about her character. They both are opposites, but they also compliment one another in so many ways. I am excited to go back and read the first book in this series and even more excited for future books in this series! GREAT BOOK!
Lily of the Valley is the story of family, friendship, and a sweet awakening of love and romance where one once thought there was really no need for it at all. We are introduced to two very unique individuals in a time where for society’s sake, they must keep up appearances. This in itself is quite hard as Violet’s family do not come from a long line of rich ancestors. No, her father was a merchant and that is how he made his riches. And while their money is attractive, the family’s less than nobility is not. Yet Violet finds in her new neighbor and his friends a deep and loving acceptance and friendship she did not think was possible.Kester Barrington has been rather forcibly pushed into this close-knit group of friends, called the Gents, through really no desire of his own. Yet, for all his gruffness and his wanting to be left alone, he is most thankful for their friendship and care and for them pulling them into their circle so many years ago. Now it is time, it seems, for each of them to find their better half. One friend, Lucas has already done so, and he is greatly overjoyed when it seems obvious it is now Kester’s time.There is much unraveling in this story as both Kester and Violet carry around and, in a way, hide a little bit of their true selves. Violet also has a secret she is most reluctant to share until she knows without a shadow of doubt the person can be trusted. Kester very much wants to be that person. However, when it looks like Violet does not share his feelings, will their carefully budding new friendship be dealt a harsh blow? Or will Kester retreat back into his previous shell? This was a sweet slow burn romance of a couple of cautious people who learn to be themselves. I had not read an author Eden novel in some time, and it was a treat to step into the pages of her newest Georgian novel.I was provided a copy of this novel through the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
I liked how the author gave readers a look at life in the Georgian era through an assortment of fun-loving friends that make up the Gents. We first meet two main characters that become unlikely friends, and eventually, inventing partners. It was fun to watch things unfold, as these two bloom and grow, shakily, as they learn to trust each other.Kestler is a man who has a heart for the hurting, someone who needs some quiet time, loves to read, learn, and create things to help improve people’s lives. The Gents give him his space and relish their time together.Violet is an innovative, positive, private person who is creative, and is terrific at solving puzzles. She begins to realize the words stuck in her head, “If you can’t be sunny, be silent there was no in-between.” Is a lie. It’s hard for Violet, but she is willing to change, especially when she meets Kestler. Both are amazed and encourage by how much they have in common.I appreciated how the author talked about Violet’s disability with respect and sensitivity. I adored this team, their resourcefulness and how they went about looking for solutions to things that could improve the lives, of others. Furthermore, I enjoyed this sweet romance woven into this story. It was a delight to hang out with the Gents, especially on their game nights. They had so much fun, it was entertaining. This is a fun getaway!Disclosure of Material Connection: I requested and received a digital copy of this book by the publisher/. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”Nora St. LaurentTBCN Where Book Fun Begins!The Book Club Network blog